Can you really split a bullet with a sword? The Slow Mo Guys tested the logistics of such a feat, but using a safer approach that involved a giant super-sharp knife and a pellet gun firing tiny projectiles to minimise any undesired results -- like one of them getting hit, or their incredibly expensive slo-mo camera getting destroyed.
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Video: When you get exclusive access to a 45m-tall tower, you're going to want to do more than just take in the view. So when the team from How Ridiculous got just such an opportunity, they made the most of it, hauling a heavy anvil to the top and then dropping it on a stack of spray paint cans on the ground below.
Video: The odds of two paintball projectiles colliding in mid-air during a match are incredibly slim. And even if they did, the resulting explosion would happen so fast your eyes would barely see it. But with some clever timing, even more luck, and a Phantom V2511 high-speed camera recording at 28,500 frames per second, you can capture spectacular footage like this.
Video: In the United States, it's illegal to interfere with any aircraft soaring over your property. So if your neighbour's drone is caught spying on you, you can't just shoot it out of the air. But apparently the laws are different in Sweden, where you can take down drones using impossibly dangerous weapons; such as a rocket-propelled katana sword.
Video: Despite an endless list of fascinating and destructive experiments you can try, microwaves should really only be used to heat food. Not lightbulbs, not highlighters, and definitely not an airbag from a car. Unless you have a high-speed camera to record the microwave's door turning into a high-speed missile.
Video: Drop a lit match in water, and it will immediately be extinguished. But model rocket engines, made mostly of potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal, will burn all the way through even when completely submerged. As this high-speed footage reveals, to test a rocket engine's apathy to H2O, you'll want to find something stronger than a glass fish tank for your experiment.
Video: YouTube's Giaco Whatever, who previously terrified us with a custom Nerf blaster capable of firing foam darts faster than the speed of sound, has now designed and built an automatic BB gun powered by a 4000 PSI air tank that's easily one of the most dangerous creations you'll find online -- so of course you want to see it in action.
Video: If the internet has taught us anything, it's that everything is cooler in slow motion, and bigger is always better. So if you're going to the trouble of making a monstrous water balloon measuring 1.8m across, you better make sure you get some awesome high-speed footage when the whole thing goes kaboom.
Video: To the naked eye, someone slicing through steel using a high-temperature plasma torch just looks like a massive shower of sparks. But through the lens of a high-speed camera filming at 480 frames per second, the steel looks about as strong as melting butter as the torch easily slices through it.
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.
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.