Awesomeness Science & Technology Video Clips

How to go to Space, Explained in Simple Words

XKCD and Minute Physics team up to create an informative video on how to go to space. Instead of throwing complex terms like gravity, escape velocity, and rockets at the viewer, they use ten hundred simple English words to break it down. You certainly don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand how to get the fire-water filled up-goer into space. Check it out.

[via Popular Mechanics]

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His and Hers Colours

As witnessed from the results of a hue test, I’m pretty awful with colours. It’s in serious fail territory if I have to go about naming them. And I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Scientist Stephen Von Worley took the 5+ million results from a colour survey conducted by XKCD and created an interactive infographic that shows the differences between men and women when it comes to colours. Von Worley plots the 2,000 most commonly-used colour names as a series of dots on a graph. The size of the colour dot indicates how common the colour is and the horizontal axis divides the gender – women tend to use colour names towards the top part, men uses one the bottom part, and dividing line represents the 50-50 split between the sexes.

It’s interesting to see the different colour preferences. While men seem to use some lolworthy descriptions like goblin green, vomit yellow, shit, and really dark blue, women tend to prefer colours like chartruese, antique rose, dark cornflower, and islamic green.

See the interactive version of the infographic on Data Pointed. Mouse over the dots for more information and read Von Worley’s writeup.

[via iamFinch on Twitter]

Flash Games

xkcd’s Tetris Hell Now a Flash Game

Randall Munroe from the webcomic xkcd clearly has some influence. Last month, he posted a comic about how hellish the game of Tetris could be (see here). It went viral and after a couple of days, the first Flash game based on said comic hit the Internet. I only spotted it now, what can I say I’m not the quickest of cats.

With a curved bottom and bouncy physics, the game is probably a Tetris fan’s worst nightmare and pretty much an unwinnable. Play the first implementation of Hell by kaolin fire or try the newer one by Banthar.

Let us know how you did failed miserably.

[via LDuPlessis]