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 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:08:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How do animals see in the dark? Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:08:39 +0000 How do animals see in the dark… and sometimes in color? Learn more about the night vision of the tarsier, cats, toads, and hawkmoths in this illuminating animation from TED Ed.

Learn more about eyes in these videos.

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A time lapse of pine processionary caterpillars Fri, 26 Aug 2016 05:32:00 +0000

While walking to a popular Perth fishing spot, I noticed a long line of processionary caterpillars crossing the footpath so I got out the trusty Canon 5D and grabbed some time lapses of the little critters doing their thing. I was amazed how they followed the exact route that the front caterpillar was making as you can see while they scale the wall!

From Dirk Nienaber of Stargazer Pictures in Western Australia, a time lapse of pine processionary caterpillars.

In the archives: This feels familiar. Plus more caterpillar videos.

via Ziya Tong.

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Edible milk-based packaging may replace plastic in three years Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:08:19 +0000

At the grocery store, most foods — meats, breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great at preventing spoilage. And some plastics are suspected of leaching potentially harmful compounds into food. To address these issues, scientists are now developing a packaging film made of milk proteins — and it is even edible.

From, check out the new biodegradable casein-based ‘biofilm’ that could be wrapping our foods in just three years. It’s up to 500 times more effective than petroleum-based plastics at protecting food from oxygen.

Potential uses for this packaging material/food of the future: Cheese sticks… just eat the wrapper, too. Single serve coffee or soup… drop the whole thing into hot water and let the packet dissolve. The casein mix can also be sprayed onto cereal to help keep it crunchy, replacing the sugar coatings that are currently being used. Read more at ACS and Bloomberg.

Next: Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic and Ecovative Designs’ biodegradable mushroom packaging. ]]> 0
HUGE Domino Tower Fail Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:39:13 +0000 These 3,242 dominoes were meticulously stacked in 241 layers by domino YouTubers Hevesh5 and Austrian Domino Art. After seven hours of non-stop building, the 19 foot tall free standing domino tower had achieved the honor of third tallest in the world, and they were just 10 layers away from being the second. And then… it fell.

Previously from Hevesh5: Screenlinked Dominoes, and from Austrian Domino Art: Disc Cases, Stick Bomb, & Domino Wall and The largest popsicle stick chain reaction. ]]> 0
Okinawa’s sea snake catchers & seaweed farmers Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:52:52 +0000 On tiny Kudaka Island, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Yoko and Setsuko are master sea snake catchers. At 70 years old, they’ve been hunting poisonous sea snakes at night for over 40 years. As explained in this Wild Japan clip from BBC Earth, “It’s a skill that’s been passed down the generations here for at least five centuries.”

The snakes are Black-banded sea krait, known as irabu in Japanese. Though the snakes’ venom can be 10 times more powerful than rattlesnake venom, the locals serve irabu smoked and as a soup.

The Okinawan coast provides a variety of foods including mozuku seaweed. In this Wild Japan clip, a seaweed farmer harvests the superfood from the sea floor with a special vacuum:

Next: Harvesting a French Coastal Superfood, an anaconda gives birth underwater, and a few other sea slug videos. ]]> 0
Can paper cut wood? Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:40:27 +0000 Can a piece of paper cut through a piece of wood? Ontario, Canada-based carpenter and YouTuber John Heisz replaced a table saw blade with a circular piece of printer paper to see what would happen. Of the experiment, he wrote:

This redefines “paper cut”, I guess… Of course, there are sections of the video where I’m cutting that are sped up as much as 16 times, so it’s not the fastest way to make a cut!

I did make another “blade” to test it on a piece of aluminum, but it more or less just polished the edge before wearing out. The abrasiveness of the paper works well on wood, but is no match for anything harder.

Watch more wood and workshop videos. Plus, in case you missed it: Can wood bend like a slinky?

via Reddit. ]]> 0 A physical demonstration of gravitational waves Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:08:44 +0000 Start with the classic lycra space-time warping demo, add in news of LIGO and The First Observation of Gravitational Waves, then mix it with a drill. In this Ultimate Gravitational Waves Explanation, Steve Mould creates a physical demo of the waves. He explains:

“When LIGO announced that they had detected gravitational waves earlier this year, we were inundated with artistic renderings of gravitational waves, fantastic images… that help us to visualize this weird phenomenon. But in all the graphics that I’ve seen, there’s a kind of disconnect between the objects and the waves that they produce. There’s no way to see how one causes the other, and I think we can fix that with an actual physical demonstration of gravitational waves.”

By the way, it’s pretty easy to make your own Fabric of the Cosmos demo. And be sure to check out these other gravitational waves vids, too.

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Pattern distortions seen through a glass of water Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:20:50 +0000 Try this classic trick at home with different shaped glasses (which shapes the water within them) and a few patterned backgrounds. As you look through the glass, you’ll see the background pattern shift. Why? As the light passes through the water, it bends, distorting the images and objects behind it. From

As light travels through a given medium, it travels in a straight line. However, when light passes from one medium into a second medium, the light path bends. Refraction takes place. The refraction occurs only at the boundary. Once the light has crossed the boundary between the two media, it continues to travel in a straight line. Only now, the direction of that line is different than it was in the former medium.

Read more for additional info and experiments, and pair this video with another classic water glass experiment: The Reversing Arrow Illusion.

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DuoSkin: Functional, stylish on-skin user interfaces Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:42:12 +0000 Wear your game controller on your arm in the future and much more. From MIT Media Lab in collaboration with Microsoft Research, PhD student Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao introduces DuoSkin: Functional, stylish on-skin user interfaces.

