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Why Glass Bottles Shatter At The Bottom When You Smack The Top With Your Bare Hands

Video: There’s nothing quite like using the scientific method to figure out what’s happening in a silly party trick that we’ve seen way too many times (if you’ve been to bad parties, at least): The ol’ smack the top of a glass bottle and watch the bottom burst out in shards gag.

What Happens When You Dive Into A Pool Filled With 25 Million Squishy Waterballs?

Video: Would you sink or float if you were tossed into a gigantic vat of squishy gelatinous spheres? Mark Rober, one of the Backyard Scientists, decided the only way to definitively answer the question that few have ever asked was to fill an entire pool with 25 million of the tiny spheres, and dive in.

Here's The Fastest Way To Defrost Your Car Windshield, According To Science

If you’ve ever driven a car that’s parked outside in winter, you’ll know it’s frigid as hell inside your car and the windshield can be totally opaque from all the foggy arse frost. Not cool. How do you get rid of it? Hit the defrost button right? That’s not all. The always inquisitive Mark Rober tested out every combination on how to defrost your windshield and came up with a way that is twice as fast as other methods. That means you’ll get a clear windshield in half the time.

The World's Biggest Nerf Gun Can Shoot Darts At 40 MPH

Every child and every adult who wants to be a child again loves a good Nerf gun. They’re fun to shoot, whether you’re playing in your yard or across cubicles, and they’re fun to be shot at with, because Nerf guns are mostly harmless. Well, the game done changed. Mark Rober has invented the world’s biggest Nerf gun and it is beyond awesomely badass while being totally hilarious.

Bouncing On A Trampoline With Water Balloons Is The Best Way To Feel Like A Kid Again

Video: Here’s how you spend a good summer day: find a giant trampoline, fill up 1,500 water balloons, and then bounce around trying to break as many as you can. It’s essentially a McDonald’s playpen crossed with a bounce house…with a lot of water.

Are Grenades Deadlier On Land Or Under Water?

Video: YouTube scientist Mark Rober and molten metal obsessive BackyardScientist teamed up to answer a simple question: is a grenade deadlier on land or under water? But in order to answer that, we need to understand exactly what a grenade does.

How To Win Your Physics Class Egg Drop Competition

The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible?

Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Colour As It Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I’ve ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get this thing in my kitchen right now.

The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Use A Little Pixel Magic

Last year, our pal (and former NASA JPL engineer) Mark Rober whipped up the first digital ugly Christmas sweater. Technology being technology, they just got an upgrade.

Smartphones Turn These Masks Into Incredible Animated Halloween Costumes

Proving that sometimes all it takes is a popular YouTube video to kickstart a successful business, Mark Rober, the guy who made the gaping hole in your gut costume using two iPads a few years ago, is back with even more easy but impressive costume ideas. And that includes a line of Halloween masks that come to life with nothing but a smartphone running a free app.

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