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The power of creative constraints – TED Ed

Imagine you were asked to invent something new. It could be whatever you want, made from anything you choose, in any shape or size. That kind of creative freedom sounds so liberating, doesn’t it? Or ... does it? if yo...

Bicycle Bell Tree by Lullatone

Listen as Lullatone's "Make Believe Melody" is played on a toy bell tree sitting on the back of a bicycle. Lullatone is a celebrated indie "pajama pop" music duo, Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida, based in Nagoy...

Step into a summer igloo (in 360°) as it’s being built

Though they're made from blocks of compacted snow, igluit (igloos) keep their residents well-sheltered by insulating from the cold and wind outside. In this 360° video from The New York Times, Adami Sakiagak and Tiisi...

The bear who never breaks the rules

This bear loves to uphold and follow the rules of the pool (as one should), but has he forgotten how to have a bit of fun? From animator Charlotte Cambon, meet The bear who never breaks the rules / L'ours qui n&#...

The Case For Eating Bugs

Ants on a log, sautéed grasshopper tacos, scorpion curry, larva lollipops. Eating insects (and arachnids) is called entomophagy and it's practiced by two billion people around the globe, "including North, Central, and...

People In Order (2006)

How can you arrange a collection of short interactions with strangers in order to reveal something meaningful about life? In 2006, the UK’s Channel 4 commissioned a series of short films from filmmakers Lenka Clayton ...

How the Bronx brought breaking to the world

Breaking began as a mode of self-expression; it was a part of a larger culture that reflected the social, economic, and political conditions of the youth at that time. Now, decades later, as the style and moves of bre...

The most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team

File under practice and team work: Fourteen students from Japan's Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School in Shizuoka Prefecture have set the "unfathomably fast" Guinness World Record for most skips over a single rope...

Andy Knowlton’s Drunken Poets

Andy Knowlton finds reusable materials on the streets of Seoul, Korea, makes little dolls with the pieces, and then puts the dolls back out on the streets with a poem that he’s writte...

Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork in Salem and Sausalito

Are they nests? Cocoons, forts, beehives, ancient huts, forest castles? All of the above and more? From the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, watch how artist Patrick Dougherty planned and built 'What the ...

A million things that make your head spin, a rainbow tape time lapse

A "six-story hurricane of color" ascends up into the atrium of Sydney, Australia's Customs House. The piece, titled A million things that make your head spin, was designed and installed with flagging tape—a weather-re...

Building a traditional Swedish snölykta (snow lantern)

This winter I was in sweden again, and built a traditional swedish "snölykta" (snow lantern) together with my father, trying to build a larger one than we did when I was a child. And we actually managed! (Since usuall...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

A time lapse of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 797

How does one person's actions influence the next person's actions in a shared space? Sol LeWitt's wall drawings explore this intricate visual butterfly effect in the collaborative art entitled Wall Drawing 797, a conc...

Gravity Glue: Balanced rock sculptures by Michael Grab

Michael Grab has been balancing rocks since 2008, and has since gone viral from what seems to be the gravity-defying nature of his balanced stone sculptures. In fact, Grab's meditative art works with gravity by slowly...

The Liebherr T-284 Ultra Class Mining Truck

Either all of these people are quite small or that’s one of the biggest dump trucks in the world. File under: this exists, this is the Liebherr T-284 Ultra Class Mining Truck, 261 tons ...

Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult

NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! How difficult? The Sikorsky Prize from the American Helicopter Society has promised $250,000 to anyone that build’s a human-powered heli...

An origami-inspired model for reconfigurable materials

Metamaterials — materials whose function is determined by structure, not composition — have been designed to bend light and sound, transform from soft to stiff, and even dampen seismic waves from earthquakes. But each...

Boy gets prosthetic hand made by 3-D printer

"When I outgrow a hand, we can easily make a new one," explains 12-year-old Leon McCarthy of his "cyborg" hand. His path into this specialized technology began when his father Paul found a video of 5-year-old Liam Dip...

Water powered hammer (Monjolo) – Primitive Technology

For farmers, millers, engineers, and artisans who live near a river or stream, a monjolo or kara-usu—a water powered hammer—can slowly grind grains into flours or soft stones into powders without repetitive human effo...

Explaining The Tree of Life

Travel millions of years through time with Sir David Attenborough as he explains The Tree of Life. Some background on the metaphor from The New York Times: In his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darw...

