A Detailed Look at How Vehicle Headlights Are Made

A short clip from an episode of the popular television show How It’s Made offers a detailed look at how vehicle headlights are made from the reflector to the sealant to the bulbs.

Car headlights are created separately from the car, with durable plastic and reflective aluminum for maximum efficiency. Manufacturers can alter certain features, but ease of changing the bulbs stay the same.

A Gorgeous Handmade Coin-Operated Arcade Cabinet With a Folding Lid

Pixelkabinett

Swedish design studio (that also happens to be a single person) Love Hultén has created a gorgeous handmade coin-operated arcade cabinet, dubbed Pixelkabinett 42, with a folding lid. The retro-futuristic cabinet features a planetarium on the front panel and sturdy rocket-shaped feet. Hultén is also selling a total of 50 made-to-order limited versions of the cabinet that are slightly smaller and can be customized.

Pixelkabinett

Pixelkabinett

Pixelkabinett

Pixelkabinett

photos via Love Hultén

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An Animated Look at the History of Weapons

A short animation by The Atlantic looks at the history of weapons from the simplest ax to drones and beyond. According to The Atlantic, much of the data included comes from A History of the World in 100 Weapons by author Chris McNab.

From the axe, which originated in 1,000,000 B.C., to today’s killer drones, mankind’s use of weapons has been varied and incredibly inventive. Weapons have changed history and aided in the rise and fall of civilizations. For example, gunpowder, a Chinese invention, led to the development of cannons and guns—revolutionizing warfare in the Middle Ages and beyond.

How to Use Math to Play Better at ‘Monopoly’

Business Insider, in a video narrated by Sara Silverstein that draws from a 2013 post by Walter Hickey, shares how to use math to play better at Monopoly.

Dog With Attached Heart Rate Monitor and Camera Snaps Photos When He Gets Excited

Nikon Asia attached one of their Coolpix L31 cameras, using a case with a heart rate monitor, to an exuberant dog named Grizzler. As Grizzler moved about and became excited–thus increasing his heart rate–the camera snapped a number of photos. Nikon Asia calls this process “Heartography” and ties the project to emotions, though it seems more often than not that other animals are the cause more than just emotions.

Dog Heart Photo

Dog Heart Photo

Dog Heart PHoto

Dog Heart Photo

Dog Heart Photo

Dog Heart Photo

photos via Nikon

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A Up-Close Look at What It’s Like to Photograph a NASCAR Race

YouTube user misterding was captured on video in 2009 as they photographed the LifeLock 400 NASCAR race at Michigan International Speedway. In a second video from misterding’s point of view, photographers duck away from the hole in the fence to avoid asphalt as cars zoom past.

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‘PBS Game/Show’ Explores Whether Video Games Rely on Power Fantasies Too Often

PBS Game/Show host Jamin Warren explores whether video games rely on power fantasies too often in a recent episode of the series. As Warren notes, this is often an illusion and rather than the player getting better, the game itself is simply getting easier.

Nearly every videogame has us doing the same general thing: gaining power and leveling up. Whether in The Witcher 3, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Halo, Minecraft, the power fantasy is omnipresent. It CAN be abstracted, but when it comes down to it, what’s up with games CONSTANTLY using the power fantasy as both a mechanical and narrative crutch? Have we, as players, driven designers to this, or is there something special about the nature of games and the nature of power fantasy. Is the power fantasy itself just a natural offshoot of overcoming challenges?

Gorgeous Deep-Sea Footage Captured by a Team of Scientists Off the Coast of Puerto Rico

A team of scientists on a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition captured some gorgeous deep-sea footage off the coast of Puerto Rico. As Quartz notes, expedition streamed footage of their deep-sea dives online so that scientists back on shore could weigh in on objects and critters that went unrecognized by those actually on the boat. More details about the expedition are available on the NOAA website.

From April 9 to April 30, 2015, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer will explore largely uncharted deep-sea ecosystems and seafloor in the vicinity of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. During Leg 3 of Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs, our at-sea and shore-based science teams will work together to investigate unknown and poorly known areas, including the Puerto Rico Trench, Muertos Trough, Mona Passage, and the Virgin Islands Trough.

via The Kid Should See This