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Breaking Wave: An anamorphic kinetic sculpture

Small planet-like spheres hang on several miles of wire rope in this kinetic sculpture created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. The 804 wooden spheres' heights and relationships are changed by the rows of rotating sh...

ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

Korea Aerospace Research Institute: Human-Powered Aircraft

How would you design a human-powered aircraft? Watch these teams compete to keep their pedal-powered vehicles aloft in an annual, crash-filled contest held at South Korea's Goheung Airlines Center. This 2013 video was...

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

From the BBC's Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island's native thorny succulent...

How to make a mechanical snail coin bank

Designer Christopher Blasius makes small wooden machines and then shares his designs online, including plans that can be purchased. Watch as he carefully cuts, glues, drills, sands, paints, and precisely fits together...

MIT’s electric cheetah-bot runs offleash

Quiet, efficient, and powerful: MIT's robotic cheetah has a "custom-designed, high-torque-density" electric motor, and can run and jump around without being tethered to an external power source. It's also looking ...

ExpeRimental: How to Make Balancing Sculptures

Physics! Engineering! Kinetic sculptures! Snacks! Learn about the science of stability (and instability) while making these delicious DIY balancing sculptures. In this episode of ExpeRimental, Ri's Director of Sci...

Self-Folding Crawler: A Transformer-style Origami Robot

From flat-packed to self-folding, Harvard graduate student Samuel Felton was inspired by origami when he created a laser-cut robot that could assemble itself and autonomously scurry away. The basic ingredients: two mo...

ASIMO & UNI-CUB β (2014)

The world's most advanced humanoid robot can run smoothly at a record 9kph (5.6mph), recognizes faces and voices, shakes hands, has incredible balance -- can jump, hop, climb stairs, kick soccer balls, pour drinks wit...

The Iron Genie Harmonograph

Watch artist Anita Chowdry's Iron Genie Harmonograph create intricate, spirograph-like drawings. Made of steel, it was inspired by mid-19th century harmonographs and St. Pancras Station's Victorian engineering. The vi...

NASA’s Rover of the Future

Omni-drive and suit ports will be just two of the NASA rover features available to future astronauts as they explore Mars or near-Earth asteroids. This Rover of the Future is an ever-evolving Space Exploration Vehicle...

Burj Khalifa: The tech behind the world’s tallest building

The tallest man-made structure in the world (in 2014) is Dubai's Burj Khalifa. It stands 2,716 feet tall, cost $1.5 billion, and could not exist without its (very expensive) advanced technologies. Above, CNN Money exp...

Testing a Space Rover Under Alaskan Ice

Someday it may be possible to explore below the icy surface of Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, Europa, and if this happens, it could be done with a technological descendant of this robotic rover: NASA JPL's Buoyant Rove...

Understanding tether dynamics through kite flying

For Hilary Costello's ongoing Ph.D. research, she can be found inside at a computer, coding and writing equations, and outside flying kites in the wide open spaces of Cambridge University. Her goal: "design an aerodyn...

How a locomotive works: GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston

In this promotional video series from General Electric, GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston, we go behind the scenes of GE's Global Research Center to explore engineering marvels, like how a freight locomotive work...

Modular, self-assembling robots from EPFL and MIT

"Furniture that changes functionality completely depending on the needs of the person..." Like life-size LEGO pieces, these robot modules can gyrate and reconfigure in order to create furniture or move furniture in an...

Expedition 40 Soyuz Docks to Space Station

Between launch and a few months of life in the International Space Station, crew members in the Russian Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft will travel just six hours before carefully docking to the ISS. This is what it looks l...

Google’s Self-Driving Car

We often tell our kids that by the time they're 16 years old, they may not need to learn how to drive. Self-driving cars for those who can't drive are an incredible chance to be more autonomous, and for those who can,...

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