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A Tour of the White House’s West Wing in Sign Language

Leah Katz-Hernandez is the West Wing Receptionist and her job is to welcome everyday Americans and world leaders alike to the West Wing, the Executive Office Building where the President of the United States' offices ...

How to Make a Tennis Ball

From filmmaker Benedict Redgrove, this is How to Make a Tennis Ball, a wonderful short from inside Wilson's tennis ball factory near Bangkok, Thailand. Redgrove explains: I was commissioned to make a film and shoot...

Inside the Pantone color factory

At Pantone's factory headquarters in Carlstadt, New Jersey, there are highly trained color specialists that can see subtle differences between similar colors... really similar colors. Pantone specializes in art and de...

Laika’s Head of Puppetry explains how stop motion puppets are made

Go behind the scenes with Puppet Fabrication Creative Supervisor Georgina Hayns -- who set up the puppet department at Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings -- to fin...

A hippo gets his teeth brushed

At the Tennoji Zoo in Osaka, Japan, hippo hygiene is important. Thanks to training and consistent routines, hippopotamus Tetsuo understands how to get his teeth brushed (and get a quick physical check-up) from the car...

How Do They Put the Centers in Chocolates?

From the National Film Board of Canada, a classic wordless short film from 1997: How Do They Put the Centers in Chocolates? File under chocolate, factory, NFB, and how things are made. In the archives: How Do They ...

Astronaut Leland Melvin on Returning Home From Life In Space

What's it like to come back home to our Blue Marble after you've been floating around in orbit? NASA astronaut, engineer, and former football player Leland Melvin explains his return-to-Earth readjustment experience i...

Animated Life: Mary Leakey & the Laetoli footprints

Forty years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania, an elephant dung fight between a couple of paleoanthropologists led to a discovery: a fossilized animal print, at least 3.6 million years old. But the site had an even bigger surp...

Curb Roller – How concrete curbs are made smooth

"If you know concrete, then you know just how difficult it can be to properly shape a concrete curb." If you don't know concrete, but you watch a curb roller in action, you may have no idea if properly shaping a concr...

A 360 degree interactive cockpit view from an Airbus A320

What is it like to be in the cockpit of an airplane? This 11m25s video from Switzerland's Blick newspaper brings us inside the cockpit with the pilot and copilot for a 360 degree interactive take off and landing of an...

From Clay to Mosaics – How zellige (الزليج) mosaics are made

From Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors, watch as maâlems (master craftsmen) take their time and skill to create terra cotta tiles known as zellige, zillij, or الزليج, meaning "tiles" in Arabic: From Cl...

How do firefighters combat and control wildfires?

It takes vehicles in the air, tools on the ground, highly trained hot shots, smoke jumpers, and helitack crews, and additional reinforcements of all kinds to combat wildfires. When "43,000 wildfires have burned more t...

1,000 bloom chrysanthemum: The largest in the western world

This 2011 video from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens goes behind-the-scenes to show how one fosters the growth of a Chrysanthemum plant with over 1,000 blooms. Senior gardener and chrysanthemum special...

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

"People know that the system is old, but I don't think they realize just how old it is... in our system, it's not just the architecture that's 100 years old. It's a lot of the basic technology, as well. The infrastruc...

Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

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...

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 (...

Ricky Syers and his handmade marionette of Doris Diether

Meet longtime Greenwich Village resident, painter, actress, and housing rights activist Doris Diether, and street performer, artist, and puppeteer Ricky Syers. Syers makes marionettes that are the spitting image of pe...

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