A Scientific Approach to Making Ice Cream at Home

Beth Cotterell and Sarah Stephens of the At-Bristol Science Centre make ice cream with all the typical ingredients like milk and cream but skip the process of making it cold by using liquid nitrogen. They also showcase how to usually make ice cream at home with ice and salt.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Methods of Deflecting Asteroids Away From the Earth

A recent video by the American Museum of Natural History looks at the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of deflecting asteroids away from the Earth. The video looks at methods that use massive objects, explosions, and even paint to divert an asteroid’s orbit.

KnitYak, Custom Knit Scarves Created With Unique Mathematical Algorithms

KnitYak is a wonderful project that combines yarn with numbers. Founder Fabienne “fbz” Serriere, who is both a knitter and a mathematician, is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter in order to purchase an industrial knitting machine that would allow her to provide custom knit scarves created with unique algorithms.

When I started out modifying knitting machines it was because I wanted patterning that was beautifully non-repeating. I wanted something that looked great no matter how I draped it or wore it. To find algorithms that produce great knit patterns, I set out on a journey to find code that created images that look great “pixelly” as a knit. Knitting is made up of tiny “v”‘s, not square pixels, so that also played into the choice of algorithms. One of the algorithms I ended up loving was an elementary cellular automaton that generates great knit patterns which are non-repeating in some lengths, and yet not noise. …All of the scarves are provably unique; no one has the same scarf as you and I can prove it. KnitYak scarves ship with the specific code and generating key used to make the pattern on your scarf. There is something powerful about knowing the mathematics and code behind the pattern you are wearing.


KnitYak Scarf


KnitYak GIF

images via KnitYak

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Why Leap Seconds Can Cause Computer Glitches

In a recent video, Tom Scott gives an explanation for why leap seconds can cause computer glitches. Leap seconds are seconds of time added or removed from Coordinated Universal Time to account for the Earth’s irregular orbit. That can cause problems with computer programs that use Unix time, a simple measurement of the seconds that have passed since January 1, 1970.

A leap second will be added at 11:59:60 PM on June 20, 2015.

A Look at the Various Suspected Reasons for Why People Go Bald

Host Hank Green explores the various suspected reasons for why people go bald in a recent episode of the SciShow series Quick Questions. As it turns out, there’s no simple answer for this one.

Photographer Expertly Captures a Concerned Wedding Party Picture Even as He Slips and Falls

Photographer Slip and Fall Photo

Wedding photographer Chase Richards of followell fotography demonstrated his absolute professionalism when he refused to let go of his camera, even as he slipped and fell into a puddle during the rainy wedding day of Will and Kristina Moore at McClain Lodge in Jackson, Mississippi. The resulting photo is a true testament to the concern that the wedding party had for their photographer.

…at their wedding I slipped in a puddle while shooting the wedding party, cut my finger open, and broke one of my lenses. Evidence of this can been seen on my Instagram. But! Here I am alive and well and able to bring you photos that document how great this day really was. It started off a little rainy, but everything ended up working out perfectly in the end. Kristina & Will are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve ever met both with wonderful families. Thanks for letting me be a part of this guys, and next time we meet, I’ll make sure to have a life insurance policy!

photo by Chase Richards

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What Classic Movies From the 1980s Might Be Like If They Were Made Today

Mondo Media has created a funny animated short that imagines what classic movies from the 1980s might be like if they were made today. Elliott is caught harboring an illegal alien in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, John Rambo helps out the wrong side in Rambo II, and more.

Face it we all love the sappy movies from the 80’s, how sick would it be to see what they would be like if they were Made Today? A lot has changed since then, so grab your Devices for a modern twist to Extra-Terrestrial, Rambo style, Christmas Vacation Stories.

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Multiple Amy Schumers Travel Through Time to Save the Future in an ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ Sketch

Multiple Amy Schumers travel through time to save the future and give present-day Amy conflicting advice in a recent sketch from her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer.

The Sweet Dogs Behind the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair

Barcroft TV brought their cameras to the 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, which took place at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California and focused on getting to know several of the 27 canine contestants including the winner, Quasi Modo of Loxahatchee, Florida.