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NASA Wants You to Watch This Rocket Launch in Incredible 4K Resolution

Films like Gravity and Interstellar have raised the bar for what audiences expect to see when rockets are launched into space. NASA has always taken stunning photographs of its missions and launches, and now it is stepping up its game with ultra-high definition footage by introducing NASA TV UHD, which was first announced in September. During a commercial resupply launch by Orbital to the International Space Station from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida earlier this month, NASA and Harmonic used six 4K cameras to capture almost every step of the preparation and launch process in immaculate detail to create an experience that is arguably better than witnessing the event in person. 

The footage, which was posted to YouTube, has quality options starting at 144p and going up to 4K (2160p) with a frame rate of 60fps. The HD options (720p, 1080p, and 1440p) are also 60fps, but the 4K setting makes every second of the footage pop off of your computer screen—that is, if your connection can handle it. Watch above as the scientists hoist and assemble the Cyngnus Spacecraft before the countdown and slow-motion lift-off, which provides a beautifully clear look at all the smoke and flames involved in sending rockets to space.

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26 Facts About LEGO Bricks

Since it first added plastic, interlocking bricks to its lineup, the Danish toy company LEGO (from the words Leg Godt for “play well”) has inspired builders of all ages to bring their most imaginative designs to life. Sets have ranged in size from scenes that can be assembled in a few minutes to 5000-piece behemoths depicting famous landmarks. And tinkerers aren’t limited to the sets they find in stores. One of the largest LEGO creations was a life-sized home in the UK that required 3.2 million tiny bricks to construct.

In this episode of the List Show, John Green lays out 26 playful facts about one of the world’s most beloved toy brands. To hear about the LEGO black market, the vault containing every LEGO set ever released, and more, check out the video above then subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date with the latest flossy content.

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Of Buckeyes and Butternuts: 29 States With Weird Nicknames for Their Residents
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Tracing a word’s origin and evolution can yield fascinating historical insights—and the weird nicknames used in some states to describe their residents are no exception. In the Mental Floss video above, host John Green explains the probable etymologies of 29 monikers that describe inhabitants of certain states across the country.

Some of these nicknames, like “Hoosiers” and “Arkies” (which denote residents of Indiana and Arkansas, respectively) may have slightly offensive connotations, while others—including "Buckeyes," "Jayhawks," "Butternuts," and "Tar Heels"—evoke the military histories of Ohio, Kansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. And a few, like “Muskrats” and “Sourdoughs,” are even inspired by early foods eaten in Delaware and Alaska. ("Goober-grabber" sounds goofier, but it at least refers to peanuts, which are a common crop in Georgia, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas.)

Learn more fascinating facts about states' nicknames for their residents by watching the video above.

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