Science

Dropping Science: What Would Happen if You Fired a Gun in Space?

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Two of our favourite youtube channels are vsauce and minutephysics so when those two channels team up to give us a pair of videos about shooting guns at space and digging holes through the earth, we take notice. I’ve only thrown up the first video because you can jump directly to the next one by clicking the link at the end unless of course you’re viewing on an ipad in which case the second video is here. Either way you’re about to get enough physics trivia to keep your drinking buddies enthralled for the rest of the month. You’ll also learn how to go about destroying the sun and ending all life on earth so if you’re a super villain or trouble youth with access to several solar masses of water, please don’t watch it.

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Dropping Science: Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

Like every one of us will one day do, Neil Armstrong today departed the Earth. Yet unlike almost all of us, it wasn’t for the first time. Only a few times in a generation does an individual pass into legend, I think we can all safely say that such a moment has occurred today.

You can read the BBC’s full obituary here but we shall simply say, Rest in Peace, Neil Armstrong and thank you.

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The Gate: Short Film

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“…for the gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it.’
(Matthew 7:13-14)

The Gate – absolutely no idea why I decided to watch this short but it is mind rippingly awesome and is criminally hard to find. A simple premise on which a series of astonishing events are predicated regarding the Human Genome and the potential trapped inside it. It’s joyously creepy and disturbing example of British short film making and certainly something we aspire to here at Beyond the Bunker (particularly Dan who is currently showcasing his work here every Thursday – I made one film – it’s hidden somewhere on the site – like a terrifying perverse easter egg – if you find it be warned, unlike Dan’s work it’s not great but it is shocking).

Be warned before you watch this short – it’s one that lingers…..

Dropping Science – 10 Lesser Known Natural Wonders

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I don’t have a tonne of time this weekend, so here’s a video I stumbled upon a little while ago and have been waiting for a chance to share. Without wanting to sound too much like Professor Brian Cox, there are plenty of amazing things in our world. Many of them are extremely famous but there are many more that you may never have heard of. Here’s a quick run down of 10 incredible natural wonders that you may not have seen before, courtesy of All Time Top 10.

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Dropping Science: The Science of Spider-man

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Spidy fans are enjoying the brief window of press time for their favourite wall crawler before everything goes a bit Gotham and science is never one to miss out on a good party. In their latest video ASAP Science are looking at the actual science behind Peter Parker’s crazy powers.

Amazing stuff.

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Dropping Science: The Higgs Boson Explained

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As you probably know by now, scientists at CERN finally confirmed the existence of the Higgs Boson (aka God) particle, or at least something which is a lot like what a Higgs would look like if we knew what one looked like. Confused already? That’s because particle physics is confusing. Fortunately for those of us who have trouble getting our heads around any physics that isn’t being explained by Professor Brian Cox and a pile of stones, the chaps at Minute Physics have produced this short video in order to explain it all in simple terms.

There’s a couple of follow up videos in the pipeline so you may want to go ahead and subscribe to their channel.

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Dropping Science: How to Cure Your Hangover With Science!

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The vast bulk of my work these days tends to be written at the pub (The Mughouse beneath London Bridge for anybody who’s curious) and as a result hangovers are something of an occupational hazard for me. Fortunately for people like us, ASAPScience has put together this fun video, offering scientifically proven tips on how to avoid the nasty effects of booze.

Now all they need to do is come up with a way to still write coherently beyond the forth glass of wine.

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Dropping Science: Inside a Formula 1 Car

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It’s the European Grand Prix tomorrow and so it seemed like a good time to dig out this video from a month or so back. The Sauber F1 Team certainly know how to make a fast racing car. So far in the 2012 season they’ve landed 2 podiums and are comfortably leading the midfield portion of the constructor’s championship (depending on whether you consider Mercedes to be mid field or not). All of this is perhaps made even more amazing by the fact that they’ve spent the past 2 years chainsawing one of their cars in half for the entertainment of the public.

The result is a fascinating look at the inner workings of one of the most technically advanced vehicles on Earth. From the insanely uncomfortable driver position to a system for making fuel sit still, this video is a lovely insight into why F1 is the king of nerd sports.

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Dropping Science: We Stopped Dreaming

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Physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson returns with another stirring piece of rhetoric about the importance of scientific research. In this video, Neil looks at the global initiatives that occurred in the wake of the 1969 Moon landings and argues that it is the unique vision of a planet without borders that drives us forwards.

Inspiring stuff.

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Dropping Science: Driverless "Road Trains"

We all dream of a future where we can drive to work without having to actually touch the steering wheel of our car (ok we don’t all dream of that but a selection of nerdy engineers who eat too much cheese before bed do) and now that future has moved a step closer.

The SARTRE project (that’s Safe Road Trains for the Environment to you and me) has been running since 2009 and aims to create a system whereby cars can tag onto the back of a “road train” and be guided at high speeds over long stretches of motorway. The project had its first test on a public highway recently with the aim of seeing if human beings would completely freak out if placed in a high speed convoy with no apparent means of control. The results seem to suggest that, yes they do, but they chill out again pretty quickly.

Ah, glorious science!

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