This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes air while not being in the water. Watch this amazing clip from the David Attenborough-narrated BBC Life series, episode 04: Fish.
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From Shawn James Seymour and Yoshimi Tomida of Lullatone, enjoy Experiments Around the House (2011), featuring a song from their album Elevator Music. Related listening: Lullatone’s huge catalog of music for all ages.
In the archives: Shawn explains how to make a paper roll xylophone (in Japanese!), and 20 minutes of Pitagora Suitchi’s Rube Goldberg Machines.
Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds in years past, but the video source disappeared. We watched it again when it reappeared on Metafilter. Gotta love the lab coats, white gloves, and the surprising last jump.
So which of these six tires would you guess makes the biggest jump? And why?
We love Rube Goldberg machines, and have posted about these short films from Japan’s NHK educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch) before, so it’s no surprise that this 20 minute video collection of their Pitagora devices had the kids completely thrilled and mesmerized. The kinetic chain reactions were designed by a team from Keio University’s Masahiko Sato Laboratory. Watch them online while you can!
Related great fun: Joseph Herscher’s The Page Turner.
Made as a commercial for Japanese tissue paper company Nepia, watch Yuki Ariga’s Tissue Paper Animals.