Video: Inside nearly everything made of concrete, you'll find reinforced steel rods that compress the material, making buildings, bridges and other structures even stronger. The rods aren't designed to break easily, but when they do, the best way to watch the destructive results is through the lens of a slow-motion camera.
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Video: Sure, maybe slow motion doesn't suit every movie, but if you want it to be a fun movie, you'd better throw a couple of slow motion shots in. They're just cool as hell to watch (and make you wish that you could use slow motion real life). So here are a few of the best ones, from movies like The Matrix, 300, Spider-Man, Inception and The Lord of the Rings.
Well, why the hell not. The Slow Mo Guys put an old iMac in front of a combustion tube that fires out blasts at 1,800 meters a second (that's, uh, over 6,437km per hour) and holy smokes that thing gets smashed to bits. The combustion tube is meant to test flame acceleration and deflagration to detonation transition, which, sure, but it's also fantastic to blow things up with.
Video To create those amazing bullet-time shots in The Matrix, the filmmakers used a bunch of cameras to simultaneously capture the action from all angles. But Google Engineer Ben Krasnow found an easier and cheaper way to do this by simply spinning a high-speed camera capable of shooting at speeds of up to 21,500 frames per second.
Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.
Video: There are endless documentaries that explain the clever technology that allowed World War I fighter planes to fire their machine guns through their propellers without hitting the blades. But The Slow Mo Guys use their high-speed cameras so you can finally see exactly what's happening.
Video: Turns out, dropping a giant concrete block onto a car ends exactly like how you would imagine it would: The car gets completely obliterated and smashed to smithereens. Crash Zone pulled off this incredibly silly stunt and filmed it in slow motion so that you can see the damage in lovely, exacting detail. The concrete block pierces through the metal frame and sends shattered glass flying everywhere.
Video: The best science always involves explosions and destruction, and we probably would have paid closer attention to our teachers in primary school if they did experiments like this. While it's probably easy to guess what happens when a bowling ball is dropped on an axe head from 45m, the slo-mo results are still far more entertaining than reading a science textbook.
Video: Glass can explode, and seeing it happen in slow motion is damn incredible. The Slow Mo Guys pointed the Phantom V2511 high-speed camera at a Pyrex glass measuring cup that was heated with a torch and then doused in cold water to capture the exploding glass (something about the sudden temperature change isn't good with tempered glass) and you can see just how fast it blows up.
We've seen everything from jelly to raw eggs get completely destroyed after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. But nothing comes close to being as cringeworthy to watch as Brent Rose taking a baseball bat to a 38cm silicone dildo turned into a frozen rock. Despite some interesting science at work here, some of you might want to look away.
Video: If you've ever built your own potato gun, you probably don't think twice about the explosions that launch the projectile — mostly because they're hidden within it.
Video: Sometimes slow motion is used to enhance action scenes. Other times it's done to convey love between two characters. There are even times when it's used to replicate using drugs. Or show off a superpower. Or show dread. Or capture someone's last moment. The point is, slow motion is used a lot in films, for many different reasons. Here's a breakdown showing how certain directors use slow motion in their movies.
Video: They're one of the most terrifying and destructive weapons of war, but through the lens of a high-speed camera, a flamethrower looks like it's actually releasing a magical flying dragon made of fire. As with almost anything filmed by the Slo Mo Guys in slow motion, it's surprisingly beautiful to watch.