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Incredible 100% LEGO Roller Coaster with Corkscrew

Using nothing but LEGO components, the team at Brickride builds supercool rollercoasters. The one above: Incredible 100% LEGO Roller Coaster with Corkscrew. Watch a time-lapse of how they put ...

Evolution of the Bicycle

"From the wooden horse to the modern racer," this is the Evolution of the Bicycle by Visual Artwork. Music: Flying Home by The Benny Goodman Sextet.

In Orbit: Two people live in a giant hamster wheel

For ten days in a Pierogi Gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder lived in “a giant hamster wheel,” a large installation called In Orbit. Fro...

e-Volo 18-Rotor Volocopter

This is the battery-powered VC200 “volocopter,” a state-of-the-art helicopter prototype by engineers at German start-up e-volo. From Smithsonian Mag:  In the coming year, engineers...

The Netherlands: Working Windmills

How can the physics and engineering of wind and water change a country? From the world of European travel guides, here’s a quick primer: The Netherlands: Working Windmills. 300 years...

The Liebherr T-284 Ultra Class Mining Truck

Either all of these people are quite small or that’s one of the biggest dump trucks in the world. File under: this exists, this is the Liebherr T-284 Ultra Class Mining Truck, 261 tons ...

Anthropomorphism in Robots

The Verge reports on Anthropomorphism in Robots at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Anthropomorphism, or personification, occurs when inanimate objects, animals, or thing...

Gears in all kinds of shapes: square, oval, pentagonal, organic and more

Wooden clock designer Clayton Boyer demonstrates a variety of square, oval, pentagonal, organic and other unbelievably-shaped gears. These Gears Really Work? Yes, yes they do. Related watchin...

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: A Woodstock for Robots

From The New York Times, here’s a summary report from DARPA’s Robotics Challenge 2013. The competition is made of eight trials that include climbing ladders, walking across rough terrain, and clearing debr...

The AIRPod: the car that runs on compressed air

With three wheels, pneumatic motors, and driven by a joystick, this ladybug of a car is compelling for both its unusual form and its power source: compressed air. The AIRPod was developed as a...

A full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine

This is what 20-year-old Romanian Raul Oaida (above) and Melbourne entrepreneur Steve Sammartino did with more than 500,000 LEGO pieces and four orbital engines: The Super Awesome Micro Projec...

NASA’s Valkyrie

Need a battery-powered, modular, humanoid robot with strong legs and an amazing array of built-in cameras to help set up habitation on Mars for pioneering astronauts? NASA's got you covered. Meet Valkyrie. "The spa...

Making Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark)

Watch the making of Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark), a 30 meter long, climbable concrete sculpture made for Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Hofman’s work with giant an...

Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.

We want to learn how to make flying vehicles like this. Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships, in this fascinating video profile: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.  The flying ships ...

The Writer, automata by Pierre Jaquet-Droz

Cambridge’s Professor Simon Schaffer presents The Writer, a 240-year-old, 6000 piece machine that was created by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot around 1770-177...

Kathryn DiMaria rebuilds her Pontiac Fiero

Kathryn DiMaria started rebuilding a Pontiac Fiero with her own money when she was 12 years old. At 14 years old (in 2012), she could be found all over the net — Makezine, Autoblog, CNN, and more — for he...

The Giant Magellan Telescope

In the year 2020, seven of the largest mirrors on Earth — 20 tons each — will come together in a 22-story, rotating building located in the southern Atacama Desert of Chile. They will form the Giant Magell...

Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay

Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay, an homage to the city of San Francisco, is made of over 100,000 toothpicks and Elmer’s glue, and was built over 35 years time. This structure was temporarily feature...