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What does the wheelchair symbol actually mean?

Some of the world’s most recognizable symbols exist to sell products. Others, to steer traffic or advance political causes. But there’s one whose main purpose is to help people. You may know it as the wheelchair symbo...

Invisible Nature: Return of the Wood Frog

The common wood frog (Rana sylvatica) has an unusual strategy for coping with the cold. While most terrestrial frogs and toads burrow deep underground to escape freezing temperatures when they hibernate, the wood frog...

This Book is a Planetarium by Kelli Anderson

How can a book illuminate constellations, play music, and create spirograph drawings? This stop-motion promo video for the pop-up book This Book is a Planetarium demonstrates how... and introduces a few scientific con...

EYES, a series of playful kinetic installations

Look left, look right, and get googly. EYES is a series of playful kinetic installations by Helsinki-based director, designer, and animator Lucas Zanotto. Watch as balls swing, leak, float, fly, and bobble about, maki...

An incoming storm delivers a world full of color

An incoming rainstorm brings a rainbow of sound and color to a little girl's world. Nieta, which means "granddaughter" in Spanish, is an award-winning animated short by Argentine filmmaker Nicolás P. Villarreal.

Making a rice straw animal sculpture, a time lapse for the Wara Art Festival

A wooden framework and curved plastic pipes provide a solid structure for 'knit' bundles of wara or rice straw, the byproduct of the season's rice harvest. As volunteers work together to tie and wrap the bundles into ...

How to equally share a cake between three people

When sharing cake between two people, the envy-free recommendation is for one person to cut the cake, making the two pieces as equal as possible, while the other person picks their preferred piece. With this agreement...

A tiny newborn kangaroo climbs into its mother’s pouch

As marsupials, kangaroos have pouches called marsupiums that provide nourishment and protection for their undeveloped young. When a kangaroo mother gives birth, her blind, jellybean-sized newborn must climb up into th...

Where It’s Made: Visit the LEGO Factory in 360°

LEGO House, LEGO's brand new visitor center, is now open in Billund, Denmark. The New York Times peeks at a few Experience Zones in the new building, as well as some of the LEGO-making machines within the factory in t...

How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? ...

Blue Planet II, a prequel set to music by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead

Sixteen years after The Blue Planet debuted, BBC Earth has created a sequel series that will use new science and new technologies to showcase the current state of life within our oceans. This extended trailer for Blue...

Do jellyfish sleep?

At first glance, humans seem to have very little in common with Cassiopea, a primitive jellyfish. Cassiopea is brainless, spineless, and spends essentially its entire life sitting upside down on the ocean floor, pulsa...

Murmelwelt’s Cuboro/Cugolino “big ball” marble run

A blue marble makes its way through these beautifully designed but hard to find Cuboro/Cugolino ball track blocks with the help of three red marbles and two large wooden balls. The chain reaction filled piece was crea...

How Kanazawa gold leaf is made

Far too delicate to touch with fingertips—just one ten-thousandth of a millimeter thick—gold leaf foil is an extremely delicate, almost transparent material. It requires a humid climate, pure water for the manufacturi...

A soapless tunnel washing truck in Switzerland

How many giant brushes can you fit on the back of a truck? This promo video from Swiss road works company Colas Suisse features their 'eco-friendly' tunnel washing truck, a soapless vehicle that uses water pressure an...

Ballet Rotoscope

A ballerina dances as the joints on her body are traced with a computer-generated rotoscope animation technique, an algorithm that brings a mathematical layer to her natural movements. Ballet Rotoscope (2011) was crea...

Engines of Destruction: The Science of Hurricanes

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katrina, Maria, Sandy. Hurricanes have been major news stories in 2005 and 2012, and continue to be in 2017, starting in August when Harvey crossed the Caribbean and made landfall in Texas. What ca...

Rare footage of the Hooded Grebe courtship dance

The Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) performs an elaborate dance with its mate. It's a rarely seen courtship ritual that was captured by Michael and Paula Webster during a six-month film shoot in Patagonia. The clip ...


 
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