The Kid Should See This Smart videos for curious minds of all ages: Science, art, nature, animals, space, technology, DIY, food, music, animation, and more Tue, 31 May 2016 05:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon’s new puppet concept Tue, 31 May 2016 05:40:00 +0000 Puppeteer and puppet designer Barnaby Dixon developed a brand new design for his finger puppet concept, refining its internal mechanisms and improving its movements. Using his human hands in a new configuration, he’s not only able to make the puppet dance and gesture in human ways, but he’s also able to make it point and pick up things with its puppet hand.

Bonus: Like a Pixar animation come to life, watch it dance to piano music.

Next: Ricky Syers and his handmade marionette of Doris Diether, Laika’s Head of Puppetry explains how stop motion puppets are made, and War Horse and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

via Colossal.

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Lightning storm recorded at 7,000 frames per second Tue, 31 May 2016 05:09:23 +0000 Watch lightning streak down through the sky in this high speed footage via Professor Ningyu Liu of the Geospace Physics Laboratory in Florida Tech’s Department of Physics and Space Sciences.

Recorded at 7,000 frames per second, with playback at 700 frames per second, the phenomenon was caught during a storm near the university’s Melbourne campus. Eventually, the lab team will be using the high speed camera to capture and study thunderstorm events known as starters, jets and gigantic jets.

ICYMI: Incredible Slow Motion Lightning Strike (11,000 frames per second) and How does lightning form?

via Boing Boing.

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A Guide To Spelling by this year’s youngest Spelling Bee competitor Mon, 30 May 2016 16:47:54 +0000 The youngest contestant to participate in this year’s National Spelling Bee was Akash Vukoti, a 6 year old Texan who made it to round 3 of the competition. In this video from Vox, Vukoti explains what contestants are allowed to ask — alternate pronunciation, language of origin, definition, part of speech, hearing the word used in a sentence, and for the word to be pronounced again — in order to help them decode how the word might be spelled.

He also spells his favorite word and the longest word in a major dictionary: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanocon­iosis.

Related reading: A viewer’s guide to the 2016 National Spelling Bee.

Next, TED Ed’s Making Sense of Spelling and the UK’s longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. ]]> 0
SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage landing, THAICOM 8 mission Mon, 30 May 2016 06:16:10 +0000 Watch sped up footage of the Falcon 9 first stage landing on the Of Course I Still Love You (OCISLY) droneship. SpaceX successfully deployed the THAICOM 8 satellite to a Super Synchronous Transfer Orbit during the May 27th mission.

There are photos on Flickr, or check out SpaceX’s THAICOM 8 Technical Webcast, which shows off the launch at 21m20s. Stage one landing via OCISLY at 29m50s:

Related watching: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 crashes & landings and The Chemistry of Rockets: How do rockets work? ]]> 0
Voltige (Aerobatics) Mon, 30 May 2016 05:15:10 +0000 From Léo Brunel at MOPA (Supinfocom), Arles’ school of CG animation, this is Voltige, a short about some unexpected trapeze artistry… sort of.

Watch more acrobatics and more animation in the archives.

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The Müpa Budapest Sound Machine, the world’s largest music box Thu, 26 May 2016 07:04:02 +0000 Music box + hamster wheel + Hungary = the Harry Potter Theme Song (Hedwig’s Theme), The Nutcracker, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and three other songs.

Powered by walking and perfected with hand-punched holes in 8.5m (27.9ft) long strips of PVC, the Müpa Budapest Sound Machine was a temporary installation in Budapest’s Allee Shopping Mall, a celebration of the Müpa Concert Hall’s 2015 season. Able to play 30 notes, the contraption may also be one of the largest music boxes ever built.

This promo by Saatchi Hungary has a bit more:

Follow this video up with Stadsmuziek, The Wintergatan Marble Machine, and How does a music box work?

via @hrtlym & @cliveforgets.

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Exquisite scrap metal creatures by Insectophile Edouard Martinet Thu, 26 May 2016 06:16:53 +0000

When Edouard Martinet was 10, one of his teachers introduced his pupils to insects, but in a rather obsessive way. Subliminally, the fascination sunk in to the young French boy.

Fast-forward 40 years, and Martinet has become the art world’s virtuoso insectophile, transforming bits and pieces of cast-off junk culled from flea markets and car boot sales into exquisitely executed insect, fish and animal forms.

Go behind-the-scenes with Edouard Martinet as he uses nothing but screws to assemble his scrap metal creature sculptures. Photos of them can be found at

Next: More metal sculptures and more animal sculptures, including these Amezaiku Japanese Candy Sculptures, Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken, and mechanical singing bird box automata of the 1700s.

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Growing a 1,223 pound pumpkin from seed to scale in time lapse Thu, 26 May 2016 05:40:16 +0000 Over the course of five months in 2014 — from a sprouting seed to a fair-ready 1,223 pound pumpkin — competitive pumpkin grower Matt Radach protected and pampered his growing plant, as captured in this time lapse video. His pumpkin won 5th place at Washington State’s Pullayup Fair.

