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Midnight sun, arctic summer

arctic summer explainer video

The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in the summer months in places north of the Arctic Circle or south of the Antarctic Circle, when the sun remains visible at the local midnight. Around the summer solstice (approximately June 21 in the north and December 22 in the south) the sun is visible for the full 24 hours, given fair weather.

Basking shark

basking shark explainer video

The basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) is the second-largest living fish, after the whale shark, and one of three plankton-eating sharks besides the whale shark and megamouth shark.

Bean plant searching for support

bean explainer video

As a vine, bean plants need external support, which they are able to find by making a slow circular movement.

Belousov Zhabotinsky reaction

belousov zhabotinsky reaction explainer video

The discovery of the phenomenon is credited to Boris Belousov. He noted, some time in the 1950s (various sources date ranges from 1951 to 1958), that in a mix of potassium bromate, cerium(IV) sulfate, malonic acid and citric acid in dilute sulfuric acid, the ratio of concentration of the cerium(IV) and cerium(III) ions oscillated, causing the colour of the solution to oscillate between a yellow solution and a colorless solution.

Anatomical atlas

anatomy book explainer video

Short animation made from a children’s anatomy atlas. A great source for further reading in this subject is the Historical Anatomies website.

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Human hand seen in X-rays

hand in xrays explainer video

The skeleton of the human hand consists of 27 bones: the eight short bones of the wrist or carpus organized into a proximal row (scaphoid, lunate, triquetral and pisiform), which articulates with the skeleton of the forearm, and a distal row (trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate), which articulates with the bases of the metacarpal bones (i.e. the bones of the palm or “hand proper”).


bouncing explainer video

Deflection, in physics, refers to the change in an object’s or objects’ acceleration as a consequence of contact (collision) with a surface or the influence of a field.

A box of matches ignited at once

box of matches fired explainer video

Matches were invented in the 19th century, when the tips of small wooden rods were coated with chemicals that were easily ignited when heated by friction.

Bread dough rising

bread dough rising explainer video

Sourdough is a type of bread produced by a long fermentation of dough using naturally occurring yeasts and lactobacilli. In comparison with breads made with cultivated yeast, it usually has a mildly sour taste because of the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli.

Bubble in extreme cold

bubble in extreme cold explainer video

Apple hit by a bullet

apple shot with bullet explainer video

High-speed film cameras can film up to a quarter of a million frames per second by running the film over a rotating prism or mirror instead of using a shutter, thus reducing the need for stopping and starting the film behind a shutter which would tear the film stock at such speeds.

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Bullet hitting a wall

bullet hitting a wall explainer video

A problem for high-speed cameras is the needed exposure for the film, so one needs very bright light to be able to film at forty thousand frames per second sometimes leading to the subject of examination being destroyed because of the heat of the lighting. Monochromatic filming (black/white) is sometimes used to reduce the required amount of light.

Making a camo helmet

camouflage helmet is made explainer video

The Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP), also referred to as ACUPAT (Army Combat Uniform PATtern) or Digital Camouflage (“digicam”), is the military camouflage pattern used in the United States Army’s Army Combat Uniform. The pattern was chosen after several laboratory and field tests that occurred from 2003 to 2004.

Reigniting a candle

candle went off explainer video

A recently extinguished candle will reignite when a lit match is held in the smoke stream.

Powelliphanta, a carnivorous snail

carnivorous snail explainer video

These large snails are endemic to New Zealand, in small areas of the North and South Islands, with the greatest diversity of species in the mountains of northwest Nelson in the South Island.

Wet cat

wet cat explainer video

On every blog there must be a cat photo. Here it is!

How chains are made

chain making explainer video

According to the “Complete Guide to Chain”, the metal link chain was invented in 225 BC.

Chelyabinsk meteor

chelyabinsk meteor explainer video

The Chelyabinsk meteor was a superbolide caused by a near-Earth asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013, with a speed of 19 kilometres per second. It quickly became a brilliant superbolide meteor over the southern Ural region. The light from the meteor was brighter than the Sun, even at 100 km distance. It was observed over a wide area of the region and in neighbouring republics. Eyewitnesses also felt intense heat from the fireball.

How chicken wire is made

chicken wire production explainer video

Chicken wire, or poultry netting, is a mesh of wire commonly used to fence poultry livestock, such as chickens, in a run or coop. It is made of thin, flexible galvanized steel wire, with hexagonal gaps.

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Convection currents

convection current explainer video

Convection is the concerted, collective movement of groups or aggregates of molecules within fluids, liquids or gases, either through advection or through diffusion or as a combination of both of them.

