Get 7 smart videos delivered to your inbox every week.     

Harvesting cork in rural Spain

At the Las Varas del Zumajo estate in the La Mancha region of Spain, expert axemen carefully harvest the thick exterior bark from cork oak trees. This cork extraction occurs every nine years, in July and August when t...

Dinara Kasko’s incredible edible geometric cakes

Ukrainian pastry artist Dinara Kasko creates incredible-looking edible cakes that are inspired by geometry, architecture, sculpture, and technology. For a 2017 ‘ruby chocolate’ event in Shanghai, she made an 81 piece ...

Fred Harwin hand paints highly detailed prosthetic eyes

Portland, Oregon-based ocularist Fred Harwin makes beautifully detailed artificial eyes, an occupation that requires both medical and illustrative expertise. In this video from Oregon Public Broadcasting, Harwin share...

Ridiculous Tricks You Can Do With a Slinky

They walk downstairs alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound... but there's a lot more you can do with a slinky, the famous helical spring invented in the 1940s. In this video featuring 黃正懷, Kuma Films capture...

A fidget spinner in space

Fidget spinners are everywhere... including the International Space Station. Watch as NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark T. Vande Hei, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and NASA astronaut in training Joseph M. Acaba sp...

The Anomalies: The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name implies, acorn woodpeckers rely heavily on acorns for sustenance. To make sure this seasonal resource remains available throughout the year, the birds build enormous “granaries” by drilling thousands of ...

Building the 7,541-piece LEGO Millennium Falcon, a time lapse

LEGO's Star Wars Millennium Falcon model 75192, a 7,541-piece Ultimate Collector Series set, is not only their "largest and most detailed" Millennium Falcon ever, it's also the largest and most expensive set LEGO has ...

Most Satisfying Video of Pop-Up Cards designed by Peter Dahmen

Germany-based paper engineer Peter Dahmen designs and builds intricate paper structures and pop-up cards. Titled Most Satisfying Video of Pop-Up Cards, the video above showcases how Dahmen's personal and commercial wo...

How pinball machines are made from start to finish at Stern Pinball

The A.V. Club took a trip to Chicagoland’s Stern Pinball, the “oldest and largest designer and manufacturer of arcade-quality pinball games on the planet,” according to its website. In the video above, we follow the p...

The Challenge of a Straight Line and ‘Making Art Concrete’ – Getty Museum

How might you paint a perfectly sharp and clean straight line without blobs of paint or an unsteady hand creating a visually uneven edge? In concert with the Getty Museum's exhibition “Making Art Concrete: Works f...

The Chandelier Tree – Silver Lake’s twinkling neighborhood gem

Over the course of six years, Adam Tenenbaum turned his Silver Lake, California front yard tree into one that was filled with the warm light of 30 vintage chandeliers. In this short, filmmaker Colin Kennedy...

Yayoi Kusama’s Obliteration Room – TateShots

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room is one of the more visually memorable collaborative museum projects in recent memory. Within it, children are invited to cover the white surfaces with dot stickers -- from the walls, t...

Eske Rex: Pendulum-Powered Drawing Machine

Eske Rex’s Pendulum-Powered Drawing Machine immediately came to mind when I first saw Robert Howsare’s Drawing Apparatus. They both play off of the old spirograph-ish connection, howeve...

Machining a cube in a cube in a cube from a single metal block

This three-layered cube – a cube in a cube in a cube – was made from a single block of metal. It was machined with precision on a metal lathe and a drill by YouTuber Инженер BrunS, an experienced hobbyist. The cubes c...

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...

How does a tunnel boring machine work?

How are new subway tunnels constructed underneath a busy city like Barcelona, Spain? This promotional animation demonstrates how a tunnel boring machine—specifically a Herrenknecht TBM with an Earth Pressure Balance S...

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...

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics

How Mendel’s pea plants helped us understand genetics. Also explained in a single vintage illustration. Complement with why we are all related. From TED-Ed. via explore-blog.

The Guillemot egg, an egg that saves its own life

Guillemots are sea birds that reside in crowded colonies on rocky cliff sides. When they breed, they produce one conical egg which incubates for around 30 days on the precarious cliffside... but guillemots don't make ...

Making apple cider – Sesame Street

Another classic from Sesame Street: Making apple cider. — ‘Tis the season! Want to pick your own apples, too? Visit PickYourOwn.org to find an orchard in your area. Watc...

How to make a Moser Lamp: 60 watts of free, natural light

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle with water and two capfuls of bleach, then make a hole in the roof and secure it wi...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

Robot riding a bicycle

The problem with showing young kids some of these videos is that they might not realize how INSANE these sights actually are. They often just take it in stride as neat! But yikes, it’s a robot riding a bicycle....

Octopus, elephant, & human arm robot assistants from Festo

Inspired by an octopus tentacle, this OctopusGripper bionic arm can grab and hold a variety of round objects, both taking and passing it back to a human counterpart. It was designed and built by Festo's Bionic Learnin...

ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, a hardware ...

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...

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

Behold the 'Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine', a delightful Rube Goldberg-style contraption by inventor and retired airline pilot Peter Browne. Along with his friend Mervyn Huggett, Browne spent 1,000 hours over the c...

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...

The Landfill – Different kinds of trash as harvestable resources

The Landfill is a three minute film by documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit and director Jessica Edwards about how our different kinds of trash can be used as harvestable resources. The Unite...

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 ...

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards

Barn owls have long been one of the secrets to Napa Valley’s world-class wines. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls—nature’s best pest control—to ensure that the best grapes make...

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...

Two weeks under the sea at Aquarius Reef Base

Travel down to Aquarius Reef Base, the only underwater research lab on the sea floor, with Mission 31 aquanaut and scientist Liz Bentley Magee. In this NOVA PBS video, she explains what it's like to live in this incre...

The Four Spheres (Geo, Bio, Hydro, & Atmo) with Crash Course Kids

The ground or geo-sphere, water or hydro-sphere, air or atmo-sphere, and life or bio-sphere: Earth and everything on it can be organized into these four distinct yet interconnected subsystems. Knowing more about each ...


 

And in case you missed it...

How Bees See the Invisible – It’s Okay to Be Smart

From It’s Okay to Be Smart and PBS Digital Studios, Dr. Joe Hanson explains mutualism and How Bees See the Invisible. There is more buzzing in the archives. 

Magnet-connected pyramids that transform into different shapes

Hypercubes are geometric art toys made by Andreas Markus Hoenigschmid. Their shapes can be reconfigured from a single cube or brought together with other cubes to build larger structures. From Hoenigschmid's site: ...

Venus flytraps count to avoid being tricked

If you're a venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), how do you know you've got a fly in your midst and not a raindrop? You count. Via ScienceMag: In order to mimic insect prey, the scientists stimulated the hairlike sen...

Get the week's 7 most-watched smart videos delivered.

 

Subscribe