Who was the first human? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

The question “Who was the first human?” was a very popular one in our house just last year, but the evolution videos we had in the archives – even the awesome – didn’t answer ...

Evidence of evolution that you can find on your body

Signs of our evolutionary history can be found in the form of vestigial structures on the human body. Watch this Vox video to help identify the evidence of evolution in yours. Some background via Wikipedia: Vestig...

Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructs the face of Homo naledi

Paleoartist John Gurche is known for his award-winning reconstructions of our ancient human ancestors. His process of mixing forensic accuracy with emotional realism has been featured in documentaries by National Geog...

How did feathers evolve? – TED Ed

In this beautifully illustrated lesson from TED Ed, science writer and educator Carl Zimmer explains some answers to the question, How did feathers evolve? From his article in National Geographic: Most of us will n...

Five fingers of evolution – TED Ed

From TEDEd, there is a five finger trick for understanding and remembering the five processes — small population, non-random mating, mutations, gene flow, adaptation — that impact ...

Turning a brick of melted crayons on the lathe

What can you make when you melt 256 crayons? Peter Brown of Shop Time experimented with making a Rainbow Crayon Bud Vase on the lathe. Side effect: Shredded crayon bits everywhere.

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...

How is money printed in the United States? – Reading Rainbow

How is money printed in the United States? Or more specifically, how is 453 million dollars printed in just one day? LeVar Burton visits the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington D.C. in this Reading Rainbow ...

The Swordmaker: A last Japanese swordsmith forges a sword

One of the last remaining Japanese swordsmiths uses all of his skills and knowledge to make Koto, a mythical samurai sword dating back to 794-1333 AD. From Etsy.tv, Korehira Watanabe is The Swordmaker. In the archi...

Incredible Amezaiku candy animal sculptures by Shinri Tezuka

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes... all edible. In the art of Amezaiku (飴細工), artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures. D...

World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition Tong Making Class

Watch what it takes to make a pair of hot fitting tongs — used in horseshoeing — in the limit of 45 minutes at the 2011 World Championship Blacksmiths’ Competition. Watch more metalsmithing videos...

Self-Folding Crawler: A Transformer-style Origami Robot

From flat-packed to self-folding, Harvard graduate student Samuel Felton was inspired by origami when he created a laser-cut robot that could assemble itself and autonomously scurry away. The basic ingredients: two mo...

MorpHex MKIII, the glowing, transforming robot

Glowing with programmed LEDs, rolling around in "spheremode" with twelve synchronized shell sections, and walking as a hexapod robot, this is MorpHex MKIII, the transforming robot, made in 2014 by kinematics expert Kå...

MIT’s electric cheetah-bot runs offleash

Quiet, efficient, and powerful: MIT's robotic cheetah has a "custom-designed, high-torque-density" electric motor, and can run and jump around without being tethered to an external power source. It's also looking ...

Boston Dynamics’ Cheetah Robot

Cheetah Robot is a fast-running quadruped developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA. It just blazed past its previous speed record, getting up to 28.3 mph, about 0.5 mph faster ...

SPARKED – Cirque du Soleil

In Sparked, a late-working electrician finds himself surrounded by the magical glow of flying lampshades. Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology behind ten quadcopter actors, the story was performed live with preci...

Robot – Mysteries of vernacular

Where did the word robot come from? Let’s travel back to 1920, when Czech writer Karel Čapek wrote a sci-fi play about hard-working, human-like machines. Wait, first let’s go back farther: more than 1000 y...

Paul Grundbacher’s wooden marble machines

We love Rube Goldberg machines, marble roller coasters, and all kinds of wooden inventions that are fun to watch or are lovely to listen to.  These seven amazing marble machines by Paul Grundbacher fit perfectly int...

The Dresser – Joseph Herscher

An alarm clock goes off. Dropping it in a glass of water will silence the alarm. The weight of the glass also triggers a machine which helps the user get dressed... Shirt, pants, vest, socks, shoes... and don't fo...

Rube Goldberg Machine Cow

Via PopSci, Let This Rube Goldberg Machine Show You How Cows Eat And Poop. This is Cow by Nova Jiang. Watch more Rube Goldberg machines, kinetic sculptures, and chain reactions.

