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Marion Deuchars’ Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art

Not only do we love this short promo by Animade.tv for Marion Deuchars' book Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, but we like the book, too. In the tradition of Ed Emberley, Deuchars inspires kids (and adults) to in...

How do batteries work?

If you've ever used a flashlight, or changed the channel with a remote control, if you've ever recharged your electric car, or if you're reading this on a smart device, then you know how useful batteries can be. But h...

The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds

Honey bees are such an integral part of our ecosystem -- they pollenate 1/3 of our food crops -- yet we don't understand all that we should about their life cycle, or what has been threatening them in the last few yea...

The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

ROV footage of deep sea creatures from the coast of Puerto Rico

Real-time science collaboration is much easier thanks to today's streaming video technology. During dives made by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) off the coast of Puerto Rico, a team of National Oceanic and Atmosphe...

A mother blackbird feeds brand new baby birds in their nest

Four eggs sat in a nest for three weeks. When they hatched, Harvey Young put a camera above the nest to capture video the brand new baby blackbirds. Watch them open their mouths and swing their heads around for food a...

Glass artist Kiva Ford makes handmade scientific & artistic glassware

For art or for science, glass artist Kiva Ford loves to make precise, custom vessels, beakers, sculptures, and more with glass. In this 2011 Etsy Handmade Portrait, Ford describes his work in Scientific Glassblowing (...

Explore wastewater treatment with LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow

How do we use technology to turn human waste into water that we can drink? This Reading Rainbow field trip is an excellent introduction to how we use bacteria, solar power, oxygen, gravity, chlorine, and more to reuse...

LEGO Adventure in the City: A brick-animated short story

Once upon a time, a snake went to the zoo and then returned to his home. Suddenly, there was an attack from The Grey and the zoo's dinosaur gets out! Can the snake help the city?! This stop motion animated short st...

Underwater Bigeye trevally fish tornado in Baja California Sur

This underwater fish tornado appears to be a swarm of Bigeye trevally or Jureles in Cabo Pulmo Reef, Baja California Sur. It was filmed by Liquid Productions' underwater director, videographer, and photo instructor Be...

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Underwater Bigeye trevally fish tornado in Baja California Sur

This underwater fish tornado appears to be a swarm of Bigeye trevally or Jureles in Cabo Pulmo Reef, Baja California Sur. It was filmed by Liquid Productions' underwater director, videographer, and photo instructor Be...

Explore wastewater treatment with LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow

How do we use technology to turn human waste into water that we can drink? This Reading Rainbow field trip is an excellent introduction to how we use bacteria, solar power, oxygen, gravity, chlorine, and more to reuse...

Le silence sous l’écorce (The Silence Beneath the Bark)

A tender fairy tale about discovery and growing up, this is The Silence Beneath the Bark, Le silence sous l’écorce (2010), by Joanna Lurie. Read more about the film here. 

The Dog Waltz

The Dog Waltz, written and performed by producer/composer Dani Rosenoer, and starring Bella the Dog.

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago

This huge fairy castle, a doll house made from 200 exacting components that can be packaged into shipping crates for touring, has been at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry since 1949. In 2014, the structure...

How to make a homemade vortex cannon

Hello, homemade vortex cannon! Make a tightly closed box with a narrow round hole at the end, hit the sides of the box to compress the air inside, sending the air out with some force. Instant vortex ring! Watch mor...

LEGO Adventure in the City: A brick-animated short story

Once upon a time, a snake went to the zoo and then returned to his home. Suddenly, there was an attack from The Grey and the zoo's dinosaur gets out! Can the snake help the city?! This stop motion animated short st...

In Orbit: Two people live in a giant hamster wheel

For ten days in a Pierogi Gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder lived in “a giant hamster wheel,” a large installation called In Orbit. Fro...

Andy Fillebrown’s Audiosculptures: Flight of the Bumblebee.

Multimedia artist Andy Fillebrown creates visualizations of classical, public domain musical compositions. His YouTube channel, audiosculptures, is filled with 100+ spellbinding journeys th...

Marion Deuchars’ Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art

Not only do we love this short promo by Animade.tv for Marion Deuchars' book Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art, but we like the book, too. In the tradition of Ed Emberley, Deuchars inspires kids (and adults) to in...

The most amazing thing about domino chain reactions

A domino can knock over the next domino at about 1.5x larger (perhaps 2x larger) and this instant video classic from 2009 is a great example of this chain reaction. Watch University of Toronto’s Professor Steph...

B.B. King – Live performance in Stockholm, Sweden in 1974

From his visit to Stockholm, Sweden in 1974, this is B.B. King and his band playing live at Konserthuset, The Stockholm Concert Hall. The performance starts at 1m20s. The opening of the video is a brief interview with...

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The Seventh Continent: Flying a helicopter over Antarctica

Filmed by Enrico Sacchetti from a helicopter near the Mario Zucchelli Research Station at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, this soaring journey over mountainous white landscapes really reveals both...

Phone Booth Aquariums (Evasion Urbaine)

Now that mobile phones are so central to our daily lives, how can the phone booth, an increasingly obsolete and disappearing public object, serve a new, more playful function? Here’s one idea: Phone Booth Aquar...

Mars: Dry Ice and Dunes

Watch the spring thaw of seasonal dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) on Mars, brought to us by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Brendon Grimshaw: An 86-year-old, real-life Robinson Crusoe

An 86-year-old Yorkshire man, Brendon Grimshaw may have lived alone for many years on the tiny island paradise of Moyenne in the Seychelles in the middle of the Indian Ocean since he bought...

Minute Physics: How Far is a Second?

The moon is 1.3 light seconds away. The sun is 8 light minutes away. The store is 10 bike minutes from the house. And Sydney is 7 humpback whale months from LA. Wow! How Far is a Second? by M...

Sub Sphere: What Protects Human Deep Divers?

James Cameron has become the third person in history to go the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep, the deepest part of the ocean. He went solo in a 2 1/2 inch thick steel ball, enca...

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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...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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...

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-...

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...