’20 Hz’, A Creepy Short Horror Film Focusing on Sounds That People Can’t Hear

20 Hz is a creepy short horror film, directed and written by Chris Keller, centered around sounds that we as humans cannot hear. It follows a young lady, played by Alix Wilton Regan, who hears an eerie noise on her headphone while working on a song. She decides to investigate the sound and unfortunately finds what she was looking for.

Human hearing is capable of detecting sound waves between 20 and 20.000 Hz… merely a small fraction of the frequency spectrum. Most sounds around us go unnoticed.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Science Bob Pflugfelder Blow Up a Watermelon With Liquid Nitrogen on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

During a recent segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel and his guest Science Bob Pflugfelder (previously) blew up a watermelon using liquid nitrogen. Kimmel also had some fun dumping the liquid nitrogen out onto his studio floor.

Pflugfelder also posted extended slow motion footage of the explosion on his website.

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Junco’s Pub, A Highly Detailed Scaled-Down Dive Bar Created Just for Birds

Elling Lien, an artist in St. John’s, Newfoundland, has created Junco’s Pub, a highly detailed dive bar that’s been impeccably scaled down as a bird feeder. Lien started live streaming from the pub on May 13, and in doing so he’s captured a few wonderful moments with the birds. Lien told BuzzFeed that this project is, in part, an homage to his father.

My dad, Jon Lien, was an animal behaviourist, a professor at MUN here in St. John’s. He was well-known for his work with whales, but really he started out doing research on wild birds. He’d love watching the juncos from our kitchen table at our house in Portugal Cove, and I was always amazed at how he seemed to be able to understand what was happening out there, how they were interacting with each other. Juncos are cantankerous little friggers, and dad really pointed that out to me first. It wasn’t just, “lah-dee-dah, I’m enjoying these wild birds, aren’t they so beautiful and free,” but he’d be really carefully keeping track of how they were interacting with each other. Sometimes he’d even take his students out to our house to watch and record the behaviour of these juncos and jays and chickadees. …Dad passed away five years ago, but as homage to him there’s a miniature version of a whale poster his Whale Research Group published in the corner of the pub.

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image via Junco’s Pub

via BuzzFeed, Cute Overload, Tastefully Offensive

Setting Off 300 Fireworks Rockets All At Once

Crazy British garage inventor Colin Furze (previously) set off 300 rockets from Epic Fireworks all at the same time to celebrate reaching the milestone one million subscribers to his YouTube channel.

Congrats Colin!

Screentendo, A Desktop App That Creates a Playable ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Level Out of a Selection of Your Screen

Screentendo is a desktop application by Aaron Randall that creates a playable Super Mario Bros. level out of a selection of your screen. Randall has a full technical breakdown of the application on his blog, and the code is available online at GitHub.

When Screentendo is launched, a semi-transparent window appears which can be moved and resized over other application windows. After placing the Screentendo window over an area of the screen, clicking inside the window will cause the app to render a game level based on the content beneath it.

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images via Aaron Randall

via Product Hunt, Ryan Hoover

Tested Checks Out the Anatomy of a ‘Star Wars’ R2-D2 Astromech Droid at the 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California

Norman Chan of Tested recently attended the 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo, California and chatted with Chris James of the R2-D2 Builders Club to learn more about the process behind how he built his custom R2-D2 astromech droid from Star Wars.

What makes up an R2-D2 Astromech? We chat with members of the R2 Builders club to learn about the process of building your own droid–the materials, power systems, and electronics needed to get started. Chris James of the Bay Area club chapter opens up his own R2 and shares the custom controls and components he’s designed to make his droid come alive!

An Explanation of the Best Times to Drink Coffee or Other Caffeinated Beverages to Get the Most Benefit

A recent episode of AsapSCIENCE explains how cortisol levels in the body have an impact on how it processes caffeine, and suggests that the best time to drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages is when cortisol levels are low. The episode includes specific times of day to avoid caffeine.

Cosplay Music Videos From the 2015 Steampunk World’s Fair in Piscataway, New Jersey

Beat Down Boogie (previously) has created two new cosplay music videos (part one and part two) from the 2015 Steampunk World’s Fair in Piscataway, New Jersey. The videos feature tons of fun people wearing their creative costumes that are based on the retro-futuristic world of steampunk. Fans of the Beat Down Boogie crew can help support their future videos on Patreon.

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photos via Beat Down Boogie

music by HUMANWINE and the Hemmingbirds

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