Video: Everybody flipped out last year when LEGO Technic released a gorgeous Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But who would have guessed that an even more beautiful spectacle would be watching the 2700-piece work of art participate in a crash test.
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Video: High-speed cameras help make cars safer, factories run smoother, and athletes improve their performances. But The Slow Mo Guys have found an even better use for the technology: Capturing the explosive chain reaction after diving onto a trampoline covered in 1000 armed mouse traps.
Everything's cooler in slow motion, but high frame-rate photography is an essential tool for scientists studying phenomena that occur in the blink of an eye. Researchers at Lund University have just revealed the fastest high-speed camera ever developed that can capture the equivalent of an astonishing five trillion frames every second, fast enough to visualise the movement of light.
Mark Rober, who we last saw engineering a dart board that guaranteed a bullseye with every throw, has just built what every car-loving kid always dreamed of: an epic Hot Wheels track that has tiny vehicles racing between floors, through swimming pools, and jumping over giant explosions.
Video: Despite only giving you about a second of excitement at launch, model rockets are still a fun way for us (non-billionaires) to live out our dreams of space travel. But have you ever wondered what's happening inside a model rocket engine while you're standing a safe distance away from ignition?
Video: As fun as building your own 1.8m model rocket might be, launching it is nowhere near as impressive as watching one of NASA's towering rockets blast into orbit — unless you point a high-speed camera at it. At 28,000 frames per second, a wonderful pyrotechnics show is revealed as it leaves the launch pad.
Video: As you stare at your computer screen this morning, you're probably wondering why your job doesn't involve majestic dolphins and stunning background scenery. We don't have any answers for you, but at least there's a fullscreen option so you can temporarily forget all those emails you're avoiding.
Video: If you're finding it hard to wait until Sunday for the big game, The Slow Mo Guys have something that should tide you over: They used a Phantom V2511 high-speed camera to film a severely overinflated football at 28,000 frames per second.
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.
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.