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SpaceX’s Grasshopper hover and landing (October 2013)

We watched the June 2013 Grasshopper test when it reached 325m, but this most recent SpaceX vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) vehicle test more than doubled that height, and the close-up ...

Snake robot

Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called ...

Richie Parker, NASCAR racing team engineer

“I can’t say there’s anything that I can’t do… just things that I haven’t done yet.” From ESPN and SportsCenter, the story of Richie Parker, engineer for NASCAR racing team Hendrick Motorsports. via Upwo...

Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell

Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Enginee...

How Locks Work

How Locks Work by Carlo Clerici. This features a pin tumbler lock, invented by Linus Yale, Sr. in 1848. For more locks, travel back to the 1700s: The Roentgens’ Berlin Secretary Cabinet.

A compilation of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Set to Gustav Mahler's symphony number 5, watch this recently released compilation video of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's wind-fueled kinetic sculptures. He calls them Strandbeests, “beach beast” or “cr...

A real, life-size Wall-E Robot

From Tested.com, how Michael McMaster of the Wall-E Builders Club made a real, life-size Wall-E Robot, complete with accurately adorable sounds. Follow that up with this making-of video: There are a few more Pixar-...

The Kibo Robot Project

This Feb 2013 promo video for the Kibo Robot Project really builds the excitement for having a 13.4 inch tall robot astronaut in space… just in case that didn’t already sound exciting. (Turn on the transla...

Square-wheeled tricycle

Could you ride a tricycle with square wheels? Having ridden on a few at our local science museum, we can tell you that it is, in fact, surprisingly a smooth ride. Watch this video to see how square wheels can work. ...

Behind the Scenes of How the Tesla Model S is Made

On a state-of-the-art assembly line in Fremont, California, 400 cars a day are being created by 3,000 workers and 160 robots. This is Tesla Motors, and the cars they’re making are currently the most advance...

Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter: AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

 So seeing one of the featured teams finally win the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Sikorsky Prize, after the competition first began in 1980 — 33 years ago — is pretty exciting s...

SpaceX’s Grasshopper hover and landing (June 2013)

Full screen, volume up! This is SpaceX’s Grasshopper on June 14, 2013, using its state of navigation capabilities to execute a precision hover and landing sequence:  Grasshopper is a...

A world land speed record for lightweight electric vehicles

Watch Lord Paul Drayson, former Science Minister, science entrepreneur, and owner of Drayson Racing Technologies, set a new world land speed record for lightweight electric vehicles after achieving an average of 204.1...

A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking

Above, A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking. Cloaking is a term for hiding an object from view at specific frequencies, but evidently one can cloak things DIY-style with four mirrors a...

Walking mechanical woman and man

Brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper turn into more than just materials under the care and engineering of kinetic artist Mark Galt, who made a walking mechanical woman, above, and man, below: There are ...

How is an Etch A Sketch made?

How is an Etch A Sketch made? MAKE: Inventions host Steve Hoefer gives a bit of historical background on the classic toy, and then, with the original patent and some trial and error, tries t...

Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs

What can we learn from a tiny seahorse that might help us make stronger robotics or armor in the future? UCSD Materials Science Ph.D. student Michael Porter explains what his team has learne...

Mantis: A Massive Turbo Diesel Hexapod Walking Machine

Meet Mantis, an all-terrain hexapod walking machine built by inventor Matt Denton and a team of six. This 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel-powered, British-designed and -built walking machine can be...