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Astronaut Leland Melvin on Returning Home From Life In Space

What's it like to come back home to our Blue Marble after you've been floating around in orbit? NASA astronaut, engineer, and former football player Leland Melvin explains his return-to-Earth readjustment experience i...

A levitating top in a foggy soap bubble

A spinning Levitron Cherrywood top, thanks to repelling magnetic force in the base and the top's gyroscopic stability, hovers over a soap bubble full of glycerin fog, all within a larger bubble that is also filled wit...

How Google[x]’s Project Loon Tests Its Giant Internet Balloons

What if massive pumpkin-shaped balloons could bring internet access to rural and remote locations around the planet? Google[x], which also developed Google Glass and Google's Driverless Car, has a team working on gian...

How to make a DIY ‘drone’ with balloons & a fishing rod

How do you get a bird's eye view of the surrounding landscape when you don't have an quadcopter or drone? In this episode of Earth Unplugged, Sam Hume cobbles together his own 'drone' for less then £50 (around $76). S...

Adding color & fizz to floating water bubbles in microgravity

When you're floating water bubbles in microgravity on the International Space Station, be sure to add a gas-releasing effervescent tablet and some food coloring, and don't forget to film it in 4K resolution. Astron...

Shade balls roll into the LA Reservoir to prevent water evaporation

How do you keep your recycled water from evaporating during a state-wide drought? Shade balls. On August 10, 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the LA Department of Water and Power to roll 20,000 black, 4-in...

Cooking in Space with ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

How do you prepare dinner in space? ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti demonstrates how she assembles whole red rice with peas and chicken turmeric in microgravity. Yay for pouches and tortilla plates! The me...

The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters – Deep Look

Sea otters are creatures who live in water that's far too cold for their bodies. There are other animals, like whales and sea lions, that are insulated from the cold by blubber, a layer of fat under their skin, but as...

The Scaredy Swan

The Scaredy Swan, an Acme Filmworks-produced animated short by Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet, tells the story of a swan that's afraid to get into the water, and the "help" a bee gives him in joining his six friends ...

Cranberries: How Does It Grow?

Cranberries might have one of the more spectacular-looking harvests of any food. Every October, cranberry bogs full of low-growing, fruit-bearing, woody vines are flooded with water. As harvesters drive through, the m...

Astronauts grow a water bubble in microgravity on ISS

Observing water in space is not only fascinating, but it clearly looks fun! Watch NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman, and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst create a floating bubble of water o...

Watch this 3,500 ton combat ship get launched sideways

How do you get a 3,500 ton littoral combat ship from the shipyard into the water without a set of well-coordinated supercranes or help from a friendly giant? Does sliding it sideways into a river as if it was Scuffy t...

Florentijn Hofman’s HippopoThames

Hippopotamuses used to live and swim in the River Thames, and thanks to HippopoThames, a floating, wooden hippo sculpture by renowned Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, that fact is becoming better known. "HippopoThames"...

Tales from the Prep Room – Making Sand Swim

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as a...

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour

For the last month, the kids have been super into Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. On display until June 9, the Dutch artist’s six-story tall duck has previously...

Wringing out Water on the ISS and ‘Space Oddity’

To celebrate Commander Chris Hadfield's return to earth today, Monday, May 13, Scientific American has collected the Top 10 Commander Hadfield Videos from the International Space Station. Ex...

Fate adrift: Max Mulhern’s Aqua Dice

The New York Times’ video profile of Max Mulhern’s “Aqua Dice” shows how the artist’s love for the sea and his interest in unknown outcomes came together into one project. Fate adrift,...