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Kitchen Science: Are Spiders Repelled by Conkers?

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This sweet video depicts a series of experiments conducted by a classroom of kids at Roselyon School in Cornwall. In short, they are testing an old wives' tale that suggests that placing conkers -- horse chestnuts -- along skirting boards or at the edges of doorways might deter spiders from entering a building. But does this actually work, and if so, how? The modern scientific brain might wonder whether some chemical odor released by the fruit of the horse chestnut tree or perhaps the waxy glossiness of the kids favorite autumnal twine-suspended weapon sends the arachnids scuttling back to whence they came.
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Jane Austen's Fight Club

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Have you read Jane Austen's books? The first time I read them, I was disappointed to find they were romance novels .. except, there was a lot of scheming and backstabbing, which did make them tolerable. The second time I read them, I found them much more amusing -- somehow, I suspect that Jane Austen would have appreciated this video if she was alive today to see it.

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Tales of Mere Existence: How to Carry Your School Books

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Here's a funny but sad lesson in the perils of nonconformity, or, a lesson for how to carry one's books to and from school, thanks to Levni Yilmaz (who appears to be a professional dork). This video shows how the method you choose to carry your books may be a more important decision than you think.

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The Secret Powers of Time

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In this video animation, Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

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A Rocket of His Own

Jul 20 2010 Published by under Humor, NYC life, Streaming videos, Your Inner Child

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TIME magazine recently went to interview astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson and noticed a huge crate had been delivered to his office at the American Museum of Natural History. He was kind enough to open it on-camera. The back story of this gift is that Neil was adamant that ABC News include the Saturn V Rocket on its list of The 7 Wonders of America. The folks at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama were so grateful, they sent Neil a replica.

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Magic Mormon Underwear

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I've lived among mormons for more years than I care to think about, and yes, the magic underwear was one of those mysteries that us kids speculated on when the adults weren't around. As if they were flies upon the walls of my childhood, the Thinking Atheist has made this video that discusses the the Mormon church's most famous "secret."

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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This video is really interesting for two reasons: first, it's a hand-drawn animation that evolves in front of your eyes, and second, I think it explains why scientists like to write blogs for the public about science -- for free! Adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, this fascinating video illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

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Validation

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This sweet video is actually a short film that has won a lot of awards at film festivals. It's a bit long compared to the usual video embeds I share with you, but I think you'll enjoy this film (I certainly did).

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Walk-Through of NYC's American Museum of Natural History

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This is a rather nice video with a home-made feel to it. It presents a quick view of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, starting on the subway platform (filled with lots of beautiful tile art, all of which I've photographed and shared on my blog). (I noticed that they seem to have finished refurbishing their Indians of the Pacific Northwet exhibit).

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Monty Python Meets Darth Vader

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Is this the ultimate in silliness and hilarity? The combination of Monty Python AND Star Wars?

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