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The evolution of the book

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions...

M-O-D-U-S in V-E-N-I-C-E, a tour of the city of canals

Take a frenetic tour of Venice, Italy, from the gondolas and boats moving from dock to dock, to the buildings that line the city's iconic canals, to the crowds of tourists in the streets and public squares, as well as...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

Six Forgotten Giants, Copenhagen’s hidden scrap wood sculptures

Hidden in western Copenhagen's forests and open fields are six friendly wooden giants. They were created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo and built from recycled scrap wood by local volunteers. Described as "an open air ...

Relighting “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” by Georges Seurat

French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat is well-known for his pointillism technique and for his depictions of life in the late 1800s. In observing his painting Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), we see these...

Genevieve von Petzinger & the invention of graphics on cave walls

Northern Spain's Cueva de El Castillo and Cueva de La Pasiega both contain incredible specimens of Franco-Cantabrian cave art, paintings and engravings in Cantabria province and southwestern France. El Castillo cave i...

Measuring the Berlin TV Tower with a ruler

Can you calculate how tall a building or monument is by using a ruler and the scale on a map? Mathematician Matt Parker attempts this ambitious math feat during his trip to the German capital. The structure he's aimin...

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...

A record-breaking firework ball explodes over Zurrieq, Malta

A record-breaking petard, known as the 'ballun tal-blalen', was exploded over the southern village... The 260kg petard was 2.97 metres wide and was created by Manwel Gauci from the Santa Katarina V.M. fireworks club o...

Behold the Human Towers of Catalonia

From Great Big Story, a very tall story — 9 to 10 tiers and nearly 15.4 meters or 50 feet high — from Tarragona, Spain where thousands of people gather for an incredible contest of strength, focus, and teamwork. Behol...

Why the metric system matters

The United States is one of three countries in the world that has not adopted the metric system, and that may fall to two if Burma embraces metrication. How did inches, feet, pounds, gallons, and other familiar United...

The Floating Piers by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Fly high above Italy's Lake Iseo for the opening day of Christo & Jeanne-Claude's The Floating Piers installation. On June 18th, 2016, tourists and locals walked across 7,503 deep saffron-colored panels that wrap arou...

Over 600 ships arriving at the Port of Amsterdam

In August of 2015, over 600 ships -- "from 19th century Dutch vessels to the largest sailing wooden ship" to rowboats, motorboats, tugboats, ferries, and more -- sailed through the North Sea Canal and the Port of Amst...

The Story of Zero – Getting Something from Nothing

Once upon a time, zero wasn’t really a number. Its journey to the fully fledged number we know and love today was a meandering one. Today, zero is both a placeholder, and tool, within our number system signifying an a...

Hop aboard this driverless bus in Trikala, Greece

Driverless public transportation may not be seen first in Google's home of Mountain View, California, or in London where rapid transit first began. Cities like Lausanne, Switzerland and Zhengzhou, China are already te...

In Bavaria, Krampus Catches the Naughty

Long before parents relied on the powers of Santa Claus to monitor their children’s behavior, their counterparts in Alpine villages called on a shaggy-furred, horned creature with a fistful of bound twigs to send the ...

The Journey of Vanilla – From Plant to Extract

Mix 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into the cookie dough, order Vanilla Caramel Fudge at the ice cream shop, or take a closer look at some vanilla beans at the store. What is vanilla and where does it come from? This...

What Happens to Your Checked Luggage at the Airport

Ride the luggage roller coaster at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in this behind-the-scenes glimpse at where your bag goes after you check it in at the counter. This POV video footage from a luggage-mounted camera illum...

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