Northern Lights: The Sky's On Fire!

National Geographic filmmakers Claus and Anneliese Possberg put together this outstanding time lapse video showing the aurora borealis (northern lights) dancing and crackling across the evening sky in Norway.


Source: “Spectacular Norway Northern Lights” – National Geographic. Music by Justin Durban, http://www.justindurban.com. 

Youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izYiDDt6d8s

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3 Incredible Videos of Hurricanes Behaving Badly

And now for a sampling of nature’s finest hurricane videos. Batten down the hatches, because it’s only in the bedroom that it’s fun getting banged like a screen door in a hurricane!

#1: “Hurricane Wilma Hits Southern Florida”

In this awesome science video, watch palm trees head-banging in the wind like a gathering of gangly punk rock kids as hurricane Wilma flattens South Florida in 2005.

#2: “Hurricane Sandy: Timelapse of the Storm from the New York Times Building”

Appreciate a far better vantage point than most New Yorkers had of the storm that caused the Big Apple a serious headache in 2012! Watch Hurricane Sandy roll in and over NYC  from the safety of the Times Building. It’s terrifyingly beautiful from this ivory tower.

#3: “Hurricane Katrina Satellite Timelapse”

Katrina’s fender bender with the southern states (2005): This is a must-see for a lesson in hurricane formation, from hazy blip over the Bahamas to a monstrous storm system that swarms and spins like your head after a night of tequila swilling!

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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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!

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

 

Top 20 Unexplained Photographs in Human History

Ghosts in the hospital, monsters in the ocean deep, fireballs rising from the river… all caught on camera and immortalised in unexplained photographs that make absolutely no sense. This video shows us a collection of 20 super mysterious, super chilling and super thrilling photographs that have no rhyme or reason to them. Looking at the photo alone, you might thing Photoshop or random chance could explain the subject matter, until the narrator explains the context behind the picture.

For stories on other unexplained things that go “bump” in the night, check out Why? Because Science’s post on Cryptozoology: The Study of Hidden Animals.

Video Source: “20 Mysterious Photos That Should Not Exist” uploaded by Danger Dolan on YouTube channel www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C6l94JRqYs