Radach has made a few other seed to scale time lapses, including this 636 pound pumpkin in 2013:

Next, some details: How to grow a giant pumpkin for a giant pumpkin contest.

Thanks, @hubs. ]]> 0 A pop-up Himeji Castle made with LEGO Wed, 25 May 2016 04:16:26 +0000 Building castle models out of LEGO can be impressive, but what if the LEGO castle model unfolds like a pop-up book? Behold this LEGO pop-up Himeji Castle, a wonder of Japanese architecture and history, created by YouTuber and Japanese LEGO enthusiast talapz. The build took 15 months to finish, and is 70cm square (27.6in) by 11.5cm (4.5in) tall. It uses no glue.

This is not the first LEGO pop-up Japanese structure that talpaz has created. In 2012, his video of a LEGO pop-up Todai-ji (Buddhist temple) went viral:

…and in 2009, he jumpstarted his hobby with a LEGO pop-up Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto’s famous golden temple:

Next: More pop ups and more LEGO wonders, including The LEGO Great Ball Contraption, a 500,000 brick LEGO car that is powered by air, and How to build a huge LEGO house.

Thanks, @benklinger.

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Sir David Attenborough at 90, an interview Mon, 23 May 2016 07:00:53 +0000 In celebration of his 90th birthday on the May 8th 2016, Sir David Attenborough reflects on his incredible career as a world renowned broadcaster and naturalist.

Attenborough also comments on the advances in filmmaking technology, and what it’s like to be older as he looks back at the recently discovered color footage from the first three expeditions of his BBC nature documentary series Zoo Quest, originally broadcast in black and white from 1954 to 1963.

Watch more from Zoo Quest, The Elephant Bird Egg, more videos about aging, and many more with David Attenborough on this site.

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Rock-Paper-Scissors Lizards Mon, 23 May 2016 05:44:29 +0000 Biologists from UC Santa Cruz are studying the three distinct mating strategies of what’s being referred to as “rock-paper-scissors lizards,” the blue, orange, and yellow variations of the Western side-blotched lizard. This 4K video from Deep Look explains the evolutionary and mathematical balance:

It’s all about territories. Orange males tend to be the biggest and most aggressive. They hold large territories with several females each and are able to oust the somewhat smaller and less aggressive blues. Blue males typically hold smaller territories and more monogamous, each focusing his interest on a single female. Yellow males tend not to even form exclusive territories Instead they use stealth to find unaccompanied females with whom to mate.

The yellow males are particularly successful with females that live in territories held by their more aggressive orange competitors. Because the orange males spread their attention among several females, they aren’t able to guard each individual female against intruding yellow males. But the more monogamous blues males are more vigilant and chase sneaky yellow males away.


Read more at KQED.

Related watching: Why Warm Blood is Better Than Cold. Also on this site: More reptiles, more lizards, and more episodes of Deep Look.

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The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus Tue, 17 May 2016 08:31:12 +0000

In the 1660’s, German alchemist Hennig Brand thought he knew the secret to making solid gold: pee. So set was he on these golden ambitions, he dehydrated 1,500 gallons (gallons!) of human urine to make it happen. Though pee ultimately failed to produce gold, Brand didn’t have to flush all his hard work down the toilet. ​In a surprise twist, he discovered a glowing substance we now call phosphorus.

The Great Big Story of an accidental discovery of an element: The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus.

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3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room Tue, 17 May 2016 05:48:56 +0000 Get a peek at LEGO’s proprietary 3D modeling software, and the huge and highly detailed models that it helps to design in LEGOLAND’s model shop, a dream workshop that holds over three million bricks in 70 different colors. Certified LEGO Master Builders Robbie McCarthy and Bill Gowdy give us a quick tour, via Wired.

There’s always more LEGO on the site, including these British birds, a full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine, and how robots & machines make LEGO.

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Eagle Blue Tue, 17 May 2016 05:12:41 +0000

Eagle Blue lives high on a mountain top above a sleepy town below. With hungry chicks to feed she may lured in to the town by the temptation of an easy meal.

Eagle Blue, an animated adventure by Will Rose, who we know from The Goat Herder and his Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats.

Related eagles and animated birds: riding on an eagle’s back over France’s Rhone-Alpes, Evelyn Lambart’s Fine Feathers, Norman McLaren’s Le Merle, and releasing Rocky the eagle back into the wild.

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How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity – Kurzgesagt Tue, 17 May 2016 04:51:45 +0000

Is there a border we will never cross? Are there places we will never be able to reach, no matter how hard we try? It turns out there are. Even with science fiction technology, we are trapped in our pocket of the universe. How can that be? And how far can we go?

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell explains: How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity.

Follow this with Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea: Our home supercluster, and more from Kurzgesagt in the archives. ]]> 0