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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...

How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning

Termites, prairie dogs, and people are all great builders, each in their own way. We all share one crucial problem: Put a bunch of us in a closed space, breathing oxygen in, breathing CO2 out... it doesn't end well. ...

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...

Sara Berman’s Closet

"And here we are, in the midst of elaborate trappings, of elaborate lives: An illumination of how important a modest life can be. This closet, all lined up with military precision and loving care, represents the unend...

The jazz of a helium ball & charcoal – Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA

A transparent plastic ball filled with helium floats in an all white room. Attached are 300 charcoal sticks that make the ball look a bit like a flu germ, a "a post-industrial creature" that awaits interaction with an...

Control, No Control at Igloofest 2012

Control, No Control, an interactive light installation created by Iregular and shown at Igloofest 2012, an outdoor electronic music festival in Montréal during wintertime. Brrrr. via @itscol...

Sync by Max Hattler

Sync, “a circular looping animation projection installation.” Some really beautiful patterns, great sound design, and probable dizziness.  Via The Curious Brain. 

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 ...

Jim Campbell on the genesis of Exploded Views at SFMOMA

Artist Jim Campbell describes the process behind his SFMOMA-commissioned work titled Exploded Views, a 2,880 LED installation in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's atrium in November 2011. From the artist's site...

The ORBIS FLY kinetic light system at the Leningrad Center

On a grid of nearly-invisible wires, 1,089 LED-lit orbs become a massive kinetic chandelier at 10 meters (32.8 feet) high. Each orb changes its color and position according to its programming to compose fluid, angular...

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...

Exploring the surface of a comet or asteroid with Hedgehog

When you're exploring a comet or asteroid, you've got to contend with a microgravity environment and some seriously rugged terrain, two huge challenges for a traditional rover. Enter Hedgehog, a jump, spin, and tumble...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

Poet on the Shore by Yuxi Liu

An autonomous robot rolls across the beach. Though it might stop moving, its sensors haven't stopped taking in information about its surrounding environment: the waves, the wind, the sounds of people and animals both ...

Two turbines and a rope: Waves by Daniel Palacios

Waves by Daniel Palacios is a great example of where art and science can come together in a way that makes a huge impression. Made of two turbines and a piece of rope, the kinetic sculpture not only visual...

Jason vs The Ultimate LEGO Machine

A useless machine is a box that performs a useless task. They usually turn themselves off, (but are completely useful for learning how to build and program them). Here’s a great example: ...

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...

Thailand’s Moken people have incredibly clear underwater vision

In this extraordinary adaptation strategy, Thailand’s Moken sea gypsies can see twice as clearly underwater by controlling the size of their pupils. What was generally considered an automatic reflex for the res...

The world’s largest collection of whale bones

The world's largest collection of whale bones—sperm whale, gray whale, massive blue whales—and a bunch of ancient whale fossils from extinct species are stored in this warehouse in Maryland. It's a whale bone warehous...

Why Warm Blood is Better Than Cold – Rise of the Mammals

What does a tiny Hadrocodium wui fossil tell us about the evolutionary advantages that mammals were developing before the Cretaceous–Paleogene mass extinction event that finished off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago...

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...

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...

How Do They Put the Centers in Chocolates?

From the National Film Board of Canada, a classic wordless short film from 1997: How Do They Put the Centers in Chocolates? File under chocolate, factory, NFB, and how things are made. In the archives: How Do They ...

Time lapse of the Life Cycle of the Silkworm

Meet the Bombyx Mori in its caterpillar, larva or “worm” state — silkworm to be specific (though it’s not a worm at all). There’s an entire series of videos online...

Staffed by robots alone – The Henn-na Hotel in Japan

In Sasebo, Nagasaki in Japan, the Henn-na Hotel is using advanced robotics and environmentally friendly technologies to create an "efficient" hotel experience. Henn-na means 'strange', which may apply to the velocirap...

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...

Stonehenge: Moving Massive Blocks Using Simple Engineering

Have the kids seen W.T. “Wally” Wallington yet? He’s a retired carpenter who believes he knows how Stonehenge was built. With 35 years experience in construction under his ...

Pliers – How It’s Made

Pliers! A How It’s Made minisode from the Science Channel.  There are, by the way, a crazy amount of videos about how things are made in the archives.

Boomer the Toy Dinosaur

Meet Boomer, an extraordinary little robot dinosaur by toy inventor NeverBen. Boomer is currently a toy prototype that's slated for production in 2014, and his personality-filled training video, above, has gone viral....

A robot vehicle that drives on walls using propellers

Drive on the ground, drive on the wall, maybe, just maybe, drive on the ceiling. The result of a collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH Zurich, VertiGo is a four wheel vehicle that appears to defy gravi...

