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A Substance So Sensitive It Immediately Explodes On The Lightest Touch

Video: Boom! Even if a feather dropped on or a mosquito landed on or like a heavy piece of dust managed to get on top of nitrogen triiodide, an immediate dark purple explosion happens. It’s because nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that it detonates when it’s disturbed, even slightly. Here’s it firing off in slow motion.


A Drone Hovering In Place Took These Perfect Timelapses Of Earth's Surface

Most of us have grown jaded to the lovely high-res video that drones deliver these days, which is so ubiquitous that it’s being used to recruit pledges to Greek life. Here’s something to restore your sense of wonder.


Destroying 2000 Bullets Is Like Popping The Most Explosive Popcorn

Video: Destroy all the bullets. But since we can’t do that because the sanctity of America rests on people’s ability to shoot things, destroy some bullets. Like these 2000 bullets that are probably passed their lifetime! Turns out, bullets make for some crazy works of fire. It’s basically explosive popcorn.


Boeing's New Compact Laser Cannon Is Designed To Shoot Down Drones

Boeing announced this week that it has successfully developed a new compact laser weapon system. And watch your back drones — because this one has been made with you in mind.


Mythbusters Puts Breaking Bad's Car Machine Gun To The Test

Alright, if you haven’t seen Breaking Bad’s final episode, then stop right here because we’re now entering spoiler territory! If you have, well, you’ll be very aware of a certain piece of boot weaponry that served as a lead-powered denouement for the series. If you’re wondering if such a thing could be built and actually work, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are here to help.


There's A New Star Wars Trailer On Instagram

There comes a time when we should all just stop watching trailers for a movie. I’m letting that time come and go when it comes to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Star Wars people have released a new trailer on Instagram with new shots of BB-8 and fancy blue lightsabers.


I Can't Stop Watching This Insane Live Launchpad Mashup

Video: Some of you already probably know DJ Shawn Wasabi. He’s been making awesome Launchpad tunes for some time now, and his latest work — Marble Soda — is probably one of the best things I’ve ever seen and heard come out of live mashups. Check this guy’s skillz.


The Machines On This YouTube Channel Are Freaking Colossal

Videos: Construction equipment is cool as a rule. Comically-large construction equipment? So much better. Get your fix with these YouTube channels devoted these insane machines.


Incredible Overhead View Of An Oil Tanker Perfectly Docking At A Narrow Port

Video: The captain of this ship must be a master Tetris player or a savant when it comes to that time wasting iPhone parking game or at least, be the inventor of the three-point turn because his manoeuvring of this tanker, the Galway Fisher,into the narrow Port of Galway is simply incredible to see from up top.


Seeing A Cello Get Carved From Wood And Made By Hand Is So Soothing

Video: The cello is a gigantic instrument so it’s really no surprise that it basically takes an entire tree to make. What is impressive about the process of making a cello by hand though is just how long it takes to carve the wood down, to precisely cut out the shape, and to put all the pieces together. With such a big and bulky instrument, you’d think you can get away with some shortcuts. Not in this case. Not at all.


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