The Kid Should See This Cool videos for curious minds of all ages: Science, art, nature, animals, space, technology, DIY, food, music, animation, and more, The Kid Should See This is a free video resource for parents, teachers, and kids. Watch a huge collection of high-quality, age appropriate, educational videos together at home, during homeschool, or in the classroom. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How to make Halloween pumpkins with scary teeth Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:22:42 +0000 How scary and realistic do faces look when you give them big teeth? YouTuber DaveHax demonstrates five pumpkin carving techniques for making your own scary and surprising Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns, including how to:

  • Make pumpkin teeth and pumpkin fangs
  • Carve out eyes
  • Drill holes for a pumpkin mirror ball lantern
  • Carve a stem-nosed pumpkin
  • Make light-up ping pong ball pumpkins with LED lights
    One note on lithium cell batteries: if you have young children, you may want to explore alternative power solutions. Button-like batteries are extremely dangerous if ingested. Read more at the New York Times.
Related watching: Ray Villafane turns pumpkins into artfully carved Jack-o’-lanterns and DaveHax’s How to Make Heart-Shaped Eggs. ]]> 0
Breaking Wave: An anamorphic kinetic sculpture Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:37:33 +0000 Small planet-like spheres hang on several miles of wire rope in this kinetic sculpture created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. The 804 wooden spheres’ heights and relationships are changed by the rows of rotating shafts high above the ever-changing anamorphic sculpture.

Breaking Wave tells the story of the search for patterns, and the surprising results that come by changing our point of view. 804 suspended spheres move in a wave-like formation. When the wave crests and breaks, the balls hover momentarily in a cloud. From almost anywhere in the room, this cloud is purely chaotic, but step into one of two hidden spots, and this apparent chaos shows a hidden pattern. From the first, a labyrinth hints at the search for knowledge, and from the second, a Fibonacci spiral inspired flower reminds us of the natural order and patterns found in nature.

Read more about the sculpture in Wired. Related watching: more anamorphic techniques, more patterns, more perception, and more kinetic sculptures.

via @aatishb.

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What’s inside the stomach of a carnivorous Pitcher Plant? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:44:20 +0000 Luring insects into its pools of digestive juices, then dissolving the bugs intoamino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition,” the Pitcher Plant is famously carnivorous.

But what does it look like inside the stomach of a Pitcher? Watch as exotic gardener Brad dissects a Tropical Nepenthes Pitcher Plant to learn more about it and the local insects that are attracted to its pitfall-like trap.

Be sure to watch this next: Gross Science — Carnivorous Plants and Killer Ants. ]]> 0
Samantha Bryan’s handmade fairies & flying contraptions Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:01:50 +0000 In a world influenced by Victorian-styled flying contraptions and gadgetry, these little handmade fairies appear to have adventures worthy of a stop motion film. Mixed media sculptor Samantha Bryan of West Yorkshire, UK, shares how she makes everything, from their beetle-bums, to their practical flight suits, to the equipment they need to identify, collect, and spread fairy dust across the land.

Related watching: The Secret Story of Toys and Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.

via io9. ]]> 0 A bagpipes & saw waltz: A música portuguesa a gostar dela própria Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:34:58 +0000 António Ribeiro & Rui Ribeiro perform Valsa de nome desconhecido on bagpipes and a musical saw. Their outdoors performance was filmed as a part of A música portuguesa a gostar dela própria, a project documenting and celebrating the wide variety of music and musical traditions in Portugal. How excellent would it be if every culture had a comprehensive music archive?

Watch more from MPAGDP: As Camponesas de Riachos and The Chamarrita, which both include additional videos.

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ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:02:49 +0000 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 comparison to related snake species. What’s their secret?

Georgia Tech physicist Daniel I. Goldman conducted a series of tests with a sidewinder to observe and analyze how their bodies move across sand at different degrees of incline. From The New York Times:

With high-speed videotape they analyzed a sidewinder’s movement and determined that it doesn’t dig deeper into the sand as the slopes get steeper. It keeps more of its body in contact with sand as it moves by lifting other parts of its body.

They created a simple model of the snake’s movement, describing it as two waves, not simultaneous, but staggered and running from head to tail. One wave runs horizontally, parallel to the ground, and the other runs vertically, like a wave on the ocean. Together they lift portions of the snake’s body up from the sand and move it forward.

As a confirmation of their findings, the team then worked with Carnegie Mellon roboticists to program a snake robot based on the sidewinder’s movement. The result: The snakebot successfully moved up the hill, too.

Watch related videos: The secret design and movement of slithering snakes, Wheeko: A snake robot that could explore Mars, and more biomimicry vids. ]]> 0
To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:04:58 +0000 Created by EUPHRATES and Masahiko Sato for Japan’s National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), these three “To the Scientists of the Future” short films are a mesmerizing combination of materials research innovation and absolute wonder. To the scientists of the future and to everyone who loves when physics looks like magic, this video series is for you.

Above, #01 Superconductor. Below, #02 Shape Memory Material and #03 Electromagnetic Induction.

We know EUPHRATES and Sato from their work on Japan’s NHK educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch), one of our absolute favorites. Just imagine the Rube Goldberg machines you could put together with these rare and curious materials!

EUPHRATES will be collaborating with The Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium during the summer of 2015. Check out the studio’s blog here.

Related videos: Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip, Science Demo: Electromagnetic Induction, Neodymium magnet in FAT copper pipe, 12 minutes of Pitagora Suitchi, and more materials science.

