Why shipping container homes are overrated

From Vox. Shipping container homes have been a trend for a while, from reality TV shows to housing policy discussions. But the truth is that these homes are a lot more difficult to build than you might think. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO It’s easy to think…

Streaming Live: The Vox Channel

From Vox. Thoughtfully curated, thoroughly explained. You’re watching a special livestream: our linear TV channel that brings together the best of Vox and other networks at our parent company Vox Media, including @The Verge, @Eater, @Secret Base, and more. This week we’re bringing the stream to YouTube so you can discover our favorite work across…

The text-to-image revolution, explained

From Vox. How programmers turned the internet into a paintbrush. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Beginning in January 2021, advances in AI research have produced a plethora of deep-learning models capable of generating original images from simple text prompts, effectively extending the human imagination. Researchers at OpenAI,…

Why Germany is hooked on Russian gas

From Vox. How Germany got stuck paying for Russia’s war. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU has sanctioned much of Russia’s economy, but Russia’s natural gas trade remains untouched. The EU gets nearly a quarter of its energy from natural gas,…

Before American Sign Language, we had “Hand Talk”

From Vox. The hidden history of an ancient language. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Centuries before we had American Sign Language, Native sign languages, broadly known as “Hand Talk,” were thriving across North America. Hand Talk would be influential in the formation of American Sign Language. But…

The world’s biggest wave, explained

From Vox. And how it’s transformed a Portuguese town. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Nazaré, Portugal was for centuries just a small fishing village known for its fishermen and dangerous seas. Then one day in 2011, a pro-surfer named Garrett McNamara strapped on a surf board and…

The banned weapon Russia (and the US) won’t give up

From Vox. Why war crimes investigators are looking for cluster bombs in Ukraine. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In Ukraine, human rights investigators like Amnesty International and Bellingcat have been tracking Russian attacks to aid in a potential war crimes investigation. One thing they’re paying special attention…

How Ukrainians are saving art during the war

From Vox. And the long history of why protecting physical culture matters. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Despite the fact that it’s a war crime to target cultural heritage, cultural sites are often treated as a second front: looted, damaged, or destroyed as a way for an…

Why everyone has this chair

From Vox. This two-legged chair has been famous for almost 100 years. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If your internet overlaps even a little bit with mine, you’ve seen a Cesca (also known as a B32). The cantilevered cane and chrome chair is all over the place:…

How China uses fruit to punish Taiwan

From Vox. It’s not just about fruit. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In September 2021, China banned the import of sugar apples, or atemoya, from Taiwan, claiming they were bringing in pests. Critics say pests are an excuse, and China is weaponizing trade with Taiwan. And this…

How Stalin starved Ukraine

From Vox. It was a genocide that Russia continues to cover up to this day Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In Ukraine, it’s become known as “the Holodomor,” meaning “death by starvation.” It was a genocide carried out by a dictator who wanted to keep Ukraine under…

What it’s like to flee Ukraine

From Vox. Ukrainians’ exodus by rail, explained Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, more than 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes and leave the country. The vast majority are migrating west, toward the EU, and…

Are we done with face masks?

From Vox. Mandates around the globe are ending, but don’t throw out your masks yet. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Face masks were one of our earliest interventions to slow the spread of Covid-19. For two years we’ve largely relied on local governments and businesses to tell…

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, explained in 8 moments

From Vox. Zelenskyy’s rise in Ukraine, from TV star to president. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Once known for his political comedy sketches and skits where he pretended to play the piano with his penis, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected as the president of Ukraine in 2019 in…

Putin’s war on Ukraine, explained

From Vox. Ukraine is under attack. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO On February 24th, Russia launched a military invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “special military operation,” but the scale of the attack shows this is a full-scale war that has already caused…

In defense of the “gentrification building”

From Vox. How new buildings can actually fight displacement Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO When many people look at new housing construction, they don’t just see boxy, modern, and bland architecture. They see new buildings that symbolize displacement and gentrification, or the idea that the construction comes…

