Video Briefly: New Mad Max, Best Music Of 2014, Snowflake Science

The best online videos of the week, including: The best music mash-up of the year, nuclear strike simulator and that insanely good Mad Max: Fury Road trailer.

  • Sydney based start-up Alphatise recently ran a "World's Best Internship" competition. The winning applicant demonstrated her dedication by jumping out of a plane despite having a fear of heights. Here is the video.
  • There's a new trailer out for Mad Max: Fury Road and this one if even more bug-nuts insane than the first one. Click here for maximum shock and awe.
  • Ralph Baer — AKA the “father of video games” — has passed away at the age of 92. Baer was the man behind the first ever video game console; the Magnavox Odyssey which hit stores in 1972. Kotaku has a fascinating insight into the man's legacy.
  • There's a new gadget on the market that allows you to launch fireballs from your hands. This is sure to end well. See it in action here.
  • Ever wondered how snowflakes get formed? Allow this video to drop its science on you.
  • Here'a a video of famed British chef Marco Pierre White demonstrating how to chop an onion in the finest way possible. You might want to wear some goggles while watching this one.
  • Is cracking your knuckles truly bad for you? Scientists finally have a definitive answer.
  • This video tutorial explains how to make working earphones out of 40cal bullet shells. Because why not, eh? The video is accompanied by a pretty groovy track too.
  • The origin of the hamburger supposedly goes back to the time of Genghis Kahn. This excerpt from National Geographic's The History of the Hamburger explains that evolution.
  • By now you've doubtlessly seen the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some clever wag has tweaked it to include a bunch of distracting and entirely superfluous CGI. The result is truly glorious.
  • What most often gives away a CG character as fake is their dead, lifeless eyes. Researchers at Disney have developed a new system to perfectly capture a performer’s eyes that promises to make CG characters finally appear more lifelike and convincing. Click here to see it in action.
  • From Taylor Swift to Pharrell Williams. Kesha to Maroon 5. Iggy Azalea to Iggy Azalea. This is the United State Of Pop 2014 mashup, and it’s a masterpiece.
  • The French Air Force has published this fascinating video showing a nuclear strike mission from beginning to end.


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