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How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

How to peel potatoes quickly and easily

How do you peel a potato quickly, easily, and without the messy process of peeling them with a vegetable peeler? Dave Hax demonstrates a simple alternative that only requires a clean slice and boiling, or as he sugges...

ExpeRimental: Microwave cake in a mug + How to make play dough

In this easy ExpeRimental science experiment for kids (and adults who want a cylindrical pancake with their morning coffee), we learn how to make microwave cup-cakes... or really, mug-cakes. And what happens if we ...

ExpeRimental: How to make fizzy bottle rockets

This ExpeRimental episode from The Royal Institution is full of super explosive fun. Danielle and Michael show a group of kids how to make fizzy bottle rockets with some small, sports-capped plastic bottles, some Alka...

How to make smoke rings with a simple DIY vortex cannon

If you're looking to make a simple vortex canon for shooting smoke rings across the room, you'll like this DIY video by Dave Hax. All you'll need is an empty plastic bottle, a balloon, and an incense stick, preferably...

Cal Academy: How to Observe a Meteor Shower

Get some blankets, find a dark hill on a dark night, make sure you've napped, and put away that smartphone. The California Academy of Sciences has some excellent tips for seeing shooting stars, more accurately known a...

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...

ExpeRimental: Candle Chemistry

In this episode of ExpeRimental, Lisa and Josh explain the unseen as they make a flame jump through the air. Josh also measures how long it takes for covered candles to extinguish on their own. There's more activity i...

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...

How to make a carrot clarinet

From renaissance flutes to rubber glove bagpipes, Linsey Pollak has been making instruments since 1971. An Australian musician and composer, his musical inventions help make playing music more accessible and fun for a...

ExpeRimental: How to make bouncing eggs

Bounce, crack, dissolve, and make things a bit squidgy with stuff that's already around the house! The latest expeRiment from The Royal Institution is a classic for all ages: Olympia and her daughters, Viola and Elodi...

Train tracks: How to replace railway ties without pulling up the rails

Railroad tracks are made of three main parts: the long steel rails that the trains run on, wooden or concrete railroad ties (US) or sleepers (UK), and the track ballast that helps bear a train's weight and keeps the t...

The Electric Sausage: A static electricity demonstration

Perhaps you've experimented with static electricity by using a balloon, paper clippings, your hair, a pencil, a plastic bag, or a Van de Graaff Generator... but have you ever used a sausage to see static electricity i...

Lemon bars with olive oil and sea salt

Savory, tart, bitter, and sweet from The New York Times: Melissa Clark demonstrates how to make lemon bars with a sophisticated twist by adding olive oil and flaky sea salt. She writes: My mother wasn’t a baker, b...

Cardistry: Making card flourishes look effortless with practice

Card flourishes are visual displays of skill performed with playing cards, designed to show the skill or manual dexterity of a 'flourisher'. Card flourishes are primarily intended to be visually impressive and to appe...

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 to wrap presents quickly and easily

If you have a lot of presents to wrap, how do you get it all done in time? This viral video shows us how to quickly wrap presents with the aid of some tape and just a few folds. Clearly this sort of thing takes some p...

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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