David Aguilar grew up like any normal kid. He loved tinkering and playing with Legos — despite having been born with a deformed arm. Now 18, David has perfected a prosthetic arm made from Lego's Technic bricks, capable of opening doors, picking up objects, and strong enough for pushups.
The average lifespan is about 28,689 days or about 78 years for those in the US. So what happens in those 78 trips around the Sun? Lots of things. AsapScience looks at what humans can do in the course of a lifetime, from bathtubs full of saliva to 16 years spent int he office.
In this short video, Hank Green recounts the rise and fall of The Broccoli Tree. It was made famous by photographer Patrik Svedberg, even spawning its own Instagram page. It brought many people, over 27,000 to be exact until an angry internet troll tried to saw it down. Through this, we've learned not only that you can't un-saw a tree, but also the risks and the rewards of sharing what we love.
For thousands of years, humans have stored some of our most important cultural possessions in museums. But the idea of a museum being available to the public is a much more recent phenomenon. PBS looks at the history of museums and why they're important — for all of us, and not just the wealthy.
Ships are hard to hide but with the addition of U-boats in WWI, these massive vessels needed a way to dodge incoming torpedoes. That's where artist Norman Wilkinson came in. Taking inspiration from cubist painters, he developed Dazzle Camouflage. The method didn't make ships invisible, but its bizarre patterns and bright colors confused u-boats and therefore misdirecting their fire.
Everyone has an aunt or friend that swears by homeopathic medicine. Before you write them off as crazy, you must first understand their alternative methods. Kurzgesagt gives an animated lesson in the principals of Homeopathy and explains how the remedies actually work.
Get all the comfort of your favorite lounge pants and all the style of high-end denim with Mott & Bow Wooster Jeans. Made from Dynamic Stretch fabric that offers 35% stretch and has cotton woven around polyester and elastane, they have the rugged appearance of classic denim, but offer stretchiness and comfort that are perfect for an active lifestyle. Available in two washes, you're assured a great fit thanks to Mott & Bow's free home try-ons.
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A follow-up to their dress shoes, the Ace Marks Sneaker adds a casual option to their hand-crafted collection. The athletic design still has all of the same luxury features the brand is known for like Italian craftsmanship and full-grain calfskin leather. Waxed shoelaces and a real rubber outsole give them the look of a sneaker, while a shock absorbing insole makes them as comfortable as they appear. The shoes come in both a high-top and low-cut profile.
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This Lego Technics snowblower makes you wonder what can't be built with Legos. Some very ingenious work from The Brick Wall made this along with a few household parts. This fully-functional piece of heavy equipment is powered by nine total Lego RF motors, 5 for the blower and 4 to power the tracks. And judging from the video, it works even better than you'd think.
Gelatin, sweetener, food dye. No, these aren't the ingredients for gummy bears, they're what goes into making paintballs. Surprisingly, those exploding, dye-filled capsules are made with nontoxic, food-grade ingredients.
For the right price, you can have just anything shipped from anywhere in the world overnight. But to get a package from Scotland to Alaska in one day is a science of its own. In this video, Wendover Productions outlines how major delivery companies like UPS, FedEx, and DHL diligently get our stuff across the globe, all while we snooze away in our beds.
Over a year in the making, Captain Xavier has taken the wraps off of his NERF Rival minigun. Fed by a backpack filled with around 2,000 rounds of ammo, the minigun is capable of firing 20 rounds per second, providing the heavy cover fire necessary for winning any NERF war.
Aside from the fact that it takes 700 tickets to get a spider ring, arcades are total scams. Using a super-precise robot that he created himself, former NASA engineer Mark Rober uses science to call out game makers and their deceitful creations for hustling little kids out of their Chuck E. Cheese tokens.
Just because people are busier than ever doesn't mean they're getting more done. Between emails, social media, and random cat videos, procrastination eats up most of our time. It's not just a human problem, even computers get caught up in menial tasks. After observing our programmed friends for 50 years, computer scientists have compiled some good strategies for effective time management.
Somewhere up above us, there is a sky filled with stars — even though most us can't see it. Our always-on, constantly-lit modern life is causing massive amounts of light pollution, even in non-urban areas. This is causing profound environmental consequences beyond simply star-gazing, interfering with the natural rhythms of the world around us.
Imagine yourself as Rick Moranis in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids! and looking on in horror as your tiny children fall over and die after being shrunk. Science doesn't always make for fun movies, but it can make mice explode and tiny elephants die. In the second part of their Size of Life series, Kuzgesagt takes a closer look at the fundamental rules for being alive at both ends of the size spectrum.