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...

A Mouth, Arm, and Eye, Rube Goldberg-style – Kuratorium

Commissioned by Kuratorium Aargau (who, I believe, provide grants for work in the visual arts) and directed by Crictor/Rafael Sommerhalder, these three cause-and-effect mini-productions are great little anticipation b...

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine is two suitcases filled with a wonderfully detailed Rube Goldberg Machine, all to put a stamp on a postcard.  Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best – performing a simple ...

Salute the Reuser – Using reusable containers instead of disposables

In the same way that we use reusable metal water bottles and sippy cups for kids on-the-go, the team at Keep Cup is promoting reusable coffee containers for adults on-the-go in this promo vide...

How to fit 4 years of trash into a mason jar, a zero waste experiment

Recycling, carrying reusable bags and coffee cups, buying compostable or metal straws, investing in solar energy... these are just a few of the eco-focused habits that consumers have embraced in recent decades. How di...

Shaggy Lawn Mowers – Paris’ Eco-Friendly Park Lawn Maintenance

Shaggy Lawn Mowers - Paris Tries an Eco-Friendly Way of Maintaining Park Lawns… the New York Times reports on a sustainable idea: Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has made the environment a priority since his election ...

1,000 Indian Runner ducks are a smart alternative to pesticides

Not only are these 1,000 Indian Runner ducks fun to watch as they parade to work at South Africa's Vergenoegd vineyard, but their work -- eating the white dune snails that would otherwise threaten the vines -- is smar...

Inside Montreal’s Zero Waste Urban Greenhouses

Hydroponics, growing plants without dirt, can be an efficient, technology-driven farming system that can deliver fresher, healthier, and less expensive foods to city customers. In this episode of Stereokroma's Où se t...

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California

Goats have an insatiable appetite. Elite goats have an insatiable appetite and are independent, hearty, and trained to clear brush across California's hillsides. Science Friday joins Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4...

When Your Job Is Saving The Ocean | How She Works

On her dive days as a marine biologist for The Bay Foundation, Ariadne Reynolds is usually scuba diving in the Santa Monica Bay for three 1-1.5 hour stretches as she observes urchins and kelp growth, and measures ever...

Underwater Recording of Seal Calls

This clip includes rarely-heard underwater sounds of seals swimming below the ice in Antarctica. From Werner Herzog’s 2007 documentary, Encounters at the End of the World. via Gizmodo. 

What’s an Engineer? + The Engineering Process – Crash Course Kids

In these two Crash Course Kids episodes, Sabrina Cruz explains how engineers design and build things to solve specific problems, like connecting two separate land masses with a bridge, or communicating with people who...

Understanding tether dynamics through kite flying

For Hilary Costello's ongoing Ph.D. research, she can be found inside at a computer, coding and writing equations, and outside flying kites in the wide open spaces of Cambridge University. Her goal: "design an aerodyn...

Siats Meekerorum: The newly-discovered mega-predatory dinosaur

Meet Siats (pronounced SEE-otts) Meekerorum, the first giant mega-predator to be discovered in North America — specifically in the Utah desert — in over 60 years. In this Untamed Science video, we ...

Jane Goodall inspires kids at Berkeley’s Redwood Grove

For anyone who has admiration for trailblazing primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, these highlights of her October 13, 2015 appearance at Berkeley's University of California Botanical Garden will be a ...

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Roboraptors and the Alarm Call Network

What's one way that you might study bird calls and communication, especially around alarm calls? Try revealing a predator in the forest... but not just any kind of predator. A robo-predator. ...the researchers em­...

Beach Creatures: Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests

Theo Jansen makes wind-fueled kinetic sculptures specifically for walking and “surviving” on the beach. He calls them Strandbeests and they are extraordinary. Check out his 2007 TED Talk, which explains mo...

Ride the longest and highest urban cable car in the world.

Take a ride on the longest and highest urban cable car in the world. Located in the Andes Mountains between Bolivia's capital, La Paz, and the highest major metropolis in the world, El Alto, the electric Mi Teleferico...

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos, a pop song cover by String Theory, Columbia University’s premiere cello ensemble. There are more cellos playing in the archives.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

Step inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms, seemingly endless spaces made from mirrors, patterns, darkness, and light. The six rooms were filmed by NPR at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum, wher...

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’

After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 ...

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