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The Magnus Effect Is Why a Ball With a Bit of Backspin Goes Like This

Drop a basketball with backspin from a great enough height, and something rather interesting happens. In the video below, Veritasium’s Derek Muller explains the Magnus effect, and why the phenomenon can cause a ball with even a little spin to swerve so dramatically from its expected path. » 7/16/15 4:42pm 7/16/15 4:42pm

Possibly the most epic science video you'll watch this week

This video promises "60 epic facts that show why the world is awesome" – and while it's presented by a veritable who's-who of geeky YouTube channel hosts, we'd be lying if we told you we weren't pretty skeptical at the outset. Seven minutes and thirty seconds later, we have to admit: that was pretty epic. » 8/12/13 12:40pm 8/12/13 12:40pm

This levitating barbecue is the coolest thing you'll see today

Let's face it: when it comes to jaw-dropping video footage, it's hard to compete with live coverage of the world's first supersonic dive from the edge of space. But Felix Baumgartner's spacejump was just cancelled, which makes this video of a levitating sheet of piping-hot metal (the equivalent of a floating,… » 10/09/12 11:40am 10/09/12 11:40am