how to
How To Pick a Lock Using Nothing But Hairpins

You can learn the basics of lock picking from a GIF, but for a more nuanced look at the techniques required to actually get a lock open without the key, check out NightHawkInLight's latest tutorial where he uses nothing but a pair of strategically bent hairpins in the process. Read More >>

science
All Science Should be Taught with Pop-Up Books Like This One

Michael Molina's legendary discussion of tectonic plates, continental drift, and how world started out as one large land mass called Pangaea, is brought to life through this awesome educational pop-up book created by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya. Read More >>

apps
10 Essential Education and Kids Apps for the Note 8.0 and GALAXY S4

One of the coolest things about the Samsung GALAXY S4 and Note 8.0 is how simple they are for children to get to grips with. After a few minutes of prodding and swiping they usually pick up the basics of how to use a touchscreen and before you know it they will be mithering you to play with your favourite gadget. Read More >>

retromodo
Watch a Woman from the 1990s Explain What a Computer Is

One of the things that will never fail to make me happy: seeing people stuck in time explain what modern day technology is. Kim Komando hosted an educational series about computer and explains the basics of its hardware, DOS, Microsoft Windows, Write and more. Read More >>

watch this
The Science of Rocket Fuel Explained With Plastic Bottles and Slo-Mo

Rocket engines require two important ingredients to fire: fuel, and an oxidiser. And to get the most bang for your buck with those ingredients, you need to find the perfect recipe. As the BBC's Bang Goes the Theory demonstrates with three plastic bottles, maxing out on either ingredient doesn't produce as effective a chemical reaction as ensuring the two are in perfect balance. There's a reason they call it rocket science after all. [YouTube via The Awesomer] Read More >>

watches
Watch Gear Pantone Chart: Layers of Gorgeous Time-Keeping Guts

In the horological world, Skeleton watches are some of the most tricky to design and build since all of the timepiece's inner workings are completely exposed and visible at all times. They can also be a great teaching aide, which is why Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet hired artist Krzysztof J. Lukasik to create this tool that lets watch owners learn more about the investment. Read More >>

science
Using Science For Optimal Gravy Coverage

There are those who like to drown their roasts in gravy, and those who like to keep it sequestered to their mashed potatoes. And if you find yourself in that latter group, Vihart has put together a fantastic tutorial on how you can maximise your gravy coverage with the optimal potato arrangement. Read More >>

science
All Chemistry Classes Should Be Taught by Adorable Dogs

Matthew Hartings is a chemistry professor at American University, and will most likely go down in history for coming up with the absolute best way to teach chemistry concepts to non-college types: using his dogs. Read More >>

wikipedia
The Top 50 Sources Where Wikipedia Gets Its Facts

You didn't think Wikipedia was all original content, did you? According to Webempires, the online encyclopedia cites and references over two million different websites. You can find the entire exhaustive list here if you've got a couple of weeks to spare, or check out this handy infographic which highlights just the top 50 sources. Read More >>

animals
Find Out How Many Goats (or Guinea Pigs) It Would Take to Mow Your Lawn

As fun as it is to cut your lawn with a riding mower, they can be expensive to operate and maintain. Even the push variety end up costing you in the manual labour department, so you might want to consider putting a team of animals to the task. Read More >>

cameras
How Canon Built Your Digital Camera

You're not going to walk away with an in-depth knowledge of how to build your own digital camera from watching this video. But Canon's behind-the-scenes peek at what goes into building and designing its digital cameras and lenses is still pretty fascinating if you're into photography. Read More >>

lasers
So How Exactly Are Lasers Created?

They're the bane of pilots and moviegoers, but lasers have become an essential part of everyday life. They facilitate everything from high-speed communications, to vision-saving surgeries, to super-villain plots for world domination. But how in the hell do they get that beam of light so intense and so focused? Read More >>

storage
The Large Hadron Collider Throws Away More Data Than It Stores

You'd think that with a price tag of billions of pounds the LHC would have more storage capacity than it could ever use. But with the machine producing a petabyte of data every second, the researchers simply can't store it all. Read More >>

gaming
3D Scrabble Toy Is Not For Weak-Minded Wordsmiths

It's not the first attempt to put a new spin on Scrabble by adding another dimension, but while playing this 3DX Word Game you're not tied down by some overbearing board telling you where you can and can't place your tiles. Read More >>

watch this
How We Measure the Universe Without Intergalactic Rulers

Scientists tell us that our universe is trillions of miles wide, but how exactly do they come to that measurement without an equally long tape measure? As this beautifully animated video explains, by using similar techniques for measuring distant objects here on Earth. Read More >>

watch this
So How Does Your Smartphone's Accelerometer Know Up From Down?

You probably take for granted the fact that turning your phone on its side automatically puts the display into landscape mode. But do you really know how the tiny accelerometer inside your device can detect those changes in orientation? After watching this video you will. Read More >>

Login
X

Don't have a Gizmodo UK account?