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Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

How to screen print, a video series by Eva Stalinski

Eva Stalinski is a Dutch illustrator and screen printer who sells her shirts, bags, pins and patches online. In this delightful series of how-to videos, she shares how to screen print your own designs onto t-shirts. S...

Zebro, an autonomous swarming robot built for rescue

In disasters such as earthquakes, sturdy robots might become excellent search and rescue tools. Industrial Design Engineering student Mattijs Otten of the TU Delft Robotics Institute in the Netherlands developed modul...

The Paper Airplane Guy demonstrates how to fold five paper stunt planes

John Collins is The Paper Airplane Guy thanks to his years of paper airplane designs, including the world record paper airplane design for longest throw, as well as his super popular how-to books The New World Champio...

How To Make Geometric Pies by lokokitchen

Self-taught baker Lauren Ko creates geometric pies and shares them on her popular Instagram account lokokitchen. In this Tasty video, she talks about what inspired her to start baking, how she learns new tricks, and h...

Building a prosthetic arm with parts from a LEGO Technic Air Race Jet

David Aguilar has built with LEGO since he was a kid. At nine years old, he built a prosthetic LEGO arm to augment his underdeveloped right arm, but the LEGO pieces weren't strong enough to meet the needs of his desig...

The Harlem Globetrotters’ Rube Goldberg Trick Shot Machine

This basketball, simple machine, and mechanism-filled Rube Goldberg Machine is powered by the work of students from Georgia Tech's colleges of Industrial Design and Music, and some signature Globetrotters magic courte...

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...

The Exhale Bionic Chandelier: Microorganism-filled ‘leaves’ that ‘breathe’

An air purifier, an art object, and a piece of lighting design all in one living, 'breathing' chandelier. This is London-based inventor and bioengineer Julian Melchiorri's Exhale Bionic Chandelier, a microorganism-fil...

Magnetic fields make this tiny robot roll, jump, swim, and wriggle

This very small elastic strip is a robot that can walk, roll, jump, swim, and wriggle like a worm. Infused with magnetic particles, it responds to the strength and direction of magnetic fields surrounding it. As scien...

Emmanuelle Moureaux’s gridded rainbow installations

Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux visualized a decade of 'the future'—2017 to 2026—as a numerical rainbow forest in an installation for The National Art Center in Tokyo. The 2017 commission, ...

COS & Snarkitecture’s Loop, a 400 meter marble run in Seoul

A follow up to their 2014 interactive marble run installation and their viral ball pit installation The Beach, New York-based art and architecture team Snarkitecture has partnered with fashion brand COS to create 400 ...

Mirror, a short story of similar objects

How many times it happened to find similar shapes between them which seem to have any kind of relationship? As often it happens in nature all is apparently different but essentially the basic shapes are repeated wi...

How a kingfisher, an owl, & a penguin helped redesign Japan’s Shinkansen

How is Japan’s Shinkansen, a long-nosed bullet train that travels up to 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), like a kingfisher? Or an owl? Or an Adélie penguin? In this video from Vox and 99% Invisible, we see how these three ...

Road painters painting road markings by hand

The painted lines and symbols on streets, in parking lots, and along our city and country roads are created with a variety of mobile machines, vehicles, and hand-painting techniques. In a parking spot in Sokcho, South...

Making a new felted kimono coat from recycled sweaters

What if every company we buy clothes from offered to take back those clothes and reuse the materials to create new garments? This Cooper Hewitt video captures the creation of a felted Kimono Coat made from recycled Ei...

How a failed invention lead to a potentially life-saving new idea

Inventor Hahna Alexander spent years developing an idea that people said they really liked: Shoes that generate power as you walk, making it possible to charge a battery with them. But after starting a company and tes...

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