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  • Popular Why Most Resolutions Fail & How To Succeed

    Why Most Resolutions Fail & How To Succeed

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    Common pitfalls of New Year's resolutions and how I plan to avoid them.

  • Popular The Science of the Butterfly Effect

    The Science of the Butterfly Effect

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    Chaos theory means deterministic systems can be unpredictable. I have long wanted to make a video about chaos, ever since reading James Gleick's fantastic book, Chaos. I hope this video gives an idea of phase space - a picture of dynamical systems in whic

  • Popular 3 Perplexing Physics Problems

    3 Perplexing Physics Problems

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    Why does shaken soda explode? Does ice melt first in fresh or salt water?

  • Popular Engineering with Origami

    Engineering with Origami

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    On first glance it's surprising that origami -- a centuries old art of folding paper to achieve particular aesthetics -- is applicable to engineering. But upon closer consideration there are a lot of reasons methods developed for paper folding are also ap

  • Popular The Bizarre Behavior of Rotating Bodies, Explained

    The Bizarre Behavior of Rotating Bodies, Explained

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    Spinning objects have strange instabilities known as The Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem - this video offers an intuitive explanation. Below is a further discussion by Henry Reich that I think helps summarize why axes 1 and 3 are generally sta

  • Popular World's Best Heat Shield is 99.8% Air?

    World's Best Heat Shield is 99.8% Air?

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    We put aerogel to the test vs 'not-a-flamethrower', a huge 2000°C flame to a large fiberglass blanket infused with silica aerogel - formerly the lightest solid (that title is now held by graphene aerogel).

  • Popular Making Liquid Nitrogen From Scratch!

    Making Liquid Nitrogen From Scratch!

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    I used a nitrogen membrane and Stirling cryocooler to liquefy nitrogen out of the air. Making liquid nitrogen is hard - in fact up until 150 years ago scientists doubted whether it was even possible to liquefy nitrogen. In 1823, At the royal institution i

  • Popular First Flight on Another Planet!

    First Flight on Another Planet!

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    The Mars Helicopter aims to make the first powered flight on another planet when it takes off on Mars as part of the Mars 2020 mission. I learned a lot getting to visit the drone right before it was mounted on the rover. How do you fly in 1% of Earth's at

  • Popular Why Apollo Astronauts Trained in Nuclear Bomb Craters

    Why Apollo Astronauts Trained in Nuclear Bomb Craters

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    Apollo astronauts trained in nuclear bomb craters at the Nevada National Security Site. I found this story fascinating because in a way a nuclear bomb crater is more like a meteorite impact site than an impact site itself. Consider: Barringer Crater was c

  • Popular The Most Radioactive Places on Earth. The Ending Is A Real Shocker!

    The Most Radioactive Places on Earth. The Ending Is A Real Shocker!

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    Who knew? I sure didn't. The ending to this video may ( hopefully ) prompt many viewers to change some of their habits. Please share with family and friends, I did.

  • Popular How a Fish Saved the Vikings

    How a Fish Saved the Vikings

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    The Vikings suffered many hardships living in the north of Europe: long, cold winters and importantly a lack of sunlight. Luckily, they had cod. When making a video about vitamins I thought the story would mainly be about supplement pills, whether we shou

  • Popular Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

    Can You Swim in Shade Balls?

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    I bought 10,000 shade balls and tried to swim in them. They appear to act like a non-Newtonian fluid: rigid under high shear stress, but they flow like a liquid under low shear. My sense was that swimming in shade balls would be difficult but still doable

  • Popular World's Lightest Solid! Veritasium

    World's Lightest Solid! Veritasium

    by Mel Added 362 Views / 0 Likes

    Aerogels are the world's lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphene aer

  • Popular My Video Went Viral. Would You Like To Know Why?

    My Video Went Viral. Would You Like To Know Why?

    by Mel Added 467 Views / 0 Likes

    My hypothesis is that the algorithm, rather than viewer preference, drives views on the site. As the algorithm shifts, various YouTubers experience burnout (as what used to work no longer works) and right now click-through rate is the key metric. So click

  • Popular Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

    Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?

    by Mel Added 662 Views / 0 Likes

    I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduced.

  • Popular Five Firsts for Mars InSight

    Five Firsts for Mars InSight

    by Mel Added 416 Views / 0 Likes

    Mars InSight will be the first to detect seismic activity on Mars’ surface, first to measure rate of heat transmitted from interior, first to dig nearly 5m down, first to measure magnetic fields on Mars’ surface, and first to use a robotic arm

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