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This Technology Wants to Make Wheelchairs Obsolete

What if people who are currently wheelchair-bound could, in the future, put on an exoskeleton -- a wearable bionic exosuit -- as if it was simply a shirt and jeans? Ekso Bionics, a design and manufacturing startup out...

Thin underwater cables hold the internet – Vox

Remember those 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet? Learn more about this 150+ year old, cutting-edge fiber optic technology, from what the cable layers are made of, to how they're installed, to h...

How shock absorbers work, an under the car view

What happens under your car while you're driving in it? YouTuber ChrisFix put cameras under his car to see what was happening when he drove his 14 year old shock absorbers on a bumpy roadway, a highway, in stop and go...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

Japan’s high-tech conveyor belt sushi restaurants

What if food came to your restaurant table on a conveyor belt, kaiten-zushi or carousel-style? In this technology demonstration video from automation equipment company Hong-Chiang, we get to see Japan's famous conveyo...

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Can a "skwishy" baby toy help inform how next generation robots explore other worlds? Vytas SunSpiral's team at NASA Ames Research Center joined forces with Alice Agogino's Mechanical Engineering lab at UC Berkeley to...

Much A-Doo About Poo – Gross Science

Poop! Poop for fertilizer, heat, and electricity! Around 300 cows at Jordan Dairy Farm help generate energy and a nutrient-rich digestate, thanks to a specially built barn floor that collects their manure. Nearby, an ...

LeVar Burton Takes a Ride in a Driverless Car – Reading Rainbow

Self driving car videos often focus on the possible fun of rider experiences or the usefulness of computerized driving, but we'd also like to know more about the technology. How do driverless cars avoid crashing into ...

Exploring the surface of a comet or asteroid with Hedgehog

When you're exploring a comet or asteroid, you've got to contend with a microgravity environment and some seriously rugged terrain, two huge challenges for a traditional rover. Enter Hedgehog, a jump, spin, and tumble...

The 550,000 miles of undersea cables that power the internet

A planetary system of undersea cables stretches across oceans, seas, and around continents... 550,000 miles (885,139.2 kilometers) of fiber optic communications cables that power the internet and more. The first was l...

Andrew Gatt’s Ultimate Paper Roller Coaster

Perfect for the classroom or at home, Andrew Gatt's paper roller coasters are not only fun, but they also teach so many lessons in engineering, construction, teamwork, trial and error, and more. In exploring physics a...

Stanford Solar Car Project: Racing on Sunshine, a documentary

In 2013, the Stanford Solar Car Project student-run team raced Luminos across the Australian outback, 1,864 miles (3,000 km) from Darwin to Adelaide, in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The trailer above gives j...

Flying The Swarm – An aerial multirotor “super drone” vehicle

With 54 counter-rotation propellers in a hexagonal arrangement around a single seat, this buzzing aerial "super drone" vehicle was built and tested by a man named Paul, according to a moment of shouting in the video. ...

3D printing with 1900F molten glass – G3DP at MIT

Optically transparent glass printing. A brand new glass 3D printing process called G3DP has been developed through the teamwork of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, MIT's Mechanical Engineering Departmen...

The Story of Light – Future Impossible by Bell Labs

This story begins with one little text message from New York to Shanghai, a trip that takes just 1/20th of a second. "That's the time it takes light to traverse 10,000 kilometers." And that's what happens millions and...

The Slinky machine: A hand-cranked, wooden Slinky escalator

What if you had a never-ending stairway for a Slinky to "walk" down? How long do you think it might continue to descend? Matthias Wandel of Woodgears.ca decided to find out. This is The Slinky Machine, a specially-con...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

How might robotic engineers program a swarm of robots to accomplish tasks together based on self-organizing behaviors? Harvard research scientist Michael Rubenstein was working on that challenge when he designed Kilob...