Shocking Video of Lighting in Slow Motion

This clip from Discovery Channel’s “Raging Planet” shows lightning in super slow motion leave the cloud and connect with the ground. Capturing and watching this footage is helping atmospheric scientists develop a much better understanding of how lightning works. For the rest of us lay folk, it makes for some super interesting visual entertainment!

Video Source: Discovery Channel “Raging Planet” – Lightning. Uploaded by ONE Interpreting on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=64WMsNRJvDo

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Terrifying Footage of 2011 Tsunami in Japan

On March 11th, 2011, a record-breaking 8.9-magnitude earthquake shook the very foundations of the Earth off the east coast of Japan. Only hours after the earthquake struck, a wall of water 23-feet high slammed into Japan totally devastating much of its low-lying coastal areas – urban and rural alike. Cars, homes, ships, debris, vegetation and people were violently swept away as the tsunami pounded ashore.

The Pacific rim was put on high alert, but thankfully only Hawaii seemed to feel the effects of the 2011 tsunami and even then, the damage was not major. The tsunami that hit Japan on this fateful day was recorded as being more than 7-meters high. It claimed the lives of hundreds of people and injured countless more.

Video Source: “Incredible HD Footage of Japan Tsunami” uploaded by FinalCutKing on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/J2hUwFo6Vpc

What was so spectacular to see in the aftermath of the 2011 tragedy was Japan’s incredibly swift recovery from the disaster. Authorities wasted no time in repairing the roads and infrastructure that was damaged by the tsunami and the electrical fires it caused. The rest of the world can certainly learn from Japan’s efficiency and alacrity in responding to disaster management and mitigation.

Meet The Girl With Two Vaginas

No, this is not the title of a Stieg Larsson novel…

YouTube viral star Cassandra Bankson (22) was diagnosed with a rare medical condition during a routine kidney scan: she has TWO vaginas! Oddly enough, Cassandra gained notoriety from her YouTube videos (DiamondsAndHeels14) helping other people with bad skin like hers to use make-up to cover up evidence of acne, pimples and blemishes. It was only after she had been experiencing pain in her kidneys that she went to the doctor for a diagnosis, which is when she discovered that she has two chochas!

Since she hit puberty, Cassandra has suffered from an abnormal menses involving excessive bleeding, sometimes for more than three weeks at a time, crippling cramps, mood swings and more. She sometimes even has two periods per month! Watch this  video to meet this Internet sensation and find out what a day in the life of a woman with two ham wallets is like.

Amazing Science Video Source: “YouTube Star Reveals She Has Two Vagina’s” Uploaded by Barcroft TV on  YouTube channel https://youtu.be/7Yq4-n1hogs

Symphony of Science: We Are Star People!

If reading lengthy blog posts (albeit written for the lay person) about how the atoms within our bodies came from exploding stars isn’t on your agenda for today, then this video absolutely has to be…

For more on this theory, check out the blog We Are Star People!

The “Symphony of Science” series puts together beautiful graphics and music with the autotuned voices of some of the most eminent of modern scientists for us to learn from and enjoy. This video is a visual and audio feast and a beautiful ode to the work of the 20th and 21st century astrophysicists and astronomers.

Also, Niel DeGrasse Tyson is such a rock star. I have a total nerd crush on him.

Check out the Symphony of Science website – they actually sell CD’s!

Apes Gone… Er, NOT Wild

If you’ve ever doubted our genetic relationship with apes, now’s the time to open your mind. Simply watching this orang-utan carefully wash his or her face with a moist cloth is absolutely enchanting and convincing of the fact that we share a common ancestor.

Video Source: “Proof that Darwin was Right” Uploaded by Sour Cherries on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKU5VT0uumU

Queen and Quantum Mechanics

I’ve had quite a few readers ask me to explain String Theory to them in a way that is understandable to those without an advanced science degree in Physics. Until now I haven’t been able to think of an appropriate way to do so, quite simply because I don’t understand the darn thing myself.

