Trajan’s Column, completed in 113CE, is a masterpiece of Roman art and engineering. It has stood for more than 1900 years intact as the rest of the Roman Forum crumbled around it. The tower comprises 29 blocks of solid marble each weighing from 29-77 tons. Each marble drum had windows and a staircase allowing access to the top pulled into place by an elaborate pulley system. Watch this stop-motion video by National Geographic on how it was made in ancient times. For even more insight, watch the artists’ making-of video.
Last week, NASA released two videos of taking a GoPro on walkabouts (or, extravehicular activities—EVAs for short) in space. Ever wondered what it’s like to cling to the side of the International Space Station as it zips around Earth in orbit at 8km per second? The views are out of this world! (Sorry.) See the longer NASA-released videos from EVA number 30 and EVA number 31 and even further extended footage.
Easter was a few weeks ago, which means that stores are selling leftover candy at deeply discounted prices. You might just have a few stale Peeps left at the bottom of your basket, even after a few healthy rounds of Peep jousting. If so, why not try an experiment? This video shows a fun and tasty way to calculate the elusive Speed of Light equation using marshmallow Peeps and a microwave.
Here we are at the tail-end of winter. To bid farewell to this snow-coated season, let’s watch some Finnish engineers defy gravity. Have you ever dreamed of attaching a snow mobile to a parachute and flying off a cliff? These guys have, and it’s pretty interesting to watch!
Infrastructure isn’t sexy, but it’s wholly necessary for the basic survival of civilization. John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight took on the challenge of highlighting the dire state of U.S. infrastructure and the politics surrounding it, giving it the Hollywood treatment in hopes that people will take notice.