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Gokurōsama

It's morning time and the Japanese supermall is preparing to open for business. Two women in a food shop are getting ready, too, until the older woman's back goes out. How will her young assistant help her visit the c...

Ernesto Neto’s GaiaMotherTree

Like a loosely-knit sweater, a spider-woven quilt, or a mammoth storybook tree, these hand-knotted, naturally-dyed cotton strips stretch up to the ceiling to create a giant sculpture and an intimate room. Brazilian ar...

The Cyclo Knitter, a bicycling machine that knits scarves in 5 minutes

Imagine it's the midst of winter. You are cold and bored waiting for your train at the station. This pedal powered machine gets you warm by moving, you are making something while you wait and in the end you are left w...

You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats – Deep Look

Acorn Woodpeckers eat insects, delicious sap, oak flowers full of pollen... and yes, acorns. They stock up on these bitter but dependable nuts from coast live oaks and California black oaks, storing them in tree trunk...

Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA at Suwon IPark Museum of Art

Karina Smigla-Bobinski's helium-filled ADA, an interactive kinetic installation, has 300 sticks of charcoal across its transparent surface. The white room that surrounds it is the canvas. See how the walls gather blac...

Meet the robot workers at Amazon

In this facility in Boston, Massachusetts, small orange Amazon robots are built, tested, and autonomously driven onto shipping pallets for transport to Amazon fulfillment centers around the country. It's a 'nursery' f...

Fløjteløs / Whistleless by Siri Melchior

A little bird is having a hard time learning how to whistle. But the other birds can whistle! And so can the train. And the people in the city. And the animals in the zoo. And the police officer directing traffic. How...

Elizabeth Magie and the history of the board game Monopoly

In Monopoly, you try to buy land, build properties, and get rich while bankrupting your opponents. It's a classic American game with many popular versions... including an original version that was created to teach peo...

Why do we confuse weather and climate?

Weather and climate are not the same things, yet we might get confused between the two. What is weather and what is climate? And how is climate like the game Plinko? In this episode of PBS Digital Studio's Hot Mes...

How long have we known about climate change?

What is climate change, how long have we known about it, what will its effects be, and what can we do to help solve it? Hot Mess is a new PBS Digital Studios YouTube series from hosts Miriam Nielsen, Talia Buford, and...

Attempting to create the world’s largest ice carousel

Cut a very large circle into a frozen lake and you may be able to get the ice to spin. It's called an ice carousel, and on April 7, 2018, around 100 people in Sinclair, Maine created a massive one over Long Lake. They...

North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum

In the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum is attracting visitors from near and far. In the video above, UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend shows off the 31 restored wind-po...

Koi are unusual kitchen helpers in the kabata of Harie, Japan

For over 300 years, the village of Harie (針江) in Japan has thrived on its interconnected system of mountains, canals, streams, rice fields, spring water, and kabata, small separate rooms that are used as a kitchen s...

What is public life?

In parks, at bus stops, on the sidewalk, in playgrounds, in street and farmers markets: These are just some of the public spaces where we can participate in our city's diverse and thriving public life, where people fr...

Transforming Human Poop Into Eco-Friendly Fertilizer

Everyone poops. But not everyone around the globe has access to a clean toilet. Some communities in Haiti have set up a clean and healthy sanitation system that can also provide a homegrown resource for boosting food ...

Gardening & the science of food – PBS Kids’ What’s Good

How can science help grow better food, stronger communities, and smarter economies? Dr. Pancho McFarland, Chicago State University professor and food justice activist, is working with local neighborhoods to grow food....

Moko Jumbie On 9-Foot Stilts & J.B.-style Skating – Dance in the Real World

Stilt-walking high above the street in Trinidad, Jonadiah Gonzales makes moko jumbie moves look easy. The feats come from practice. He and fellow dancers Adrian Young and Stephanie Kanhai teach and perform their Carni...

This festive robotic glockenspiel plays Christmas songs on demand

Listen to 'Deck the Halls' play on a homemade, Twitter-connected robotic glockenspiel with Raspberry Pi brains. The interactive instrument, located in a Northumbria University office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, i...

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