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A 3D printed mechanical laser show machine

Engineer, maker, and 3D printing enthusiast Evan Stanford has created a 3D printed, hand-cranked mechanical laser show machine that 'draws' with projected light. The drawn shapes are created with two rotating cams tha...

Sandwich Bag Fire Starter

The intensity of sunlight on Earth is about 1300 Watts per square meter. When you focus the sun's rays using a magnifying glass (or in this case sphere of water) you can increase the intensity roughly ten thousand fol...

The Bulb Factory: How vintage filament bulbs are made by hand

Jazzy music plus light bulbs made by hand! This promotional video from William & Watson in London, England demonstrates how their vintage filament bulbs are put together and tested. From Wikipedia: An incandescent...

Keeping the Flame Alight with the Last of the Lampists

Jim Woodward is a lampist. A what, you ask? A lampist's main job is to keep the enormous, delicate glass lenses of lighthouse lights in tip-top shape so that ships at sea stay safe. But over the years, glass lenses ha...

How to make a Hollow Mask Illusion

How do we perceive faces? With some balloons, newspaper, some paste for paper mâché, and paints, you can create a hollow mask that appears to follow you as you move back and forth around the room. Rachel and her child...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

POLI’AHU, a time lapse at Mauna Kea’s Astronomical Observatories

SkyGlowProject.com presents POLI'AHU, a time lapse trip above the clouds to Mauna Kea in Hawaii, an inactive volcano 14,000 feet above sea level. Much of the mountain is under water; when measured from its oceanic bas...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

Make Lissajous patterns with DIY sand pendulums or light

Sand pendulums are an easy and beautiful method for students of all ages to learn a bit about the harmonic motion. These devices are easy to build and can be adjusted to give a variety of patterns. A pendulum that beg...

Relighting “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” by Georges Seurat

French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat is well-known for his pointillism technique and for his depictions of life in the late 1800s. In observing his painting Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), we see these...

A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう)

A subway rider diligently attempts to thwart the circle thief who is taking all of the useful round objects: A Circle Thief (まるどろぼう) by Tokyo-based art and design student Komoto.

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

Step inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms, seemingly endless spaces made from mirrors, patterns, darkness, and light. The six rooms were filmed by NPR at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum, wher...

Ice music made on hand-carved ice instruments

Tim Linhart was an ice sculptor in Colorado. One day he carved an upright string bass from ice and was astonished at the beautiful sound it made. Now he is the founder of Ice Music, based in Luleå, Swedish Lapland. Ic...

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the ve...

H is for Hertz – Circuit Playground

How does the internet work on your laptop, phone, and other wireless devices without any connecting cables? How does your television remote work? In this episode of Circuit Playground, Adabot learns about electromagne...

The Glass Ribbon Machine

In 1879, Thomas Edison and his research team developed a durable carbon-filament light bulb. In the 1880s and 90s, when glass had to be blown by hand, the skilled Corning glassblowers that Edison hired could produce t...

How small are we in the scale of the universe?

In 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavor was risky – what, if anything, was going to show up? But what came ...

A 3D-printed candy sorting machine

This machine sorts small candies (M&Ms and Skittles) by color. It was designed and built by Netherlands-based New Zealander Willem Pennings, who is studying Mechanical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology...

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