WHAT TO WATCH
Procrastinating doesn’t have to be a waste of time. Why not listen to a song about the elements or a rap about the Large Hadron Collider? If you’re not convinced, you can always learn how to time travel. Check out our video picks.
We’ve all been there: after a morning of intense work, your mind starts wandering and, before long, the procrastinator lurking inside you begins to take the reins. YouTube is a go-to for any professional procrastinator – but you don’t have to restrict yourself to watching Miley Cyrus twerk her way to public shame, or viewing yet another cat flushing a toilet. The following videos are just as (if not more!) interesting – and you might even learn a thing or two on the side. Tap on the boxes to watch the videos! HouseholdHacker: The Bike Phone Charger
HousholdHacker presents the solution to the most common of smartphone woes: a 5% battery warning when you’ve just walked out the front door. With just a few household tools from the local store, you can create your very own phone charger for your bicycle. It brings a whole new meaning to charging around town.
Tom Lehrer: The Elements
Although Tom Lehrer was better known as a mathematician, this chemistry-themed song nicely showcases his affinity for music. This geek-tastic number contains the names of all but two elements of the Periodic Table. Not recommended for performing at open-mic nights.
Truthloader: Scientists Develop ‘Uncrackable’ Quantum Encryption Networks
With cybercrime on the rise, information security research is booming. You may have heard of Ruantum physics ( page 39), but quantum encryption? See how this impressive (but expensive) new technology could offer you protection of your personal data in the future.
National Geographic: How to Time Travel
Time travel is a popular theme in science fiction (anE oGten comes to minE aGter missing a birthday or crashing your car!) In this short clip, National Geographic explains how time travel could one day become reality. )owever, as with all sci-fi based ideas, you should probably take it with a pinch of futuristic salt.
CERN: The Large Hadron Collider Rap
Often catch yourself wondering what people at CERN are up to and what they’re doing with all that fancy machinery? Thought not. Well, it turns out that when they’re not smashing particles together, the scientists at one of the world’s most prestigious research centres like to get their rap on. Eminem hasn’t got anything to worry about just yet.