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Barnaby Dixon’s Raptor Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs highly detailed finger puppets like the one above: a rather adorable raptor puppet. Watch as his fingers control the feet while other hinges, levers, and mechanisms help make the puppet...

Climbing Wind Turbines for a Living

Converting kinetic energy into electrical power as they spin, wind turbines are a growing part of the world's renewable energy solutions. Rock climber and wind turbine technician Jessica Kilroy inspects, maintains, an...

Clearing snow from the cables on the Port Mann Bridge

The Port Mann Bridge is one of the largest cable stay suspension bridges in the world. To keep traffic flowing during winter storms, teams of Rope Access Technicians hang high over traffic to operate the bridge's snow...

Scott Weaver’s ‘Rolling through the Bay’ toothpick sculpture

This nine foot tall wooden sculpture of San Francisco was made with glue and 105,387 and a half toothpicks. It was built by Scott Weaver who, stuck at home at the age of 14 with spinal meningitis, started working in e...

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...

This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton

Graphic Designer Emma Lawton would draw and write as a large part of her work and daily life, but after being diagnosed in 2012 with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, using her hands...

Strain Wave Gearing LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Module

Behold another excellent Great Ball Contraption (GBC) from LEGO enthusiast Akiyuki, this one with Strain Wave Gearing. Akiyuki explains: Strain wave gearing consists of three components: a wave generator, a flex s...

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 ...

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

Building Art Machines with LEGO Technic pieces

From The Tinkering Studio located at San Francisco's Exploratorium, enjoy these pattern making art machines built with LEGO Technic beams, gears, and pins. The Tinkering team wrote up a quick art machines experiment g...

JK Brickworks’ LEGO Drawing Machine

LEGO enthusiast Jason Allemann of JK Brickworks created a simple spirograph style LEGO drawing machine that can draw five patterns. Made with just under 100 pieces, it consists of a turntable, an armature, two anchors...

Engineering the Perfect Pop

Using scissors, tape, and reams of creativity, Matthew Reinhart engineers paper to bend, fold, and transform into fantastic creatures, structures and locales. By adjusting the angles of folds and the depth of layers, ...

The world’s largest ship elevator opens at China’s Three Gorges Dam

There is a massive elevator for ships built into the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province. The mostly silent CCTV+ footage above shows it in action. A feat of engin...

Building a 737 in just nine days

In Renton, Washington, aerospace company Boeing builds each of their 737 narrow-body jets in just nine days... around 42 per month. As competition ramps up with Airbus for the domestic jet market in China, Boeing is a...

Installing massive statues with engineering and care at the Met

How do you move and install a three ton statue circa 170 BC? How do you move and install a ten ton statue? In these behind-the-scenes time lapse video from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, we get to se...

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 ...

Dismantling the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

Weighing more than 25 tons each, the five 504 foot (153.6 meter) long trusses of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge's eastern span have each been dismantled and lowered onto a barge that takes them away for further ...

Making a Forge Blower – Primitive Technology

A rotary fan from pieces of bark, a fan cover and spout made from unfired clay, a bow drill to power it, and a mud furnace to concentrate the heat. Watch how Primitive Technology constructs a forge blower from wood, b...