July 19, 2016

The physics of the Black Swan's fouetté, the “hardest move” in ballet


In the third act of "Swan Lake", the Black Swan pulls off a seemingly endless series of turns, bobbing up and down on one pointed foot and spinning around and around and around... thirty-two times. How is this move, which is called a fouetté, even possible? Arleen Sugano unravels the physics of this famous ballet move.

July 4, 2016

2016 Illusion of the Year finalist

Here's the illusion:

And here's how it's done:

June 30, 2016

Meet the man behind the voice of AOL's famous “You've Got Mail” greeting


If you logged onto the internet circa 1997, chances are you heard this guy, Elwood Edwards, greet you with a warm “Welcome! You’ve got mail.” Edwards scored his place in internet history back in 1989, after submitting a handful of recorded phrases to a company that would soon be known as America Online. Thirty years and hundreds of millions of logins later, the rest is history.

June 23, 2016

This commentator seems pleased with Iceland's last-minute goal against Austria


They call him “Gummi Ben”, and his commentary has made him famous today.

June 20, 2016

The “unseen world” caught by a hidden camera in a Peruvian rainforest


'An Unseen World' is one of 5 films that won an Award at the International Forests Short Film Festival. The film weaves together camera trap footage taken on an Amazon Rainforest tributary located in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.