Thankfully, A Cappella Science has put together a BRILLIANT and amazing science video that explains it all and it doesn’t even matter if you still don’t understand String Theory afterwards, because the lyrical manipulation and music is so damn good, nobody cares! Anything performed to the tune of Bohemian Rhapsody is entertaining.

So, whoever told you the mash-up of Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and Oasis’ “Wonderwall” was the best that’s ever been done: they were lying and here’s why…

Video Source: Uploaded by A Cappella Science to YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTev4RNBiu6lqtx8z1e87fQ

Epic Rap Battles of History: Edison Vs. Tesla

We’re back with another Epic Rap Battle of History, this time between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Edison (1847 – 1931), also known as the “Wizard of Menlo Park,” was an American businessman and inventor credited for the innovation of the light bulb and the motion picture camera. Tesla (1856 – 1943)  not only has the coolest name, like ever, he’s also a mechanical and electrical engineer extraordinaire. Amongst other achievements, he came up with the idea of AC: alternating current.

In this epic video, these two giants of science and industry battle it out and in the end, you get to decide who wins!

Video Source: Epic Rap Battles of History by Nice Peter, epicLLOYD, Dave McCary and Maker Studios, as seen on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1Mz7kGVf0

 

Are We On Earth? 10 Unreal Places On Our Planet

The following 10 locations have geological/environmental features so strange, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve taken the wrong wormhole home and landed up on another planet entirely. From the bright pink Lake Hillier on Australia’s Recherche Archipelago’s island to surreal turquoise shards of ice sticking up out of Russia’s Lake Baikal: all of these unreal places look like they could come from the pages of a science fiction novel, or from the workshop of a talented special effects nerd (who has a lot of time on his or her hands). Enjoy!

Video Source: “Top 10 Amazing Places On Earth You Won’t Believe Are Real” Uploaded by Top10Media on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/w7AFRg7-hrA

Meet The People Who Can't Stop Having Orgasms…

It’s an officially recognised medical disorder known as “Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder” (PGAD) and as titillating as it may sound to those of us who have to work hard for our orgasms, it’s a condition that has ruined the lives of several people around the globe.

Video Source: Uploaded by Barcroft TV on YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwDb8Oodki0

What is Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder?

Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder is a condition whereby the sufferer experiences unpredictable, overwhelming and powerful orgasms or feelings of sexual arousal that are totally uncontrollable. The frequent recurrence of these sensations can actually become quite painful and, as you’ll see in this video, sufferers are brought to their knees as their bodies are wracked by painful, intense orgasms. In another YouTube video, a man with PGAD experiences 9 powerful orgasms in the space of only a few seconds…

Video Source: Uploaded by Barcroft TV to YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfhmG_9ZqAs

It’s difficult for most of us to truly appreciate just what a terrible disorder this is. Orgasms and sexual arousal typically hold very positive associations for us. But, imagine being at the mercy of your genitals all day every day. In this video, the interviewees with PGAD explain how their lives have had to change as a consequence of being constantly sexually aroused and in a state of orgasm. Ironically, normal intercourse with a partner is painful and going out in public is just a terrible embarrassment.

Treatment for PGAD is in its infancy, but is showing a promising start.

 

Epic Rap Battle: Bill Gates Vs. Steve Jobs

We’re back with another Epic Rap Battle of History! This time, technology geniuses Bill Gates (creator of Microsoft and the PC), Steve Jobs (creator of Apple) take each other on in a verbal battle that drops mental bombs and “Oooh no he ‘dints!!”

Video Source: Uploaded by Epic Rap Battles ERB on YouTube channel https://youtu.be/njos57IJf-0

In this video taken from Season 2 of the hilariously funny Epic Rap Battles of History, these two giants of science and technology battle it out and in the end, you get to decide who wins!

For those of you who aren’t nerdy enough to know who super computer “Hal” is, do yourself a favour and watch one of history’s most epic and sensational nerd movies, 2001 Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. It’s a lesson in cinematic history and just how advanced the previous generations all thought we’d be in the year 2001. Oops.