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A full circle rainbow as seen from a construction crane

High over St. Petersburg, Russia, from the top of a construction crane at the Lakhta Center, a huge rainbow can be seen in its full form: a circle. Phil Plait explains the science in his 2014 Bad Astronomy article: ...

Where India’s Top Brass Get Their Instruments

No Indian celebration is complete without a brass band. In the country of 1.3 billion people, there are at least 700,000 villages. And each village generally has two or three brass bands. But where do all of the trump...

Détour, an iPhone film by Michel Gondry

A family goes on a summer road trip through France with their bicycles in tow, until one beloved tricycle falls off the car and finds itself on a new adventure: searching for its owner. Détour was filmed on an iPh...

Building a DIY CNC-cut spiral staircase

This DIY Spiral Staircase was made with just over sixteen 12-layer plywood steps that are each rotated 30 degrees around a central steel pole. Designer and YouTuber Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern designed the layers to ...

LEGO In Real Life: Making toast and eggs in stop motion

Inspired by the stop motion work of PES Film, Brick Bros Productions makes a LEGO breakfast of sunny side up eggs and toast with jelly: LEGO in Real Life. The video was created with 1,500 photos taken over three days....

Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants

Beavers have done more to shape North American landscapes than any animal beside humans. We don’t notice them much today because there aren’t many left, but before colonization, North America was home to hundreds of m...

A floating dock launches surfers onto, under, & over waves

A 100-foot plastic floating dock curls over the Balinese waves. Six pro Volcom surfers—Balaram Stack, Imaikalani Devault, Noa Deane, Ozzie Wright, Mitch Coleborn, and Yago Dora—launch off of it with their boards, some...

Young Explorers Club: Toddlers explore the world on their own

Observe these toddlers as they wander around their neighborhoods in pursuit of whatever happens to interest them. This is Young Explorers Club, a series of short films that asks "What happens when kids explore the wor...

Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk

Found all over the globe, fireflies or lightning bugs are winged beetles that emerge in warm, humid weather. Though their signature bioluminescent flashes are actually complex communications, the effect can create a m...

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants

For as long as she can remember, Dr. Andrea Marshall wanted to be a marine biologist. Now, she’s living out her dream with one of the ocean’s most amazing creatures. That is, Marshall studies and helps protect giant m...

Sometimes I’m Happy (Sometimes I’m Blue) – Sarah Vaughan

Recorded for Mercury Records on July 9, 1958 in Sweden, this is Sometimes I'm Happy (Sometimes I'm Blue) performed by jazz royalty Sarah Vaughan. From Jazziz Magazine: Born on March 27, 1924, the daughter of a carp...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

How Does It Grow? Blueberries

Wild blueberries are native to the Americas, from forests in the Andes Mountains northward to the Arctic tundra. They were an important part of the food, culture, and medicinal practices of North America's indigenous ...

Un albero un anno (One tree one year)

A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes. Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlif...

Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee? – bioGraphic

Honey bees, pollinators that contribute their skills to a third of our edible crops, have been suffering from a recent phenomenon called colony collapse disorder (CCD), possibly caused by a mix of pathogens, parasites...

How to make a popsicle stick and rubber band paddle boat

Make a popsicle stick paddle boat that's powered with a rubber band. This DaveHax video shows us how cutting and gluing together some lollipop or popsicle sticks (and sanding them if you want it to have an extra fine ...

Greetings Around the World

When you see friends or acquaintances, do you hug or kiss on the cheek? Do you shake hands or say 'hey' and wave hello before starting a conversation? What greetings are most common where you live? The Cut travels...

Flying Fish, hunted underwater and in the air

Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances. It appears these Flying Fish are in a no win situation, pic...

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