Watch a vinyl record spin so fast it disintegrates

Playing a vinyl album at 45 or 78 instead of 33.33 is always fun, but what happens at several thousand times that rpm? Let's just say it's record-shattering. Read the rest

Just look at this manually pixellated banana and apple

Tokyo based artist Yuni Yoshida created her Layered series by manually cutting out cubed "pixels" of foods that recreate the gestalt of the original. Read the rest

Gender creative kid mocked by James Woods named Pride Parade Grand Marshal

Last year, C.J. Duron and parents attended O.C. Pride, prompting various trolls to mock the family online. This year, C.J. is the youngest grand marshal in Pride Month’s 48-year history. Read the rest

How much is your body worth?

From a chemistry standpoint, your body isn't worth a lot, but from an organ standpoint, it can be. AsapSCIENCE does the back-of-the-envelope calculations.

It turns out the question comprises a subgenre with wildly varying quality:

How much is your body worth? (YouTube / AsapSCIENCE) Read the rest

Watch a great primer on the physics of skateboarding

Dianna Cowern, aka YouTube's Physics Girl, recruited skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen and a couple of friends with a high-speed camera for this look at the physics of skateboarding. Read the rest

Watch the huge drone lightshow that just broke the world record

Intel and Chinese tech firm Ehang UAV have been locked in a battle over the world record for largest drone lightshow, and Ehang recently took the lead with 1,374 drones as voxels.

Here's a behind-the-scenes of Intel's worthy entry at PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics:

EHang Egret’s 1374 drones dancing over the City Wall of Xi’an, achieving the Guinness World Records” (YouTube / EHANG) Read the rest

Remarkably detailed tiny sculptures on the tips of pencils

Artist Salavat Fidai creates all sorts of cool art, but his work sculpting the tips of pencils really stands out as an impressive achievement. Read the rest

Hypnotic film of iridescent crystals growing

In Lattice, artist Maria Constanza Ferreira filmed microscopic crystals growing in a lab, then animated them into a mesmerizing work of art. Read the rest

Kilauea's new lava flow can be seen from space

The small but bright fissure at the left edge of Kilauea's lava field can already be seen from space via infrared imaging, but it's dwarfed by the magnitude of previously existing flows. Read the rest

Scandinavian metal cover of Toto's "Africa"

Since everyone's doing posts about their favorite cover of Toto's "Africa," here's my frontrunner, because it's very Norwegian: metal and ironic and funny all at once. Read the rest

Inflatable delights abound at the Exploratorium in San Francisco

This summer, San Francisco's Exploratorium is hosting an exhibit called Inflatable, featuring air-filled works by several artists. Read the rest

Watch PancakeBot 3D print a flapjack dinosaur

PancakeBot 3D prints (somewhat) edible griddlecakes from your own design, or from a library of present options like the Eiffel Tower or a T. rex. Read the rest

Animated short 'Tend' explores fatherhood and priorities

Just in time for Father's Day, here's a sweet animated film Tend, about a father who becomes too focused on tending a fire, at the expense of his young daughter. Read the rest

Watch these dancers do their thing dressed head to toe in mirrors

Česko Slovensko Má Talent is the Czech-Slovak version of the popular talent show franchise, and they had a family of mirror-clad dancers compete. Note: their dancing is really more like gingerly swaying about, for understandable reasons. Read the rest

Watch this stop-motion "dance" sequence made of 4,000 stills

YouTuber nigahiga took a fan request and made this impressive clip of dancing without moving over the course of a week. Read the rest

Fun and helpful blog on homophones is coming out as a book

The blog Homophones, Weakly helps young learners and iffy spellers master English homophones with fun and simple graphic mnemonics. Now, it's coming out as a book. Read the rest

Watch how to make patterns in cross-sectioned clay

Nerikomi is a classical form of pottery where different colored clays are rolled into cylinders, then cross-sectioned to reveal a pattern. So soothing to watch the string cut through!

Faith Rahill has a great step-by-step demonstration here:

Nerikomi (often referred to as “neriage”) is a decorative process established in Japan that involves stacking colored clay and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used as an applied decoration. Nerikomi designs provide a wonderful way to work three dimensionally with patterns and images. The results reflect a combination of both careful planning and accidental surprise, plus it’s exciting work for those who love patterns and are drawn to the wet-clay stage of pottery making.

Here are a couple more examples with far less annoying music. The agate pottery revealed after firing the glaze is especially nice:

Centuries old pottery gets new layer (YouTube / NHK WORLD-JAPAN) Read the rest

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