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Scientists Invite Conspiracy Theorists To Check Out Alleged Mind-Controlling Weather Machine

For decades, tin foil fashionistas have attributed a number of sinister happenings to the atmospheric research program known as HAARP, including hurricanes, earthquakes and even the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. After this week, however, it will be a lot harder to entertain those claims: On Saturday, the supposed weather-altering secret weapon is holding an open house.


Drone Footage Shows The Earthquake In Italy Was Far Worse Than Anyone Thought

Video: Yesterday, a massive 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked central Italy. It was followed by nearly 200 aftershocks, devastating whole towns and burying residents under rubble. Over 4000 rescuers have been dispatched and the death toll has jumped to 247, the BBC reports.


Watching Ice Cream Melt Up Close Will Make You Want Ice Cream Real Bad

Video: Time-lapse footage has the power to turn mundane things into the most fascinating video you’ve ever seen. Aside from making sure you don’t step in it, you’d probably barely notice ice cream melting on the footpath. But when the hours long process is sped up so that it takes just a few seconds, you’re left with something spectacular — and an insatiable craving for ice cream.


Here's What Being On Mars Sounds Like

Video: None of us will probably never make it to the red planet, but if you want to get a feel for what Mars would sound like (or hear what it’s like from inside an airlock), saddle up with this video from Cody’s Lab. He drops a camera inside a vacuum chamber and then turns down the pressure to mimic what it’s like on Mars. He actually makes it so that there’s no air inside the chamber at all, which means that sound can’t be created. It’s pretty chilling to hear that sort of silence (even if we hear silence all the time).


The 21st Century Didn't Start Until 2001, You Dunderheads

Did you see the BBC’s new list of the 100 best movies of the 21st century, chosen by film critics from around the world? Like any movie list, scores of film geeks are tripping over themselves to declare it all wrong. David Lynch’s 2001 Hollywood fever dream Mulholland Drive took the number one spot. But honestly, the selection of movies didn’t bother me so much. The dumbest thing about this list was the fact that they included the year 2000 as being part of the 21st century. It’s crap like this that truly gets my Comic Book Guy voice cracking. Because the 21st century didn’t start until the year 2001.


Clever Baby Seal Escapes Death By Killer Whales

Video: This clever little seal narrowly escaped death by jumping into a Canadian couple’s boat — and it was all captured on video.


Guy Tries To Build A Mini Fridge With Rubber Bands And It Sort Of Works

Video: Rubber bands can become colder than room temperature through sheer mechanical force. Stretching one heats it up (duh) but letting it contract cools it below its starting temperature. Let that weirdness sink in for a moment.


How Aluminium Changed The World

Video: Aluminium started as one of the world’s most expensive materials because it was difficult to refine — even though it made up eight per cent of the world’s crust. But eventually aluminium became one of the cheapest materials after methods of mass producing it were invented in the 1880s. It went from $US1200 ($1576) per kilogram down to a dollar in 50 years.


Here Are Some Words That Seem Like They Should Be Related But Actually Aren't At All

Video: Did you know the words “male” and “female” aren’t actually related to each other? As in, there’s no “male” in “female”. The word “male” is derived from the Latin word masculus, while the word “female” comes from the French word femelle. It sounded close enough so we just made them both pronounced like male. Damn, patriarchy.


MIT Channels MacGyver: Boils Water Using A Sponge, Bubble Wrap And Sunlight

Boiling water is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to get rid of dangerous parasites and bacteria, and thanks to MIT, the next time you go camping you might be able to leave the stove and matches at home. All you’ll need is a sponge, some unpopped bubble wrap and some sunlight.


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