Hey there science fans! Want to learn more about the nature of the universe and its elements, and find out what's cool about the new Toyota Prius V hatchback hybrid? Then we've got three science lab commercials for you...

In the first episode, "Science on the Go: Mass Matters," Ben Bowlin from How Stuff Works (a Discovery video channel) experiments with his mobile lab, the Prius V. It starts with solid mass, which has a rigid set structure, and then the hybrid gets loaded up with plastic balls – 9,000 of them. But, you just might be asking, happens when we store something that doesn't have fixed volume or shape?

That's when we move on to the second episode about liquid mass – this time it's about finding what kinds of liquids can be placed into one cubic foot. So the main point of this commercial is that – surprise! – you can cram more liquids into your Prius V than solids. You can load 18,000 apples in juice form into your Prius V, and you could fill up the car with over 500 gallons of gasoline. Since the Prius V gets 44 mpg in the city, you could drive it 22,000 miles – just shy of being able to drive around the earth. If, you know, oh, forget it – you know.

The third episode goes to Ben's favorite element – plasma. Plasma is like gas, but it's ionized, meaning it has free roaming electrons carrying the current and generating the magnetic field. It shows up in flashes of lightning, in fluorescent bulbs and in the sun, which is a "gi-normous" ball of plasma. Bringing this back to planet earth, the question becomes: How many plasma flat screen TVs can you fit into a Prius V? It depends on the different types of televisions you load, of course. You can watch a lot of TV shows, but if you own a Prius V, you'll be too busy driving.

Okay, let's see, what can we take away here? U.S. students do lag behind other nations in test scores and gaining solid fundamentals of science and mathematics, but these "Science on the Go" TV spots probably won't help since they lack a couple of things: namely, educational value and marketing merit. Nonetheless, you can watch them below.







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      Rick
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Only science lesson l want is how the awesome Via Motors stunning classic Silverado Pickup E-REV swiss army knife utility vehicle that will do just about anything anywhere gets an amazing 120 MPG MPG/40 miles on electric with classic brick shape aerodynamics, built out of heavy granite defies the all the laws of physics. Can't wait for the Chevy Silverado E-REV to come out next year, l really am thinking about importing one into the UK. Self righteous smug Prius appeals to me on noo grounds what so ever.
      Joeviocoe
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Yeah... it was about matter.
      Tysto
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Worse than lame, it actually leaves the wrong impression in many cases. The Prius V could drive 22,000 miles if you filled the passenger compartment with fuel? Not if you are also in there driving it. And you won't get 44 MPG either, since you'll be starting off with 3000+ pounds of gasoline weighing you down and driving a mix of city and highway. The Prius V could hold enough compressed air to explore the Great Barrier Reef? Not if you're in the driver's seat breathing it. Only if you're outside, ******* it thru a respirator, where it can decompress before you breathe it. And the one about liquids didn't address the fact that different liquids weigh different amounts for the same volume and that liquids can't be compressed much (he mentions it only in the video on gas). Those are two of the most useful pieces of information about volumes of liquids.
        Tysto
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @Tysto
        I like how the auto-censor made my comment sound dirty.
      • 2 Hours Ago
      "My Toyota Prius V will hold 19,000 apples in juice form, overencumbering it and utterly destroying the suspension, and if I drove it, likely damaging the traction system and brakes."
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      • 2 Hours Ago
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      David
      • 2 Hours Ago
      They should do one on carbon emissions - like this: http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2012/07/parody-of-new-prius-model-kills-owner-to-lower-carbon-footprint.html
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Good thing I'd buy a Prius based on the actual specs instead of the crappy marketing of those specs.
      Smith Jim
      • 2 Hours Ago
      ABG lamely covers a lame story about the Pruis V while readers like me make lame comments... zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      Marcuslime
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Wow, this is worse than 3 abortions.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Hours Ago
      Oh this is great. I just love all these ads. on the side bar, up top, down below, and in the article itself. Top notch, ABG ;D *sarcasm meter explodes*
      noevfud
      • 2 Hours Ago
      hey seem more educational then most of the regurgitated off-topic posts we fined here. More interesting then reading about Justin B's chrome hybrid.
        Giza Plateau
        • 2 Hours Ago
        @noevfud
        Educational? it's just an ad to give the impression that there is a lot of room in a prius V in the dishonest guise of educational content. Each time he says it's about mass but it's not about mass at all.
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