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Calculating Pi (π) with Darts

Can you calculate Pi (π) by throwing darts at a square and circle target as randomly as possible? Physics Girl's Dianna Cowern and Veritasium's Derek Muller attempt the challenge, and when "randomly" doesn't happen, t...

A drone changes a light bulb

How many drones does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Two. And about 9 lightbulbs. Watch this drone quadcopter change a light bulb... mostly. YouTuber Marek Baczynski and drone-pilot friend Sven attempt to switch...

Danny MacAskill’s Wee Day Out

If anyone knows how to make the already beautiful countryside of Edinburgh, Scotland even more incredible, it's Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill. Riding over hay bales and into puddles like no one else can, Mac...

HUGE Domino Tower Fail

These 3,242 dominoes were meticulously stacked in 241 layers by domino YouTubers Hevesh5 and Austrian Domino Art. After seven hours of non-stop building, the 19 foot tall free standing domino tower had achieved the ho...

Tony Hawk goes for the 900 at 48 years old

Exactly seventeen years after he became the first skateboarder to land a 900 -- "a 2½-revolution (900 degrees) aerial spin performed on a skateboard ramp" -- skateboard legend Tony Hawk attempts to land a 900 at age 4...

The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus

In the 1660's, German alchemist Hennig Brand thought he knew the secret to making solid gold: pee. So set was he on these golden ambitions, he dehydrated 1,500 gallons (gallons!) of human urine to make it happen. Thou...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

Buster Keaton was known as 'The Great Stone Face', a reference to the deadpan expression he wore during some of the most incredible physical comedy scenes known in film. His artistry as a vaudevillian, a comedian, a f...

The Door – A poem by Miroslav Holub

From filmmakers Enrique Serrano and Ricardo Serrano, this is The Door, a poem by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub. Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city....

Spirals and rainbows built from 17,500 dominoes

From domino aficionado Flippycat, watch dominoes fall into colorful spirals, circles, and twisting patterns in this series of 10 domino and mini-domino setups. We also love that there are blooper clips at the end. ...

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...

Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Where did the oil go?

In April of 2010, a BP Deepwater Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an unprecedented amount of sticky black crude into the gulf waters, beaches, wetlands, and surrounding eco...

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 crashes & landings – Flights 14, 17, 20, & 23

After completing the launch of a cargo resupply mission to ISS for NASA, SpaceX attempted landing their Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship. This April 14th Flight 17 video captures their second landing attempt on a float...

How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

Pangraph v4: Making Spirocakes (Spirograph Pancakes)

Nathan Shields has been working on making spirograph pancakes for over a month. From his workshop to his kitchen, he's done the math, designed templates, made gear teeth on a bandsaw, tried out different materials, an...

Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic

After two years of research, experiments, and failed trials, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin developed a new process for turning banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic, a more eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based ...

Amazing 60,000 Dominoes

Flippycat has done it again… this time with a cascade of 60,000 dominoes (a personal record). It’s built from 60 walls of 990 dominoes each (plus a bit extra) — making a 14 foot long piece in over 8...

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works

When we tell stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problem was impossible. Instead...

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