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Science! Too cool for school!

Really, this is great, thanks.
posted by nathancaswell at 4:39 PM on January 11, 2007


I saw the ship one on BoingBoing, and these others are great!

It's Science.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 4:47 PM on January 11, 2007


Man, why's Boing Boing always bitin' my styles? Whack ass sucka MCs gonna taste the depth and meaning of street knowledge, y'know what I'm saying?

science. I'm talking about SCIENCE!
posted by loquacious at 4:53 PM on January 11, 2007


Sweet.
posted by IronLizard at 4:55 PM on January 11, 2007


Let me assure you there is a biblical explanation for all of this.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:57 PM on January 11, 2007


That boat thing is nuts!
posted by brundlefly at 4:59 PM on January 11, 2007


the mousetrap model for chain reaction is cool.
posted by exlotuseater at 5:01 PM on January 11, 2007


more youtube goodness: World Champion Freehand Circle Drawer.
posted by ktrey at 5:13 PM on January 11, 2007 [1 favorite]


science. I'm talking about SCIENCE!

TITS ! Science is , like, cryptonite to the wigger and creationists. Keep it real, TITS!
posted by elpapacito at 5:14 PM on January 11, 2007


Du reizvolle Deutsche!
posted by nj_subgenius at 5:16 PM on January 11, 2007


Fabulous! One quibble: in the Faraday cage one, the labeling says "Faraday Cage Protects from 100,000,000V" but the audio clearly says "hundert tausent Volts" (i.e. 100,000V). Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?
posted by languagehat at 5:22 PM on January 11, 2007


From the YouTube comments on World Champion Freehand Circle Drawer:

That's one of the most ignorant things I've ever heard. Iraq didn't cause 9-11. Saddam had nothing do do with it. He didn't even have any WMDs.

How? How did they possibly get onto that?
posted by chrismear at 5:23 PM on January 11, 2007


Liquid Oxygen and a blow torch within a few feet of each other, sweet!
posted by dibblda at 5:25 PM on January 11, 2007


Because Bush's improbably large and strong illogicity-field redefined our definition of a circle as well as the value of Pi? *shrug*
posted by loquacious at 5:25 PM on January 11, 2007


Liquid Oxygen and a blow torch within a few feet of each other, sweet!

Yeah, I saw that part and I just about sneezed a biscuit. I really don't think they needed a 10L graduated cylinder of LOX to soak a single cigarette in, much less having the damn thing on a table filled with combustibles and a very large and hot ignition source. Well, granted with pure oxygen nearly everything is combustible, but still.
posted by loquacious at 5:29 PM on January 11, 2007


I always preferred physics lectures over chemistry lectures because the physics demonstrations -- when there were any -- were simple calm affairs, whereas the chemistry people felt obliged to bloody MAKE THINGS EXPLODE all the time to keep people's attention. I hate danger and loud noises (I'm a real man's man, you can tell).

But now the Germans go and do this. Where can I be safe anymore?
posted by chrismear at 5:33 PM on January 11, 2007


Outstanding! Just have to brush up on my german...
posted by dubious at 5:39 PM on January 11, 2007


Some of these are absolutely amazing. Thanks!
posted by musicinmybrain at 5:44 PM on January 11, 2007


π = 3
posted by LordSludge at 6:24 PM on January 11, 2007


Man, why's Boing Boing always bitin' my styles? Whack ass sucka MCs gonna taste the depth and meaning of street knowledge, y'know what I'm saying?

Dropping science indeed.
posted by GuyZero at 6:37 PM on January 11, 2007


Also, how'd they do that with the water? Are those wires electrified?
posted by GuyZero at 6:41 PM on January 11, 2007


Those videos are pretty nice. But I prefer experiments that go wrong and end in a fiery explosion of flying glass. "That shouldn't have happened."
posted by bob sarabia at 6:49 PM on January 11, 2007


GuyZero, from the description on YouTube:

Seemingly, we invert the gravitational law by making liquid flow uphill at the Physikshow of the University of Bonn! The clue is that the liquid is a salt (coppersulfate) and the duct has a magnetic field applied to it, and a current flowing from its one side to the other. Both the current and the magnetic field are orthogonal to each other and to the direction of movement of the liquid!
posted by brundlefly at 6:58 PM on January 11, 2007


these are fantastic, but somehow it just ain't a demonstration without Mr. Wizard
posted by cubby at 7:32 PM on January 11, 2007


Question: What is that music in the background? It sounds so familiar. I'm not sure if its in all of them, but I know it's in the cigarette/liquid oxygen one.

Bob Sarabia: That guy is so lucky. And without any sort of eye protection?

Carol never wore her safety goggles.
Now she doesn't need them.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 8:49 PM on January 11, 2007


youtube is down. Anyone got a mirror?
posted by subaruwrx at 10:31 PM on January 11, 2007


Reminds me of this video I came across recently - make a thermic lance out of spaghetti.
posted by edd at 6:26 AM on January 12, 2007 [1 favorite]


CitrusFreak12, I believe it's the Terminator soundtrack.
posted by schoolgirl report at 9:39 AM on January 12, 2007


Some youtube URLs for misc. physics is here:
Playlist: weird physics

Particularly impressive is the camcorder lofted to 85,000 feet using an 8ft weather balloon. Black daytime sky. Looks just like photos shot in low Earth orbit.
posted by billb at 5:36 PM on January 12, 2007


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