Lava + Ice = Scrambled Eggs From Hell

Two men – a geologist and an artist – get it into their noggins to see what happens when you pour molten rock (lava) onto a sheet of ice. Both lava and ice constitute extremely resilient and powerful forces of nature and the results of this experiment you’ve GOT to see!

Video Source: “What Happens When Lava Meets Ice?” Uploaded by Science Channel to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvSmPqqZB3Q

Earth 2.0 – Plan B for Mankind

Looks like there might just be a Plan B for when we eventually gas ourselves out of our own planet or those apocalyptic zombie films finally make good on their promise to obliterate mankind. Astronomers have discovered a planet that – upon preliminary investigation – would appear to be so similar to our own that there’s a very real possibility it could be fit for human habitation. This comes as great news, because by the time we are forced to move planets (and the technology for interstellar travel has been invented), local asteroid-defeating hero, Bruce Willis, will be long dead. Hooray for Plan B!

Video Source: “Could we move to Earth 2.0?” uploaded by Science Channel to YouTube channel https://youtu.be/fdksRkeBcNU

Baboons Cartwheeling (No, This Is Not a Joke)

Baboons – and most monkeys and all apes really – are remarkably like humans. We have a social hierarchy, we have figured out our environment pretty well, we’re insatiably curious and we love to play games… cartwheel down hills to be more accurate. This clip comes from one of my FAVOURITE movies of all times – Beautiful People – a documentary set in the Kalahari desert. This movie chronicles the life and times of the flora and fauna that inhabit (and thrive) in this seemingly inhospitable place on Earth, all set to a musical score that is beautifully fitting. If you ever come across this film, check it out.

Video Source: “Funny Monkey” uploaded by sammylovver to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkuX0nKiAlU

Nerdgasm: Star Wars Imperial March on Tesla Coils

What’s better than watching two massive tesla coils discharging big sexy bolts of energy into the air? Having the resultant zapping sound form the basis to the tune from Star Wars’ Imperial March! Darth Vader, eat your heart out!

Video Source: “Star Wars Imperial March on Tesla Coils – ArcAttack at MakerFaire 2013″ uploaded by mkyagi to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9ePilqnsLs

Neil deGrasse Tyson Cuts Rapper B.o.B’s Epic Brain Fart With Some Serious Febreeze!

If you’ve been on the fence with regards to your opinion of rap, be prepared to forever hate the genre. Rapper B.o.B. of “Airplanes” fame actually believes the world is flat and that we’ve all been lied to and deceived, in his very words. It started on January 24th, when B.o.B. posted the following tweet…

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He followed up this grievously stupid Tweet with the following drivel:

“I’m going up against the greatest liars in history.”

“You’ve been tremendously deceived.”

Okay. WHAT?? I didn’t know people still believed the world was flat and the fact that more than 2,000 people LIKED his Tweet is seriously concerning! Unfortunately, today’s society is more influenced by people like rappers than they are by scientists, so our children (and the simple-minded) are at a real risk of buying into this prehistoric notion.

Enter the coolest guy alive: astrophysicist and curator of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson. In this video, Neil presents the facts in pure poetry, calling B.o.B. out for the simple fool he is – but, you know, in a totally intellectual and non-offensive way. So if you were feeling a little slow today and struggling to get your brain into gear, take solace in the fact that there are people out there who are far more ignorant than you are. It just sucks that many of them are millionaires *coughdonaldtrumpcough*

Video Source: “The Nightly Show – Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Flat-Earth Theorist B.o.B” posted by Comedy Central to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBne5T8SQvg

 

Wildlife Photographer Interrupts Mating Tortoises… Slowest Chase Ever Ensues

Have you ever been in the middle of giving someone a good rodgering when a friend calls, your flat mate walks in on you or your mother knocks on your door asking for your dirty laundry? Most of us have… now imagine you’re “doing the dirty” and some wildlife explorer sneaks in, does a shoddy job of concealing himself and films you! The very audacity of it all! And that’s precisely the train of thought the gigantic male tortoise featured in this voyeuristic video has when it embarks upon a chase of the offending explorer. Needless to say, the chase is anything but fast and furious.

Video Source: “Explorer Interrupts Mating Tortoises, Slowest Chase Ever Ensues” uploaded by National Geographic to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjtCS0EEoCY

Drone Footage From Inside An Active Volcano!

Video Source: “Drones Sacrificed for Spectacular Volcano Video” uploaded by National Geographic to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFIWWM0Iv-U

Today’s Sciencey LOL

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Strictly speaking, there’s nothing very “sciencey” about today’s Sciencey LOL, except it is a picture of a whale shark (shark biology/cetology) in the sea (oceanography) singing Whitney Houston (pharmacology). You’re welcome!

Popcorn Popping in Super Slow Motion

If you’ve ever made popcorn on the stove in a pot with a glass lid, you’ve probably tried your darndest to see what actually happens when the corn kernels explode. How does something so hard and inedible become something so fluffy and delicious? And even if you can get a good enough look without having your eyeballs seared by hot oil, nothing can beat witnessing corn popping in super slow motion.

So here you go! (You’re welcome)

Video Source: “Popping Popcorn in Slow Motion” Uploaded by Slow Mo Lab to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rPMIkN5fR4