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How balloons are made – The Magic of Making

How are balloons made? In this video from The Magic of Making, a series of short films for kids created in partnership with with BBC Worldwide, we begin with a history lesson about Kew Gardens and stolen rubber trees ...

Wooden domino row building machine

I first built a domino row building machine of this type in 1985 out of Lego, then built it again from memory in 2009 to make a video of it. The machine works by pushing a magazine full of dominoes forward along the t...

How Does It Grow? Blueberries

Wild blueberries are native to the Americas, from forests in the Andes Mountains northward to the Arctic tundra. They were an important part of the food, culture, and medicinal practices of North America's indigenous ...

California Ripe Olives: From Orchard to Store Shelf

Black olives don't start out black. The process that turns this fruit black was invented by Freda Ehmann in Oakland, California during the mid-1890s, and even green olives from the tree go through processes that turn ...

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...

How Do They Recycle Paper?

Find out what happens to paper when it's recycled via this wordless 1999 film by Winston Washington Moxam for the National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Paper?

Why don’t perpetual motion machines ever work?

Perpetual motion machines — devices that can do work indefinitely without any external energy source — have captured many inventors’ imaginations because they could totally transform our relationship with energy. Ther...

Turing Tumble, a DIY mechanical computer powered by marbles

The Turing Tumble, this small Pachinko-like puzzle game prototype, is also DIY mechanical computer. Programmer Paul Boswell designed the Turing complete toy to help kids (and adults) learn, see, and feel how computers...

An ‘Awesome’ 360° View At America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

At 5:30am on May 1, 2017, the Block Island Wind Farm replaced a local diesel generating plant and became America's first offshore wind farm. According to Business Insider, "it will emit about 40,000 fewer tons of gree...

The Universal Tea Machine, a huge mechanical ‘adding computer’

"The better your binary addition skills the better your cup of tea!" The Universal Tea Machine by Smout Allen is a huge mechanical 'adding computer' that mixes tea and mixes tea, a British tradition that became popula...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

How are restaurant napkins made?

Inside Rivolta Carmignani in Macherio, just north of Milan, the Rivolta family has been weaving and stitching fine hotel and restaurant linens for five generations. This bonus scene from the Anthony Bourdain-produced ...

Water powered hammer (Monjolo) – Primitive Technology

For farmers, millers, engineers, and artisans who live near a river or stream, a monjolo or kara-usu—a water powered hammer—can slowly grind grains into flours or soft stones into powders without repetitive human effo...

Robotic Loop: Train vs. Robot

Mechanical engineering student Christian Schürch programmed a FANUC M-2iA/3S robot to assemble and disassemble two tracks for a traveling toy train. Schürch constructed gripper fingers for the school project, as well....

Japanese manhole covers, a factory tour – ONLY in JAPAN

Whether they're in plain metal or decorated in bright colors, city manhole covers stand out in Japan's bustling streets. Personalized with bold yet intricate illustrations that highlight local sights, symbols, and sto...

How does a tunnel boring machine work?

How are new subway tunnels constructed underneath a busy city like Barcelona, Spain? This promotional animation demonstrates how a tunnel boring machine—specifically a Herrenknecht TBM with an Earth Pressure Balance S...

What’s inside a tape measure?

It's useful for measuring, fun to extend out as far as possible, and when its rocker is unlocked, the long metal measuring blade snaps quickly back inside of its shell. But how? What's inside a tape measure? In th...

Electromechanical instruments + rocks: Rock Band

Listen to The Beatles' Here Comes the Sun played with rocks that are being thrown, slapped, and vibrated by electromechanical instruments. This is Rock Band, a project created by Neil Mendoza as a part of Autodesk's a...

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