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An Underwater Bullet at 27,450 FPS Is Breathtaking

You may remember our friend Destin at Smarter Every Day shooting an AK-47 underwater. It was a cool experiment, but the pressure caused the aquarium to shatter, ruining what we now know would have been an amazing shot. To solve this problem, he built a sort of reverse-periscope for a Phantom camera and shot the AK-47 in a pool. The results are absolutely stunning. Read More >>

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Whoa, What Makes This Chain of Beads Magically Float?

Here's a brilliant experiment you can do at home if you've got yourself a lengthy chain of metal beads, and a container big enough to hold them. You just take one end of the chain out and drop it so that it drags the rest with it, and almost immediately you'll see it rise up out of the container like it's magically defying gravity. Read More >>

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High Speed Footage Reveals an AK-47 Works Even Better Under Water

The AK-47 can be considered the Casio watch of the gun world. It takes a licking, and keeps on ticking, except that by ticking we of course mean firing round after round of ammunition. The automatic machine gun is based on a gas recoil system that uses the hot expanding gases of a bullet being fired to automatically rechamber the next round, and surprisingly, it appears to work even better under water. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Is Why High Speed Cameras Were Invented

The odds of capturing a lightning bolt on a high-speed camera in the wild are probably pretty similar to getting hit yourself — slim to nil. So to vastly improve their chances, the slo-mo team at BBC Earth Productions visited the Morgan-Botti Lightning Lab in England where the electrifying bolts are produced every day. Read More >>

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Incredible Slo-Mo Footage Of the Pistol Shrimp's Devastating Attack

Most clawed crustaceans use their pincers like a pair of deadly scissors, either for defense or tearing apart their prey. But the Pistol Shrimp has developed a far more devastating use for it. Its claw is able to open and snap shut with enough force to create a cavitation shockwave that kills fish and even heats the water to an impossible 7,000+ degrees fahrenheit. If any creature was meant to be studied in slow motion, this is it. Read More >>

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Shaolin Warrior Stunts Are Even Crazier In Slo-Mo

If you live in a fairly well-populated city you've probably been visited by one of those Shaolin Warrior travelling shows. But the next time they roll through your town you should save your money and instead queue up this fantastic high-speed footage of their incredible acrobatics as captured by BBC Earth Productions.
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A Slo-Mo Mouse Eye View of a Barn Owl Swooping In For the Kill Is Terrifying

Given you rarely see owls in the day outside of a zoo or museum setting, you've probably never thought of them as stone cold killers. But when hunting at night they can be as terrifying as a hawk, particularly if you happen to see them swooping in from a mouse's point of view. Read More >>

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A Hawk Hunting in Super Slow Motion Will Make You Glad You're Not Its Prey

BBC Earth Productions is back with another mesmerising bit of high-speed footage that captures hawks as they're swooping in to attack their prey. Seeing all of the bird's complex feather mechanics in action as it slows mid-air to snatch its target is utterly fascinating, and seeing it extend those terrifying claws will make you happy you're not a tiny rodent caught in its crosshairs. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Stare In Awe At Wet Hedgehogs, Rats, and Dogs Shaking In Super Slow Motion

Slo-mo footage of wet dogs shaking themselves dry are a pound a penny online. But wet dogs and wet hedgehogs and rats? Now that's something new, and we can thank BBC Earth Productions for this mesmerising footage. Read More >>

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Watch the Wonderful Mechanics of a DSLR Shutter in Super Slow Motion

There are incredible feats of engineering going completely unnoticed all around us. The way a high speed camera shutter works is one of them. Read More >>

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Bubbles Bursting At 18,000 FPS Is as Hypnotic as It Sounds

We've probably all seen high-speed footage of soap bubbles detonating in mid-air. But footage shot at 18,000 frames per second? That brings a whole new level of awesome to this childhood pastime. Just makes sure you stop and remember the countless bubbles that had to die so The Slow Mo Guys could bring us this lovely footage. Your deaths were not in vain. [YouTube] Read More >>

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Why Can't all Slo-Mo Camera Tests be This Beautiful?

When putting the Sony FS700's high speed capabilities to the test, filmmaker Danny Cooke saw a fantastic opportunity to create something more than just a technical shakedown of the equipment. Nothing is cooler in slow motion than fire, so with the help of fire breather Elliott Montello, Cooke created this mesmerising test footage that Sony absolutely needs to license for its commercials. [Danny Cooke via Coudal] Read More >>

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