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Two Guys Shooting Giant Fireworks at Each Other Somehow Don’t Kill Each Other

I’m not going to call these guys total idiots because if I had access to big fireworks, an empty street, and a camera, there’s a non-zero chance that I too would light those fireworks up, blast my friend in an awesomely stupid fireworks fight, and record the whole damn thing so that other people could call me an idiot. This wild, Harry Potter-like fight filled with colourful explosions happened in China during Chinese New Year. Read More >>

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Seeing the Explosion Inside a Transparent Engine Shows You How Engines Work

This particular engine we’re looking at has four strokes: the intake, the compression, the combustion (or power), and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff. Read More >>

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Watch a Skier Almost Hit People on a Ski Lift While Doing a Double Backflip

I’m not 100% sure the skier in the video didn’t clip his head on the boots of the people sitting on the ski lift but even if he did, he’s still bad ass enough to complete a casual double backflip off a wild jump. I’ve watched the video multiple times and it’s totally nuts because after he completes the first flip he’s basically eye level with the lift and yet he kept on spinning to nail the trick. The distance he travels in the air is sick. [Newschoolers via Digg] Read More >>

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Strapping a GoPro on a Sword is the Best Way to Watch a Watermelon Get Slaughtered

Mounting a GoPro onto a sword and then watching it chop the hell out of things is awesome, but it isn’t as easy as I thought. You can’t just tape a camera down on one end of the blade and hope for the best, because the shot will look all wacky. The sword moves too fast so it’s all blurry, the camera angle is capturing the wrong thing, and everything is bad. Read More >>

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Being Stuck Inside This Laser-Filled Room Would Be a Great Way to Lose Your Mind

This immersive laser beam installation seems like the perfect place to pop a pill, stare at some lights, cleanse yourself from sin, and maybe even just leave your soul behind. The room is so vast and the lasers come from everywhere, so it must be a hell of a trip. Like you’re trapped inside a machine. Or the future. Or another dimension entirely. Read More >>

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Shooting a Tesla Coil Gun is Some Real Ghostbusters Shit

There’s nothing I want to do more in life than to shoot a Tesla coil gun. Seeing those bolts of electricity fly out of that death ray-looking weapon is basically all I’ve ever dreamed about since I’ve watched Ghostbusters, and this Tesla coil gun is the closest thing to a real-life Proton Pack that I’ve ever seen. Read More >>

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How to Make an Awesome Fire Tornado with No Moving Parts

I don’t think it’s possible to make anything cooler than this homemade multicolour fire tornado that spins around and weaves itself together with absolutely no moving parts. Not with more than your own two hands anyway. Read More >>

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How is This Kid So Damn Good at Freeline Skating?

Freeline skates are a pair of skates that are completely separate from each other, and simply riding them seems impossible. A skateboard is one solid deck, and roller blades are attached to your feet. But freeline skates? Each part has two inline wheels, and somehow you have to somehow control both at the same time by doing a wave-like motion without losing your balance. Read More >>

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This Glow in the Dark Finger Puppet Dance is Unreal

Damn, this finger puppet is so awesome. Not only does it glow in the dark but its dance moves are so incredible that you’d think it was alive. It just moves so fluidly. Read More >>

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Watch a Katana Bend When It Hits Liquid

In order to harden the edge of steel, swords are often heated until they’re impossibly hot and then quenched in liquid to rapidly cool down. This creates a much stronger grain structure in the steel, which obviously leads to a much stronger sword. An interesting thing that happens during this quenching process is how the sword dramatically bends before it snaps back into shape (with a slight upward tilt). Read More >>

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Watch Glass Explode in Spectacular Slow Motion

Glass can explode, and seeing it happen in slow motion is damn incredible. The Slow Mo Guys pointed the Phantom V2511 high-speed camera at a Pyrex glass measuring cup that was heated with a torch and then doused in cold water to capture the exploding glass (the sudden temperature change isn’t good with tempered glass) and you can see just how fast it blows up. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid?

Non-Newtonian fluids are liquids that are also sort of solid but also sort of neither but also sort of both? They’re very thick liquids or very giving solids, depending on what you want to call them. That’s why they’re so fun to do science experiments with. The Backyard Scientist went and filled up balloons with non-Newtonian fluids and ripped a chainsaw through them, shot a BB-gun at them, and fired off a golf ball cannon at them too. Read More >>

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Mixing Glow Sticks with Ferrofluid and Magnets Basically Breaks the Visible Spectrum

Controlling ferrofluid with magnets is all well and good – and stunning – but when you add the chemicals inside a glow stick to the mix, it becomes something so much more cool. Read More >>

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Here Are the Best GoPro Videos of 2015

GoPro cameras are used to document everything these days — from crazy action sports to awesome first person views to time lapses to travelling the world and more. Here’s what GoPro considers as to be the year in review for 2015. It’s great. Read More >>

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Incredible Cross Sections of Spaceships and Vehicles From Star Wars

The best thing about the world of Star Wars (other than it being the world of Star Wars) is how incredibly detailed it is. Everything you see on screen has a backstory, everything basically has an explanation, anything can be nerded out on. So here are the backstories and explanations for the vehicles and spaceships used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It’s all told in beautiful cross-section art and available for purchase so you can see it closer in book form here. Read More >>