My Life Story
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The truth, with photons. I hope I've articulated everything clearly in this video. If not, I'll clarify in comments. Thanks to everyone who appears in this video and thanks to everyone who watches this video! Veritasium is of course a combination of..
How to Understand the Black Hole Image
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We have just seen the first image of a black hole, the supermassive black hole in the galaxy M87 with a mass 6.5 billion times that of our sun. But what is that image really showing us? This is an awesome paper on the topic by J.P. Luminet: Image of..
Can You Solve This Shadow Illusion?
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When sunlight shines through a small hole, it casts a circular image on the wall regardless of the shape of the hole. The size of the hole also doesn't affect the size of the image. This counterintuitive demonstration shows that the hole is acting li..
Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls on This Reservoir?
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I took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they're there. The first time I heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn't the reason they were introduc..
I Waterproofed Myself With Aerogel!
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Aerogel has extraordinary properties but it can be tough to work with. This video looks at modifying aerogels to take advantage of their unique characteristics. Subscribe to Veritasium: Huge thanks to Dr. Stephen Steiner and the ..
Why Machines That Bend Are Better
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Compliant mechanisms have lots of advantages over traditional devices. SimpliSafe is awesome security. It's really effective, easy to use, and the price is great. Check out SimpliSafe here: I visited the Compliant M..
La Historia de Veritasium - Un Elemento de la Verdad
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La verdad, hecha con fotones. Espero haber articulado todo claramente en este video. Si no, lo aclararé en los comentarios. ¡Gracias a todos los que aparecen en este video y gracias a todos los que miren este video! SUSCRÍBETE ahora para ver todos..
The Bizarre Behavior of Rotating Bodies, Explained
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Spinning objects have strange instabilities known as The Dzhanibekov Effect or Tennis Racket Theorem - this video offers an intuitive explanation. Part of this video was sponsored by LastPass, click here to find out more: Referenc..
World's Lightest Solid!
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Aerogels are the world's lightest (least dense) solids. They are also excellent thermal insulators and have been used in numerous Mars missions and the Stardust comet particle-return mission. The focus of this video is silica aerogels, though graphen..
How Cod Saved the Vikings
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The Vikings suffered many hardships living in the north of Europe: long, cold winters and importantly a lack of sunlight. Luckily, they had cod. Check out Vitamania: When making a video about vitamins I thought the story would ma..
Why Apollo Astronauts Trained at a Nuclear Test Site
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Apollo astronauts trained in nuclear bomb craters at the Nevada National Security Site. But why?Thanks Audible! Start listening with a 30-day trial and your first audiobook plus two Audible Originals free when you go to ..
Engineering with Origami
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Origami is inspiring a plethora of new engineering designs. Try yourself: Thanks Audible! Start listening with a 30-day trial and your first audiobook, plus two Audible Originals free when you go to
3 Perplexing Physics Problems
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Why does shaken soda explode? Does ice melt first in fresh or salt water? Thank you Squarespace for sponsoring this video. Go to to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code: VERITASIUM This video fea..
Misconceptions About the Universe
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Can we see things travelling faster than light? Check out Audible: Music by Amarante "One Last Thing" Awesome animations by Thanks to Prof. Geraint Lewis for input on e..
Can You Solve This?
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Can you figure out the rule? Did you see the exponents pattern? Why do you make people look stupid? How do you investigate hypotheses? Do you seek to confirm your theory - looking for white swans? Or..
The Most Radioactive Places on Earth
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Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation? Check out Audible: I'm filming a documentary for TV about how Uranium and radioactivity have shaped the modern world. It will be broadcast in mid-2015, details to come. T..
Why Women Are Stripey
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Epigenetics means women have different active x-chromosomes in different cells. Animation courtesy of Music by Amarante: Animation: Etsuko Uno Art and Technical Direction: Drew Berry Sound Design: Francois Teta..
What is NOT Random?
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Is the future of the universe already determined? Vsauce tackles "What is Random?": Special Thanks to: Prof Stephen Bartlett, Prof Phil Moriarty, Prof Andrea Morello, Prof Tim Bedding, Prof Michio Kaku, A/Prof Alex Argyr..
Why Life Seems to Speed Up as We Age
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Why does time appear to speed up as we get older? Can we slow it down? Thanks to the National Geographic Channel for sponsoring this video! The new season of Brain Games starts Sunday, February 14th at 9/8c - Brain Games is an..
Is This What Quantum Mechanics Looks Like?
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Silicone oil droplets provide a physical realization of pilot wave theories. Check out Smarter Every Day: Support Veritasium on Patreon: Huge thanks to: Dr. Stephane Perrard, Dr Matthieu Labousse, Pr E..
Why Trees Are Out to Get You
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Want to help plant 20M trees by 2020? Go to #teamtrees Huge thanks to all the TheXvidrs who organized this. My apologies for the repost. These videos are from 2012 so my interest in trees goes back a long ways. I think these vid..
Is Glass a Liquid?
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Stained glass is thicker at the bottom - so is it a liquid? Earth's mantle enables plate tectonics, so is it a liquid? Check out Audible: Sign up for the mailing list: Pitch drop experiment: ww..
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Помощь проекту: Дерек Маллер продолжает объяснять любопытные физические явления. В этот раз речь пойдёт о том, почем..
Can Silence Actually Drive You Crazy?
