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Making wire gears + the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson

We love gears. Steel gears, wooden gears, paper gears, unusually shaped gears... but we'd yet to see handmade wire gears. Enter Arthur Ganson and his kinetic sculptures, including the one above, Machine with Housefly....

Cut, fold, and flip – How farfalle pasta is made by machine

At the Zerega Pasta factory in New Jersey, a stamping machine cuts, folds, and flips farfalle, pasta shaped like bow ties or butterflies. (Farfalle means butterflies in Italian.) The video above captures the speedy pr...

Watch the “Salvation Fish” Transform From Animal to Candle

In the waterways of northwestern British Columbia, the small eulachon, also known as smelt, candlefish, and halimotkw or Salvation Fish, has had a long history of importance to the area's indigenous people. Thanks to ...

Inside the LEGO Factory: How robots & machines make LEGO

In this factory in Billund, Denmark, autonomous robots and precise machines can make 36,000 LEGO pieces per minute... that's 2.16 million pieces every hour or 19 billion elements every year... if not more. Recent tota...

Toy Dinosaur Figurine – How It’s Made

From the Science Channel's How It's Made tv show, watch how artisans create detailed toy figurines: from drawings, to computer software, to 3D printed and hand-carved sculptures, to the casting of silicone, plaster, a...

How to Carve a Mango Flower on a Stick

Watch this Puerto Peñasco, Mexico beach vendor cut up a mango and mount it on a stick, making it super easy to eat. As soon as he peels the skin off, he slices a spiral of fruit petals, and then sprinkles it with lime...

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...

How To Make Mini Donut Cookies – SweetAmbs

Cookies that look like mini donuts! Cookie decorating artist Amber Spiegel demonstrates how to make these bite-size desserts look like donuts, crullers, cinnamon buns, and more thanks to the detail that she puts into ...

Beam Drop Inhotim, 2008, Brazil – Chris Burden

A large space in the dirt is cleared, a pit is dug and filled with wet concrete, and a huge crane lifts and drops 100 locally sourced steel I-beams into the pit. This is the work of late American artist Chris Burden f...

What’s an Engineer? + The Engineering Process – Crash Course Kids

In these two Crash Course Kids episodes, Sabrina Cruz explains how engineers design and build things to solve specific problems, like connecting two separate land masses with a bridge, or communicating with people who...

Celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

On June 18th, 1983, NASA physicist Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space. Orbiting Earth on Space Shuttle Challenger, she inspired an entire generation to follow their interests in s...

The Growing Cycles of Vegetables – Farm foods grow in time lapse

Through this series of time lapse films, artist and fourth generation farmer Matthew Moore chronicled the food that he grows -- radishes, kale, crookneck squash, and broccoli -- over the course of their growing cycles...

Glass artist Kiva Ford makes handmade scientific & artistic glassware

For art or for science, glass artist Kiva Ford loves to make precise, custom vessels, beakers, sculptures, and more with glass. In this 2011 Etsy Handmade Portrait, Ford describes his work in Scientific Glassblowing (...

LEGO Adventure in the City: A brick-animated short story

Once upon a time, a snake went to the zoo and then returned to his home. Suddenly, there was an attack from The Grey and the zoo's dinosaur gets out! Can the snake help the city?! This stop motion animated short st...

Anodizing Titanium – “The Rainbow Metal”

Titanium is nicknamed "The Rainbow Metal" in some jeweler circles because it can be anodized in an electrolyte solution to produce a variety of colors. The colors are created by passing electricity through it to produ...

Amezaiku (飴細工) Japanese Candy Sculptures by Ame Yoshihara

Ame Yoshihara sculpts taffy candy into adorable "Amezaiku" animals, a traditional Japanese folk art that dates back to the 700s. This video from SweetsTales showcases his craftsmanship, as well as Ame-pyon, Yoshihara'...

Machining a cube in a cube in a cube from a single metal block

This three-layered cube – a cube in a cube in a cube – was made from a single block of metal. It was machined with precision on a metal lathe and a drill by YouTuber Инженер BrunS, an experienced hobbyist. The cubes c...

The art of suminagashi or Japanese paper marbling

Watch artisan Tadao Fukuda as he creates beautiful handmade marbled papers, an art called suminagashi (墨流し) in Japanese. From echizenwashi.jp: Mr.Fukuda is in his eighties and very energetic to have had his marb...

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