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Stephen Wiltshire draws a Mexico City panorama from memory

British architectural artist Stephen Wiltshire can remember and draw the skyline of an entire city after flying over it in a helicopter. In this October 2016 video, he travels to Mexico City, tours it from above and b...

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the ve...

Science and survival on Continent 7: Antarctica

At -100 degrees F, you'll survive for less than 3 minutes and burn 5,000 calories a day, and boiling water can turn to snow instantly. And, at less than 1% humidity, your body will lose water just breathing. This is S...

Dinosaur fossils uncovered on an Antarctic expedition

A team of 12 scientists recently completed an audacious fossil hunting expedition to James Ross Island in Antarctica, and returned with over one ton of marine, avian, and dinosaur fossils that are between 71 million a...

How do firefighters combat and control wildfires?

It takes vehicles in the air, tools on the ground, highly trained hot shots, smoke jumpers, and helitack crews, and additional reinforcements of all kinds to combat wildfires. When "43,000 wildfires have burned more t...

LeVar Burton visits the Grand Canyon – Reading Rainbow

Update: Due to a legal dispute between public broadcast station WNED and LeVar Burton's RRKidz, new Reading Rainbow videos have been removed from YouTube. We hope to include the original video when the dispute is reso...

The Lighthouse of La Jument

In 1989, in the midst of a raging storm off the Brittany coast, photographer Jean Guichard circled above the French lighthouse of la Jument (Le Phare de La Jument) in a helicopter, camera in hand to capture the tempes...

Flying Robot Orchestra

Three words – Flying Robot Orchestra. From KMel Robotics: The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit us...

Andres Amador’s Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide

In a mix of artistry, geometry, and technology, San Francisco-based Earthscape artist Andres Amador creates massive sketches in the beach sand – sometimes geometric, and sometimes more abstrac...

e-Volo 18-Rotor Volocopter

This is the battery-powered VC200 “volocopter,” a state-of-the-art helicopter prototype by engineers at German start-up e-volo. From Smithsonian Mag:  In the coming year, engineers...

The Seventh Continent: Flying a helicopter over Antarctica

Filmed by Enrico Sacchetti from a helicopter near the Mario Zucchelli Research Station at Terra Nova Bay, Antarctica, this soaring journey over mountainous white landscapes really reveals both...

Bob Burnquist: Defying gravity with a skateboard

In one of the more astonishing viral videos ever made with a skateboard, watch Bob Burnquist as he demonstrates that, with practice and safety gear, you can perhaps defy gravity. Also, helicopters. via Kottke. Than...

Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter – AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight

 So seeing one of the featured teams finally win the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Sikorsky Prize, after the competition first began in 1980 — 33 years ago — is pretty exciting s...

A helicopter bicycle prototype test flight in Prague

Human-powered helicopters, thought-controlled helicopters, and now helicopter-bicycles! From PopSci:  The helicopter-bike is a prototype developed by a team of three Czech companies, which just took it for a five-...

Model helicopter guided by power of thought

Science fiction stories in which pilots control spacecrafts with their minds have become less about fiction and more science. A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed the next step in thoug...

Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult

NPR’s Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult! How difficult? The Sikorsky Prize from the American Helicopter Society has promised $250,000 to anyone that build’s a human-powered heli...

Artist Stephen Wiltshire draws New York City from memory

New York City is drawn from memory on a 19 foot (5.8 meter) long paper by Stephen Wiltshire, a British artist with autism. His incredible skill, drawing any city's skyline from memory after observing it from above, ta...

On the Brooklyn Bridge

A brief visit to the Brooklyn Bridge and all of the usual cars, taxis helicopters, boats, bikers and pedestrians that you’d find walking along such a monument in NYC. This kind of footage reminds m...

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