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The Foldscope – A Paper Microscope that Costs $1

To help make microscopes as accessible and as sturdy as pencils, Stanford University biophysicist Manu Prakash created an ultra-low-cost origami-based microscope. He was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Thailand clinic w...

Circular motion demonstration with a sparkler & a hula hoop

From physics teacher and film maker Alom Shaha, check out these simple demonstrations showing how something moving in a circle will move in a straight line when you remove the centripetal force acting upon that thing....

Madeline the Robot Tamer

Allowing people to easily direct industrial robot actions through human movement, researcher, designer, and educator Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based communication software, Quipt, as an artist-in-residence a...

How to fold a Christmas Tree Napkin – Instructables

If you're looking for a few modern, evergreen-themed decoration ideas for the holidays, check out this easy yet impressive-looking Christmas Tree Napkin Fold from Instructables. There's also step by step instructions....

How this Japanese town is working to produce no trash

Since 2003, the small town of Kamikatsu, Japan has worked to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their materials, and they are close to the goal: As of 2015, only 20% of thei...

Climate Change 101 with Bill Nye + solutions great and small

What is climate change, what causes it, and how do we mitigate its effects? Bill Nye summarizes Climate Change 101 in concert with National Geographic's Climate Change issue and COP21, the December 2015 Paris Climate ...

How Google[x]’s Project Loon Tests Its Giant Internet Balloons

What if massive pumpkin-shaped balloons could bring internet access to rural and remote locations around the planet? Google[x], which also developed Google Glass and Google's Driverless Car, has a team working on gian...

Buster Keaton – The Art of the Gag

Buster Keaton was known as 'The Great Stone Face', a reference to the deadpan expression he wore during some of the most incredible physical comedy scenes known in film. His artistry as a vaudevillian, a comedian, a f...

Multilayered, mechanized music-making by Graham Dunning

Experimental music artist Graham Dunning plays with how music can be created through a mix of found objects and sound experiments. In Mechanical Techno Demonstration, he rigs up multiple layers of sound-making interac...

A time lapse of Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 797

How does one person's actions influence the next person's actions in a shared space? Sol LeWitt's wall drawings explore this intricate visual butterfly effect in the collaborative art entitled Wall Drawing 797, a conc...

Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork in Salem and Sausalito

Are they nests? Cocoons, forts, beehives, ancient huts, forest castles? All of the above and more? From the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, watch how artist Patrick Dougherty planned and built 'What the ...

Debunking the “I will never need to use this…” myth

If you've ever heard the phrase, "I will never need to use this ever again," regarding a theorem of mathematics, or a scientific law, or a fact from the history of a far corner of the planet, consider this from astrop...

Can Namib Desert beetles help us solve our drought problems?

Can we pull enough water out of the air to sustain drought-stricken places around the planet? It might help to Think Like A Tree... or a Namib Desert Beetle called the Stenocara gracilipes, who harvests water from the...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

Nat & Lo’s 20% Project – Behind the scenes at Google

At Google, there's a side project/perk/philosophy called "20% time" that encourages employees to spend one day a week working on their own Google-focused ideas and inventions. Googlers Natalie Hammel and Lorraine Yurs...

Cars on the Lanes – Translating car patterns into music

From Brazilian multimedia artist Jarbas Agnelli, this is Cars on the Lanes, an experiment to find and translate the music in patterns around us. Agnelli writes: Since everything moves (from galaxies to atoms) and ...

3D printing with 1900F molten glass – G3DP at MIT

Optically transparent glass printing. A brand new glass 3D printing process called G3DP has been developed through the teamwork of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, MIT's Mechanical Engineering Departmen...

Ferrolic – A ferrofluid clock prototype by Zelf Koelman

Watch ferromagnetic fluid travel across a blank surface like living creatures: undulating forward, dancing rhythmically, blobbing together in organic shapes to digitally display the current time. Ferrolic, a ferroflui...

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