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Emperor Penguins Speed Launch Out of the Water

We've seen a video of penguins rocketing out of the water as if powered by jets, but we've never seen it happen from underwater... until now. In this National Geographic clip, photographer Paul Nicklen captures how th...

JR’s A Walker in New York City, an installation time lapse

French artist JR's photographic oversized street art often deals with human connections, preconceptions, prejudices, media portrayals, and other themes around community and identity. As part of the The New York Times'...

MinutePhysics: How Big Is The Sun?

Even though the sun and the moon look around the same size in the sky, the sun is 400 times bigger than our planet's moon and is 400 times farther away. Compare the sun's 150,000,000 km (93,205,679-ish miles) distance...

Ricky Syers and his handmade marionette of Doris Diether

Meet longtime Greenwich Village resident, painter, actress, and housing rights activist Doris Diether, and street performer, artist, and puppeteer Ricky Syers. Syers makes marionettes that are the spitting image of pe...

ScienceTake: How the Octopus Moves

How do you move from here to there when you have eight long, flexible legs that radiate out from your head? After analyzing recordings of how an octopus moves, three Israeli researchers have determined something prett...

Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei

Freeline skating or freelining was invented in 2003 by Ryan Farrelly and has since become popular around Asia, including Taipei, Taiwan where this Kuma Films video was recorded. Watch as Light Liu & 曾昱暠 make it loo...

Physics Girl: Seven surface tension experiments

This Physics Girl video highlights seven different surface tension experiments that you can easily try at home or in the classroom. Have any of these around? A plate, a glass, a penny, an index card, a paperclip, an e...

“Analog experiments” that appear to defy gravity

If we could control gravity, or if we could defy it, this is what it might look like: pouring water upside down, balloons flying away sideways, and paint dripping in all directions! This is Gravity, a series of "analo...

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Where did the oil go?

In April of 2010, a BP Deepwater Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an unprecedented amount of sticky black crude into the gulf waters, beaches, wetlands, and surrounding eco...

Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton visits the Grand Canyon

Take a video field trip to the Grand Canyon with LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow as he explores the canyon's history, early inhabitants, and its original formation. The views are incredible from a boat on the Colorad...

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Emperor Penguins Speed Launch Out of the Water

We've seen a video of penguins rocketing out of the water as if powered by jets, but we've never seen it happen from underwater... until now. In this National Geographic clip, photographer Paul Nicklen captures how th...

JR’s A Walker in New York City, an installation time lapse

French artist JR's photographic oversized street art often deals with human connections, preconceptions, prejudices, media portrayals, and other themes around community and identity. As part of the The New York Times'...

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: Seven surface tension experiments

This Physics Girl video highlights seven different surface tension experiments that you can easily try at home or in the classroom. Have any of these around? A plate, a glass, a penny, an index card, a paperclip, an e...

MinutePhysics: How Big Is The Sun?

Even though the sun and the moon look around the same size in the sky, the sun is 400 times bigger than our planet's moon and is 400 times farther away. Compare the sun's 150,000,000 km (93,205,679-ish miles) distance...

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Elephant Intelligence

Caretakers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo know from experience that Asian elephants are intelligent creatures, but they wanted to help officially document the problem-solving skills of the planet's largest land mam...

Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei

Freeline skating or freelining was invented in 2003 by Ryan Farrelly and has since become popular around Asia, including Taipei, Taiwan where this Kuma Films video was recorded. Watch as Light Liu & 曾昱暠 make it loo...

Blue morpho butterflies emerge from their chrysalises

From the Natural History Museum in London, watch as these blue morpho butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Sensational Butterflies exhibition's beautifully organized chrysalis hatchery. From Time Out: ...

Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton visits the Grand Canyon

Take a video field trip to the Grand Canyon with LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow as he explores the canyon's history, early inhabitants, and its original formation. The views are incredible from a boat on the Colorad...

Ricky Syers and his handmade marionette of Doris Diether

Meet longtime Greenwich Village resident, painter, actress, and housing rights activist Doris Diether, and street performer, artist, and puppeteer Ricky Syers. Syers makes marionettes that are the spitting image of pe...

ScienceTake: How the Octopus Moves

How do you move from here to there when you have eight long, flexible legs that radiate out from your head? After analyzing recordings of how an octopus moves, three Israeli researchers have determined something prett...

Time lapse radish seeds sprouting

A time lapse spanning 9 days shows the growth of radish seeds sprouting while their roots grow deeper into the dirt. Many plants, such as trees and flowers, have vascular systems. These vasc...

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30 Days of animation

A character in a moment, one created each day for 30 consecutive days, animated as an exercise of skill and imagination by UK-based animator Geoff King. He writes:  It was difficult to even...

NASA JPL: Martian Dune Buggy

NASA engineers take the Curiosity test rover to California’s Mojave desert to learn how to drive on Martian sand dunes. Mark your calendars: the Curiosity Rover is still on target...

Fishing under ice

If you haven’t yet seen this “fishing under ice” video from Lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland, watch it and see if you and your co-curators can catch exactly what’s going on before...

NOAA 2013 Expedition: The Rhinochimera

The name Rhinochimera breaks apart with meaning: rhinos = nose and chimaera = marine monster, but this fish has many names. (Our favorite: straightnose rabbitfish.) This one is swimming in Hy...

Wringing out Water on the ISS and ‘Space Oddity’

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield's return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander Hadfield Videos from the International Space Station. Ex...

Flying from Robben Island to Cape Town by helium-filled balloons

Using 160 large helium balloons and the help of 100 team members, Matt Silver-Vallance successfully flew from Robben Island to 300 meters off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa to raise money for the Nelson Mandela...

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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...

Watch snowflakes form in time lapse through a microscope

The time lapse formation of snowflakes, recorded with a macro lens by Vyacheslav Ivanov. Music: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th. Update via Colossal: “Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Pete...

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...

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...

Joyous String Quartet: Firework and Vivaldi’s Summer (Presto)

From Joyous Music School in Long Island, New York, this is perhaps the youngest string quartet ever: The Joyous String Quartet. Above, they perform Katy Perry's Firework. Below, from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons...

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...

How to Make the World’s Simplest Electric Toy Train

How to make the World's Simplest Electric Toy Train from the Amazing Science YouTube channel, a super delightful science experiment that will wow kids, friends, family, science classes... pretty much everyone on the p...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Automated Cake Icing and Decorating Machines

Cake-decorating robots! We generally prefer the whimsy and unique details that happen when humans decorate cakes, but this cake finishing equipment from food service manufacturing company Unifiller is interesting to w...