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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...

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...

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. 

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...

Motoi Yamamoto’s intricate, temporary salt installations

Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates intricate temporary installations using salt — an essential material for both the human body and the ocean. He pours the tiny grains into images that look very different fa...

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...

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...

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...

A waterless & chemical-free sound wave fire extinguisher

Using low-frequency sound waves to put out flames, this experimental fire extinguisher is the work of George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson. Watch as they Pump Up the Bass to Douse a...

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...

Todd McLellan: Disassembled / Things Come Apart

Photographer Todd McLellan has been on my mind ever since I saw this post on making an Inventor’s Box: a collection of tools and second-hand electronics for kids to disassemble, organiz...

The Art of Cricket Bat Making: A factory tour

Quality wood, a few craftsman with serious skills, computer assisted design, and large machines in factories! Take a factory tour with player Graeme Swann in The Art of Bat Making... cricket bat making! Related vid...

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: ...

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

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...

Evolution – Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark File under: dogs and communication.

Are We Really 99% Chimp? – Minute Earth

When researchers decoded the chimpanzee genome in 2005, they explained that we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees... but what does that specifically mean? This episode of MinuteEarth illustrates how that one percen...

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 ...

Emoji Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Have you ever found an idea in science to be confusing and said, "I wish I had some emoji around to help make this information more clear." Well, look no further because Bill Nye the Science Guy has teamed up with GE ...

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...

Landfill Harmonic: A youth orchestra of upcycled instruments

Cateura, Paraguay’s residents live on top of a landfill that gets 1,500 tons of solid waste each day, exposing the impoverished communities to unhealthy conditions. Most of the town works in the dump as recyc...

Suckers for Sap – Science Friday

Maple trees + good timing + basic chemistry = maple syrup. But Science Friday takes us behind the scenes of maple syrup research to show that there’s much more to it than that. While the tr...

How It’s Made: Bike Chains

How bike chains are made, from the show How It’s Made. I can’t remember how we happened upon this video, but the kid loves it… all of those little shiny pieces so easily found in action out in the w...

Experimental animation meets pottery – A zoetrope bowl

Mixing pottery with zoetropes sounds like just our thing: Experimental animation meets pottery is a short film by Jim Le Fevre, Mike Paterson, and RAMP ceramics' Roop and Alice Johnstone, commissio...

Kintsugi & kintsukuroi – The art of pottery mending with gold

The 400+ year old Japanese art of kintsugi (golden repair) or kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is a pottery repair method that honors the artifact's unique history by emphasizing, not hiding, the break. An art form born f...

Madeline the Robot Tamer

Allowing people to easily direct industrial robot actions through human movement, researcher, designer, and educator Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based communication software, Quipt, as an artist-in-residence a...

Stanford’s MicroTug robot can pull 2,000x its weight on glass

Inspired by the incredible sticking power in ant feet and gecko toes, researchers at Stanford's Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab have developed directional adhesives that help this 12-gram µTug (MicroTug) rob...

Testing a Space Rover Under Alaskan Ice

Someday it may be possible to explore below the icy surface of Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, Europa, and if this happens, it could be done with a technological descendant of this robotic rover: NASA JPL's Buoyant Rove...

Modular, self-assembling robots from EPFL and MIT

"Furniture that changes functionality completely depending on the needs of the person..." Like life-size LEGO pieces, these robot modules can gyrate and reconfigure in order to create furniture or move furniture in an...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Thoughts

When Cathy Hutchinson controlled a robotic arm using a small sensor planted in her brain, it was a remarkable breakthrough in neurobiology and computer science. The sensor would recognize patterns or signals from her ...

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 ...

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...

The LEGO Great Ball Contraption: 17 different modules of incredible

This LEGO machine, or LEGO Great Ball Contraption, is 17 different modules of incredible. Transporting 500 mini soccer and basketballs over 101.7 feet (31 meters), this hypnotic project was created in two years from ...

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Here’s a perception-bending video from 2012 by Rube Goldberg machine specialists 2D House: Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg. How do you think they do it? There are always more Rube Goldber...

Power of Optics: A light-powered Rube Goldberg machine

In this commercial for au Hikari, one of Japan’s high-speed optical internet service providers, a Rube Goldberg machine is "powered" by a single beam of light that travels via mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflecti...

Sketchbook Machines by Maarten Koopman

Sketchbook Machines, all very Rube Goldberg in nature, animated by filmmaker Maarten Koopman, featured previously. Related videos include machines and Rube Goldberg machines.

Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure – Pitagora Suitchi

Biisuke is a little red ball who must go on a big adventure to save his brothers Biita and Biigoro after they're imprisoned in the high tower of a Rube Goldberg Machine. "Here we go, Biisuke Ball, sneaking into the en...

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...

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...

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...

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Who might you find drinking from a water bucket in the desert heat of southwest Texas? John Wells of The Field Lab, an experiment in sustainable off-the-grid living, found bees, birds, chickens, and other animal faces...

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 ...

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 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...

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 ...

What’s the difference between horns and antlers?

What’s the difference between horns and antlers? The Brain Scoop's Emily Graslie explains.

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 ...

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...

Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek meets a family of mountain gorillas

Join Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek as she treks into northwest Rwanda to meet a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas for the first time. This was filmed for the BBC nature documentary se...

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How volunteers hand-raised an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat

Lil’ Drac is an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat. This video tells the story of how volunteers at Bat World Sanctuary in Mineral Wells, Texas hand-raised Lil’ Drac from a baby to a ...

Colorscope, an exploration of color across cultures

How do different cultures perceive and use color? Colorscope touches upon those perceptions and uses throughout history in this series of videos from CNN Creative, written and narrated by British art historian and bro...

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust: Kinango’s Story

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya is a small charity that works for the conservation of elephants . The Trust specializes in taking care of the babies that are orphaned through poaching.  This is the story of Kin...

Drum from a barrel, a classic from Sesame Street

Classic Sesame Street time! Kids get help making drum from a barrel against the backdrop of New York City in the early 80s. The video doesn’t dive deep into it, but there’s even more detail in just ho...

Pacific Light: Water, ink, oil, and soap form a tiny universe of color

Pacific Light, a mix of water, ink, oil, and soap, filmed and edited by Russian designer Ruslan Khasanov, who works on side projects that experiment with physics and design.

What happens when you send an email – The Story of Send

Google’s The Story of Send visualizes how an email journeys through their data centers to reach its final destination, all while promoting the energy efficiency of their custom-built ser...

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