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How many LEGO combinations can be made with 6 standard bricks?

"How many ways can you put together six of these bricks?" This question, asked and answered in 1958 with an estimate of 103 million -- has only recently been answered correctly, thanks to math professor Soren Eilers a...

Make a 3D “hologram” using your smartphone & a CD jewel case

Create a 3D hologram illusion with your smartphone! This DIY tutorial by Arun Maini, inspired by YouTuber American Hacker, shows us how with the help of an old CD jewel case, some graph paper, a pen, scissors, an x-ac...

What is Fire? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

That glowing light, those information-filled colors, that smoke and vapor that seems to magically light warm embers... What kind of physics and chemistry are at work inside of a flame? Joe Hanson from It's Okay to Be ...

Making wire gears + the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson

We love gears. Steel gears, wooden gears, paper gears, unusually shaped gears... but we'd yet to see handmade wire gears. Enter Arthur Ganson and his kinetic sculptures, including the one above, Machine with Housefly....

The stoplight loosejaw, the marlin, & Extreme Life of the Sea

Challenging environments can help create some of the most marvelous evolutionary solutions. Two examples: The stoplight loosejaw and the marlin. The Stoplight Loosejaw is a small, deep sea dragonfish that has an "i...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

Longhorn ‘Crazy Ants’ work erratically/cooperatively to carry loads

You never know where the inspiration to learn might come from. Take, for example, cat food pieces that appeared to "float" away from a cat's bowl... When scientist Ehud Fonio saw that longhorn 'crazy ants' -- know...

EV acceleration world record – 62 mph (100 km/h) in 1.779 seconds

This tiny electric vehicle, built by GreenTeam Uni Stuttgart e.V. from the University of Stuttgart, set a new Guinness World Record for acceleration of an EV when it reached 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 1.779 seconds. Fr...

Oscar Peterson and Count Basie – Jumpin’ At The Woodside

From the BBC Four broadcast of Oscar Peterson: Words and Music, circa 1980, Oscar Peterson & Count Basie perform 'Jumpin' At The Woodside' on two Bösendorfer grand pianos. They're joined in London's Royal Festival Hal...

Cut, fold, and flip – How farfalle pasta is made by machine

At the Zerega Pasta factory in New Jersey, a stamping machine cuts, folds, and flips farfalle, pasta shaped like bow ties or butterflies. (Farfalle means butterflies in Italian.) The video above captures the speedy pr...

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How many LEGO combinations can be made with 6 standard bricks?

"How many ways can you put together six of these bricks?" This question, asked and answered in 1958 with an estimate of 103 million -- has only recently been answered correctly, thanks to math professor Soren Eilers a...

Make a 3D “hologram” using your smartphone & a CD jewel case

Create a 3D hologram illusion with your smartphone! This DIY tutorial by Arun Maini, inspired by YouTuber American Hacker, shows us how with the help of an old CD jewel case, some graph paper, a pen, scissors, an x-ac...

What is Fire? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

That glowing light, those information-filled colors, that smoke and vapor that seems to magically light warm embers... What kind of physics and chemistry are at work inside of a flame? Joe Hanson from It's Okay to Be ...

A surgical robot delicately stitches a grape back together

In 2011, there was news that a surgical robot could deftly peel a grape with multiple efficient pincers. Now, the da Vinci Surgical System has demonstrated modern surgical technology by delicately stitching a grape ba...

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

"People know that the system is old, but I don't think they realize just how old it is... in our system, it's not just the architecture that's 100 years old. It's a lot of the basic technology, as well. The infrastruc...

Making wire gears + the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson

We love gears. Steel gears, wooden gears, paper gears, unusually shaped gears... but we'd yet to see handmade wire gears. Enter Arthur Ganson and his kinetic sculptures, including the one above, Machine with Housefly....

The stoplight loosejaw, the marlin, & Extreme Life of the Sea

Challenging environments can help create some of the most marvelous evolutionary solutions. Two examples: The stoplight loosejaw and the marlin. The Stoplight Loosejaw is a small, deep sea dragonfish that has an "i...

Brandon Semenuk’s unReal mountain bike ride in one 3 minute shot

In one beautifully-produced, continuous shot, professional mountain biker Brandon Semenuk bombs a freshly built track down and around some magnificent hills in Cambria, California. Semenuk's jumps, flips, twists, turn...

Cut, fold, and flip – How farfalle pasta is made by machine

At the Zerega Pasta factory in New Jersey, a stamping machine cuts, folds, and flips farfalle, pasta shaped like bow ties or butterflies. (Farfalle means butterflies in Italian.) The video above captures the speedy pr...

The world’s longest inflatable waterslide is 1/3 of a mile long

Thing that exists: a 1,975-foot-long slip 'n slide -- that's 1/3 of a mile -- at Action Park in New Jersey. With a GoPro attached to his head, a park employee slid along what is now the world's longest inflatable wate...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

Longhorn ‘Crazy Ants’ work erratically/cooperatively to carry loads

You never know where the inspiration to learn might come from. Take, for example, cat food pieces that appeared to "float" away from a cat's bowl... When scientist Ehud Fonio saw that longhorn 'crazy ants' -- know...

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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 in Lake Saarijärvi, Finland

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 kiddos can catch exactly what’s going on before the ...

What is Fire? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

That glowing light, those information-filled colors, that smoke and vapor that seems to magically light warm embers... What kind of physics and chemistry are at work inside of a flame? Joe Hanson from It's Okay to Be ...

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...

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...

Underwater Recording of Seal Calls

This clip includes rarely-heard underwater sounds of seals swimming below the ice in Antarctica. From Werner Herzog’s 2007 documentary, Encounters at the End of the World. via Gizmodo. 

MOST SAVED VIDEOS

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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?

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 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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

An illuminated visualization of Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier, with music performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a film by Alan Warburton. Before starting work on our Well-Tempered Clavier animation, director and visual artist ...

They Might Be Giants: Meet the Elements

If only I’d seen this when I was a kid, high school chemistry would have made more sense! And maybe I would have been loudly singing, “Elephants are mostly made of four elements!” like some other co-...

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...

How does the internet work?

How does the internet work?! The World Science Festival explains it… The video lets you ride shotgun with a packet of data—one of trillions involved in the trillions of Internet in...