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As part of the Royal Institution‘s annual science-themed advent calendar they shared a stylized animation that explains physicist Richard Feynman‘s classic building block analogy for the first law of thermodynamics to explain the conservation of energy. Professor Andrea Sella recalls Feynman’s illustration of the first law of thermodynamics with a child’s building blocks and wily mother.

A rare spiral aurora in Finland.

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This video by Life Noggin explains what humans might expect when the Earth’s magnetic poles eventually reverse. It also covers the science behind what generates the Earth’s magnetic field.

The Illusion of Time

This video is from the documentary “The Fabric of The Cosmos.” Einstein’s mathematical theory of relativity (which has been tested with atomic clocks) tells us that the future and past always exist like the present.

Slow Mo Rainbow Flame

The Slow Mo Guys report, “Most fireballs are orange and will melt your face off. These ones aren’t orange… but they will still happily melt your face off.”

Destin of SmarterEveryDay and his little helper have some fun destroying produce. In slow motion, of course.

How Strong is Oobleck?

TheBackyardScientist sees if a non-Newtonian fluid will behave like a fluid or a solid when subjected to varying kinds of abuse.

BBC Earth Unplugged filmed a garden orb web spider building their amazing spider web in this time lapse as well as slow motion footage as they capture their first prey with it:

Team of Six Tiny Robots Pull a Two-Ton Car

A team of six µTug Microrobots weighing a collective 100g work together like ants to pull a 3,900-lb car on polished concrete in a video by the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University. The robots work slowly, but by using an adhesive pad inspired by geckos and a simple winch system they can move objects up to 2,000 times its their own weight.

The Slow Mo Guys took precautions by wetting down the grass beforehand.

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