Creating Saturday Night Live →

Saturday Night Live is a well-oiled machine. Not because of the cast or A-list guests, but because of the people busting it backstage and in the control room. Most of them have been grinding out weekly episodes for decades. In this behind-the-scenes look, director Don Roy King and the rest of the crew run through the step-by-step process that goes into creating the iconic series.

A Magnificent Supercell Thunderstorm Timelapse →

The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. I prefer to focus on the big picture. Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature’s attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or viscosity, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.

First Pitch →

On October 30, 2001, President George W. Bush stepped to the mound at Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch at Game 3 of the World Series, just six weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That night the first pitch meant more than just “play ball.”

How Pregnancy Tests Work →

Over-the-counter pregnancy tests give potentially life-changing results with a pretty high rate of accuracy. But how do they work? Tien Nguyen explains how each test performs a scientifically rigorous, multi-stage experiment that goes from start to finish in the time that it’ll take you to watch this video.