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Eclipses Throughout Our Universe – Out There

An exercise in cosmic geometry. A reminder that we live on one sphere among many, all moving to the laws of Kepler, Newton and Einstein. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted, so the shadow of the new m...

The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, construction workers began tearing up streets and erecting barriers in Berlin. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines: the Berlin Wall. Construction contin...

How to draw a floating / levitating cube

Amaze friends and family with your version of this anamorphic optical illusion: a floating/levitating cube. Though it may take some practice to get the proportions and shading right, this 3D quick trick tutorial by ar...

Why Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar So Dang Hungry?

Monarchs are ravenous for milkweed. California pipevine swallowtail caterpillars want lots of pipevine. Why are these very hungry caterpillars so hungry? “Caterpillars have to store up incredible reserves of prote...

How to watch a total or partial solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, sky gazers can witness a total or partial solar eclipse—weather-permitting and depending on their location on the planet—as it traverses North America. There's been a lot of excitement in...

Dominoes and Fire

This friction and flame-filled domino video incorporates a series of tiny fire tricks into the chain reactions with the help of some matches, rubber bands, candles, sparklers, and strings. It was also both screenlinke...

What counts as a mountain?

Mountains: super tall, rocky landforms that rise high above the surrounding environment, much higher than hills. We might draw one as a single peak like Mount Fuji, or as a zig zag line of peaks representing a mountai...

Humphry Davy’s Potassium Volcano

Humphry Davy is one of the best know men of science of the nineteenth century. He isolated nine different chemical elements, was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide and invented the miner's safety lamp known as t...

Control, No Control at Igloofest 2012

Control, No Control, an interactive light installation created by Iregular and shown at Igloofest 2012, an outdoor electronic music festival in Montréal during wintertime. Brrrr. via @itscol...

Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room – TateShots

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room is one of the more visually memorable collaborative museum projects in recent memory. Within it, children are invited to cover the white surfaces with dot stickers -- from the walls, t...

The Floating Piers by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Fly high above Italy's Lake Iseo for the opening day of Christo & Jeanne-Claude's The Floating Piers installation. On June 18th, 2016, tourists and locals walked across 7,503 deep saffron-colored panels that wrap arou...

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind r.c. Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. Created from steel, metal pull-strings, and 5,000+ light bulbs (both illuminated and burnt out) CLOUD asks th...

Andy Knowlton’s Drunken Poets

Andy Knowlton finds reusable materials on the streets of Seoul, Korea, makes little dolls with the pieces, and then puts the dolls back out on the streets with a poem that he’s writte...

Cannon cloud collisions for Art & Inactivism

Two clouds rush toward each other and collide before dissipating in this installation by Mitchell F. Chan. Titled Something Something National Conversation (In 2 Characters Or Less), the crashing forms of water vapor ...

How to make a mechanical snail coin bank

Designer Christopher Blasius makes small wooden machines and then shares his designs online, including plans that can be purchased. Watch as he carefully cuts, glues, drills, sands, paints, and precisely fits together...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

A monster-sized bridge building machine in action

Two feats of engineering: the bridge that the machine is building and the machine itself. This is the 580 ton, 91.8 meter (301 foot) long, 7.4 meter (24 foot) wide SLJ900/32 Bridge Girder Erection Machine by the Beiji...

Poet on the Shore by Yuxi Liu

An autonomous robot rolls across the beach. Though it might stop moving, its sensors haven't stopped taking in information about its surrounding environment: the waves, the wind, the sounds of people and animals both ...

Atlanterhavsveien (The Atlantic Ocean Road) in Norway

If you happen to find yourself driving in Norway, be sure to drive along the Atlanterhavsveien or The Atlantic Ocean Road, located here. This 5.2 mile road was built in the 1980s to connect a s...

Red PaperBridge, a temporary installation by Steve Messam

A red paper foot bridge arcs across a small river in the Grisedale Valley in Cumbria. Accessible by a 2 mile walk from the town of Patterdale, it sits in nature as a bright tribute to its natural surroundings, as well...

