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A pinned insect manipulator (IMp), the Natural History Museum’s LEGO invention

When you're an entomologist who's trying to help digitize insect specimens—studying them, comparing their details with other insects, and capturing multiple images of them from all angles—it can be a challenge to use ...

The hidden art of fore-edge painting

The painting is there, but you might not see it... hidden along the edges of pages. "It's a discreet painting. It's only there if you know how to unlock it." In this Great Big Story video, artist Martin Frost shows ho...

Dressing in late 14th century armor

A video showing how to dress in and wear armor (harness) from late 14th century. The harness is a detailed reconstruction based on the effigy of the Black Prince (1330-1376) in the Canterbury Cathedral, other relevant...

Elephants of War: Elephant armor (bargustavan-i-pil) from India, circa 1600

'Fearsome war elephants fully clad in armor' were a thing. Natasha Bennett, a curator at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England, introduces this stunning mail and plate elephant armor (bargustavan-i-pil) from In...

How to make a Renaissance sugar sculpture

Learn how to make a sugar sculpture, a small yet luxurious art spectacle from the Renaissance Period. Food historian Tasha Marks demonstrates how to create these displays from a sugar plate recipe in this episode of T...

Linen: How It’s Made

From seed to fabric: See how linen is pulled, dew-retted, bundled, scutched, heckled, spun, and woven in this excellent video from the Victoria & Albert Museum's 'Fashioned From Nature' exhibition, showing until Janua...

Kris Kremo juggles cigar boxes

Juggling legend Kris Kremo began juggling balls, hats, and cigar boxes onstage with his father Béla Kremo in 1970 at age 19, and joined The Blackpool Tower Circus as a solo performer five years later. In this low-...

How are jawbreakers made?

Jawbreakers, known as gobstoppers—'gob' is slang for 'mouth' in the United Kingdom and Ireland—are hard candy spheres made from layer after layer of water, corn syrup, food coloring, and a sugar called dextrose. They'...

Invisible London: A near-infrared look at the British capital

Trees are white. Sunglasses look clear. Skin seems to glow. In Invisible London, a video filmed using an infrared camera, Dr. Andrew Steele of Lab, Camera, Action! explains what London, England would look like "in a c...

Where does Space begin?

How far away is Space from where you are at this moment? How much closer is it when you're flying in a plane? And how close is the International Space Station to Earth if we can spot it in the sky? Travel up, up, u...

The 2018 Crufts Dog Show Heelwork to Music winning performances

Showing off some fancy footwork and lots of practice, Lucie Plevova and border collie Jump won the International Freestyle Heelwork to Music competition at the 2018 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. It's their s...

Ceramic artist Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th-century agateware teapot

Recreating an 18th century artifact is a painstaking process that requires mastery of the medium, an understanding of esoteric artisanal methods, and lots of examination and experimentation. During her 2012 artist res...

The Exhale Bionic Chandelier: Microorganism-filled ‘leaves’ that ‘breathe’

An air purifier, an art object, and a piece of lighting design all in one living, 'breathing' chandelier. This is London-based inventor and bioengineer Julian Melchiorri's Exhale Bionic Chandelier, a microorganism-fil...

Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Saint-Saëns’ The Swan

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason plays Le cygne (The Swan) from Camille Saint-Saëns' Le carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of the Animals), a track off of his debut album Inspiration. Hailing from Nottingham, then a...

How ballet pointe shoes are made for The Royal Ballet

From The Royal Opera House, go behind-the-scenes at Freed of London, the 1929-founded British company that supplies handmade pointe shoes to The Royal Ballet and ballet companies around the world. Royal Ballet dan...

How pencils are made at the Derwent Pencil Factory

Travel to Cumbria in the United Kingdom where workers at the Derwent Pencil Factory, established in 1832, work together to create graphic pencils, color pencils, watercolor pencils, and other artists' products. This w...

A Bank of England five pound note is reconstructed from shreds, a time lapse

If you enjoy conceptual art and/or putting together puzzles, this video by British conceptual artist Martin John Callanan might inspire your next creation. Watch for 11 minutes as one Bank of England five pound note i...

How Do Tropical Rainforests Make Clouds?

What is a tropical rainforest and how do they make clouds? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot visit the world's largest indoor tropical rainforest at The Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom. There, while crossing the pro...

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