Automated Cake Icing and Decorating Machines

Cake-decorating robots! We generally prefer the whimsy and unique details that happen when humans decorate cakes, but this cake finishing equipment from food service manufacturing company Unifiller is interesting to w...

Robotic Loop: Train vs. Robot

Mechanical engineering student Christian Schürch programmed a FANUC M-2iA/3S robot to assemble and disassemble two tracks for a traveling toy train. Schürch constructed gripper fingers for the school project, as well....

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

Stanford’s µTug microrobots can pull a car

Watch six of Stanford's µTug (MicroTug) robots pulling an unmodified 3,900lb (1,800kg) car thanks to special directional adhesive "shoes" and "a very long, very slow, but very steady winching gate." The six microTugs ...

Magnets & Marbles, Kaplamino’s Pitagora-style chain reactions

Kapla blocks, marbles, steel ball bearings, a few dominos, sticks, and magnetic neocubes or buckyballs power this incredible series of elegant and surprising Rube Goldberg or Pitagora-style chain reactions. An instant...

Great Ball Contraption (GBC) at Japan Brickfest 2016

Featured at Japan's Brickfest 2016, this Great Ball Contraption is made of 20 modules created by four designers: 3 modules from Finn, 2 from Toise, 1 from Y. Kuramata, and 14 modules from Akiyuki, who is famous for cr...

A-Trak & Tommy Trash’s Tuna Melt

Toast slices as dominoes? Yes, please. This domino-driven Rube Goldberg-esque video may not be all in one shot — and maybe some of it is helped with some digital post-production? I’m looking at you, parach...

Science Extras from Jiwi’s (Rube Goldberg) Machines

A YouTube series that hearkens back to characters and situations from old silent films, Jiwi's Machines mixes a love for Rube Goldberg Machines with an ode to comedy greats like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. T...

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...

Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Coffee Lids, Explored

Why are there so many variations on the design of the plastic coffee lid? How many different kinds have you seen or used? Architect and NYU professor Louise Harpman, with her business partner Scott Specht, have amasse...

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...

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 ...

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...

How to use a paper towel – Portland TEDx

At a Portland TEDx event, Oregonian Joe Smith demonstrates how to use a paper towel, and moreover, demonstrates how easy it is to be mindful. Everyone should see this! via Kottke.

Love Food Hate Waste – Solutions for reducing food waste

This video from UK-based Love Food Hate Waste, directed by Wes West, is one in a very useful educational series about how to reduce food waste in your home. Did you know that you could put a w...

Inside the Meteorite Clean Room at the Smithsonian

Meteorites are the chunks of meteors that have hurtled through Earth’s atmosphere and landed/crashed on the ground. There are three types of meteorites: stone, iron and stony-iron, and once they’re in s...

Dietary Detective & Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...

How to make a Crazy Pool Vortex – Physics Girl

Have a plate, a pool, and some food coloring? In this experiment, Physics Girl Dianna Cowern makes strange black circles form by briefly dragging a plate through the pool. On a sunny day in still water, those black ci...

France A. Córdova – Nautilus’ Spark of Science

France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her h...

Fossil Sharks – The Brain Scoop

The Megalodon Shark and Helicoprion: two mysterious, extinct sharks that have left fossilized clues of their existence in the form of their teeth (and some vertebrae). Get a close look at the largest shark tooth and a...

Discovering A Second Species of Giant Manta Ray

Beautiful footage of giant manta rays in Mozambique, including an interview with conservation biologist Dr. Andrea Marshall, who has lived there since 2003.  Andrea’s world-leading manta ray research p...

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A submarine team discovers thousands of swarming red crabs

This spectacular swarm of red crabs was discovered in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. From whoi.edu: Jesús Pineda, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanog...

Installing massive statues with engineering and care at the Met

How do you move and install a three ton statue circa 170 BC? How do you move and install a ten ton statue? In these behind-the-scenes time lapse video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, we get to se...

Anatomy of Preservation: From a Specimen to an Object of Study

How do zoologists learn about the anatomy of different animals? And how do they display these specimens in the museums for us to observe and learn from? Watch the detailed deconstruction and reconstruction of a Jamaic...

Changing a light bulb at the top of a 1500 foot TV tower

Another day at work: climbing 1500 feet (457 meters) high over the South Dakota plains while being filmed by a quadcopter. Tower climber Kevin Schmidt shows us what it takes to change a lightbulb on the top of a telev...

Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10

Turn your smartphone into a digital microscope for around $10:  This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. With magnification levels as hig...

How zip codes helped organize America

The 'zip' in zip code stands for The Zone Improvement Plan, an address code system that was invented in 1963 to help the United States Postal Service (USPS) deliver the increasing amount of mail being sent around the ...

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