With a simple Scandinavian design and rock-solid Ronda 515 Swiss quartz movement, the Richardt & Mejer Signature Watch is an elevated and reliable daily timepiece. Its chunky, brushed 316L stainless steel case measures just 38mm across but a sizable 47mm lug to lug, with just enough curve to soften the design. The dark sunray dial has four lumed steel markers, a date window at 4:23, and an arcing logo at 12:00. Water resistant to 50 meters, it ships with both black and brown calf leather straps and arrives in a custom wooden case.
If you had to stash just one emergency tool in your pack or glove compartment, the Survival Axe Elite would be the right choice. In addition to a resharpenable hatchet blade, it has a hammer with reinforced claw, a 6-inch replaceable metal saw integrated into the handle, a gas valve shut off wrench, a handful of hex sockets, a seat belt cutter, and, of course, a bottle opener. Plus, there's a sharpened hook, nail puller, pry bar, box cutter, and glass breaker, among the many other uses you can find for the edges and nooks of the axe. It's crafted from sturdy, black oxide-coated 420 stainless steel with a full tang that extends down the length of the glass-filled nylon handle, yet weighs just 1.5 pounds and measures under a foot from top to bottom. Blade sheath included. Made in the USA.
Welfare programs are among the most controversial in modern society. Between the costs, stereotypes of low-income people, and the general human tendency towards greed finding a fair and equitable way to distribute the wealth of society without leaving others behind is nearly impossible. The idea of a universal basic income has been gaining traction in recent years as a way to eliminate welfare programs and bring the overall society up — but it isn't without its problems either.
As if the previous Kurzgesagt video didn't get your mind wondering, CGP Grey is here with another thought-provoking topic. While part one touches of the desire to live, this one focuses on the alternative — death. More importantly, how to fight it off. Just a little light-hearted material to ponder throughout the weekend.
If the apocalypse arrives and you forgot to stockpile 20 years worth of SPAM, you're in luck — Asap Science has some scientific tips for survival. From finding water, lighting a fire. and what you should and shouldn't eat, it's a good way to get started on reviving society. Just don't forget to write it down.
The advent of Soviet nuclear weapons in the late 1940s would launch the surreal Cold War between the USSR and the United States. In the early 1950s, the Federal Civil Defense Administration was tasked with leading the effort to inform and protect citizens at home from nuclear strikes, which lead to hopelessly comical instructional videos and a nation-wide network of fallout shelters. Vox looks at the fallout shelter boom, whether they would have been effective, and why living under the shadow of total annihilation has faded away.
It's one of the most popular works of fiction in American literature and spawned one of the best films of all time. But is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird really that good? Maybe not. Vox states the case for this American classic not being all that classic.
We all have a few or few hundred t-shirts in our closets. The wardrobe staple is so popular that around two billion make their way into the world every year. Although they seem harmless enough, t-shirts can have an effect on the planet. From its origin in the cotton fields of Asia to the washing machine in your home, Angel Chang goes through the complete life-cycle of a basic tee.
Don't look directly at the sun. We all know it. And if you didn't have the common sense not to do it, then you probably deserved what you got. But just in case you aren't sure, here's how to tell if you burnt out your optical scans while looking at the eclipse without proper protection.
If it all goes down and Armageddon is upon us, you'll want to be in the safest possible place to wait out World War III — and that place is probably Switzerland. In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!". As in, the entire country is a trap. With bridges, roads, and even mountain sides rigged with explosives, disguised artillery emplacements, and 200,000 troops ready in 72 hours, Switzerland has every intention of maintaining its famous neutrality.
The Berlin Wall didn't just divide East and West Germany — it divided the world. Communist versus Capitalist, with the United States leading the West and the USSR leading the East, the Wall is one of the most infamous barriers in human history. TED looks at how the Wall came to be, and the events that lead to it coming down.
Size. It determines more about living things than nearly any other measurable factor. Kurzgesagt demonstrates this in most illustrative way possible — by throwning animals off of a tall building.
You could pay tens of thousands of dollars to take philosophy courses in college — or you could tune in to James Franco's new YouTube channel. In the first episode, Rutgers University's Liz Camp stops by to discuss the nature of metaphor. Get all the education with none of the quizzes or home work.
Kurzgesagt takes a break from the scientific to get a little philosophical. With most of their subject matter touching on the rise of the machines or Earth-destroying Gamma-Ray bursts, their videos tend to cause existential dread. In an attempt to create something a little less depressing, Kurzgesagt touch on their own philosophy on life — Optimistic Nihilism.
From dirt water to a syringe of silicon, there are a lot of beverages with some pretty wild claims. But which is really the best? And not just the best for you. AsapScience tries a few of the supposedly most potent health drinks around — and finds a very clear winner.
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