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Camels vs. Cactus: Eating a prickly pear cactus with 6-inch needles

There's something about the prickly pear cactus that these camels like. And they like it enough to brave the six-inch needles on the pads or cladodes. Watch them eat in this video from Camel and Friends, a YouTube cha...

What is dust made of?

Less than a tenth the size of an ant, a dust mite’s whole world is contained in the dusty film under a bed or in a forgotten corner. This realm is right under our noses, but from our perspective, the tiny specks of br...

A Visual History of Light, animated

400,000 years ago, humans and Neanderthals created fire. This ignited a relationship between people and photons that changed the course of mankind—and continues to evolve to this day. Take a tour through the visual hi...

An up-close look at tardigrades and their poop

It is surely the stuff of science fiction: An extraordinary being arrives on Earth that can withstand a tortuous array of conditions: boiling, freezing, tremendous atmospheric pressure, near total dehydration, and exp...

Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA at Suwon IPark Museum of Art

Karina Smigla-Bobinski's helium-filled ADA, an interactive kinetic installation, has 300 sticks of charcoal across its transparent surface. The white room that surrounds it is the canvas. See how the walls gather blac...

A Loaf of Bread – The Magic of Making

The combine harvester is let loose on the waving wheat, and the collected grain is ground between the miller's old stones. From the farm and the traditional English mill we follow the flour to the bakery. After the ad...

How deep is the ocean?

How deep is the ocean? How far down have humans traveled and what did we find when we went there? This Tech Insider animation shows us the "vast distance between the waves we see and the mysterious point we call Chall...

Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

The Coupled Pendulum, a physics demonstration

See the simple laws of physics at work: Two pendulums swing on a string, transferring energy from one to the other and back again. This demonstration by MarkHacks, made with cardboard, screw hooks, tape, string, and t...

Can you solve the wizard standoff riddle?

You’ve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who wields a wand that can turn people into fish, and a power...

Introducing the Dial Telephone, films from 1936 & 1954

Have you ever heard a dial tone or a busy signal? How did we call someone before speed dial and push-button telephones, but after people stopped needing to speak with a switchboard operator? Behold the rotary dial: ...

How to make your own LED trampoline

Transform a $20 trampoline into an amazing interactive LED light-up trampoline. The Adafruit team shows us how with the help of some NeoPixel LED strips, the Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller running Circuit Python, ...

Neodymium magnet collisions filmed in slow motion

What happens when Speks-style magnet balls, magnetic cubes, and plastic-covered disc magnets collide with large and powerful neodymium magnets? Watch them fly through the air, crash, and stick together in this slow-mo...

Lucas the Spider discovers a tiny wooden village…

Lucas the Spider might be tiny, but in a toy wooden village, he's quite big. In fact, he's giant. Watch Giant Spider, above, a fun CGI short created by animator Joshua Slice and voiced by his nephew Lucas. Slice has p...

The Pits: An avocado searches for its other half

An avocado wanders New York City, feeling lonely and searching for its other half in this award-winning, puppet-filled story by The Bizzaro Company, directed by Mike Hayhurst. The Pits originally premiered at the New ...

How to make a DIY Duct Tape Coin Pouch

With an x-acto knife or scissors, a cutting mat or ruler, a ziplock bag, and two rolls of duct tape—pick two colors you like—you can create your own DIY Duct Tape Coin Pouch in less than 10 minutes. Sally shows us how...

Theo Jansen’s Animaris Mulus Strandbeest

It has an elephant-like trunk, or perhaps a toucan's beak, that helps stabilize its front. Wind-catching sails extend out from the sides like wings. Its front legs walk quickly and smoothly across the sand while its b...

What Can You Actually Do About Climate Change?

The average carbon footprint of a person in the US is 16.5 tons –TONS. So, what can you actually do decrease this number and make a meaningful difference? Miriam Nielsen itemizes how our individual choices can hav...

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