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Eclipses Throughout Our Universe – Out There

An exercise in cosmic geometry. A reminder that we live on one sphere among many, all moving to the laws of Kepler, Newton and Einstein. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted, so the shadow of the new m...

The rise and fall of the Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, construction workers began tearing up streets and erecting barriers in Berlin. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines: the Berlin Wall. Construction contin...

How to draw a floating / levitating cube

Amaze friends and family with your version of this anamorphic optical illusion: a floating/levitating cube. Though it may take some practice to get the proportions and shading right, this 3D quick trick tutorial by ar...

Why Is The Very Hungry Caterpillar So Dang Hungry?

Monarchs are ravenous for milkweed. California pipevine swallowtail caterpillars want lots of pipevine. Why are these very hungry caterpillars so hungry? “Caterpillars have to store up incredible reserves of prote...

How to watch a total or partial solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, sky gazers can witness a total or partial solar eclipse—weather-permitting and depending on their location on the planet—as it traverses North America. There's been a lot of excitement in...

Dominoes and Fire

This friction and flame-filled domino video incorporates a series of tiny fire tricks into the chain reactions with the help of some matches, rubber bands, candles, sparklers, and strings. It was also both screenlinke...

What counts as a mountain?

Mountains: super tall, rocky landforms that rise high above the surrounding environment, much higher than hills. We might draw one as a single peak like Mount Fuji, or as a zig zag line of peaks representing a mountai...

Humphry Davy’s Potassium Volcano

Humphry Davy is one of the best know men of science of the nineteenth century. He isolated nine different chemical elements, was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide and invented the miner's safety lamp known as t...

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 ...

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind r.c. Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. Created from steel, metal pull-strings, and 5,000+ light bulbs (both illuminated and burnt out) CLOUD asks th...

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...

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...

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

For the last month, the kids have been super into Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. On display until June 9, the Dutch artist’s six-story tall duck has previously...

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...

The Floating Water Bridge Demo

The Floating Water Bridge, a demonstration by Dr. Elmar C. Fuchs. Two beakers are filled with triply deionized water. Electrodes are added to each, exposing the water to high d.c. voltage. A cylindrical water bridge f...

Mr. Trash Wheel, Baltimore’s Trash-Collecting Water Wheel

River cleanup in Baltimore has gotten easier (and more fun to watch) with the construction of the Healthy Harbor initiative's Water Wheel. Designed by John Kellett and Daniel Chase, the solar and water-powered trash c...

How do you turn rubbish into energy?

BBC News: How do you turn rubbish into energy? Find out how the largest energy recovery facility in Oslo, Norway processes waste and converts it into approximately half of the city’s energy. The integrated waste...

What’s inside a tape measure?

It's useful for measuring, fun to extend out as far as possible, and when its rocker is unlocked, the long metal measuring blade snaps quickly back inside of its shell. But how? What's inside a tape measure? In th...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon with his 2 meter wide, jet-propelled, wearable wing. Update: You’ll also find Rossy on the cover of this month’s National Geographic: Inventors continue to ...

The Amazing Shapes of Ammonites

Now extinct, ammonites are abundant, prehistoric sea molluscs that first appeared in the fossil record around 240 million years ago. The images of ammonites that we often see in museums and books are planispiral-shape...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 to make a rolled Japanese omelette

How to make a rolled Japanese omelette, Dashimaki Tamago, with a square frying pan. In related news, my kids want a square frying pan. In the archives: more eggs. via swissmiss.

How are shipping containers made?

We've seen them traveling on trains and stacked high on ships, but where do shipping containers come from? How are they made? To answer that question, moving and storage company BigSteelBox filmed this HD promotional ...

How are Japanese Kokeshi Dolls made?

Handmade from wood, traditional Japanese Kokeshi dolls are carved and painted by artisans in this rhythmic video by JapanStoreTV: Kokeshi Dolls originated in North-East Japan as wooden toys for children. They beg...

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...

Edwardian Farm: Making rope from sisel fiber

In the BBC series Edwardian Farm, archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn and historian Ruth Goodman work on a British farm for an entire year in the manner that it would have been run d...

