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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...

Sweet (& savory) morning buns with chef April Bloomfield & Tartine

In the kitchen at Tartine, San Francisco's popular bread bakery and cafe, chef April Bloomfield observes how their morning buns are made. Tartine's Chad Robertson mixes the ingredients and preps the dough with layers ...

Erie Type A and B Steam Shovels from over 100 years ago

Watch a 1915 Erie Type A Steam Shovel working at the Welland Country Fair, filmed in the summer of 2016. The coal-fired Erie type A and B were created by The Ball Engine Company, an industrial steam engine company fou...

The Scorpion-3 hoverbike, a ‘human-carrying drone’

This Scorpion-3 hoverbike is a cross between a motorcycle and a quadcopter, a 'human-carrying drone' that hopes to be "the next step in accessible amateur flying developed to inspire athletes, engineers, scientists an...

Power, an animated exploration of illustrated machines

From animator and painter Dana Sink, Power is an animated short film that explores the forms of illustrated machines over time.

How Do They Make Money?

Watch shiny discs of metal tumble through giant machines and conveyor belts in the mint before they're stamped and made officially into Canadian one cent pieces. How Do They Make Money? is a 1999 wordless short film b...

Rainbow Wave LEGO Great Ball Contraption

Featuring a 38 color rainbow of LEGO bricks, this Rainbow Wave LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) was built in over 100 hours by Berthil van Beek. It's his first GBC build. Watch as tiny soccer balls and basketballs mo...

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...

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...

Chef Ludo Lefebvre visits the Bordier Butter Factory

Butter blocks, butter blobs, butter rolls, butter balls, butter cones, butter wheels! Go behind the scenes of a French butter factory with chef Ludo Lefebvre in this subtitled bonus scene from the Anthony Bourdain-pro...

Climbing Wind Turbines for a Living

Converting kinetic energy into electrical power as they spin, wind turbines are a growing part of the world's renewable energy solutions. Rock climber and wind turbine technician Jessica Kilroy inspects, maintains, an...

Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

A home made string shooter & slow moving waves in rope

This string shooter uses two wheels on motors to push a string forward while a tube guides the string back through the wheels, creating a constant loop that appears to defy gravity and demonstrates wave phenomena. ...

Conveyor Belt Hero

Different sizes and colors of wooden blocks travel along a conveyor belt, placed in a melodious order by eight helpers on the Conveyor Belt Hero team. Mystery Guitar Man Joe Penna plays the blocks all in order with hi...

Strain Wave Gearing LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Module

Behold another excellent Great Ball Contraption (GBC) from LEGO enthusiast Akiyuki, this one with Strain Wave Gearing. Akiyuki explains: Strain wave gearing consists of three components: a wave generator, a flex s...

Curious Contraptions by automata artist Paul Spooner

Via the new Curious Contraptions exhibition at San Francisco's Exploratorium, meet artist and mechanic Paul Spooner. Within a community of British makers, Spooner created over 40 whimsical kinetic sculptures for The C...

How to Design a Particle Accelerator

What is a particle accelerator and how would you go about designing one? We've heard of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but what of the tens of thousands of other accelerators being used in science and medicine? ...

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