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Blowing Up a Rainbow Probably Looks a Lot Like Dropping an Anvil on Spray Paint Cans

When you get exclusive access to a 150-foot-tall tower, you’re going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below. Read More >>

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Rocket-Powered Ninja Swords are the Best Way to Take Out a Nuisance Drone

Every country has their own laws on drone flight. In Sweden at least, should one encroach on your personal space you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; like a rocket-propelled katana sword. Read More >>

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Cooking an Airbag Turns a Microwave Door Into a Missile

Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs, not highlighters, and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you’ve got a high-speed camera to record the microwave’s door turning into a high-speed missile. Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Footage of a Model Rocket Engine Eviscerating a Fish Tank is Ridiculously Satisfying

Drop a lit match in water, and it will immediately be extinguished. But model rocket engines, made mostly of potassium nitrate, sulphur, and charcoal, will burn all the way through even when completely submerged. As this high-speed footage reveals, to test a rocket engine’s apathy to H2O, you’ll want to find something stronger than a glass fish tank for your experiment. Read More >>

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Incredible Slo-Mo Footage Reveals Hummingbirds are Nature’s Fighter Jets

Most birds get all the lift they need to fly with the downward stroke of their wings—meaning there’s no upward force being produced as they raise them back up. Hummingbirds, on the other hand, produce lift with both their upward and downward wing strokes, creating air vortices that the tiny birds use to fly with incredible manoeuvrability. Read More >>

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This Homemade Automatic BB Gun Is Even More Dangerous Than It Sounds

YouTube’s Giaco Whatever, who previously terrified us with a custom Nerf blaster capable of firing foam darts faster than the speed of sound, has now designed and built an automatic BB gun powered by a 4,000 PSI air tank that’s easily one of the most dangerous creations you’ll find online—so of course you want to see it in action. Read More >>

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A Plasma Cutter Makes Solid Steel Melt Like Butter

To the naked eye, someone slicing through steel using a high-temperature plasma torch just looks like a massive shower of sparks. But through the lens of a high-speed camera filming at 480 frames per second, the torch looks about as strong as melting butter as the torch easily slices through it. Read More >>

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Diving Into 1,000 Mouse Traps on a Trampoline Looks Even More Painful in Slo-Mo

High-speed cameras help make cars safer, factories run smoother, and athletes improve their performances. But The Slow Mo Guys have found an even better use for the technology: capturing the explosive chain reaction after diving onto a trampoline covered in 1,000 armed mouse traps. Read More >>

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Skier Captures Awesome Aerial Footage of His Stunts By Just Throwing His GoPro 

Despite what drone makers want you to think, you don’t need to buy an expensive camera-equipped quadcopter to capture awesome aerial footage of your adventures. GoPro sells an $800 drone just for this, but skier Nicolas Vuignier discovered he could get similarly impressive results by just chucking his GoPro camera in the air. Read More >>

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Incredible Slo-Mo Footage of the Tiny Lightning Produced When You Crush a Candy

You may have heard the myth that biting into a Wint-O-Green Lifesavers – that's essentially the American answer to a Polo – produces visible sparks in a dark room. It’s hard to believe that a small candy can produce its own lightning, but this incredible high-speed video by Smarter Every Day reveals it’s just simple science at work. Read More >>

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The World’s Fastest Camera Shoots Five Trillion Photos Every Second

Everything’s cooler in slow motion, but high frame-rate photography is an essential tool for scientists studying phenomena that occur in the blink of an eye. Researchers at Lund University have just revealed the fastest high-speed camera ever developed that can capture the equivalent of an astonishing 5 trillion frames every second, fast enough to visualise the movement of light. Read More >>

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A Super Slow Mo Rocket Launch Reveals a Spectacular Fireworks Show

As fun as building your own six-foot model rocket might be, launching it is no where near as impressive as watching one of NASA’s towering rockets blast into orbit—unless you point a high-speed camera at it. At 28,000 frames per second, a wonderful pyrotechnics show is revealed as it leaves the launch pad. Read More >>

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Dreamy Slo-Mo Footage of Dolphins Chasing a Boat Will Make Your Day More Manageable

As you stare at your computer screen on a slow afternoon, you’re probably wondering why your job doesn’t involve majestic dolphins and stunning background scenery. We don’t have any answers for you, but at least there’s a fullscreen option so you can temporarily forget all those emails you’re avoiding. Read More >>

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High-Speed Footage of a Mad Scientist Holding an Explosion in His Bare Hands

If you’ve ever built your own potato gun, you probably don’t think twice about the explosions that launch the projectile—mostly because they’re hidden within it. But SmarterEveryDay’s Dustin built his potato cannon out of clear plastic so when filmed with a high-speed camera at 20,000 frames per second, the explosions are revealed. And they’re terrifying. Read More >>

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The Most Cringeworthy Liquid Nitrogen Destruction Video You’ll Ever See

We’ve seen everything from jelly to raw eggs get completely destroyed after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. But nothing comes close to being as cringeworthy to watch as Brent Rose takes a baseball bat to a 15-inch silicone dildo turned into a frozen rock. Despite some interesting science at work here, some of you might want to look away. [YouTube] Read More >>