Tag Archives: science

You Could Look Right Inside

We’ve all probably seen some animation about how an internal combustion engine works. Usually it’s when we don’t care and we just want permission to take the car keys.

But somehow, seeing the real thing happen in slow motion, and right in front of your eyes — it’s a different thing.

We were afraid that this video would be a little bit too long, but we definitely felt that it was worth the time. We probably ran the view count up by a few, watching it over and over.


We’re always drawn to Maker Videos, and we expect to get something like that out of the next San Jose 48 Hour Film Project. It looks like the competition will run in April and the movies will be screened for audiences in late April and May.

Learn more about it and keep up with the latest news by visiting their website, or checking in to their Facebook page.

Grilling Deep Dive

We all know that cooking is both a science and an art. In fact, maybe most art is a science and an art.

This clip brings the both into focus as we see how to sear the surface of a good steak.

Okay, Now we’re hungry!


Hey just a reminder YouTubers and filmmakers. There’s still a chance to get the Early Bird rate for registration in the San Francisco 48 Hour Film Project.  It’s a great way for you to get to tell your own stories.

Oh Inconstant Moons

Our friends at Schoolhouse Earth asked us to make it a practice to continue presenting interesting learning videos. The folks at “In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt” have created a steady stream of good candidates, so it’s an easy request to accommodate.

Here’s a very charming look at two of our favorite tiny moons. Deimos and Phobos.

If you like this style of explanation, you’ll find a lot more at their YouTube channel.

This article sponsored by Schoolhouse Earth, a foundation committed to providing learning experiences where ever we find a gap. Schoolhouse Earth regularly contributes to See It Online with topics that address learning and online education.

Can a Black Hole Fit in a Nutshell?

We always wondered about that. Because if a black hole could fit in a nutshell, would you want to keep it in your pocket? Could be handy we think.

Good learning videos from a good source. This is the sort of thing that Patreon was designed to support. Give their campaign a look. You might find one of the perks there that amuses you as much as this fun video.

This article sponsored by Schoolhouse Earth, a foundation committed to providing learning experiences where ever we find a gap. Schoolhouse Earth regularly contributes to See It Online with topics that address learning and online education.

Perpetually Skeptical

It’s cool to be skeptical. When you turn out to be right, everyone thinks about how smart you are. And if you turn out to be wrong, the worst that happens is that you get to say, “Well I’ll be! Who would have believed that?!”

Ukrainian engineer, Valeriy Ivanov released nearly 100 videos like this one on YouTube to demonstrate scientific principles he hopes kids will find engaging and that will inspire them to learn more.

What actually happened, is that he mobilized a veritable army in the YouTube peanut gallery to give voice to their opinions about how he created the magic. Set aside your own doubts for just a moment and take a look at one example of perpetual magic.

Somewhere, there is an aging purple Smurf™ who’s lamenting, “It’ll never work!” But the bumblebee and Valeriy aren’t interested in that. They’re just out to do their work.

Just for Boys

Every once in a while, you see a video that was clearly made for boys. Not a tawdry vulgar display of feminine flesh, or a breathless, unbelievable exhibition of sports prowess.

Imagine instead if you will, a death struggle between sleek, sexy machines that keep boys (and adult boys in the shapes of men) awake at night daydreaming of thundering engines, and a growling score syncopated to the screech of rubber on pavement.

It looks like this.

Many boys who watched this peered jealously at the passenger seat of that Dodge and hated the man sitting there for usurping their seat.

Not us of course, but we think others may feel that way.