Archive for August, 2011

August 9th, 2011 - 5:19 am § in Uncategorized

Camouflage Octopus

I’m not sure what I would think if I actually saw something like this happen in real life. The way the octopus mimics not only the color but the texture of the plant. The clip is followed by a very interesting discussion of the incident.[...]

August 8th, 2011 - 5:58 am § in Uncategorized

Neodymium magnets down a copper pipe.

Just a short interesting video here of a man dropping neodymium magnets down a copper pipe. They float down it as if gravity is affecting them in a different way, which it clearly is. Maybe this is the property that will lead to anti-gravity boots, or maybe it will always be just a parlor trick. [&h[...]

August 5th, 2011 - 5:29 am § in Uncategorized

Interesting toy “Hurricane Balls”

Just a neat little video of a man showing off a new toy he found and calls “Hurricane Balls”. It’s basically 2 ball bearings welded together that, when set on a flat surface, will start spinning and continue to do so for 3-4 minutes. More details in the youtube description.[...]

August 4th, 2011 - 5:23 am § in Uncategorized

How far away is the moon?

In most visual depictions of the earth and moon together, they appear a lot closer than they actually are. This video addresses this issue by first interviewing people about what they think the distance is, and then actually pointing it out. It’s just another one of those things that many peop[...]

August 3rd, 2011 - 5:15 am § in Uncategorized

Father and son get great amateur space footage.

This video is practically a short documentary detailing a father and son’s plan to send a weather balloon in to space and get some footage of the earth. There’s no voiceover in the video but everything is explained with text sub-captions. It’s very informative and they clearly had [...]

August 2nd, 2011 - 5:13 am § in Uncategorized

How do the tides work?

This video is just short, sweet and to the point. It’s a simple explanation of how the moon and the sun affect the ocean tides on this planet. Looks like the series has a few more similar videos that explain how other things work.[...]

August 1st, 2011 - 5:07 am § in Uncategorized

Nuclear Testing Map

This video is a bit along the same lines as last Friday’s, but the subject is a bit more grim. This is a map of every nuclear explosion that happened between 1945 and 1998. The video itself is very simple but it can provide a brief visual history of the use of nuclear weapons.[...]