The Italy-Switzerland border is melting

From Vox. How a ski lodge became trapped in a border dispute. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Italy’s land border cuts through the highest altitudes of the Alps — crossing snowfields, mountain peaks, and massive glaciers. For centuries, the watershed line (which marks the divide where water…

Why ski jumpers hold their skis in a V

From Vox. It’s more about aerodynamics than aesthetics. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If you looked at photos of ski jumpers today and ski jumpers 50 years ago, you’d notice one big difference. In the past, jumpers held their skis tightly underneath their body in a parallel…

We tried to recreate this famous photo of a ghost

From Vox. William Mumler claimed he could photograph ghosts … and no one could prove he couldn’t. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In the mid-1800s, the development of exciting new forms of communication, like photography and the telegraph, was considered miraculous. This technology also coincided with a…

How insulated glass changed architecture

From Vox. No pane, no gain. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Today, it’s easy to take big glass windows and doors for granted, whether they show up in commercial buildings or in our homes. But this use of glass is, at its core, a technological breakthrough that…

Linoleum flooring is cool, actually

From Vox. Everything HGTV told you about linoleum is wrong. Subscribe to our channel and turn on notifications (🔔) so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO If there were a floor covering Olympics, marble would probably get gold. Hardwood would get silver. Bronze would maybe go to tile — and linoleum wouldn’t even make the trials.…

Hog farming has a massive poop problem

From Vox. Inside North Carolina’s search for solutions for its thousands of pig manure lagoons. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO For this third episode of our video series with Vox’s Future Perfect team, we went to North Carolina, a state that for decades has been a battleground…

2021, in 6 minutes

From Vox. Year two of the coronavirus pandemic was filled with vaccines and variants, summer Olympics, joys, and sorrows. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO 2021 was a year like no other. Vox looks back on the biggest moments that defined an unpredictable year. Make sure you never…

Why the new space telescope looks so strange

From Vox. A NASA astrophysicist explains humanity’s big new toy Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO After 25 years and nearly $10 billion, the James Webb Space Telescope has finally left planet Earth. Billed as a successor to the beloved Hubble Space Telescope, the Webb’s mirror is six…

Why you need a new flu shot every year

From Vox. But a universal flu vaccine is closer than you think. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The flu vaccine is something many of us take for granted. Every year, starting in the early fall, “free flu shot available” signs start to line pharmacies and clinics –…

How this house took over the US

From Vox. Why is the Craftsman bungalow everywhere? It’s due to a socialist artist, an entrepreneurial furniture maker, and a real estate movement. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO To anyone who’s been a casual architecture fan (or spent time trawling Airbnb and Zillow), the “Craftsman bungalow” is…

Why movie theaters aren’t dead yet

From Vox. The "theatrical window" has shrunk. But it’s still there. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Covid-19 looked like it could have been the end of movie theaters. Theaters couldn’t show movies. Some of the biggest American theater chains were on the brink of bankruptcy. And US…

Big questions about the Covid booster shot, answered

From Vox. How omicron has reframed the booster debate. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO Much of the messaging from authorities around Covid-19 booster shots has been confusing — and that’s partly because scientists themselves haven’t always agreed on who needs them. When many countries began to recommend…

Why the pope dresses like that

From Vox. The hidden meaning behind Pope Francis’s clothes. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The pope is one of the most recognizable figures in the world, in large part because of the clothes he wears: all white, ornate ponchos, various hats. But all popes don’t actually dress…

Why movies tilt the camera like this

From Vox. The Expressionist origins of the "Dutch angle." Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The Dutch angle (also called the Dutch tilt, canted angle, or oblique angle) is a filmmaking technique that involves setting the camera at an angle and tilting the entire scene. You’ll see it…

The Taliban, explained

From Vox. How they’ve taken over Afghanistan again. Subscribe and turn on notifications 🔔 so you don’t miss any videos: http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The roots of the Taliban movement go back to 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. They were there to prop up a communist Afghan government that was supported by a minority of urban…