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The San Francisco Fire Department’s Ladder Shop

In a windy city that has narrow streets and a lot of high voltage power lines, aluminum ladders may not be the best choice for fighting fires. Watch how ladder builder Jerry Lee makes and repairs antique-looking, hand...

Changing shifts at le Phare de Kéréon

How do lighthouse keepers switch shifts when the lighthouse isn't connected to the mainland? We've seen how the tumultuous sea can almost overtake lighthouses during a storm, but the sea can be challenging even in mor...

Noodles & the principle of halving — The Ring of Truth: Atoms

Chef Kin Jing Mark demonstrates how to make super-thin noodles and helps introduce the principle of halving in this clip from the PBS miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry Into How We Know What We Know - Atoms (198...

ExpeRimental: Homemade Lava Lamp & Rubber Band Cannons

Explore the densities of liquids and household objects with Olympia Brown and her daughter Viola. This is episode two of ExpeRimental, a new science-at-home series by the Royal Institution of Great Britain that aims t...

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

Making a wooden lampshade from a tree stump

Watch New Zealand-based woodturner Sören Berger turn a radiata pine tree stump (originally cut down for firewood) into a unique, hand-crafted lampshade. On a lathe, he painstakingly alternates between shaving the exte...

Inside a Baby Sloth Orphanage and Rescue Center

At the Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación in Gamboa, Panama, Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa work day and night to rescue and relocate hundreds of wild animals a year. Their specialization: rescuing, raisin...

The World Cup Brazil 2014 Flip Books

These hand-drawn flip books animate the top three goals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. File under flip books and sports. What will you animate in your flipbook?

Garlic: How Does it Grow?

With a history of human use going back 7,000 years, garlic is a culinary and medicinal mainstay in Asian, European, African, Latin American and North American cultures, and yet many don't know a lot about this pungent...

Sea Chair

Collecting plastic on the open sea and then making a small seat with it, all done from a fishing boat: Sea Chair, a project by Studio Swine and filmmaker Juriaan Booij, via Atlantic Video: When plastic debris break...

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The San Francisco Fire Department’s Ladder Shop

In a windy city that has narrow streets and a lot of high voltage power lines, aluminum ladders may not be the best choice for fighting fires. Watch how ladder builder Jerry Lee makes and repairs antique-looking, hand...

ExpeRimental: Homemade Lava Lamp & Rubber Band Cannons

Explore the densities of liquids and household objects with Olympia Brown and her daughter Viola. This is episode two of ExpeRimental, a new science-at-home series by the Royal Institution of Great Britain that aims t...

Firefighter exam

"Firefighter exam." You’ll want to watch this one a few times in a row. Thanks, Jason.

Changing shifts at le Phare de Kéréon

How do lighthouse keepers switch shifts when the lighthouse isn't connected to the mainland? We've seen how the tumultuous sea can almost overtake lighthouses during a storm, but the sea can be challenging even in mor...

The Sea Pig – Songs for Unusual Creatures

Gather some stuff from around the house to make music with because it’s time for another Songs for Unusual Creatures with Michael Hearst and special guests The Kronos Quartet: A Song fo...

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

Noodles & the principle of halving — The Ring of Truth: Atoms

Chef Kin Jing Mark demonstrates how to make super-thin noodles and helps introduce the principle of halving in this clip from the PBS miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry Into How We Know What We Know - Atoms (198...

Lightning captured at 7,207 images per second

A downward lightning negative ground flash captured at 7,207 images per second. A negative stepped leader emerges from the cloud and connects with the ground forming a return stroke. From ZT Research, ...

A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking

Above, A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking. Cloaking is a term for hiding an object from view at specific frequencies, but evidently one can cloak things DIY-style with four mirrors a...

Epic Pen Spinning

Watch as pen spinners Ian Jenson and 吳宗諺 (PPM) perform some epic pen spinning, complete with a few great slow motion moments that really showcase what’s going on. This short from Taiwan&...

Sir David Attenborough and chameleons in Madagascar

Sir David Attenborough and chameleons in Madagascar, then and now, a brilliant video that mixes flashbacks from a 1960 television show called Zoo Quest with 2008 color footage shot for the BBC TV series Life in Cold B...

Juan Fontanive‘s mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium

Revisiting Juan Fontanive's mechanical, looping flipbooks: Vivarium. From the artist’s bio:  Juan Fontanive makes films without using light. Often recycling the mechanical parts of found...

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Planetary Resources: Asteroid Mining Mission Revealed

Watching this Planetary Resources video about their mission to near-Earth asteroids makes me feel like I’m watching a made-up video from a movie set in the future. But once again, the fu...

