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A Real-Life Bone Collector: Recovering an Extinct Human Ancestor

Follow biological anthropologist and 'bone collector' Dr. Marina Elliott deep into the ancient underground crevasses that would reveal around 1,500 bone fragments belonging to Homo naledi, a new species in human linea...

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...

A tiny balloon-powered organ made from paper & cardboard

With the exception of a piece of plastic that allows a peek at its inner workings, and a large balloon that provides required wind through its pipes, this tiny pipe organ is made out of paper and cardboard. It was des...

How small are we in the scale of the universe?

In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavor was risky – what, if anything, was going to show up? But what came ...

Color changing dominoes

What does it look like when falling dominoes have different colors on each of their faces and their edges? Pro domino artist Hevesh5 put together a quick color changing domino screenlink video -- screenlinks are a ser...

Talkin’ Scat with Hoots the Owl and Gordon – Sesame Street

Learn how to scat sing -- to sing using your voice like an instrument in an improvisational jazz style -- with Hoots the Owl, Gordon, and some "hip kittens" (a group of kids) in this classic Sesame Street clip from 19...

Almost-invisible hydrogel robots that can grab quickly

These almost-invisible robot hands can grab things quickly. MIT engineers have been working to create a durable gel formula that can be 3-D printed and laser cut into soft robotic parts, like flapping fish fins or gen...

A Protula bispiralis (red fan worm) opening in real time

Set to the MIT Chamber Chorus performing O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, this is a Protula bispiralis or red fan worm opening in real time. The clip is via marine biologist Christopher Mah who suggests that "you will p...

The psychology behind ‘Us vs Them’ – BrainCraft

How do we weigh our own best interests against the best interests of others? This question can be extended beyond 'Me vs You' and into the 'Us and Them.' How do I weigh my family's self interests against the needs of ...

Incredible indoor skydiving flyers at the 2017 Wind Games

A little like ice skating, gymnastics, or modern dance while flying, this indoor skydiving freestyle routine by Poland’s Maja Kuczyńska, performed at the 2017 Wind Games in Catalonia, Spain, is made possible by four h...

Predators Attack Fish Bait Ball – Blue Planet

A bait ball of frenzied anchoveta swarm in their tightly packed sphere and tornado formations to better protect themselves against the larger bonito and yellow fin tuna that are swimming nearby. The predators are hung...

Ice crystals form on the surfaces of backlit bubbles

It became a tradition since last year, so as there was almost -20 degrees (Celsius), I made some freezing bubbles for my kids. Couldn't stop myself from filming it again :) From Warsaw-based photographer and videog...

A 3D-printed candy sorting machine

This machine sorts small candies (M&Ms and Skittles) by color. It was designed and built by Netherlands-based New Zealander Willem Pennings, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology...

Chef Ludo Lefebvre visits the Bordier Butter Factory

Butter blocks, butter blobs, butter rolls, butter balls, butter cones, butter wheels! Go behind the scenes of a French butter factory with chef Ludo Lefebvre in this subtitled bonus scene from the Anthony Bourdain-pro...

An Automaton of Marie Antoinette, The Dulcimer Player

From the 2012 exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a closer look at a unique piece of automata: David Roentgen's Automaton of Queen Marie A...

The science of milk

Milk is poured into cereal. We might want milk for our cookies or hot chocolate. We can use milk to bake. It's usually in our cheeses, butters, and ice creams. Milk is often the first thing we drink as newborn babies....

Building Frozen Castles with the Master of Ice

Every year, from January 5th to around February 25th, the city of Harbin, China transforms into a frozen city of light for the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. The sculptures are massive architectural feats con...

Teacher creates personalized handshakes for all his students

At Ashley Park PreK-8 Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, fifth grade English teacher Barry White, Jr. has created a new classroom tradition: greeting each of his students with a handshake that's personali...