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IKEA has mastered the “Gruen effect.” Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Researchers estimate that 50 percent of purchases are unplanned. These purchases, especially impulse buys, present an opportunity for retailers who can entice consumers to deviate from their shopping lists. One of the most effective ways to influence this is through a store’s architecture. In
There’s a better way to design prison architecture. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Halden Prison in Norway looks sort of like a fancy dorm room or a hotel — much different than the barbed wire and cramped cells we often associate with prison design. Its look is all part of a plan to create
There’s a method to the madness of classifying roads. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ A street is a road but a road isn’t always a street. A road can also be an avenue or a boulevard—it’s the general term for anything that connects two points. From there, the names
The policy behind the pollution. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Every November, Northern India experiences some of the most dangerous air pollution levels in the world. Typical pollution sources like car exhaust, construction dust, and industry emissions are partially responsible, but there is another factor that makes Delhi’s air deadly. A policy was enacted in
Look in the margins of medieval books and you’ll find an unusual theme: knights vs. snails. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ Lillian Randall’s paper is here: https://www.scribd.com/document/263159779/The-Snail-in-Gothic-Marginal-Warfare And Michael Camille’s book about marginal art can be found here: http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780948462283 http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/I/bo3536323.html Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Medieval snails and knights
This is what Harry and Meghan are giving up. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab The British royal family is very rich, but not as rich as you might think. And that’s because of a centuries-old model for how they make their income — and taboos about earning a private income outside of their official
Next time you’re suffering from a spicy bite, don’t reach for water. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian
What we know about hobo graffiti comes from hobos — a group that took pride in embellishing stories. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow
It’s more than just dancing around. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you’ve ever seen an orchestra perform you’ve probably had a difficult time looking away from the person dead center on the stage – the conductor. It’s hard to miss someone as they swing their arms around pointing at the musicians that seem to
A massive document leak reveals the secrets of shell companies. Matt Yglesias explains, adapting an analogy from reddit user DanGliesack: https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikei… For much more on the Panama Papers, check out the full explanation at Vox.com: http://www.vox.com/2016/4/3/11356326/… Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand
Beware the thawing permafrost. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab In the coldest parts of the world, there’s a layer of soil that stays frozen all year. This layer is called permafrost; it exists mainly around the Arctic, and acts kind of like a giant freezer. As plants and animals in those regions die, some
The Hubble Deep Field, explained by the man who made it happen. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you hold a pin at arm’s length up in the air, the head of the pin covers approximately the amount of sky that appears in the Hubble Deep Field. The iconic 1995 image is crowded, not because
Dazzle camouflage was fantastically weird. It was also surprisingly smart. WWII saw another kind of strange history unfold: a meme (yes, really). Watch our video on it here: http://bit.ly/2Co9DEu Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Dazzle camouflage was a surprisingly effective defense against torpedoes. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Phil Edwards explains why. World War
Where you were born makes all the difference Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our
Early portraits looked pretty grim. A lot of old photos from the 19th and early 20th century are fraught with doom and gloom—and on the occasion the literal dead face. That led to the popular belief that people just did not smile in old photographs. The common explanation is due to the limited technology at
The moon landing was a feat of engineering, accomplished through the careful deconstruction of a 3,000 ton spacecraft. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Apollo 11 launched on July 16, 1969, carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins on a journey to pull off humankind’s first moon landing. The eight-day journey was made possible by
White mobs destroyed “Black Wall Street” in 1921. But where are the victims’ bodies? Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Nearly 100 years ago, a white mob destroyed an American neighborhood called “Black Wall Street,” murdering an estimated 300 people in Tulsa, Oklahoma. That incident — known as the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre — has
There’s a 50 square mile section of land in Idaho where a murderer could get away scot free. Read more here: http://www.vox.com/2014/5/22/5738756/you-can-kill-someone-in-a-section-of-yellowstone-and-get-away-scot Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up
A wedding videographer explains the bizarre economics of your big day. Listen to NPR’s Planet Money on why wedding dresses are so expensive: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2011/08/05/138760908/why-are-wedding-dresses-so-expensive Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to
Biomimicry design, explained with 99% Invisible. Check them out here: https://99percentinvisible.org/ Subscribe to our channel here: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Japan’s Shinkansen doesn’t look like your typical train. With its long and pointed nose, it can reach top speeds up to 150–200 miles per hour. It didn’t always look like this. Earlier models were rounder and louder, often