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*Watch with headphones on! Is 45 minutes really the longest anyone can stay in a perfectly silent, pitch-black room? Support Veritasium on Patreon Check out Audible: Want to watch the whole hour of sile..
Anti-Gravity Wheel?
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Explanation of gyro precession: More: Less Than: Equal To: Huge thanks to A/Prof Emeritus Rod Cross, Helen Georgiou for filming, Alex Yeung, and Chris Stewart..
How Does a Transistor Work?
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How does a transistor work? Our lives depend on this device. Support Veritasium on Patreon: Subscribe to Veritasium - it's FREE! When I mentioned to people that I was doing a video on transistors, they wo..
Why Einstein Thought Nuclear Weapons Impossible
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Without neutrons, harnessing nuclear energy would be impossible. Try Audible free for 30 days: I have a new documentary coming out in a few months - sign up here to be notified and see a sneak preview: vitamaniat..
The Illusion of Truth
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If you repeat something enough times, it comes to feel good and true. Support Veritasium on Patreon: Science with Hot Wheels! My vids for kids: More info on cognitive ease: This..
Does Planet 9 Exist?
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A planet has been predicted to orbit the sun with a period of 10,000 years, a mass 5x that of Earth on a highly elliptical and inclined orbit. What evidence supports the existence of such a strange object at the edge of our solar system? Huge thanks..
Science of Laser Hair Removal in SLOW MOTION
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We also made a video about laser cooling! Check out Audible: Check out Beyond Slow Motion: More on this topic: Special thanks to Laser Away in Santa ..
Where Do Trees Get Their Mass?
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Complete unedited interviews: Trees can weigh hundreds or even thousands of tons, but where do they get this mass from? A few common answers are: the soil, water, and sunlight. But the truth is the vast maj..
Making Liquid Nitrogen From Scratch!
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I used a nitrogen membrane and Stirling cryocooler to liquefy nitrogen out of the air. For this video I partnered with Starbucks to celebrate their Nitro Cold Brew. Order one here: Making liquid nitrogen is har..
The Original Double Slit Experiment
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Light is so common that we rarely think about what it really is. But just over two hundred years ago, a groundbreaking experiment answered the question that had occupied physicists for centuries. Is light made up of waves or particles? The experimen..
What Actually Causes Dandruff?
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This fungus lives on your scalp and may affect the genes you express. Check out Head & Shoulders research on getting rid of dandruff: Animation by Pindex: When I started this project, I wasn't sure what cau..
Backspin Basketball Flies Off Dam
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How far would a basketball with backspin go? Rotor wing experimental aircraft: E-ship 1: Corner kick by Kyle: How Ridiculous World Record Basket:
The Absurdity of Detecting Gravitational Waves
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A head-vaporizing laser with a perfect wavelength detecting sub-proton space-time ripples. Huge thanks to Prof Rana Adhikari and LIGO: Here's how he felt when he learned about the first ever detection: Th..
Misconceptions About Temperature
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Made for ABC TV Catalyst as an extended version of my Comparing Temperatures video:
Chernobyl - What It's Like Today
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This is what a nuclear disaster area looks like. Check out Audible: Broadcast locations and times: North America: PBS, July 28 & 29 @ 10pm ET / 9pm Central Europe: ZDF/arte, July 31 @ 10pm Australia: SBS, August 6, 13, 20 @ 8..
How Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma
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A bisected grape in the microwave makes plasma. But how does it work? A grape is the right size and refractive index to trap microwaves inside it. When you place two (or two halves) close together the fields interact with each other creating a maximu..
Why the Future of Cars is Electric
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Electric cars are now ready to take over thanks to advances in battery technology and their inherent benefits: torque, handling, maintenance. This video was sponsored by BMW: Full disclosure: I drive an #electric #car. I thin..
What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger
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Learned helplessness can prevent people from achieving their goals, something I've experienced first hand. Check out Audible: More walk and talk videos:
How Special Relativity Makes Magnets Work
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MinutePhysics on permanent magnets: Subscribe to Veritasium: Support Veritasium- get a t-shirt: Subscribe to MinutePhysics: Magnetism seems ..
Levitating Barbecue! Electromagnetic Induction
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At the Palais de la Decouverte in Paris, they showed me this experiment where a 1kg aluminium plate is levitated above a large coil of wire that is being supplied with 800A of alternating current at 900Hz. This is by far the best demonstration of ele..
The World in UV
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UV cameras expose a hidden world and reveal the incompleteness of our perception The Physics Girl looks at sunscreen: How to make sunscreen from scratch: In summary, ultraviolet light interac..
My Video Went Viral. Here's Why
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My hypothesis is that the algorithm, rather than viewer preference, drives views on the site. As the algorithm shifts, various TheXvidrs experience burnout (as what used to work no longer works) and right now click-through rate is the key metric. So ..
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming
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Learn how you can help reduce global warming → Common misconceptions about climate change. Check out Audible: References below: For CO2, sea levels, Arctic sea ice, Antarctic and Greenland la..
World's Heaviest Weight
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How do you measure big forces accurately? By calibrating your force transducer on the world's biggest weight - 1,000,000 pounds of force. This machine ensures planes don't break apart, jets provide required thrust, and rockets make it to their destin..
Ice Spikes Explained
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Why do spikes form on ice cubes? Without them the world would be vastly different. Awesome Jingle by Accent: Thanks to Prof. Stephen Morris from UofT: Filmed in part by Martin Marek in Olomouc, Czech Repu..