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The Diary of Ochibi – Moyoco Anno’s stop motion ode to the seasons

From comic book artist Moyoco Anno and writer/director Masashi Kawamura, this is The Diary of Ochibi, a delightful stop motion animation that follows Ochibi-san as he explores spring, summer, autumn, and winter. N...

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

When you watch fireworks burst with color, you're seeing examples of how stars and galaxies work: Blues from copper, yellows from sodium, bright whites from aluminum, barium greens, and reds made from strontium... The...

Drums West by Jim Henson (1961)

Made with cut paper by Jim Henson, Drums West is an experimental animation from around 1961 that features music by jazz great Chico Hamilton. Bonus: At the end, we get to see Henson and his workspace, likely filmed by

Testing Fireworks

How do you know that the fireworks you've made are going to burst in the sky as expected? Test them! In this episode of I Didn't Know That, visit one of the UK's leading fireworks manufacturers as they test the compon...

A circus in an abandoned Victorian Sail factory

An abandoned Victorian Sail factory becomes the stage for London’s Circulus, a circus company that mixes traditional and modern performing arts in found and forgotten spaces around th...

New Year’s Eve celebration fireworks… backwards

From one year ago, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Melbourne, Australia… in reverse.  via NPR.

Albuquerque’s 2013 Balloon Fiesta time lapsed

Watch this Roadtrippers time lapse video of Albuquerque’s 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta, a nine day event where over 700 balloons take off into the sky. Full screen, HD-ready stuff.  Then watch more...

Sparklers – How It’s Made

How It’s Made: Sparklers! Updated link.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Mystery Circle

Over 40,000 rockets blasting off from the wall of the Geffen Contemporary. On Saturday April 7, artist Cai Guo-Qiang marked the opening of his exhibition with Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for The M...

The Chemistry of Fireworks

What makes fireworks different colors? Chemistry! This video by Smarter Every Day walks us through some of the possible chemicals that can be used to make some basic fireworks colors. Happy Fireworks watching! 

Daytime Fireworks by Cai Guo-Qiang

I wasn’t sure that these “daytime fireworks” were compelling (ie. different than any other explosion) until I saw the rainbow around the 50 second mark. Wow.  At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in...