These Electrical Overload Videos Are Explosively Satisfying

Mad scientists have a home on YouTube. Whether they’re building lasers or performing controlled explosions on the back patio, they’re raking in millions of views. Add Photonicinduction to the list of ridiculously rad YouTube channels with a taste for the combustible.


Britain Sent Thousands Of Its Convicts To America, Not Just Australia

The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the land down under. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening here. In fact, experts estimate that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to colonial America.



Amateur Satellite Trackers Found The Secret X-37B Space Plane In Orbit

The US Air Force’s supersecret X-37B was launched into orbit for the fourth time last week, and amateur satellite watchers have promptly identified its secret orbit — also for the fourth time. There is, you see, a small army of amateurs who keep track of over 300 spy satellites, often with little more than a pair of binoculars.


Here's What Sex Education Was Like In The 17th Century

People have always wondered about sex, and as literacy became more widespread over the course of the 17th century in England, books appeared to feed that curiosity.


How Engineers Are Building Skyscrapers That Seem Physically Impossible

Stephen DeSimone, president of DeSimone Consulting Engineering in New York, is engineering a new kind of skyscraper. He’s working on structures unlike anything else in the world: supertall buildings with unusually small footprints.


Watch The Opera House Come Alive With Projection Mapping Animation For Vivid Sydney

The Sydney Opera House is as iconic a building there is in this world so it’s always stunning to see it come alive as a canvas for artists to display their animation on. Twenty different animation studios teamed up to transform the Sydney Opera House into a living mural that is just so enjoyable to watch. The colours, the characters, the mini-stories, the art, you forget that you’re looking at a building and start to think that the building has a personality of its own.


There's Already A Special Edition Of That New Devastator For Comic-Con

First revealed at Toy Fair earlier this year, you unfortunately can’t actually buy Hasbro’s gigantic new Transformers Constructicons set yet. But there’s already a special edition version being teased for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.


Here's What A Supertall New York Skyline Will Look Like In 2030

It has been a month of supertall news to top them all, with the World Trade Center’s record-breaking 541m height possibly getting scooped by a surprise spire in Midtown Manhattan. Now a new rendering from Visualhouse posted at New York Yimby gives an idea of how dramatically the New York City skyline will change just 15 years from now.


Can A Cube-Like Shape Really Make A Better Tent?

Earlier this year we told you about a new generation of tents that are ditching the traditional domes and triangles for an all-new shape: cubes. And man, you guys found some flaws in that idea. Will the roof pool rain or the sides collapse in high wind? We took one backpacking in Yosemite to find out.