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Termite clay kiln & pottery – Primitive Technology

If you lived in Far North Queensland, Australia before modern technologies were invented, how might you make a clay kiln and pottery from a termite mound? Primitive Technology takes on the challenge in the video above...

Hydnora africana, the strangest plant in the world?

With no leaves and no chlorophyll, Southern Africa's Hydnora africana is a underground-dwelling parasitic plant in that gets all of its sugars, minerals, and water by attaching to the roots of Euphorbia plants. It als...

Traditional sword making from scratch

Witness the reproduction of the 25th king of the Korean Joseon Dynasty's sword being made from scratch, starting with the building of a brick and clay forge for smelting the powdered iron mixed with sand. The smelting...

Seashell inspiration: Growing cement bricks with bacteria

Imagine an 8-year-old girl studying a seashell on the sand in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 1985. It's her first trip to the beach and it's a moment that will set the course of her career: “The 8-year-old version of mys...

Designing solar panel walls that can recycle & heat greywater

What if the walls of your house could recycle the wastewater from your sinks, showers, baths, and washing machine? Architect Maria Paz Gutierrez is working with environmental engineer Slav Hermanowicz and bioengineer ...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

Feynman’s Building Blocks of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics — 'thermo' meaning heat and 'dynamics' referring to work —is the branch of physics that focuses on the relationship between heat and other kinds of energy. This video from The Royal Institution introduc...

Can Bird Poop Make Clouds?

How does bird poop potentially help to keep our climate just a wee bit cooler? In this episode of Gross Science, Anna Rothschild helps connect tens of millions of seabirds in the Arctic to 40,000 metric tons of ammoni...

The 3-million-year old Ningwu ice cave never thaws

White stalactites hang down from every surface, and the walls and floors are glazed with thick ice. The Ningwu ice cave, also referred to as Wannian Ice Cave in Ningwu County, China, is a unique phenomenon: The subter...

Making a Forge Blower – Primitive Technology

A rotary fan from pieces of bark, a fan cover and spout made from unfired clay, a bow drill to power it, and a mud furnace to concentrate the heat. Watch how Primitive Technology constructs a forge blower from wood, b...

Understanding the Magnetic Sun – NASA Goddard

This dynamic computer model of our sun reveals the behavior of its invisible magnetic structure. The pink and green indicate open magnetic field lines that reach out into space, while the "closed" white lines loop bac...

Plastic Injection Molding

Bill [Hammack] details the key engineering principles underlying plastic injection molding. He describes its history and then reveals the intricate details of the process. He shows viewers where to found, on any injec...

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye + solutions great and small

What is climate change, what causes it, and how do we mitigate its effects? Bill Nye summarizes Climate Change 101 in concert with National Geographic's Climate Change issue and COP21, the December 2015 Paris Climate ...

Meet the Balloonatics – SciFri goes to Macy’s Parade Studio

How are Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons designed, calculated, fabricated, tested, and retested before they show up on the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning? From Science Friday in 2011, visit the 'b...

Much A-Doo About Poo – Gross Science

Poop! Poop for fertilizer, heat, and electricity! Around 300 cows at Jordan Dairy Farm help generate energy and a nutrient-rich digestate, thanks to a specially built barn floor that collects their manure. Nearby, an ...

Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Coffee Lids, Explored

Why are there so many variations on the design of the plastic coffee lid? How many different kinds have you seen or used? Architect and NYU professor Louise Harpman, with her business partner Scott Specht, have amasse...

How the Baccarat crystal studio makes a blown crystal chandelier

Made from melted silica sand, potash, lead (over 24%), and other ingredients, crystal is heavier and more sparkly than glass, making it a perfect material for this light refracting decorative ceiling lamp: The chandel...

From seed to snack – How to Make Popcorn on the Cob

If you have a paper lunch bag, a dried corn on the cob, and a microwave, you can pop your own popcorn from the cob in just a few minutes. A few notes: You don't have to use butter or oil if you want to skip that s...

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