China just banned Lunar New Year fireworks in Beijing

Please rate. From Quartz. China’s government has banned fireworks in many big cities in an effort to cut down on pollution, imperiling their over thousand-year old firework industry in the process. Fireworks are a huge part of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, and Beijing is one of the cities affected by the ban. Will Lunar…

The most controversial Olympic figure skating jump

Please rate. From Quartz. This is an update of a previous Nathan Chen video. Olympic figure skating is a brutal sport, and the most difficult jump, popularized by young phenom Nathan Chen, has become extremely controversial. For many fans, the quadruple jump has come to represent the death of artistry and the rise of risky…

The physicist behind the snowflakes in ‘Frozen’

Please rate. From Quartz. No two snowflakes are ever alike in nature. But, it turns out, identical snowflakes can be created in a lab. Ken Libbrecht studies snowflakes at the California Institute of Technology, and he’s done it. Ken invented a way to grow “identical twin,” and even identical quadruplet, snowflakes. They call him the…

The 3D-printed six-string $10 electric violin

Please rate. From Quartz. This 3D-printed instrument sounds like a violin, but it but doesn’t quite resemble one. There’s no scroll at the top, so the tuning pegs are at the chinrest. It has six strings, instead of the traditional four, allowing the instrument to reach a deeper range, like a cello. And there are…

Why Olympic athletes keep getting better

Please rate. From Quartz. The 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang will likely feature the most impressive winter athletes ever. But that was true of the 2016 Summer Olympics, too, and at the 2014 Olympics, and, well, you get the point. Why is that? Here are four reasons why competitors in the Olympics are constantly getting better.…

How IKEA comes up with its names

Please rate. From Quartz. Billy. Beddinge. Sladda. IKEA names can seem random, but they actually conform to a strict internal logic. Reading strange-sounding Swedish words is part of the joy of shopping at IKEA. The rules for those names go back to the company’s founder Ingvar Kamprad, who struggled with dyslexia and had trouble remembering…

The coral that might save the reefs

Please rate. From Quartz. Coral reefs worldwide are in trouble. But a team of ocean scientists have found what they think could be a natural, ecological way to save the reefs — and it already exists in nature. It’s a type of coral called a corallith. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu Read more from the corallith study here:…

Inside the Consumer Reports test lab

Please rate. From Quartz. Consumer Reports tests up to 8,000 products per year. They review everything from refrigerators and cars to toilet paper and bacon, and they’ve been doing it for over 80 years. At their headquarters in Yonkers, New York, there are over 60 separate testing labs. They even have a race track to…

Football is in trouble. Can science save it?

Please rate. From Quartz. The NFL is big business. Really big. It made over $14 billion last year, and Super Bowl LII could be the most-watched game ever. But football has a big problem on its hands: CTE, a degenerative and possibly fatal brain disease. Studies have linked CTE to concussions and repeated head trauma,…

How to invent the perfect dog toy

Please rate. From Quartz. Designing the perfect dog toy isn’t easy, but the BarkBox team is trying. At BARK, toy designers rigorously test each new creation, making sure to consult both humans and dogs in the process. Through much trial and error, BARK’s experts have developed a few rules for creating a toy your furry,…

Bill Gates: The good news about fake news

Please rate. From Quartz. In an age of “fake news” and increasing polarization, Bill Gates sees big problems with the “filter bubbles” that impact how people get and process their information. But he also thinks those problems might actually be self-correcting. This video is part of a series of interviews with Bill Gates on subjects…

The biggest underwater cave on Earth

Please rate. From Quartz. Researchers just found the world’s largest underwater cave. Inside, they found ancient artifacts and the bones of extinct creatures. Diving off the coast of Tulum, Mexico, scientists found a 347-kilometer passage linking what were previously thought to be two separate caves. Filled with artifacts from early Mexican settlements, it’s the world’s…

They hate “new car” smell in China

Please rate. From Quartz. Chinese car buyers are not into new car smell. In fact, they hate it. China is the biggest market for cars in the world, and foreign companies like Ford need to attract Chinese consumers. So they’re doing their best to the reduce new car smell in their cars by hiring “golden…