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A bagpipes & saw waltz: A música portuguesa a gostar dela própria

António Ribeiro & Rui Ribeiro perform Valsa de nome desconhecido on bagpipes and a musical saw. Their outdoors performance was filmed as a part of A música portuguesa a gostar dela própria, a project documenting and c...

To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES

Created by EUPHRATES and Masahiko Sato for Japan's National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), these three "To the Scientists of the Future" short films are a mesmerizing combination of materials research innovati...

Sampuru: How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

Schoolhouse Rock: A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing

A Noun Is A Person, Place Or Thing, a 1973 Grammar Rock episode from Schoolhouse Rock. Related watching: Verb: That’s What’s Happening, Unpack Your Adjectives, and more Schoolhouse Rock.

Mysteries of vernacular: Pants

Where does the word 'pants' come from? The journey of this word throughout history begins with the 4th Century Roman Saint Pantaleon and is now used to refer to any clothing with two separate tubes that are meant to c...

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...

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