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Is Maths an Artform?

Sometimes the results of maths are sure beautiful—pretty charts, say, or wonderful visualisations. But can maths itself, those long complex equations, be an artform too? Read More >>

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Seriously, Who Invented the Internet and Why?

People are always confused about who the hell invented the internet as we know it now. Even if they think they know, common mortals are most probably mistaken. This cool little video explains it clearly. Read More >>

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The Dizzying Work of Hand-Painting Ads Across New York City Skyscrapers

Walk around New York City, and you're bound to see the work of these "wall dogs"—the men and women who paint billboard-size ads by hand, high above the city streets. Their work is exacting, and the places they paint are terrifying. Don't watch this if you're afraid of heights. Read More >>

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This is How an Amazing Photoshop Job Turns Dozens of Pictures into One Magical Image

Image compositing is a common practice in digital art and advertising. But often the crazy extent of it is completely invisible. Like the image above, which is made of a few dozen separate pictures. This GIF--posted to Reddit--peels back the layers of one meticulously crafted scene. Read More >>

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A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can't see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualization turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible things. Read More >>

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Your Decaying Corpse Becomes a Factory of Toxic Chemicals After You Die

What happens after we die? Spiritually, who knows. Physically? Your body becomes a festering production line, spewing out more than 400 nasty compounds that would be toxic to your body if you weren't already dead, as Scientific American explains in this unsettlingly cheery animation. Read More >>

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Meet the Guys Who Store Humans at Freezing Temperatures for the Future

We Will Live Again is a fascinating documentary on the Cryonics Institute, the place where 99 dead human bodies are stored at freezing temperatures in hopes that they'll be able to be revived and live again in another life. It's crazy and bizarre and eerie in all the right ways. Read More >>

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10,000 Falling Dominoes That Actually Work as a Simple Computer

YouTube is chock full of falling domino videos, but Numberphile's Matt Parker may have trumped them all with a complicated 10,000 domino setup that just so happens to function as a very crude computer. How is such a thing even possible? This primer video explains the basics. Read More >>

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The Bubble Porn Video: No Nudity, but Extremely NSFW

It was only a matter of time. If you've never heard of bubbling, the ingenious invention of a young, lonely Mormon man that lets your mind turn innocent bikini shots into porn, now's your chance to get acquainted—this time, in video form. And yep, it's just about as porny as you can get without actually being porn. Read More >>

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Babies Trying Lemons for the First Time in Slow Motion

Someone got a brilliant idea: Let's give babies lemon wedges for the first time-- just like every single parent does in the privacy of their home--and record their reaction in slow motion so the entire world can laugh and go aaaaawwwwwww at the same time. Read More >>

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This Video Reveals the Origin Scenes of Some of the Internet's Most Famous Memes

Memes are so damn clever at capturing emotion and feeling that they're pretty much the clearest way to communicate on the Internet. Need to explain your disappointment in something? Throw up that facepalm. And though most pop culture junkies can figure out where most memes and image macros come from, this video shows the exact source and scene of the movie where some of the Internet's most famous memes came from. It's like seeing the Internet come to life. Read More >>

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Can You Kill Someone With an Icicle? Slingshot Maniac Investigates

Everyone's favourite vaguely Eastern European slingshot enthusiast is back again to endanger both himself and the people he loves. Except this time, Joerg is flinging ice—because winter is coming. Read More >>

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Watch 30 Years of Mobile Phone Come Together as a Digital Orchestra

What do you get if you take 30 mobile phones and four pagers from across the last 30 years, and wire them together with a sound system? An oddly catchy bit of music is what. Read More >>

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Strap on Oculus Rift Goggles and Control a Drone With Your Head

Oculus Rift enables you to escape into incredible virtual (or live-action) worlds, but strapping on the goggles is precisely that—an escape. Which is what makes this new open-source project by Diego Araos so crazy: using the goggles' head-motion tracking feature and live video feed, you can actually navigate an AR drone with a tilt of your noggin. Read More >>

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Meet Porton Man, the £1.1 Million Robot Soldier Guinea Pig

Looks like Boston Dynamics' super creepy hazmat robot, Petman, just got a new best friend. Say hello to Porton Man, the Ministry of Defence's brand new £1.1 million, animatronic robot pet. Read More >>

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Here's What Playing Tetris on a 29-Storey Skyscraper Looks Like

Over the weekend, hundreds of people crowded around the 29-storey Cira Centre building in downtown Philadelphia to fulfil every classic Game Boy lovers' dream—playing Tetris on 100,000-square-foot screen for all the world to see. Read More >>

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