Beautiful masonry – A demonstration of brick laying

Behold a brick layer with some serious skills. Has masonry every looked so smooth or peaceful as this?  Watch more construction videos and a few videos with bricks. via Neatorama.

The incredible jumping Sand Flea robot by Boston Dynamics

The kid and I both exclaimed WHOA at the same time when we saw this jumping Sand Flea robot make its second jump. From Boston Dynamics:  Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sl...

PhantomX Hexapod by Kåre Halvorsen

Oh, the pitter patter of little feet… all kinds of feet! Watch this smooth-moving, life-like PhantomX Hexapod robot, invented (and recorded) by kinematics expert Kåre Halvorsen, as his ...

The cheetah-cub robot

Small, light, and quick, the cheetah-cub robot is a robust little experiment in robotics and biomechanics from EPFL, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. Fr...

Sticky Actuator: Inflatable stick-on “pouch motors”

Here's an excellent idea for your DIY projects: Make sticky actuators! These particular actuators -- motors that convert energy into motion -- are small, inflatable pouches that are custom-printed in thermoplastic...

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...

The next generation of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot

If you happen to meet a seemingly delightful, untethered robot who is casually rearranging 10 lb boxes in a warehouse space, please don't push it with a hockey stick or knock it over unkindly. This video is only a dem...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

My kid loved watching this kid and his Rube Goldberg monster trap machine. Audri is seven years old and has been making Rube Goldberg machines since he was five. He’s inspired by 

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 ...

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...

Brooklyn’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

An organic, 6,000 square foot green roof in Brooklyn: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is the nation's first commercial green roof vegetable farm with benefits that include fresh organic food with a super low carbon footprin...

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.

In.gredients: Austin’s Package-Free Grocery Store

In.gredients is a new package-free grocery store that is opening in Austin, Texas in the Summer of 2012. Its mission as the US’s first zero-waste, package-free grocery store will support...

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...

Do Cities Need More Green Roofs?

Green roofs or living roofs are different types of gardens that are created on the tops of buildings to help manage stormwater, improve air quality, help cool city temperatures, insulate the building, create park spac...

The Leaf Color Chromatography Experiment

Why to some leaves change color in the fall? This experiment, Leaf Color Chromatography with Bite Sci-zed’s Alex Dainis, is the perfect autumn weekend project to learn about chlorophyll, carotenoids, xanthophylls, an...

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 ...

Catching butterflies with the longest butterfly net in the world

Travel into the rainforest of Pimpilala, Ecuador with conservation educator and naturalist Phil Torres as he looks for butterflies with Dr. Susan Finkbeiner. As an entomologist and evolutionary biologist, she uses the...

Deep in the caves with Homo Naledi & the Rising Star Expedition

More than 1,500 individual bones and teeth of at least 15 skeletons of Homo naledi were excavated by an all-woman "underground astronaut" team during the 2013/14 Rising Star Expedition. Homo naledi is a new species in...

Monkey Monitor: Smithsonian Scientist Meg Crofoot

Meet Meg Crofoot, a primate researcher on Barro Colorado Island at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Meg studies intergroup competition in white‐faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)...

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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Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

Kawah Ijen volcano & The Mystery of the Blue Flames

Nature photographer Olivier Grunewald and cameraman Régis Etienne first traveled to East Java's 8,660 foot tall (2,600 meter) Ijen volcano in 2008, returning several times to capture Le Mystère des Flammes Bleues, th...

Slingshots of the Oceanic

There are many ways of moving through the Universe – of traveling from one point to another over great, even extraordinary distances. There is also a way of using the world for your own ends: taking advantage of slope...

What is Symmetry in Physics?

Symmetry is vital to understanding and predicting how our universe works. The relationship between symmetry and the mechanics of the universe is fundamental to physics. From Noether’s theorem to the new and exciting w...

Spectroscopy of Stars – Wonders of the Universe

Understand what the universe is made of by looking at the light of its stars. In this clip from Wonders of the Universe – Stardust, Professor Brian Cox demonstrates how chemical elements emit a unique set of colors wh...

The Bat Emergence at Bracken Cave in the Texas Hill Country

Watch an estimated 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats (tadarida brasiliensis) swirl up, up, and out of Bracken Bat Cave in this comprehensive report by Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. We also get a peek inside t...

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