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Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

The Big Cloth (An Clò-Mòr): Weaving Harris Tweed

On the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, over 170 freelance weavers weave Harris Tweed. It's the only cloth protected by an Act of Parliament, the Harris Tweed Act 1993, which states that to ...

How to Understand Power – TED Ed

Every day, we move and operate within systems of power that other people have constructed. But we’re often uncomfortable talking about power. Why? Eric Liu describes the six sources of power and explains how understan...

How are streets, roads, and avenues different?

A road, a street, an avenue, a boulevard, a drive, a parkway, a beltway... and that just gets us started! What's the difference between each of these thoroughfares? This Vox video by Phil Edwards and Gina Barton helps...

Washed Ashore, giant animal sculptures made of found beach plastic

Creating epic animal sculptures made from plastics found on Oregon's beaches, Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project that is aiming to increase awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans and the simp...

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...

Can bumblebees teach each other to pull a string?

This worker bumblebee has been taught that if she pulls the string, she'll be able to get to the artificial blue flower's sucrose solution center. Scientists from the Bee Behavioural and Sensory Ecology Lab at Queen M...

The Magic Roundabout in Swindon, England

Five small roundabouts placed around one large one... this is Swindon's Magic Roundabout and it's been going strong since it was built in 1972. Wired explains how this multi-directional traffic circle works. Tom Sc...

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs

If an oil rig is done producing oil, should the oil company return the ecosystem to its natural state by removing the rig? What if the 40 year old rig's underwater structure is covered with thriving marine life? T...

The Dipped Painting Project by Oliver Jeffers

From children's book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, a project that explores memory and loss in a mix of art and experience: The Dipped Painting Project. In November of 2014 I began the first of a series of ...

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...

From Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari, a time lapse of India’s longest train

Ride the longest train in India via this time lapse video from a photo essay by musician and photographer Ed Hanley. An excerpt: Indian Railways train #15906, the Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari Vivek Express, travels 4,273...

The Chinese Dragon Dance for Shanghai’s Spring Festival

From Shanghai's Spring Festival, also known as or Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year, enjoy this Chinese Dragon Dance filmed by Matt Love in 2011. From Wikipedia: The dragon dance is often performed during Chinese...

Winter Snowstorm Jonas, a time lapse in Manhattan

From a window looking down upon the Upper East Side of Manhattan, watch snow accumulate in a time lapse made during winter storm Jonas, the city's first big snowstorm of 2016. Jonas dumped an impressive 26.8 in (6...

Le Petit Chef – Projection mapping with mini dinner animations

A table of four friends has ordered dinner, and look! It's already being served... by a miniature chef? He's catching the meal from a sea that's precisely mapped onto the tablecloth. This is Le Petit Chef - Bouillabai...

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

Comiket crowd control, a time lapse in Tokyo, Japan

Originally published in 2012 by munya munyaka, this time lapse video captured the strict crowd control at Comiket, short for Comic Market, a huge self publishing comic book fair in Tokyo, Japan. Via HoldmanChristmas, ...

How do living things change their environments?

Think about your day, from when you wake up, to where you spend your day, to your bedtime routine at night. Crash Course Kids asks, "What pieces of it are a result of human intervention? Where did these pieces come fr...

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