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Cal Academy: Trogloraptors & How Science Works

In 2010, some amateur cave explorers discovered a relatively large six-eyed, hook-legged, orangey-brown spider in a Southern Oregon cave. In 2012, the spider was named Trogloraptor marchingtoni or Trogloraptor (which ...

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...

Shylights: Blooming silk light sculptures at the Rijksmuseum

Made with silk, aluminum, polished stainless steel, LED's, and iPhone/iPad-controlled robotics, Shylights by Studio Drift mimic the natural world with their graceful metamorphosis. Watch as they fall 30 feet (9 meters...

Dancing Paper, 8bit Harmonica, and Musical Umbrella by Ugoita

The next time we start folding origami cranes, we're going to be tempted to give them legs and little magnetic feet. This is Dancing Paper, a project by multimedia artist Ugoita. Watch as the cranes dance with synchro...

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...

Cookie Monster’s food-related “showerthoughts” at the museum

What was the best thing before sliced bread? Cookie Monster considers some food-related "showerthoughts" -- those random, seemingly-profound thoughts, ideas, or questions that you might have while taking a shower, day...

Sticky Actuator: Inflatable stick-on “pouch motors”

Here's an excellent idea for your DIY projects: Make sticky actuators! These particular actuators -- motors that convert energy into motion -- are small, inflatable pouches that are custom-printed in thermoplastic...

Hydrophobic metal made with laser-etched microscopic patterns

Scientists from the University of Rochester have created water-repelling metal by laser-etching nanostructures into the surface. Watch as water droplets bounce like water balloons off of the metal's super-hydrophobic ...

XCAR Films: How to drive the Ford Model T

"At one point, over half the cars in the U.S. were Model Ts. They were used for business, for pleasure, for everything really. Even in World War I, they were praised for their abilities. Ford's dream of freeing farmer...

Design Ah! (デザインあ) introduces kids to design concepts

In 2011, Japan's NHK television network began broadcasting Design Ah!, a Peabody award-winning children's educational program that explores different types of creative thinking for viewers of all ages. With an "Ah" th...

Janicki Omniprocessor: Turning human waste into drinking water

"The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe." This huge, potentially game-changing machine, invented ...

Fire & Ice: Mount Kenya’s Lost Glaciers, revisualized with fire

It was so cold, and the air so thin, on the mountain that even walking with his fire-rake for 20 minutes exhausted Norfolk completely. He was like a man lost on an island, pacing and waving a flame for help. But his c...

British birds created with LEGO (and made an official set)

Originally hand-crafted with bricks from a wide variety of LEGO sets, LEGO fan and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom pieced together a series of beautiful British birds as a tribute to the natural world that he wants to ...

Wangari Maathai: “I will be a hummingbird”

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's rights advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai in this clip from Dirt! The Movie: We are co...

The Economist on entomophagy: Why eating insects makes sense

Healthier to eat, less expensive to produce, and more sustainable than traditional livestock, insects are a popular recommendation as a global food supply solution. Around two billion people eat bugs as a snack or as ...

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

From the BBC's Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island's native thorny succulent...

Fourth graders create a solar powered classroom

When Aaron Sebens started talking about renewable energy with his fourth grade class, they kept coming back to their excitement about solar power and making it a more hands-on learning experience. How might they move ...

Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic

After two years of research, experiments, and failed trials, 16-year-old Elif Bilgin developed a new process for turning banana peels into a non-decaying bioplastic, a more eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based ...

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