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

Karl Sims’ Evolved Virtual Creatures (1994)

Karl Sims is a digital media artist, computer graphics research scientist, and software entrepreneur. His influential artificial life computer animations, like this one from 1994, were progra...

Emoji Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Have you ever found an idea in science to be confusing and said, "I wish I had some emoji around to help make this information more clear." Well, look no further because Bill Nye the Science Guy has teamed up with GE ...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible paper puppet video by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was also C...

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics. Also explained in a single vintage illustration. Complement with why we are all related. From TED-Ed. via explore-blog.

Evidence of evolution that you can find on your body

Signs of our evolutionary history can be found in the form of vestigial structures on the human body. Watch this Vox video to help identify the evidence of evolution in yours. Some background via Wikipedia: Vestig...

Staffed by robots alone – The Henn-na Hotel in Japan

In Sasebo, Nagasaki in Japan, the Henn-na Hotel is using advanced robotics and environmentally friendly technologies to create an "efficient" hotel experience. Henn-na means 'strange', which may apply to the velocirap...

Patouille by Clémentine Campos

A child sits bored on the steps of a house, until he finds joy in soaking up the colors in nature. Patouille, an animated short by Clémentine Campos, who writes that it's "un film réalisé pour les enfants et les gros ...

Barrel Tiled Shed & Tiled Roof Hut – Primitive Technology

How do you create a fire and rain proof work shed when you only have what's available to you in an Australian forest? Primitive Technology takes on the challenge in this Barrel Tiled Shed video. Some details from his ...

Edwardian Farm: Making rope from sisel fiber

In the BBC series Edwardian Farm, archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and historian Ruth Goodman work on a British farm for an entire year in the manner that it would have been run d...

How vintage-style signs are made at Nutmegger Workshop

Watch how vintage-style signs are made at Portland, Oregon’s Nutmegger Workshop.

Okinawa’s sea snake catchers & seaweed farmers

On tiny Kudaka Island, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Yoko and Setsuko are master sea snake catchers. At 70 years old, they've been hunting poisonous sea snakes at night for over 40 years. As explained in this Wild ...

Terradynamic Biolegged Robot For Mars Exploration

Robots have to be able to move, perhaps quickly, on all kinds of terrain — search and rescue missions on remote parts of Earth or explorations on other planets like Mars will require i...

Festo Robot Animals: Penguins, jellyfish, rays, and more

Have you seen the robot AquaPenguin, from the Festo HQ team's Bionic Learning Network in Germany? It comes complete with glowing robot eyes! Other great videos to check out from Festo: AquaRay, AirRay, AirPenguin, ...

A Robot That Flies Like A Bird: Festo at TED

This TED Talk, A Robot That Flies Like A Bird, blew the minds of both me and my 3 year old co-curator when we watched it. I had some explaining to do re: robot bird vs real bird, gears, sensors, motors, etc, (and at t...

ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

Cheese-Flipping Robots and How Cheese is Made

So how does one make cheese? We know cheese is made from the milk of cows and goats, for example, but then what happens? From the book, How Did That Get In My Lunchbox, we know a bit, but th...

Great Ball Contraption (GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Featured at Japan's Brickfest 2016, this Great Ball Contraption is made of 20 modules created by four designers: 3 modules from Finn, 2 from Toise, 1 from Y. Kuramata, and 14 modules from Akiyuki, who is famous for cr...

Magnets & Marbles, Kaplamino’s Pitagora-style chain reactions

Kapla blocks, marbles, steel ball bearings, a few dominos, sticks, and magnetic neocubes or buckyballs power this incredible series of elegant and surprising Rube Goldberg or Pitagora-style chain reactions. An instant...

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 Page Turner – Joseph Herscher

Joseph Herscher takes a sip of his coffee, pulling string thereby tipping paintings. Balls roll down paintings, lighting burner to boil water causing books to tip. Vase and computer get knocked off the table, relea...