Corn flour and water on a speaker

corn flour and water on speaker explainer video

The root of this phenomena is that when you mix cornflour and water it becomes a non-newtonian fluid – a fluid whose viscosity is rate dependent. It’s often termed silly putty since it appears to break the laws of physics and exhibits some rather strange properties. Further reading

Why corn pops

corn pop explainer video

Each kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water stored inside a circle of soft starch. The soft starch is surrounded by the kernel’s hard outer surface. As the kernel heats up, the water begins to expand.  Around 212 degrees the water turns into steam and changes the starch inside each kernel into a superhot gelatinous goop.  The kernel continues to heat to about 347 degrees.  The pressure inside the grain will reach 135 pounds per square inch before finally bursting the hull open.

Scale of the Universe – Zooming into a Crustacean, then a Diatom, then a Bacterium

crustacean zoom diatom zoom bacterium explainer video

An electron microscope is a microscope that uses accelerated electrons as a source of illumination. Because the wavelength of an electron can be up to 100,000 times shorter than that of visible light photons, the electron microscope has a higher resolving power than a light microscope and can reveal the structure of smaller objects. A transmission electron microscope can achieve better than 50 pm resolution and magnifications of up to about 10,000,000x whereas most light microscopes are limited by diffraction to about 200 nm resolution and useful magnifications below 2000x.

Dissolvable Electronic Circuit

dissolvable electronic circuit

A new class of electronics can dissolve and disappear on a pre-set schedule, within a few minutes or a few years, depending on when you want them to go away.

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How a dog drinks

dog drinking water

Just like cats, dogs fold the tip of their tongue backwards so that the top of the tongue penetrates the surface of the liquid. While water adhering to the top surface of the tongue is pulled upwards to the mouth, water sitting on the bottom side of the tongue spills back down towards the container as the tongue is withdrawn and the jaw closed. Further reading.

Domino Energy and Momentum

dominoes energy and momentum explainer video

Each upright domino is also full of potential energy. When the first domino falls, the force of gravity turns that potential energy into enough kinetic energy to topple a domino larger than itself. That taller, heavier domino stores even more potential energy, and that energy will continue to mount so long as each falling domino’s kinetic energy can overcome the potential energy of their more massive neighbors. Very interesting reading.

Driving a Rover on the Moon

driving the moon explainer video

The Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) was a battery-powered four-wheeled rover used on the Moon during the last three missions of the American Apollo program (15, 16, and 17) during 1971 and 1972. The LRV could carry one or two astronauts, their equipment, and lunar samples.

Grimpoteuthis, the Dumbo Octopus

dumbo octopus explainer video

Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopus that live in the deep sea. Prominent ear-like fins protrude from the mantle just above their lateral eyes. These octopuses are commonly nicknamed “Dumbo octopuses” in reference to how the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their head-like bodies resemble the ears of Walt Disney’s flying elephant Dumbo. The average life span is 3 to 5 years.

Earth viewed from a Spacecraft flying away

earth away explainer video

It was the Apollo program that produced the first widely publicized views of Earth as a colorful marble floating in black space. Further reading.

Night time Earth

earth night side

A view of night time Earth made of numerous satellite photos. The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. More photos of this kind.

Easter Island Statues

easter island statues explainer video

The mystical Stone Heads of Easter Island may have been ‘walked’ into position, according to a team of scientists. Article.

Cracking an egg underwater

egg underwater explainer video

The water pressure keeps the raw yolk and white together, which raises the question: how can we use this knowledge to cook eggs differently? More reading.

Elastic energy converted to kinetic energy

elastic to kinetic energy explainer video

In order to stretch a spring, it is necessary to do external work on the spring. This work is stored in the spring and is called the elastic potential energy. This potential energy can be changed to kinetic energy by releasing the spring and allowing it to pull back towards its equilibrium position, when the payload starts to fly.

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Flame test

element burn colors

A flame test is an analytic procedure used in chemistry to detect the presence of certain elements, primarily metal ions, based on each element’s characteristic emission spectrum.

Nebula in 3D

elephant trunk nebula explainer video

This gas cloud where stars are born is called IC 1396. The image is not actually showing the 3D structure of the nebula. It’s an approximation, a guess based on various assumptions on how nebulae are shaped. More information.

Cicada leaving the shell

emerging from a shell explainer video

In China, the phrase “to shed off the golden cicada skin” is the poetic name of the tactic of using deception to escape danger, specifically of using decoys (leaving the old shell) to fool enemies. It became one of the 36 classic Chinese strategems.


ferrofluids explainer video

A ferrofluid is a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. Ferrofluid was invented in 1963 by NASA’s Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field.

