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Early Graphics Effects Show How Far Special Effects Have Come

John Whitney was one of the earliest pioneers of computer graphics, most memorably known for his work on the opening sequence of Hitchcock’s Vertigo. But even in this educational video for IBM in 1968, the distance that computer graphics has come is startlingly clear.

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May 2nd

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Rocket Launches Are Way More Intense in 360-Degree VR

If you stood this close to a rocket launch, your face would probably look like deep-fried Swiss cheese. Luckily, 360-degree cameras and a VR headset can put you in the action a little more easily.

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April 13th

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Yes, All American Alcohol Has to Be Radioactive

America has a long and storied history with regulating alcohol, which has left us with a high drinking age, and a very strange requirement that all alcohol be slightly radioactive.

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April 12th

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Why YouTube’s Not Going to Run Out of Video IDs

IPv4, the internet address system born out of the birth of the internet, serves as a cautionary tale to always plan ahead: no-one thought there would ever be more than 4.3 billion devices connected to the internet, only to be proved horribly wrong 30 years later. But YouTube planned ahead.

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March 22nd

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Nutella Makes For a Deliciously Excellent Firestarter

Nutella is good on toast, with ice cream, or eaten by the spoonful while gently sobbing. But as it turns out, add a dash of potassium permanganate and a little heat, and you have yourself a good little fire.

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March 15th

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A Drone Flying Two Miles High Is Equal Parts Illegal and Beautiful 

In most every country worth mentioning, flying a drone to 11,000 feet is illegal without all sorts of complicated paperwork. But if you don’t give a shit about the law, the footage you can capture from that high up is darn cool.

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March 10th

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Formula E Is Even More Captivating in 360 Degrees

Formula E isn’t just different from its conventional sibling in what’s under the hood. Up top, there’s power boost activated by tweets, a gentle whine instead of the iconic roar, and now 360-degree cameras riding on top.

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March 7th

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This Supercut of PG Cursing Shows Insults Don’t Have to be Vulgar

Swearing has an important place in our language, but it’s not always the most elegant form of speech. So for producers of family-friendly movies, it’s always difficult to fill the gaps where an adult-size f-bomb would go. This supercut showcases some of the more creative fillers from over the years.

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March 4th

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Jurassic Park Without Any Dinosaurs Still Manages to Be Creepy

The first thing people are supposed to notice about Jurassic Park are, obviously, the dinosaurs. But what would you be left with if you took the T-Rexex out? Some sweeping vistas and people getting very emotional about trees.

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March 2nd

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A Satellite Clean Room Is a Neat-Freak Paradise

Sending things into space is obviously expensive as hell. One of the many, amny reasons why is the manufacturing process: everything that goes in or on a space vehicle has to be built in a clean environment, and there’s more to it than just being generous with the bleach.

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February 24th

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