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Watch: how to laser etch metal surfaces to make them either love or hate water

Researchers at the University of Rochester are laser etching the surfaces of metal in ways that make them attract water or repel water. More

Seagulls dislike robot seagull

Mike Evans (who runs the fantastic activity blog, Secret Dad Society) tried out his radio-controlled papier mache seagull on a flock of seagulls. They disliked it this time as much as they did the first time. Don't give up Mike! More

TV show tricks chronic catcallers into harassing their own mothers

The Peruvian TV show "Harassing Your Mother" performs secret makeovers on the mothers of habitual catcallers, then uses hidden cameras to record catcallers shouting sexual remarks at their own mothers, who furiously upbraid them in the middle of the busy streets of Lima.

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Watch this mesmerizing rock balancing highlight reel

Since Mark first reported on Gravity Glue in 2011, artist Michael Grab has traveled extensively as he balanced rocks, and his beautifully-shot footage only improves with time. Just a few highlights below.

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Watch 23 of the best dolly zooms in cinematic history

Vashi Nedomansky compiled this terrific collection of famous dolly zoom shots. Cinematographer Irmin Roberts used it to great effect in Hitchcock's Vertigo, and it quickly entered the language of cinema to convey a moment of revelation, usually an unpleasant one.

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“I built my rabbit a cart. Now he delivers me beer.”

You think you've seen everything on YouTube. Then you see this. More

Seal and dog on beach share a sweet moment of snuggle

Adorable moment of tenderness. Seals are so much like dogs, it seems very natural to see them be so sweet with each other.

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Watch DARPA unveil untethered ATLAS for 2015 robotic challenge

The 2015 DARPA Robotic Challenge (DRC) is upping the ante, making the ATLAS robot used in competition self-contained and redesigned from the knees up. The robot that best completes a series of difficult physical tasks wins $2 million for the team.

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Music video: retro-'80s hallucination for new Marie Davidson track

A strange, 1980s-esque hallucinatory video, directed for Montréal synth-punk chanteuse Marie Davidson's "Balade aux USA."

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Tame squirrel happily munches nuts while seated on dad's shoulder

“Bottle raised baby fox squirrel loves his daddy too much to leave home and was released two years ago,” says the guy in this video, Roger Durre.

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Monkey patiently shows human how to crush leaves

A valuable life skill.

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Celebrate Skymall's demise by watching this classic David Cross standup

Skymall filed for bankruptcy today, and will be missed by many--including comedians. More

Hiker who finished first free ascent of Dawn Wall on Yosemite's El Capitan did it missing a finger

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson recently became the first rock climbers to complete a free ascent of The Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite. More

WATCH: Incredible archer shows his speed-shooting skills

His technique is a revival of an ancient form of archery that has largely been lost. More

​Oakland cops' license cams follow drivers everywhere

EFF obtained and analyzed records from the Oakland Police Department's secretive automatic license plate readers, showing that the department has mounted a program of incredibly intrusive, highly racialized secret surveillance of an entire city.

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Watch the northern lights captured in real time in 4K

This video is so beautiful. Crank the resolution way up to 4K and enjoy. More

Watch "Do Try This At Home," science series using common items

At-Bristol's Live Science Team has a wonderful video series of experiments that can be done with inexpensive materials available at typical hardware, kitchenware, and grocery stores, like turning water into instant ice.

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Video: how raindrops release that fresh rain smell

MIT researchers used high-speed cameras to reveal raindrops' aerosol effect that releases petrichor, the earthy fresh smell of rain.

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Watch alt-J perform "Left Hand Free" live in studio

This Is All Yours made many best album lists last year for its moody art rock vibe, and the guys from alt-J strip down their studio version to its roots in this live performance of "Left Hand Free" for SiriusXM.

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Beautiful short documentary on the art of letterpress

The Folio Society interviewed master printer Stan Lane about the classic craft of letterpress printing. "Feeling print in paper... you know someone's actually been there."

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Watch a drone buzz a French lemon party

The annual Fête du citron in Menton, France is like America's Rose Parade, but with citrus. BirdeyeCam was on hand to give a drone's eye view of this year's artistry.

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WATCH: time-lapse origami turns a dollar bill into a koi fish

This is so hypnotic. More

Magic Trick: Wonder Bubbles

For around $13 Wonder Bubbles is a great trick. With a simple sleight of hand you can change a soap bubble into a solid clear ball.

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Elliott Smith, animated interview

Elliott Smith, animated, talks depression, freaks, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon. (Blank on Blank)

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90s-style Internet hype ad for Facebook

This is a great parody and not just because it points up the goofiness of those AOL and Compuserve ads from the 90s, but because it shows how far Facebook has moved our social norms into the creepy-zone by pursuing its surveillance business-model.

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Music: "Shake your rump to the funk," The Bar-Kays (1976)

From their Mercury Records album Too Hot To Stop.

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Varidesk - excellent adjustable standing desk

I've been using a Varidesk review unit for the past four weeks, and I love it. It's a platform that sits on your existing desk, and allows you to easily raise and lower your computer and keyboard, so you can sit and stand throughout the day.

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“The Facebook” in a TV commercial from 1995 that never actually was

“The Facebook” was in fact Facebook's original name. More

Stand Up Paddler captures amazing encounters with blue whale, orcas, dolphins on video

"I recently captured this footage of blue whales from my paddle board with my GoPro," says Rich German.

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Don't watch this helicopter car chase video if you're easily spooked.

Helicopter pilot Jonathan Benson has a pretty cool job, and captures video of it to share with the world. In this clip, he chases an off-road truck from a helicopter. If risky in-flight maneuvers freak you out, don't click play. [via]

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