Drop a basketball with backspin from a great enough height, and something rather interesting happens. In the video below, Veritasium’s Derek Muller explains the Magnus effect, and why the phenomenon can cause a ball with even a little spin to swerve so dramatically from its expected path.
Here's Veritasium's Derek Muller with 5 Fun Physics Phenomena to bend your brain.
The latest installment of Veritasium is all about the "Pyro-Board." This snazzy contraption is a mesmerizing, planar take on the Rubens' tube – a perforated tube of gas – hooked up to a gas jet and a speaker – that can turn music into beautifully patterned, leaping flicks of fire.
It's a match made in YouTube Science Heaven: In the latest episode of Minute Physics, Henry Reich teams up with the folks at Veritasium to address one of the Internet's favorite scientific conundrums: MAGNETS.
This video promises "60 epic facts that show why the world is awesome" – and while it's presented by a veritable who's-who of geeky YouTube channel hosts, we'd be lying if we told you we weren't pretty skeptical at the outset. Seven minutes and thirty seconds later, we have to admit: that was pretty epic.
Let's face it: when it comes to jaw-dropping video footage, it's hard to compete with live coverage of the world's first supersonic dive from the edge of space. But Felix Baumgartner's spacejump was just cancelled, which makes this video of a levitating sheet of piping-hot metal (the equivalent of a floating,…