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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...

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...

Divers may have discovered the largest squid egg mass ever seen

A group of divers discovered a "car-sized ball of squid eggs" at 22 meters (72 feet) deep off the coast of Turkey. From RR Helm at Deep Sea News, who has a lot of excellent information about the find: Lutfu Tanrio...

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...

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...

One Bright Dot – From a deep sea light to a swarm of particles

"A little light rises from the deep sea." From French motion designer Clément Morin, this is One Bright Dot, the wordless yet epic journey of a swarm of particles as they speed across the landscape and beyond.

Gyrecraft – Transforming sea plastics into valuable objects

From Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine, this is Gyrecraft, a term that references the swirling gyres in which micro-plastics can be found, and scrimshaw craft, the now verboten pastime of whale tooth...

hiding but not really – a hypnotic looping animation

hiding but not really, a beautifully hypnotic looping animation from animation director Eran Hilleli. We expected something to happen, but then it didn't, and then we realized that it was already happening. Who is thi...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

An Individual Cycle Sport Stacking World Record of 5.000 seconds

Sport stacking (also called cup stacking and speed stacking) first gained popularity in the 1980s, and under the guidance of the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA), continues to hold championships and tournaments...

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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...

Divers may have discovered the largest squid egg mass ever seen

A group of divers discovered a "car-sized ball of squid eggs" at 22 meters (72 feet) deep off the coast of Turkey. From RR Helm at Deep Sea News, who has a lot of excellent information about the find: Lutfu Tanrio...

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...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

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...

Gyrecraft – Transforming sea plastics into valuable objects

From Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine, this is Gyrecraft, a term that references the swirling gyres in which micro-plastics can be found, and scrimshaw craft, the now verboten pastime of whale tooth...

One Bright Dot – From a deep sea light to a swarm of particles

"A little light rises from the deep sea." From French motion designer Clément Morin, this is One Bright Dot, the wordless yet epic journey of a swarm of particles as they speed across the landscape and beyond.

The Basics of Freshwater + Water, Water, Everywhere?

With around 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water on Earth, covering 71% of the Earth's surface, you'd think it would always be easy to find water we can drink. In fact, only arou...

hiding but not really – a hypnotic looping animation

hiding but not really, a beautifully hypnotic looping animation from animation director Eran Hilleli. We expected something to happen, but then it didn't, and then we realized that it was already happening. Who is thi...

An Individual Cycle Sport Stacking World Record of 5.000 seconds

Sport stacking (also called cup stacking and speed stacking) first gained popularity in the 1980s, and under the guidance of the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA), continues to hold championships and tournaments...

The tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruit

When artist and professor Sam Van Aken was a kid, he first saw the process of bud or chip grafting trees, adding a budding branch to a host tree so that they join together. At the time, he thought it was "Dr. Seuss an...

Underwater Caves of the Yucatán Peninsula – Wonders of Life

In the jungles of Yucatán Peninsula, crystal clear cenotes -- from the Mayan word ts’onot meaning "sacred well" -- fuel their surrounding ecosystems with fresh water. Numbering in the thousands, these flooded sinkhole...

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A cliff wall full of dinosaur footprints in Spain

There’s a cliff wall full of 70 million year old dinosaur footprints in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains, just a 1.5 hour drive north from Barcelona. In this episode of Jurassic CSI, Walk...

TED Ed: Life of an astronaut – Jerry Carr

Retired astronaut Jerry Carr was commander of Skylab 4 from November 1973 to February 1974 and logged more than 2,000 hours in space. In a recent TED Lesson, Carr shared his experience as a ...

Clever Japanese Farmer: Keeping crows out of the vegetable patch

Now this is an environmentally-friendly and resourceful improvement on a scarecrow! It seems that, without the use of harmful chemicals, this Japanese farmer came up with a simple system to keep local crows from eatin...

City workers paint letters on a London road

Recorded early in the morning by London designer Tom Williams, watch these skilled city workers paint letters on the road with only chalk marks and a straight-edge to guide them. File under:...

HEARD NY in Grand Central: Nick Cave’s Soundsuit performance

Commuters in Grand Central Terminal will encounter a new obstacle to making the train on time this week: 30 dancing horses. It’s part of “Heard NY,” a site-specific performance by the Chicago artist Nick Cave, in c...

Soft-bodied robot that uses camouflage

From Ed Yong at Discovery Magazine:  The camo-bot is an upgraded version of a soft-bodied machine that strode out of George Whitesides’ laboratory at Harvard University last year. That white, translucent machine am...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...