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How exactly does binary code work?

Imagine trying to use words to describe every scene in a film, every note in a song, or every street in your town. Now imagine trying to do it using only the numbers 1 and 0. Every time you use the Internet to watch a...

Professor Kokichi Sugihara creates his mind-blowing illusions with math

Professor Kokichi Sugihara is world-renowned for his award-winning impossible objects and reality-defying illusions. He uses mathematics to make the three-dimensional objects that create his impossible scenes and illu...

Solving a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds

In November of 2016, the world record for a robot solving a Rubik's Cube was .637 seconds, but as of March 2018, that record appears to have been broken. The ridiculously speedy robot above, built by Ben Katz and Jare...

The Cake Server, a delightfully complex food-themed Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg Machines are not only made from a series of imaginative engineering marvels, they're also well-known for being overly complex in comparison to the task achieved. In this intricate machine by Joseph Hersc...

The 90-year-old armchair archaeologist

Space archaeologist Sarah Parcak is a modern-day Indiana Jones. She analyzes satellite imagery in order to find ancient sites hidden from view. With GlobalXplorer, an online platform using the power of the crowd to fi...

Will Computers Ever Hear Like People Do?

On the left, everyday sounds are being recorded. On the right-side, spectrograms show frequencies of the sound waves, their volume and visual patterns over time. They were created with this Chrome Music Lab experiment...

Ballet Rotoscope

A ballerina dances as the joints on her body are traced with a computer-generated rotoscope animation technique, an algorithm that brings a mathematical layer to her natural movements. Ballet Rotoscope (2011) was crea...

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunitie...

Turing Tumble, a DIY mechanical computer powered by marbles

The Turing Tumble, this small Pachinko-like puzzle game prototype, is also DIY mechanical computer. Programmer Paul Boswell designed the Turing complete toy to help kids (and adults) learn, see, and feel how computers...

Music in Objects: Bicycles, paper, & oats make new songs

By recording the sounds from everyday objects—a light switch, a microwave, jellybeans falling into a bowl, ice in a glass, oats, a bicycle—and then tweaking those sounds with digital effects, sound designer Matthew Si...

Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: John Edmark’s spiral geometries

Artist, designer, inventor, and Stanford professor John Edmark creates sculptures that are driven by precise mathematics, but his interest in spiral geometries is driven by something more enigmatic... "a search for un...

How high can you count on your fingers?

How high can you count on your fingers? It seems like a question with an obvious answer. After all, most of us have ten fingers -- or to be more precise, eight fingers and two thumbs. This gives us a total of ten digi...

A Journey To The Bottom Of The Internet

The internet is powered by over 300 heavy duty underwater cables that carry 99% of all international data from continent to continent to right at your fingertips almost instantaneously. In this episode of Nat & Lo, Na...

ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, a hardware ...

A.I. Experiments: Bird Sounds

Imagine walking through the woods with an app that can accurately identify, organize, and monitor the biodiversity of that ecosystem via vocalizations being made by birds and other animals. This project by Google's A....

Neil deGrasse Tyson Replies to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

"I got a phone call from the Abraham Lincoln Library Foundation, and they asked me, would I mind composing 272 words of my own reflecting on Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address? I'm going to read you what I wrote..."...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room

Get a peek at LEGO's proprietary 3D modeling software, and the huge and highly detailed models that it helps to design in LEGOLAND's model shop, a dream workshop that holds over three million bricks in 70 different co...

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