The new figure skating scoring system is complicated and controversial. Here’s how it works. Learn why the triple axel is such a big deal: http://bit.ly/2oGrA7N Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO At the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic event, just the third
Debates are broken. Here’s how to fix them. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The presidential debates have become major media events, but a decreasing share of Americans are watching them. Although that proportion slightly increased for the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the proportion of voting-age Americans watching isn’t nearly what it
In 1919, a total solar eclipse helped redefine gravity. Thanks to Raycon for sponsoring this video. Check them out at http://buyraycon.com/vox Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, published in 1915, defined gravity as the influence of massive objects, like planets and stars, curving space around them. This was very
If you have played a claw machine you probably haven’t won many prizes and maybe even thought they are rigged. Find out what really happened to your allowance. Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ Read more at http://www.vox.com/2015/4/3/8339999/claw-machines-rigged Special thanks to matt3756 for letting us use his great footage: https://www.youtube.com/user/matt3756
The solstice alignments of Stonehenge, explained. Join the Vox Video Lab: http://www.vox.com/join Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Note: A previous version of this video referred imprecisely to “Neolithic Britain” when discussing the Newgrange tomb in Ireland. We have removed that phrasing. My apologies to the Irish. Stonehenge is a popular destination for summer solstice celebrations
It’s at the heart of Antarctica and on the verge of collapse. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab Man-made climate change is warming the planet’s atmosphere and oceans, and the effects are being felt the most at the poles. In Antarctica, home to the largest chunk of ice on earth, ice shelves and glaciers are
Many musicians prefer these 300-year-old instruments, but are they actually worth it? Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Antonio Stradivari is generally considered the greatest violin maker of all time. His violins are played by some of the top musicians in the world and sell for as much as $16 million. For centuries people have puzzled
This isn’t just a computer bug. It’s a scandal. Join the Video Lab! http://bit.ly/video-lab Two Boeing airplanes have fallen out of the air and crashed in the past six months. On the surface, this is a technical failure. But the real story is about a company’s desire to beat their rival. Read about Boeing’s efforts
Here are all the photos flying through interstellar space on Voyager’s Golden Record. http://www.vox.com/2015/11/11/9702090/voyager-golden-record-pictures Help us make more ambitious videos by joining the Vox Video Lab. It gets you exclusive perks, like livestream Q&As with all the Vox creators, a badge that levels up over time, and video extras bringing you closer to our work!
It’s all about the climbs. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The Tour de France is the most prominent cycling race in the world. It’s now in its 109th edition and it’s being called the ‘Highest in History’ because there are more climbs than ever before. This is important because the climbs are where the race
Here’s how a simple mark ends up meaning something big as a great logo. Joe Posner, and Michael Bierut (designer of the Hillary Clinton logo) explain. For more from Michael Bierut on graphic design, check out his book “How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh,
Why are the babies in medieval art so ugly? Phil Edwards dug a little to find out: http://www.vox.com/2015/7/8/8908825/ugly-medieval-babies Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the
It was a feat of technological and symbolic imagination. And it was pretty accurate, too. Join the Video Lab to see Phil’s Q&A! http://bit.ly/video-lab Leonardo da Vinci’s known for his art and inventions — but also his groundbreaking maps, like this one of Imola, Italy. In this episode of Vox Almanac, Vox’s Phil Edwards explores
What it took to collect these 54-million-year-old photons from a supermassive black hole. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab This is an updated version of a video we published in 2016 about the Event Horizon Telescope, an international collaboration to image a black hole for the first time in human history. On April 10, 2019,
Many have tried to keep a white shark in captivity. Here’s why that’s so difficult. There are several aquariums around the world, including one in Georgia, that house whale sharks, the biggest fish in the sea. But not one has a great white shark on display. Aquariums have made dozens of attempts since the 1970s
Monkeys are our closest biological relatives, and they can’t speak. But parrots don’t seem to have a problem at all. This video is presented by Wix: https://www.wix.com/go/vox Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab In 2016 researchers released a study with an incredible headline: monkey vocal tracts are speech-ready. It showed that monkeys are held back
The clever engineering behind the virtual yellow first-down line you seen on TV for NFL games. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive guide to the state of play. The graphic is engineered to appear painted on
One of the Cold War’s biggest moments began at a routine press conference. Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab The fall of the Berlin Wall has a lot of memorable moments: US President Ronald Reagan’s declaration to “tear down this wall”; David Hasselhoff singing at the Brandenburg Gate; and Berliners wielding pickaxes and hammers, tearing
There’s a scientific reason behind your “second stomach.” Become a Video Lab member! http://bit.ly/video-lab How is it that, after stuffing ourselves full at dinner, we somehow find room to eat again once dessert comes around? Turns out, the thing that makes us do this has a name: It’s called “sensory-specific satiety,” and it’s actually supposed
We’ve been putting our routers in the wrong place this whole time. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Find many more wifi tips here: http://www.vox.com/2014/12/31/7471309/wifi-faster Wifi map courtesy of Jason Cole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hcK9B4HHY8 http://jasmcole.com/2014/08/25/helmhurts/ Wifi signals are made of radio waves that have a shorter wavelength than AM radio and cell phones but longer than satellite tv.