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How to make a mechanical snail coin bank

Designer Christopher Blasius makes small wooden machines and then shares his designs online, including plans that can be purchased. Watch as he carefully cuts, glues, drills, sands, paints, and precisely fits together...

Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

ASIMO & UNI-CUB β (2014)

The world's most advanced humanoid robot can run smoothly at a record 9kph (5.6mph), recognizes faces and voices, shakes hands, has incredible balance -- can jump, hop, climb stairs, kick soccer balls, pour drinks wit...

How to Speak Chimpanzee

Hoping to assemble the world's first chimpanzee dictionary, primatologist Dr. Katja Liebal spends hours observing how different groups of chimpanzees communicate with each other. She believes that there is a language ...

Museum of Obsolete Objects: Morse Code

From the 2011 video series, Museum of Obsolete Objects by Germany-based agency Jung von Matt, this is Morse Code. Consider Morse code a sort of texting invented over 130 years earlier than th...

The Egg Painter

The Egg Painter, a beautiful profile of Elena Craciunescu and the traditional Easter egg painting that she skillfully enjoys in a small village in Romania’s northern region of Bukovina. ...

Havana Bikes

In a country with economic constraints and limited resources, the bicycle culture of Havana, Cuba has both flourished for its alternative mode of transportation, and struggled as new bikes ...

Water Calligraphy Device, Beijing

Imagine sky writing on the ground using water and a modified tricycle – this is Water Calligraphy Device by French Canadian media artist Nicholas Hanna. Inspired by the water and brush calligraphy of older artists ...

Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark? File under: dogs and communication.

TED Ed: Making Sense of Spelling

Words can come alive and make more sense when you learn about their structure, relationships, and history. From the TED-Ed archives, Making Sense of Spelling. Watch more TED-Ed, and more abou...

It’s Okay to Be Smart: How The Elements Got Their Names

This information-packed video from It’s Okay to Be Smart explains How The Elements Got Their Names in rhyme! It’s a great introduction for looking further into the periodic table&#...

Sesame Street: Signing Alphabet (1977)

From the early Sesame Street days, composer Joan La Barbara's Signing Alphabet (1977).

e-Volo 18-Rotor Volocopter

This is the battery-powered VC200 “volocopter,” a state-of-the-art helicopter prototype by engineers at German start-up e-volo. From Smithsonian Mag:  In the coming year, engineers...

Japanese television: Tires on a ski jump

Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds i...

Who grows the cocoa in your chocolate bar?

Creative studio Nice and Serious collaborated with the Rainforest Alliance and Adrien Koffi Kouadio, “a cocoa farmer, family man, a community leader and football lover” in the vil...

Li Hongbo: Out Of Paper

From Crane.tv, watch this video profile of Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo: Out Of Paper, with subtitles. Related videos in the archives: paper engineering by Irving Harper and the salt install...

Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух, 1969) by Russian animator Fyodor Khitruk

Comparing different versions of familiar stories can be a great example of how many ways there are to see the world. The video above is a fascinating example: Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух, 1969) by Russian animator Fyo...

Luigi Prina: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.

We want to learn how to make flying vehicles like this. Meet Luigi Prina, the 83-Year-Old Builder of Flying Model Ships, in this fascinating video profile: The Ships That Sail Through The Clouds.  The flying ships ...

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