DuoSkin is a fabrication process that enables anyone to create customized functional devices that can be attached directly on their skin. Using gold metal leaf, a material that is cheap, skin-friendly, and robust for everyday wear, we demonstrate three types of on-skin interfaces: sensing touch input, displaying output, and wireless communication.

DuoSkin draws from the aesthetics found in metallic jewelry-like temporary tattoos to create on-skin devices which resemble jewelry. DuoSkin devices enable users to control their mobile devices, display information, and store information on their skin while serving as a statement of personal style. We believe that in the future, on-skin electronics will no longer be black-boxed and mystified; instead, they will converge towards the user friendliness, extensibility, and aesthetics of body decorations, forming a DuoSkin integrated to the extent that it has seemingly disappeared.

Watch these next: This mini origami robot self-folds, performs tasks, & can be dissolved and from The Ring of Truth: Molten gold transforms into gold leaf. Plus, more videos about skin.

via Dezeen. ]]> 0 Umwelt – Time lapse flowers mix with real time insects Wed, 17 Aug 2016 06:15:46 +0000 Watch as time lapse flowers bloom and wilt quickly beneath insects that appear to have been filmed in real time. Umwelt by Japanese artist Yoshiyuki Katayama is a fascinating digital mix of worlds and time frames. The word umwelt is German for ‘environment’ or ‘surroundings’, and is defined as “the world as it is experienced by a particular organism”. See similar clips on Katayama’s site.

Must-see related vids: The first 21 days of a bee’s life, a time lapse in 64 seconds, seed germination to growth time lapses, brilliant blooming cactus flowers in time lapse, and Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis in HD.

via Colossal. ]]> 0 Hot Wheels Road Trip Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:45:49 +0000 If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like if you were riding inside (or on) a Hot Wheels car, this video will give you a good idea. From 5 Mad Movie Makers, this is Hot Wheels Road Trip:

Each section worked on its own from tunnel to tunnel. The cart is powered entirely by gravity at all times.

In total there are 11 cuts in the video, 7 between locations and 4 for slow motion footage. The jump section and the loop section were filmed twice, once in 30 fps and again in 120 fps, and the final video cuts from the normal speed footage to the slow motion footage for the duration of both the jump and the loop.

The cart worked reasonably well underwater and only fell off the pool track a few times. The main problem with the pool track was keeping the track connected and in place. A rock was attached to the end of the track in order to weigh it down.

Watch these vids next: The Longest Sand Marble Run Ever, The Mother of All Hot Wheels Tracks, and Life-sized Hot Wheels: X Games Double Dare Loop. ]]> 0
A squirrel takes a GoPro up into the tree branches Wed, 17 Aug 2016 05:18:32 +0000 To get a close up view of the local squirrels, a small GoPro Session was left in the park near the base of a tree. Maybe a squirrel would eat some treats near the camera? Or nibble on treats attached to the camera? Or…

Maybe a squirrel would pick up the camera, climb up the tree trunk, and travel across the tree branches with the cube in its mouth, giving us an excellent wild squirrel POV video.

Next: Outfitting Tree Kangaroos with tiny video cameras, more animal cams, and more GoPro vids.

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The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:34:01 +0000 Five small roundabouts placed around one large one… this is Swindon’s Magic Roundabout and it’s been going strong since it was built in 1972. Wired explains how this multi-directional traffic circle works.

Tom Scott also visited the roundabout in 2015 and used it to discuss flocks of birds: Swindon’s Terrifying Traffic Circle and Emergent Behaviour.

Next, which is faster: 4-Way Stop vs the Roundabout? Plus, see the world’s craziest intersection: Meskel Square, Addis Ababa. ]]> 0
Travel from Quebec to the moon with a zoom lens Tue, 09 Aug 2016 05:10:59 +0000 Connect the view that we see with our eyes at dusk to the photos that we might see taken with a powerful zoom lens. Daniel Pelletier begins this video in a parking lot in Quebec, Canada and then travels all the way to the moon with some amazing detail. He attributes the quick trip to his Nikon P900 and its 83x optical zoom lens.

YouTuber Lothar Lenz also demo’d the camera in 2015. Enjoy birds chirping while you observe moon craters.

Next: A blue moon rises over Cape Byron Lighthouse in 1,038 images and how to paint with ice skates, a light painting beginner’s guide.

via Mashable. ]]> 0 Behind-the-scenes with Terra Bella’s satellites Mon, 08 Aug 2016 05:26:21 +0000 What might we learn if we could observe the patterns in humanity’s mass activities — mining, clear cutting, ships moving through ports, erupting volcanoes, ground conflicts, etc — over time? What if we could do that with smaller, less expensive satellites than what’s normally in low earth orbit (LEO). Terra Bella‘s satellites, small hi-res Earth imaging satellites were created with these goals in mind.

Google insiders Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurshansky of Nat & Lo recently visited Terra Bella, a Google company formerly known as Skybox Imaging, to learn more about what they’re doing. Yurshansky explains:

“It’s really interesting learning that ultimately the goal of this is not the photo. It’s the data pulled from the photo, so while we love the images and you know, they’re amazing to look at, it’s not actually the end result. The end result is to be able to say like, ‘Ships are moving, deforestation is happening. What does that look like in numbers and in real data that people can actually use to make real decisions?”

Next: How does the Earth’s gravity help keep satellites in orbit? and Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D. Plus more from Nat & Lo. ]]> 0