A Japanese ‘Pythagoras Switch’ Rube Goldberg Machine for charity

This awesome Pythagora Switch / Pitagora Suitchi clip launches with a table tennis serve and takes off into chain reactions and table top engineering wonders galore. See ping pong balls, tape rolls, marbles, and metal...

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine is two suitcases filled with a wonderfully detailed Rube Goldberg Machine, all to put a stamp on a postcard.  Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best – performing a simple ...

Do Cities Need More Green Roofs?

Green roofs or living roofs are different types of gardens that are created on the tops of buildings to help manage stormwater, improve air quality, help cool city temperatures, insulate the building, create park spac...

Love Food Hate Waste – Solutions for reducing food waste

This video from UK-based Love Food Hate Waste, directed by Wes West, is one in a very useful educational series about how to reduce food waste in your home. Did you know that you could put a w...

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

What if we could replace plastics and styrofoam with something much more sustainable? Something that wouldn’t fill our landfills, pollute our beaches, or float out into our ocean gyres? ...

1,000 Indian Runner ducks are a smart alternative to pesticides

Not only are these 1,000 Indian Runner ducks fun to watch as they parade to work at South Africa's Vergenoegd vineyard, but their work -- eating the white dune snails that would otherwise threaten the vines -- is smar...

In.gredients: Austin’s Package-Free Grocery Store

In.gredients is a new package-free grocery store that is opening in Austin, Texas in the Summer of 2012. Its mission as the US’s first zero-waste, package-free grocery store will support...

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Who might you find drinking from a water bucket in the desert heat of southwest Texas? John Wells of The Field Lab, an experiment in sustainable off-the-grid living, found bees, birds, chickens, and other animal faces...

Seagrass: Life in the Underwater Meadows

You dive down into a undersea meadow. Surrounded by blades of seagrass up to a meter tall, you begin to notice the abundant life all around. Schools of baby fish hide within the grassy maze as emerald sea slugs graze ...

Building a Volcano-bot | How She Works

Volcanologist Carolyn Parcheta builds and tests Volcano bots, sturdy and compact robots that can explore inside volcanoes. Her team is developing these two-wheeled explorers to learn more about how magma moves and how...

Inside the Meteorite Clean Room at the Smithsonian

Meteorites are the chunks of meteors that have hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere and landed/crashed on the ground. There are three types of meteorites: stone, iron and stony-iron, and once they’re in s...

Dietary Detective & Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...

Orca Rescue in 4K: The conservation efforts of Dr. Ingrid Visser

Follow marine biologist Dr. Ingrid Visser and the wild orca that she researches and advocates for in this episode of HERO4: The Adventure of Life in 4K resolution: Orca Rescue in 4K. Filmed on location in New Zeal...

Paleontology 101 with Dr. Lindsay Zanno

From Untamed Science, a tour with Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  The key things she emphasized wer...

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Bicycle Bell Tree by Lullatone

Listen as Lullatone's "Make Believe Melody" is played on a toy bell tree sitting on the back of a bicycle. Lullatone is a celebrated indie "pajama pop" music duo, Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida, based in Nagoy...

The Glass Ribbon Machine

In 1879, Thomas Edison and his research team developed a durable carbon-filament light bulb. In the 1880s and 90s, when glass had to be blown by hand, the skilled Corning glassblowers that Edison hired could produce t...

Count on Me

drawnblog: Count on Me (by Gentleman Scholar) If this isn’t an actual Sesame Street segment (and I’m guessing it’s not) it sure should be.

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

What does a baby rhino sound like?

Baby rhinos sound adorable, And they don’t sound anything like we thought they would! Via Neatorama.

Etta James: Something’s Got a Hold On Me

Kids, this is the amazing Etta James singing Something’s Got a Hold On Me on THE !!!! BEAT in 1966. Two other not-to-be-missed performances from that show: I’m So Sorry for...

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