Earth: Seen from ISS expeditions 28 and 29 (2011)

This video might seem like déjà vu — you’ve seen something like it before — but this one is so much more stunning! Be sure to watch it HD full screen.  This new (or newly edited?) video was shot ...

Alien Matter in the Solar System

“Alien matter" detected by a NASA spacecraft orbiting Earth shows that the chemical make-up of our solar system differs from that of the surrounding galaxy. 

Pandas on a slide

A Giant Panda Breeding Research Base outside Chengdu, China has pandas... on a slide! All at the same time! Bonus: some tumbling and running! via Metafilter.

Richie Parker, NASCAR racing team engineer

“I can’t say there’s anything that I can’t do… just things that I haven’t done yet.” From ESPN and SportsCenter, the story of Richie Parker, engineer for NASCAR racing team Hendrick Motorsports. via Upwo...

Tito Puente performs A Maria Cervantes on the vibraphone (1945)

Here’s Tito Puente rocking the Bronx with A Maria Cervantes on the vibraphone in 1945. And here he is again with the same song at the Montreal Jazz Festival almost 40 years later in 198...

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Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

FlippyCat’s Spectacular Domino Rally Stunt Screenlink

Domino enthusiast Flippycat uses a huge collection of Domino Rally sets to screen link this longer chain reaction together -- 35 scenes total (all listed here in the notes). Screenlinks are separate tricks that are ed...

Friends With You – Cloudy

Cloudy is a happy animated short by artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III of Friends With You. Welcome to the clouds!  From IAmOther: This animated short is an exploration into the clouds; a sweet, vi...

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

OK Go: The Writing’s on the Wall

A four-minute, epic one-take video that adds to their highly ambitious visual collection of music, this is OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall. The series of forced perspective and anamorphic illusions, with a few gravi...

Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

How To Draw Your Hand In 3D

Here’s a fun, quick trick: How To Draw Your Hand In “3D”. What other things around the house or outside can you use this technique with? Related drawing vids: how to draw th...

The World Cup Brazil 2014 Flip Books

These hand-drawn flip books animate the top three goals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. File under flip books and sports. What will you animate in your flipbook?

Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok De Wit

Michaël Dudok De Wit’s Academy Award-winning short film about the strength of love and longing, despite the passage of time: Father and Daughter (2000).

Pass It On: Turning scraps into soccer balls for village children

In a village outside of Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, this Congolese gentleman crafts found scraps of garbage into a homemade soccer ball. Though the region has been plagued with war, terr...

The Quest for Sea Ice: Swimming with polar bears and a camera

Follow a group of four polar bears as they swim in search of ice. Arctic Bear Productions filmmaker Adam Ravetch captured this footage by attaching a camera to one of the four animals. The big paws, the sun on the hor...

How to: Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction

Have you seen that crazy popsicle stick chain reaction video in the archives? This Sick Science tutorial explains how to make it.

The making of a Steinway Grand Piano from start to finish

Founded in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been building award-winning, hand-crafted pianos for 160 years, so clearly they know how it’s done. In The Making of a Steinway, they share the extraordinary, year-long p...

ExpeRimental: Homemade Lava Lamp & Rubber Band Cannons

Explore the densities of liquids and household objects with Olympia Brown and her daughter Viola. This is episode two of ExpeRimental, a new science-at-home series by the Royal Institution of Great Britain that aims t...

Aug(De)Mented Reality

Aug(De)Mented Reality by animator Marty Cooper: iPhone photos and traditional animation cels – Sharpie and White-Out drawings on transparencies – join forces in this collection of amusing, "creature-infest...

Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

Sesame Street: How Crayons Are Made

We love videos about how things are made, and factories can be amazing sights: all of that automation and machinery and movement… the marvel of mass production. So we especially love videos about how crayons ...

Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet in Ice Bowls

Not only does this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet start in a garden and end up looking delicious, but it's served in ice bowls. ICE BOWLS. File under DIY, these temporary bowls -- made with thyme, rosemary, ...

Every Happy Thing: Totoro Steamed Buns

How to make Totoro Steamed Buns using a frying pan by YouTuber Hockie at Every Happy Thing. Even if you're not going to make them, the video is fascinating and detail-filled. Also: Totoro. The recipe is in English...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Mesmerizing flight visualizations over 24 hour periods

The above air traffic visualization shows the incredible amount of planes coming and going from European airspace over the course of one summer day. It was created by NATS, an air traffic control services provider, an...

OK Go: This Too Shall Pass (2010)

Even if you’ve seen This Too Shall Pass, the 2010 instant classic from inventive band Ok Go, it’s a great video to watch again (and again). With the help of SyynLabs, director James Frost, and the suppor...