MinutePhysics host Henry Reich explains why the sky is blue and the Sun is yellow in a recent episode. Reich basically explains that the sky and Sun aren’t truly the colors we see them as, but instead those colors are a product of light being scattered by the Earth’s atmosphere.
Today Google announced Inbox, a new email system with enhanced features compared to Gmail. Inbox offers users the ability to bundle similar types of email together to more easily manage different types of messages. The service will also highlight important details within an email as well as pull additional useful information from the Internet.
Google’s new Inbox will give users “Assists,” supplementary pieces of information to make things like reminders more useful. One example Google gives in the official announcement on their blog is that if a person sets a reminder to call a hardware store, Inbox will also provide the phone number and business hours of that store.
Inbox is rolling out its first wave of invitations starting today, and invited users can in turn invite their friends to use the service as well. Anyone interested can request an invitation from the official Inbox site.
Google has released a video showing off some of the features of Inbox.
image via Inbox
“Bill Murray Stories” is a comedy sketch by Jon Bershad that features friends sitting around a campfire sharing stories about the actor Billy Murray (see previously) as if they were ghost stories. Murray has a reputation for showing up in unusual places and interacting with people as a way of amusing himself.
On a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel and guest Science Bob Pflugfelder (see previously) blew up paint cans to demonstrate how car engines work, spun on what looks like a seesaw while trying to shoot baskets against the Coriolis effect, and finally fired at balloons filled with hydrogen using 80,000 volt Tesla coil guns.
The classic television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse is now available on DVD and on Blu-ray thanks to Shout! Factory. The show starred Paul Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, a childish man who lives in a bizarre world of puppets, cartoons, and strange human characters.
Shout! Factory has also released a behind-the-scenes video detailing the process by which they restored the show for this release.
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Shortcut is an app that pairs users with on-demand barbers who travel to the user’s location to provide a haircut or beard trim. The service appears to currently only be available in New York City, and appointments can be made between the hours of 8:00AM to 12:00AM.
Shortcut is only available now through the iTunes App Store at the moment, but the company says it is working to bring it to all mobile platforms in the future.