Jawdropping (also ft ICT sector reports, fiscal calculators and Mongolia)

By Aimee Whitcroft 16/07/2013

Well, that was my reaction to this video, at any rate.

Picked up off Twitter, from fellow Sciblogger Mr David Winter (@TheAtavism) himself*, it’s stunning high-speed camera work explaining the mad physics behind the Prince Rupert’s Drop. Don’t know what that is? Well, watch the video, and the marvel, MARVEL I SAY, at what you’ll learn about glass, strains of different sorts, and more.

Also including some very odd, but rather effective, green-screen work.  I’ve subscribed to the channel and imagine that it’ll become (along with CDZA, VSauce, SixtySymbols, and the less sciencey ConvosWith2YrOld and some others) one of my favourites 🙂


Click here to view the video on YouTube.



In other, completely unrelated news, MBIE’s Information and Communications Technology sector report for 2013 is out, and commentary is already starting to come in over the Twitterwaves and elsewhere. I’ve not yet finished reading and digesting it, but one thing I’ve noticed is the lack of the word ‘open’ anywhere in it, which is…interesting.

Also, go check out the Fiscal Calculator!


I finally finished off the Mongol Rally blog of our adventures last year. If you wanna see pikkies of Mongolia and, even more awesomely, our timelapse (with soundtrack) of the trip through Mongolia, go here! I recommend putting on nice headphones and enlarging the vid for the timelapse – it’s quite immersive 🙂


* Keep an eye out for his roundup of awesome scicomms (online) video channels 🙂

0 Responses to “Jawdropping (also ft ICT sector reports, fiscal calculators and Mongolia)”

  • The lack of the word “open” is not due to any nefarious intent, I assure you. A number of things not covered this time, may well be included next time.

    • Thanks for the comment, Andrew. I didn’t reckon there was nefarious intent at all – it’s just, given the bigness (sorry, cold is making my head stupid today) of open at the moment, some of us thought the omission interesting 🙂

      Will look forward to next year’s!