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The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate pressed fern illustrations

Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate pressed fern illustrations of honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures. ...

Time lapse construction of the world’s tallest prefab skyscraper

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) is a Chinese construction company that's made the headlines with their 2012 proposal to build Sky City, a prefabricated skyscraper in Changsha, Hunan, China in only 90 days (not counti...

How is an ice sculpture made? SciFri investigates frozen water

What's So Cool About Frozen Water? Art and science come together to uncover some ice-expert-level details in this 2012 Science Friday report. Shintaro Okamoto, founder of NYC's Okamoto Studio, and Erland Schulson, Dar...

Emily’s Oz: A blind girl imagines & art directs The Wizard of Oz

A recent television commercial is standing out among the others, not as much for the product that it's advertising, but for the story it tells about a seven year old girl named Emily. Blind since birth, Emily's imagin...

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago

This huge fairy castle, a doll house made from 200 exacting components that can be packaged into shipping crates for touring, has been at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry since 1949. In 2014, the structure...

Mom’s Original Chinese Dumpling Recipe

Dumplings are a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year celebratory food that you can make all year around, and there's no shortage of recipes online to try: From lamb and pumpkin dumplings, to pork dumplings, to vegetaria...

The Bread Kitchen: How to make 3- 4- 5- 6- 7- 8- & 9-Strand Braids

How do bakers braid or plait those intricately-woven loaves of bread that we've seen at the bakery? Perhaps surprisingly, braiding bread is pretty simple in concept and can be simply made with some practice, as demons...

Daifuku Mochi: Making Japanese rice cakes at Nakatani-dou

In Nara, Japan, the award-winning Nakatani-dou rice cake shop makes traditional Daifuku mochi, Japanese rice cakes, in a big way: They dramatically knead the dough with large wooden hammers until it's completely mixed...

National Film Board of Canada: How to Build an Igloo (1949)

Drawing from a lifetime of snow experience, two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North find a site full of hard-packed snow for their igloo, or iglu in Inuit. To insulate and protect against wind and cold, a quick, overnight...

Inside a Wilson Football Factory: How a NFL football is made

When Jane Helser started sewing around 150 handmade footballs per day at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio, it was 1966. She was 19 years old. For the next 48 years, as presidents, football players and...

How Does It Grow? Apples

Before watching this video, we thought that planting a Gala apple seed would grow a Gala apple tree that would produce Gala apples. Perhaps not! In this episode of How Does It Grow?, we get to see the rather surprisin...

Minute Physics: How An Airplane Is Made

Travel to France with Minute Physics' Henry Reich for a behind-the-scenes tour of the factories, research, and design facilities of Airbus. This is how an A350 is built! There's also a cameo by Beluga, Airbus' special...

Inside Brilliant Bicycle: The Wheel Factory

This charming promotional clip from inside the Brilliant Bicycle Co. wheel factory in Taichung, Taiwan shares just a glimpse of how they're putting together their bicycle wheels. We immediately wanted to know how the ...

How Daruma dolls are made + Make an origami Daruma doll

Daruma dolls are paper mache Japanese dolls that represent perseverance, patience, protection, prosperity, achievement, and good luck in the New Year. In this video from the Japan Science and Technology Agency, the do...

How are candy canes made?

If you've ever wondered how candy canes are made, look no further! Above, this Tallahassee artisanal candy maker demonstrates how to make candy canes by hand. Watch them cut and twist the ingredients into a shimmery-s...

The art of making a book: Setting type, printing, & binding by hand

Before machines automated the process of printing and binding books, but after books were made with handwritten pages or large, hand-carved wood blocks, books were typeset with small metal pieces, printed, and bound/s...

AMNH Origami: Fold a Jumping Frog in 13 Easy Steps

In celebration of the American Museum of Natural History's annual Origami Holiday Tree, a 40 year tradition, the museum has released a series of short origami-making videos. Above, how to fold a jumping frog from an i...

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