Flammable gas in jar

flammable gas in jar explainer video

Several websites call this project a “bottle fire vortex” or “bottle fire tornado”, but the flame propagates as a wave down the bottle, without spinning.
DIY description.

Caterpillar catching a fly

fly catching explainer video

No clue what kind of caterpillar this is, but if you are interested in pet insects, check this out.

Blossom Stop Motion

flowers blossoming explainer video

Gallium Spoon Melts in Hot Water

gallium spoon melts in hot water explainer video

Gallium is a soft silvery metal, and elemental gallium is a brittle solid at low temperatures. If it is held in the human hand long enough, gallium will melt.

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Gladiator Spider Dropping a Net

gladiator spider dropping a net explainer video

It constructs a square net of sticky silk. Then holds it between its forelegs before hanging itself down by a thread. It hovers a few inches above the ground until an unsuspecting insect wanders by. Read more.

Human Heart Removed from Body

heart removed from body explainer video

The world’s first adult human heart transplant was performed by a South African cardiac surgeon, C. Barnard. He performed the first transplant on Louis Washkansky on December 3, 1967 at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

How a Semi-Automatic Handgun Works

how a gun works explainer video

It uses the energy of one shot to reload the chamber for the next. After a round is fired, the pistol will cycle, ejecting the spent casing and chambering a new round from the magazine, allowing another shot to take place immediately.

Systems of Human Body

human body layers

Looks like an illustration from anatomy atlas. However, the psychedelic graphic around it is a bit thought-provoking.

Development of Human Face

human face development

During its early development a fetus looks remarkably like something from the dawn of time. Detailed description.

Earth’s Snow Cover Round the Year

ice cover over a year explainer video

The boxes below the image indicate month of year.

Iodine Clock Reaction

iodine clock reaction explainer video

Discovered in 1886. Two colourless solutions are mixed and at first there is no visible reaction. After a short time delay, the liquid suddenly turns to a shade of dark blue. More reading.

Night Earth Seen from ISS

iss night view explainer video

iss flying over cities

This mosaic of glowing patches are cities and towns visible from International Space Station, when passing over darkened side of Earth.

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jellyfish explainer video

The largest jellyfish can reach 200 centimetres (79 in) in bell diameter and about 200 kilograms (440 lb) in weight. Species.

How a key lock works

key lock explainer video

Ladybug flying

ladybug flying explainer video

How latte art is made

how latte art is made explainer video

Hot lava

hot lava explainer video

Healthy lung

healthy lung explainer video

Match lighting

match lighting explainer video

Mercury thiocyanate desomposition

mercury thiocyanate decomposition explainer video

Moon phases and libration

moon phases and libration explainer video

Moon setting

moon setting explainer video

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Mushroom blooming

mushroom blooming explainer video

Neil Armstrong shaving on the way back from the Moon

apollo 11 neil armstrong shaving

Neodymium magnet flying through a copper tube

neodymium magnet falling through copper tube explainer video

Neptune rotation

neptune rotation explainer video

Octopus camouflage

octopus camouflage

Octopus stops mimicking ocean floor

octopus stops mimicking ocean floor

Pi unrolled

pi unrolled explainer video

Pineapple rotting

pineapple rotting explainer video

Pitch drop

pitch drop explainer video

Plasma shooting off the Sun

plasma shooting off the sun explainer video

Polarizing filter

polarizing filter explainer video

Pouring tea on plane while doing barrel

pouring tea barrel plane explainer video

Magnetic putty absorbing a neodymium magnet

magnetic putty absorbing a neodymium magnet explainer video

Pytagorean theorem

pythagorean theorem explainer video

Rubik solving machine

rubik solving machine explainer video

Transparent shrimp

transparent shrimp explainer video

ISS magic carpet

space magic carpet

Spring falling

spring falling explainer video

Strawberry grows and ripens

strawberry grows and ripens

Sulphur hexafluoride

sulphur hexafluoride explainer video

Tadpole to frog transformation

tadpole to frog transformation

Thiocyanate reacting with heat

thiocyanate reacts with heat explainer video

Tornado coming


Total internal reflection

total internal reflection

Planetary transit

planetary transit explainer video

Snake venom reacting with blood

snake venom reacting with blood

Papua New Guinea volcano

papua new guinea volcano explainer video

Volcano eruption viewed from space

volcano eruption viewed from iss

White blood cell chasing bacteria

white blood cell chasing bacteria

Willow blossoming

willow blossoming

Archaeology accident

archaeology accident

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