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How to Add Search Keywords to Safari for Faster, More Specific Searches

Most people use one search engine—Google, DuckDuckGo, etc.—to find things online. But sometimes you want to quickly search Amazon, ask a question of Wolfram Alpha, or find a video on YouTube, all without the extra step of going to that site first.

If you’re using Chrome, you can set up search keywords to search specific sites from the address bar. There’s no way to do that by default in Safari, but a free Safari extension called Safari Keyword Search makes it easy to search a number of sites. So typing y kittens in the address bar searches YouTube for kittens or typing wa warp 9 asks Wolfram Alpha how fast Warp 9 is.

Here’s how to set up this power, and how to customize it.

Installing Safari Keyword Search

We’ll be using an open-source extension called Safari Keyword Search to make this happen. Head to the Safari Keyword Search homepage and download the extension. It comes in the form of a .safariextz file.

Open the file and Safari will ask if you want to install it.

Click “Trust,” assuming that you do trust the extension. The source code is on GitHub if you’re interested.

Running a Search Using the Default Keywords

The extension, by default, supports 12 keywords. Put a keyword at the front…

Previously Classified Nuclear Test Videos Now on YouTube

Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have been analyzing old films of nuclear weapons tests, using more modern equipment to get more accurate data. As they go through the thousands of old films, they’ve found many hadn’t been properly stored for long-term preservation, so they are digitizing the collection. Physicist Greg Spriggs said that about 6500 films have been found, 750 have been declassified, and this week, 63 of them have been uploaded to YouTube.

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The goal in preserving and digitizing them, Spriggs said…

How to Find and Keep Up with All Your YouTube Subscriptions

It used to be so simple. If you liked a video, and wanted to see more videos like it, you’d click the “Subscribe” button. The next time that channel put out a video, you’d see it on the homepage.

But in 2017, there’s probably a few channels you love that you haven’t seen lately, and more than a few channels you hate-watched at some point showing up on your homepage constantly. What gives?

YouTube, in their wisdom, stopped showing users every video from every channel they’re subscribed to, replacing that simplicity with an algorithm designed to get you to watch as much content as possible. So you may or may not see a video from a channel you subscribe to on the homepage, depending on what kind of mood YouTube is in. It’s kind of like Facebook’s cryptic news feed algorithm, but for videos, and it means you might miss great videos from artists you love.

If you hate this, you’re not alone. The good news is that there are still a few ways to actually see your subscriptions.

Option One: Head to the Subscriptions Page

The simplest way to see only your subscriptions is to head to the Subscriptions page. There’s a link to this page on the YouTube homepage, shown above. The subscriptions page has the the latest videos from the channels you’re subscribed to, and nothing else.

I recommend creating a bookmark for youtube.com/feed/subscriptions, so that you’re never exposed to the homepage in the first place, but otherwise clicking “Subscriptions” works fine.

On mobile, there’s a subscriptions button you can press from the main screen of the app.

Sadly, there’s no way to make this screen the default, so you’ll just have to tap the button. A…

Exploring a Car’s CAN Bus Data

If you’re the scientifically and technologically curious type and don’t know about Ben Krasnow’s Applied Science YouTube channel, you are in for a real treat. The brilliant, ever-patient, always methodical Ben experiments with chemistry, physics, electronics, and electromechanical systems, always with real-world applications in mind. He has built a basement electron microscope, figured out how a backscatter x-ray works, made his own Aerogel, and played around with “bullet time” photography.

In this episode of Applied Science, Ben trains his o-scope on the CAN (Control Area Network) bus of a Tesla Model S to see what sorts of information he can glean from the data there. He shows you how to access the CAN bus connector, explains what some of…

Spiderman vs. Elsa videos have taken over YouTube and it’s so confusing

Spiderman and Elsa clips are taking over YouTube.
Spiderman and Elsa clips are taking over YouTube.

Somewhere along the internet’s path into content oblivion, Spiderman and Elsa videos on YouTube became a guaranteed and genuinely weird traffic winner.

The premise is simple enough: Adults dress as characters from the Spiderman and Frozen franchise and act out wordless, often slightly violent skits to chirpy music.

As TubeFilter noted in early February, these short films, ostensibly for children, have been racking up the views. Search “Spiderman and Elsa” on YouTube and you get more than 6 million results.

The videos are part of a surge of kid-friendly content on Youtube — a trend the site itself has embraced via the Youtube Kids app (the main app is meant for people 13 and over). Videos of Kinder eggs being opened, toy reviews and yes, even Spiderman and Elsa skits aren’t just niche, mind-melting internet fodder: they are a full-blown business.

Indeed, some of the most successful Spiderman and Elsa clips boast more than 250 million views, and channels like “Webs & Tiaras – Toy Monster Compilations,” which specialise in superhero and princess clips, have more than 5 million subscribers.

The trend shows no sign of slowing. Channels including Beeble TV and Superheroes IRL churn out almost one video a week, meaning titles like “Double Pregnant FROZEN ELSA vs DOCTOR! w/ Spiderman vs Joker Maleficent Hulk Baby – Superhero Fun” are filling up the feed.

So why have these clips found a loyal, hungry market? Thanks to a fairly simple equation: “The videos feature something that children know well,” Joanne Orlando, an expert in children and technology, explained over email. “The sense of familiarity is very comforting to a child.”

Frozen is, after all, a cultural experience as much as a one-off film: Making $1.276 billion (A$1.663 billion) at the box office, according to Forbes, it’s one of…

From a Hot Dog Stand to Taco Bell, Why Coupons Sometimes Say They Are Worth a Fraction of a Penny, Ahoy hoy, and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at how a business that sold hot dogs grew into Taco Bell, how the gun on the original Duck Hunt worked, when we used to say “Ahoy hoy” when answering a phone, what started the cops eating doughnuts stereotype, and how the crop circles phenomenon got started. Click here…

How George Washington Died

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we answer such questions as how George Washington died, why Rice Krispies snap, crackle and pop, why Coke inexplicably tried to change their formula completely almost overnight, why lobsters turn red when you cook them, why poop is brown, why peppers taste hot and mint cold and why the traditional dog of…

Why Do Amish Men Wear Beards but not Mustaches and More

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we answer such questions as, why Amish men don’t wear mustaches, whether saccharin is bad for you, why popcorn pops, that time future president Andrew Jackson killed a man simply for verbally insulting him, why we measure time the way we do, and why braille is used in drive-up…

Watch & Learn About The Origin of Rubber Ducks

In this week’s “best of” our YouTube channel, we look at the origin of the expression “It ain’t over until the fat lady sings”, when people started using rubber ducks at bath time, how deep into the ground you own when you buy land (and what rights you have in the sky above it), how the Pet Rock fad started, the behaviour changing parasite that’s probably living in you right now, and why the hottest part…