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It’s Okay to Be Smart: Where Do Birds Go In Winter?

Where do birds go for the winter, and when did we first figure out where they were disappearing to every year? Do they go to the moon, or are they off to fight battles with goat-riding armies? (Spoiler alert: Those th...

Kokichi Sugihara’s Impossible Rooftop & Folding Ladder Illusions

File under impossible objects, this is the Impossible Rooftop Illusion or "Anti-Gravity Two Sided Roof" by Meiji University's Professor Kokichi Sugihara in 2013. Using computer software, Sugihara creates award-winning...

Ocean Moon, Ocean World: The water beneath Europa’s icy surface

Thanks to Earth-bound telescopes and flyby data collected "about the surface, about the interior structure, and about the magnetic field around Europa" by multiple spacecrafts, scientists strongly believe that there's...

Deep Look: The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

These tiny wasps have a wonderful trick: they prompt oak trees to grow galls, abnormal plant tissue structures that shelter wasp eggs, by injecting a chemical under the tree's skin. If that was the end of the story...

Physics Girl: How to make a Crazy Pool Vortex

Have a plate, a pool, and some food coloring? In this experiment, Physics Girl makes strange black circles form by briefly dragging a plate through the pool. On a sunny day in still water, those black circles can be s...

The Red Thread (Akai Ito): A single line tells a story

Activities and adventures, pulling apart, coming together, the joys of childhood: In Kazuhiko Okushita's Red Thread (2010), an animated line stretches and curls from scene to scene, visualizing moments of youth, growi...

The elusive Black Seadevil Anglerfish: Rare video footage by MBARI

Six hundred meters down in Monterey Submarine Canyon, off the coast of California, a ROV from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured this incredibly rare video footage of a 9 cm long, female Deep-Sea An...

Frozen bubbles: Ice crystals form on bubbles in real time

Watch ice crystals form in real time on these spinning and floating soap bubbles, filmed in -40°C weather in Northern Sweden. The crystalized spikes grow outward quickly as the low sun lights the surfaces of the spher...

Planet Earth in 4K: Time lapse images taken by an orbiting satellite

This video truly illustrates why our Earth is called The Blue Marble. Taken every 30 minutes over Indian ocean from May 15th to May 19th, 2011, these images by the geostationary Elektro-L weather satellite have been c...

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Raising Red Panda Cubs Tink & Henry

This is the story of Tink and Henry, two of ten red panda babies that were born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in 2014. Both cubs had early health problems, prompting zoo keepers to take immediate action: around th...

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Ocean Moon, Ocean World: The water beneath Europa’s icy surface

Thanks to Earth-bound telescopes and flyby data collected "about the surface, about the interior structure, and about the magnetic field around Europa" by multiple spacecrafts, scientists strongly believe that there's...

The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber

...though in this case, "the hammer" is a bowling ball. In this excellent clip from the BBC's Human Universe: Episode 4, Professor Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, home of the world's biggest vacu...

Bill Nye Bikes the Distance Between Planets

Bill Nye The Science Guy bikes down a long road in wide open country to demonstrate a scale model of the solar system – a classic clip. Total distance of his ride to Pluto, back before Pluto ...

Cranberries: How Does It Grow?

Cranberries might have one of the more spectacular-looking harvests of any food. Every October, cranberry bogs full of low-growing, fruit-bearing, woody vines are flooded with water. As harvesters drive through, the m...

Frozen bubbles: Ice crystals form on bubbles in real time

Watch ice crystals form in real time on these spinning and floating soap bubbles, filmed in -40°C weather in Northern Sweden. The crystalized spikes grow outward quickly as the low sun lights the surfaces of the spher...

Full Moon Silhouettes: A full moon rises in real time

This is not a time lapse video. Rising in real time over Wellington, New Zealand, the moon appears huge (and perhaps surprisingly speedy) as it was captured by photographer Mark Gee in January of 2013. In celebration ...

Physics Girl: How to make a Crazy Pool Vortex

Have a plate, a pool, and some food coloring? In this experiment, Physics Girl makes strange black circles form by briefly dragging a plate through the pool. On a sunny day in still water, those black circles can be s...

How to make a paper airplane that flies far: Strike Eagle

A tutorial by paper airplane engineer Mahir Cecen, this is how to make a paper airplane that flies far. In fact, all of Cecen's paper plane videos are titled that, so you'll have to test them all out and let us know w...

The Magic Moment: Work by paper engineer Peter Dahmen

From sketches, to prototypes, to finished three dimensional pieces, Germany-based paper engineer Peter Dahmen infuses his passion for movement into his paper structures and pop-up cards. In this film by Christopher He...

Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

Bicycle rush hour in Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fourth largest city

In the center of Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands with a population of 330,772 in 2014, "up to 50% of all journeys take place in the saddle" for school, work, seeing friends, errands, shopping, or ...

CYMATICS: Science + music = audio frequency visualizations

With help from a Chladni Plate, vibrating liquid on a speaker dish, a hose pipe optical trick, ferrofluid, a Ruben's Tube, and a Telsa Coil, New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford showcases audio frequency visualizations...

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Louis Armstrong – When the Saints Go Marching In

Louis Armstrong and his band, When the Saints Go Marching In. 

Pinball Number 12 Remade

Animator Abbey Luck remade Sesame Street’s Pinball Number 12, one of our favorites. Be sure to also check out the behind the scenes photos of how she made it. via Laughing Squid.

AMNH: Building a True-to-Life Butterfly for a Habitat Diorama

The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brow...

Melting backwards: Frozen

Frozen by Maxim & Katia Mezentsev, with music by Nebulo, could probably continue for another minute. Not only is it fun to watch, but it’s an interesting DIY project: freeze objects in blocks of i...

Economics in Plain English: What is money?

What is money? And why do people accept it at the store for apples or new socks or remote control toy car? In this episode of Economics in Plain English, The Atlantic’s business editor...

Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell: A paper-thin, kite-like wind sculpture

Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Enginee...

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The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber

...though in this case, "the hammer" is a bowling ball. In this excellent clip from the BBC's Human Universe: Episode 4, Professor Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, home of the world's biggest vacu...

Snowtime: the timelapsed formation of snowflakes

The timelapsed formation of snowflakes in macrofocus by Vyacheslav Ivanov. Music: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th. Update via Colossal: “Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Petersburg that th...

TED Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Your brain is a muscle. When you give it more challenging exercises, you're strengthening your brain's abilities to learn and grow. Now add some music to the mix: When you listen to music, multiple areas of your b...

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

The Crazy Circle Illusion: How are these dots moving?

In this Brusspup mind-bender, you may think you see a circle of eight white dots rotating around the inside of a larger red circle, but you're actually witnessing something else, and you may not believe it unless you ...

Friends With You – Cloudy

Cloudy is a happy animated short by artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III of Friends With You. Welcome to the clouds!  From IAmOther: This animated short is an exploration into the clouds; a sweet, vi...

How To Draw Your Hand In 3D

Here’s a fun, quick trick: How To Draw Your Hand In “3D”. What other things around the house or outside can you use this technique with?

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

How to make a paper airplane that flies far: Strike Eagle

A tutorial by paper airplane engineer Mahir Cecen, this is how to make a paper airplane that flies far. In fact, all of Cecen's paper plane videos are titled that, so you'll have to test them all out and let us know w...

Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

Phases of the Moon, animated with Virtual Moon Atlas

Phases of the Moon, a beautiful video animation created using Virtual Moon Atlas and accompanied by Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14, (Opus 27, No. 2). Related watching to better understand th...

Power of Optics: A light-powered Rube Goldberg machine

In this commercial for au Hikari, one of Japan’s high-speed optical internet service providers, a Rube Goldberg machine is "powered" by a single beam of light that travels via mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflecti...

Full Moon Silhouettes: A full moon rises in real time

This is not a time lapse video. Rising in real time over Wellington, New Zealand, the moon appears huge (and perhaps surprisingly speedy) as it was captured by photographer Mark Gee in January of 2013. In celebration ...

The Nicholas Brothers in the greatest dance number ever filmed

The co-curator has asked for this one daily since we first watched it, and it’s pretty clear as to why — it’s probably about the best dance routine I've ever seen. And I'm not the only one who thin...

FlippyCat’s Spectacular Domino Rally Stunt Screenlink

Domino enthusiast Flippycat uses a huge collection of Domino Rally sets to screen link this longer chain reaction together -- 35 scenes total (all listed here in the notes). Screenlinks are separate tricks that are ed...

How to fold The World’s Best Paper Airplane

If you want to fold the world's best paper airplane, how do you know it's the best? Watch the video! In 2012, former Cal Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob officially broke the Guinness World Record by flying a John Colli...

OK Go: The Writing’s on the Wall

A four-minute, epic one-take video that adds to their highly ambitious visual collection of music, this is OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall. The series of forced perspective and anamorphic illusions, with a few gravi...

Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

When we wake up, eat breakfast, get ready for school or work, and head out the door, we may not be thinking about how incredibly unique our small, wet rock of a planet is. But the Earth is incredibly unique. Learn som...

How the Sun Sees You: Revealing human skin in ultraviolet light

Artist Thomas Leveritt set up a ultraviolet camera and viewing monitor in Brooklyn's Prospect Park to show people what their skin looks like in ultraviolet light. This is "how the sun sees you." The revealed freckles ...