An independent curation project by JakeLsewhere, featuring insightful and informative videos from all areas of the sciences and humanities. If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Brian reverts to his childhood and blows bubbles all episode! Oh, also his childhood is possessed with the drive to burn things. Who could’ve known?
Flammable vapors trapped in bubbles is a classic of physics demonstrations, but Brian got the idea of blowing through cotton balls from the book “Stranger Than Fiction” by Derek Lever, published over 50 years ago in 1961.
Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding— as in the well-known expression “like water off a duck’s back.” A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now determined how both chemistry and the microstructure of feathers allow birds to stay dry even after emerging from amazingly deep dives.