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Time Lapse of Magnetic Putty Melting is Oddly Mesmetizing

Watch this video and feel like you’ve stepped into an X-File.

Science, is there anything it can’t do? In the video above by Ian Parks, a simple lump of magnetic putty, when it meets a high-powered magnet, is transformed into a soulless, undead creature of night, “eating” everything in its path. Magnetic putty is special in that it’s both a solid and a liquid, able to attract and engulf metal objects in seconds. Because of its consistency, the putty is able to arrange its particles to evenly distribute over surfaces—giving the aforementioned appearance of creeping death. While the putty may seem like the same variety you played with as a child, it’s actually infused with millions of micron-sized ferrous particles made from iron oxide powder. The ferromagnetic particles of the putty are what propel it forward, and as in the case of this time lapse, out of a mug and onto an object inches away. The folks at Bustle, who were just as horrified as we were, noted: “The magnet shown [...] is a strong neodymium iron boron magnet. It’s a very powerful magnet for its size and could erase magnetic stripes found in credit cards and damage electronics.”

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40 Years ago, Arthur C. Clarke Accurately Predicted the Future of Technology

Now we’re just waiting on that communication with extra-terrestrial life.

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These People Love What They Do

A collection of passionate people explaining their craft.

The best spoken and most effective teachers are always the ones who love what they do. Here are three videos of passionate people educating about each of their unique crafts -- ink making, sound design, and corporate logo creation.

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Two Former Teachers Defend Music Education on YouTube

In their latest video, the duo Two Teachers and a Microphone make the case for music programs, which are getting cut across America.

The teacher layoff-protesting duo is back! Two Teachers and a Microphone, a pair of pink slipped Los Angeles Unified School District educators, have released yet another video. This time around they're challenging the layoff notices being sent to music teachers.

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Intermission: Watch This Old, Ridiculous NYC Transit PSA Against Subway Graffiti

Oh, 1988 New York, we don't miss you. But we miss your PSAs.

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The NY Transit Museum Archives is unearthing past transit videos and posting them on YouTube. Don't Do It is a hilarious, stern, and utterly unrealistic PSA from 1988 reminding us that "graffiti-vandalism is a crime."

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This Bittersweet Love Note to Saudi Arabia Sums Up the Arab States' Woes

An Arab woman sends an ambivalent love note to her home on Valentine's Day: "I love my country, but my country is not mine."

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The woman behind this short video love note to Saudi Arabia, known only as Areej, tidily and artfully summarizes the problem at the core of the unrest now embroiling a number of states in the Arab world. After righteously decrying Saudi's discrimination against women, and its censorship policies, Areej writes, "I love my country, but my country is not mine."

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