Thanks, @DoTryThisAtHome. ]]> 0 The Grand Prismatic Spring: One of Nature’s Most Amazing Sights Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:41:05 +0000 Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Spring may be the nation’s largest hot spring, but it’s primarily known for its vibrant rainbow of colors. Created by the unique bacteria and algae that live within each hued band of mineral-rich water, the reds, oranges, yellows, greens surround a deep blue core that is too hot to sustain life.

The bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature of the water which favors one bacterium over another. In the summer, the mats tend to be orange and red, whereas in the winter the mats are usually dark green. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat.

The deep blue color of the water in the center of the pool results from the intrinsic blue color of water, itself the result of water’s selective absorption of red wavelengths of visible light. Though this effect is responsible for making all large bodies of water blue, it is particularly intense in Grand Prismatic Spring because of the high purity and depth of the water in the middle of the spring.

Read in depth about The Science Behind Yellowstone’s Rainbow Hot Spring at Smithsonian Magazine.

Watch more videos: The Geysers of Yellowstone National Park in action, the bubbling mud pots in Rotorua, New Zealand, and different kinds of rainbows. ]]> 0
Musicless Musicvideo: Singin’ in the Rain (without singing) Wed, 15 Oct 2014 05:58:29 +0000 Before you click play on the video above, make sure that you’ve first seen this classic Gene Kelly performance from Singin’ in the Rain, one of our favorites. Seen it? Now please enjoy one of Mario Wienerroither‘s Musicless Musicvideos: Singin’ in the Rain (without singing).

In the archives: more sound effects videos, including Sound Magician Diego Stocco’s hummingbird sounds and Sounds of the Hardware Store. ]]> 0
Il Capo (The Chief): A clip from Yuri Ancanari’s 2010 documentary Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:28:40 +0000 At Monte Bettolgi quarry in the Apuan Alps of Northwest Italy, huge marble blocks fall like thunder. A silent conductor, the quarry boss, signals to the excavator operators using concise hand gestures as they dislodge the gigantic white chunks of metamorphic rock on his command.

From Nowness, this is a clip from Il Capo (The Chief), a 2010 documentary by filmmaker Yuri Ancarani:

“Marble quarries are places so unbelievable and striking, they almost feel like they are big theaters or sets… I was so taken by the chief, watching him work,” says Ancarani, who’s film is currently showing as part of Artists’ Films International, a touring program of film, video and animation, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. “How he can move gigantic marble blocks using enormous excavators, but his own movements are light, precise and determined.”

Communication can be subtle yet so powerful. Watch more vids about it: Sesame Street: How communication works, Bees and the Waggle Dance, and two year old Ava & her mum talk over dinner in sign language.

via Gizmodo. ]]> 0 Korea Aerospace Research Institute: Human-Powered Aircraft Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:09:27 +0000 How would you design a human-powered aircraft? Watch these teams compete to keep their pedal-powered vehicles aloft in an annual, crash-filled contest held at South Korea’s Goheung Airlines Center. This 2013 video was posted by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, who also recently posted video of their 2014 event.

Watch more human-powered flight videos: British Pathé: Flying Bicycle (1962), Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter: AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight and NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult!

via The Awesomer.

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Sampuru: How is Japanese fake food made? Fri, 10 Oct 2014 14:17:32 +0000 Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort of menu or in-the-street advertising, but where did this tradition come from and how are these food models made?

Called sampuru, like the English word “sample”, these miniature sculptures are handmade, previously with wax and currently with non-biodegradable polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The dish displays are often made-to-order so that they’ll match the visual style of the restaurant’s real food.

Above, watch this artisan deftly present the fake food-making process to some fascinated children in Gujo, Gifu, Japan. You can see him pouring liquid plastic into hot water to make tempura batter and lettuce heads.

Below, a clip from Wim Wenders‘ 1985 documentary Tokyo-Ga:

Watch more videos about plastic, food, and Japan, including how to make a rolled Japanese omelette, how to make Totoro Steamed Buns, Ocean Confetti: The challenge of micro-plastics, and how to turn banana peels into a biodegradable bioplastic.

via Kotaku.

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Brush Brush Brush by Of Montreal Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:56:53 +0000 Brush Brush Brush by Of Montreal, animated by Kangaroo Alliance for the season 2 “Teeth” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba.

In the archives: Meomi’s Eye to the Sky and it feels so good to give a present! ]]> 0
Alla Kinda: Manolito’s Dream Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:01:36 +0000 From Barcelona animation studio Alla Kinda, journey into a subconscious world of hungry wolves and turnip-headed aliens in Manolito’s Dream.

Watch more dream-like animation: Journey of Two, The Cloudy Dog Talks About, USAWaltz, and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. ]]> 0
This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:21:33 +0000 From the BBC’s Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island’s native thorny succulent bushes… or even higher. Suspended above the ground, the spider will take shelter within the shell. From the BBC News in 2011:

Olios coenobitus was first discovered in 1926 but few studies have been made of it in the wild since… In the 1960s, French scientists studied the spiders in captivity and recorded their unique home-building method. Researchers observed the spiders hoisting snail shells many times their own weight off the ground using a network of silk threads. The captive spiders raised snail shells up to 8cm from the floor in order to shelter inside them. However, anecdotal evidence suggested that in the wild the spiders’ aerial homes reached much grander heights.

Check out this related story at io9, or watch more videos about kinds of rope, spiders, and Madagascar, including Madagascar’s Giraffe Weevil.

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