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.


LightSail Hit By 'Software Glitch', Falls Silent To Radio Comms

The team behind the LightSail, a solar-sail based craft currently in orbit after a successful launch last week, is currently wrestling with a software glitch that has rendered the vehicle silent. Its only hope? A stray charged particle.


How To Track Your Travel Plans With Google's Inbox App

Amid all the news and noise coming out of Google I/O yesterday, you might have missed the announcement that Inbox by Gmail is available to anyone who wants it, no invitation needed. There are a handful of new features to take advantage of too — and one of these makes it easier to keep an eye on your travel plans.



New Memory Alloy Springs Back Into Shape Even After 10 Million Bends

Memory alloys that spring back into a pre-defined shape are nothing new, but regular bending means they fatigue and fail within a relatively short time-scale. Now, a team of engineers has developed an alloy that rebounds into shape even after 10 million bends.


The New Moonshots: These Are The Most Futuristic Ideas From Google I/O

The most futuristic projects at Google come out of their advanced technologies and projects group, or ATAP. And today at Google I/O, the ATAP team unveiled their vision of tomorrow, where your body, behaviour and clothing will be the new interfaces that control your gadgets — and keep them secure, too.


This Is How NASA Tests Its Spacecraft-Saving Parachutes

How do you test the parachutes that will save spacecraft as they tumble towards the surface of a planet from the reaches of space? In the world’s largest wind tunnel, of course.


Project Ara Update: Still Not Available, But Looking Cooler Than Ever

At this morning’s ATAP session at Google I/O we got another little tease of Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. I mean, it was a tiny tease. Basically, it still a thing that exists. But! We got to see a little of it in action and it was pretty damn impressive.


How To Take Better Photos Using Your Camera's Mode Dial

Video: Switching your camera out of Auto mode can be daunting, but it’s the only path towards taking control of how your photos look. Of course, it helps to know what things like f-stop and shutter speed do, but just as important are the various modes that appear on almost every camera’s dial. We made this handy video explaining how to decode these cryptic symbols for better photos.