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Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow, rise, and fall like iridescent bubbles hanging from a spider's web. Flexible and full of motion, the nets look soft, but they're also strong. Their structural cables are made ...

How I made a lil “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man”

It's fun to see those attention-getting inflatable tube men that are wildly waving their arms in front of stores, car dealers, and even as scarecrows in farm fields. How fun would it be to have one dancing on your des...

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Biruta Kresling is a Paris-based architect and independant researcher on folded structures—specifically how nature folds and unfolds tree leaves, tortoise shell bamboo, turbinate mollusk shells, the air sac of the h...

A glow-in-the-dark bug puppet by Barnaby Dixon

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs puppets that move with a combination of his practiced finger work and the puppet's internal mechanisms. They can pick things up, scratch their heads, dance, tumble, fly, and more. This ...

Simplified blower and furnace experiments – Primitive Technology

In an attempt to streamline his previous blower and furnace design, and to make it easier to replicate, Primitive Technology builds a simplified blower from sticks, rope and mud. He then tests it with three charcoal-f...

Wooden domino row building machine

I first built a domino row building machine of this type in 1985 out of Lego, then built it again from memory in 2009 to make a video of it. The machine works by pushing a magazine full of dominoes forward along the t...

Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants

Beavers have done more to shape North American landscapes than any animal beside humans. We don’t notice them much today because there aren’t many left, but before colonization, North America was home to hundreds of m...

Three Gears are Possible

If you've ever seen an image of three gears all interlocking or an odd number of interconnecting gears, like those gears on some British two pound (£2) coins, you've seen a gear configuration that does not work. Howev...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

The power of creative constraints – TED Ed

Imagine you were asked to invent something new. It could be whatever you want, made from anything you choose, in any shape or size. That kind of creative freedom sounds so liberating, doesn’t it? Or ... does it? if yo...

Step into a summer igloo (in 360°) as it’s being built

Though they're made from blocks of compacted snow, igluit (igloos) keep their residents well-sheltered by insulating from the cold and wind outside. In this 360° video from The New York Times, Adami Sakiagak and Tiisi...

A 3D printed mechanical laser show machine

Engineer, maker, and 3D printing enthusiast Evan Stanford has created a 3D printed, hand-cranked mechanical laser show machine that 'draws' with projected light. The drawn shapes are created with two rotating cams tha...

A Japanese ‘Pythagoras Switch’ Rube Goldberg Machine for charity

This awesome Pythagora Switch / Pitagora Suitchi clip launches with a table tennis serve and takes off into chain reactions and table top engineering wonders galore. See ping pong balls, tape rolls, marbles, and metal...

Turing Tumble, a DIY mechanical computer powered by marbles

The Turing Tumble, this small Pachinko-like puzzle game prototype, is also DIY mechanical computer. Programmer Paul Boswell designed the Turing complete toy to help kids (and adults) learn, see, and feel how computers...

Fly over Jupiter with NASA’s Juno spacecraft

NASA's Juno Spacecraft is investigating Jupiter in a series of 37 orbits, and though images, data, and samples, these remarkable flybys have revealed some very cool things: 900 mile wide cyclones at the planet's poles...

MetaLimbs: Extra robot arms that you control with your feet

What if you were given two extra robot arms to use? Could you open a closed door when your hands are full? Could you paint or build something faster or more efficiently? Might you become a master juggler? This Inami H...

An ‘Awesome’ 360° View At America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

At 5:30am on May 1, 2017, the Block Island Wind Farm replaced a local diesel generating plant and became America's first offshore wind farm. According to Business Insider, "it will emit about 40,000 fewer tons of gree...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

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