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Hollywood's Dilemma

about 1 month ago

Big Think interviewed producer and film scholar Jonathan Taplin to discuss the current state of Hollywood. As much as we get caught up in the glitz and glamour, it's easy to forget that Hollywood is an industry; instead of selling used cars, it sells used ideas. And the magic pixie dust that brings ...

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The Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment

about 1 month ago

Though we are still trapped by the grueling clutches of winter, we can still dream that summer is around the corner. And with the eventual start of a new season comes seasonally appropriate scientific experiments like this one. Perfect for impressing your friends at an outdoor barbeque, you can ...

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The Science of Caddyshack

about 1 month ago

You knew the movie was hilarious, but did you also know that Caddyshack essentially features science in its pivotal plot points? Those explosions meant to rid the course of that rascally gopher as well as gopher behavior are all in this video, along with the infamous candy bar in the pool. ...

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Charge Your Cell Phone in Five Minutes

about 1 month ago

Is this science fiction? Can you really charge your cell phone in the time it takes to check all those voice-mails?  Supercapacitors let you bring your cell phone back to life in five minutes or charge up an electric car in sixty seconds, according to DNews. They're not only super-powerful ...

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See a Color Humans Can't See

about 1 month ago

It's well-known that there are colors that humans can't see. But now in this easy tutorial by everyone's favorite science teacher, Robert Krampf, you can see one of these colors that are not visible to the human eye. It's a neat trick to impress your friends, but keep in mind it's still just one ...

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Music Video for Remembering the Elements

about 1 month ago

Is it a music video or a catchy way to remember the elements? BoingBoing produced this fun animation featuring They Might Be Giants singing (and teaching us) about science. Why can't a music video like this one accompany every text book?  Though the video was released back in 2009, it's still ...

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50 Misconceptions About Science

about 1 month ago

Did you know that your favorite dinosaur in kindergarten, the brontosaurus, never existed? This and 49 other misconceptions about science are pulled out of your head and replaced with facts after watching this fascinating, high-energy truth-bomb from Mental Floss. How many of these scientific ...

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Hundreds of New Planets Found

about 1 month ago

More potential evidence that we may not be alone in the universe. Kepler telescope discovered 715 new planets beyond our solar system. So far, NASA has identified four of these planets as orbiting a hospital zone where water can keep a liquid state, according to the BBC. According to this video ...

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Stephen Hawking: The Errol Morris Film

about 1 month ago

When two masters come together like the great filmmaker Errol Morris shooting a documentary about Stephen Hawking, one would expect the film to be on everyone's list of favorites. But this does not seem to be the case with the little known A Brief History of Time. Morris chronicles Hawking's ...

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The Science Behind Procrastination

about 1 month ago

It's convenient that TV shows are 30 minutes long: you can watch one more before cleaning the kitchen after dinner. Just one more. Soon, it's late, and you decide to go to bed and do the dishes tomorrow. Or will you? Why do we procrastinate? And how can we trick ourselves into rolling up our ...