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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 ...

Jazz Fundamentals: What Is Improvisation? What Are the Blues?

What Is Improvisation? In this smart Jazz Academy series by Jazz at Lincoln Center, we learn Jazz Fundamentals, the building blocks of jazz as explained by drummer Bryan Carter, and demonstrated by his accompanying ba...

Walt Disney explains his studio’s multiplane camera technology

The multiplane camera, invented in 1937 for Walt Disney Studios by William Garity, was an incredible piece of technology that helped create the illusion of depth in animated motion pictures. Filmed in 1957, the multip...

How do the blind cook?

Chopping veggies with a sharp knife, cooking up sauces on a hot stove, and prepping a fresh fish for the oven all with a GoPro on, American chef Christine Hà demonstrates how someone who is blind can cook complex dish...

Yolanda Baker, last of the disco ball makers

Yolanda Baker's fingers move with electric efficiency as she works her way around a mirror ball early on a Tuesday morning in a small Highlands factory. The core of the mirror ball is dull spun aluminum but with every...

A Journey To The Bottom Of The Internet

The internet is powered by over 300 heavy duty underwater cables that carry 99% of all international data from continent to continent to right at your fingertips almost instantaneously. In this episode of Nat & Lo, Na...

Magic Clay stop motion

Magic Clay, a stop motion short by Alexander Unger, a.k.a. Guldies. How do you make an animated short like this one? Unger writes: Shot with a Canon EOS 600D. 1800 still pictures, 24 FPS and animated in Dragonfram...

A life-size T-Rex dinosaur made of balloons

This life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur is made from 1,400 balloons. Created by award-winning pro balloon 'sculptor' Mark Verge, it's a recreation of his first place dinosaur at the 2007 World Balloon Championship, ...

The Big Cloth (An Clò-Mòr): Weaving Harris Tweed

On the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, over 170 freelance weavers weave Harris Tweed. It's the only cloth protected by an Act of Parliament, the Harris Tweed Act 1993, which states that to ...

Why all world maps are wrong

How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two dimensional. If ...

Four pro-chef pastry recipes that are super easy to make

If you want to help with preparing brunch for guests or make breakfast in bed for your favorite adults, then check out these four super easy pastry recipes that'll make your dishes look like the work of a pro chef... ...

The Fungi in Your Future: Mushroom leather, furniture, and more

Mushrooms come in a wide variety of species, they recycle dead plants which helps to create nutrient soil, and they can be turned into food, furniture, packaging, leather, and more. Enter MycoWorks, a team of engineer...

Globe Making (1955) – British Pathé

Skilled British artisans in this North London globe making workshop would painstakingly create 60,000 world globes every year. This awesome 1955 film from British Pathé showcases their step-by-step process. Wikipedia ...

Shrimp Traps & Sweet Potatoes: Food with Primitive Technology

How do you grow or catch dinner in the forest with none of the modern day conveniences that we're used to? In this episode of Primitive Technology, shrimp are caught with freshly woven funnel baskets made with lawyer ...

Incredible Amezaiku candy animal sculptures by Shinri Tezuka

Goldfish and octopuses that look like glass, tiny real looking pandas, shiba inu dogs, rabbits, dragons, and snakes... all edible. In the art of Amezaiku (飴細工), artisans craft small candy lollipop sculptures. D...

The art of Japanese marquetry

Crafted with different colors of wood arranged in intricate patterns, Yosegi Zaiku or Japanese marquetry is a style of object decoration that's practiced in Hakone, a town near Mount Fuji. No wood staining is used to ...

Volcano Bread

A loaf cake will bake at a temperature of 177C (350F) for around 45-60 minutes... you can microwave one in a mug at full power for just 2 minutes... and if you have a 100C (212F) hot spring, like they do in Laugarvatn...

How Does it Grow? Pumpkins

"The U.S. harvests five hundred million pounds of a food we have no intention of eating..." and if we did decide to eat this particular variety of food, it wouldn't taste like what we'd expect. In this episode of ...

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