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How to Find a Galaxy

How do you find a galaxy? How do you find a thousand galaxies? Astrophysicist Dr. Margaret Geller is a galaxy mapping pioneer. She and her colleagues studied the spatial distribution of galaxies in our universe by sur...

HUGE Domino Tower Fail

These 3,242 dominoes were meticulously stacked in 241 layers by domino YouTubers Hevesh5 and Austrian Domino Art. After seven hours of non-stop building, the 19 foot tall free standing domino tower had achieved the ho...

Why the metric system matters

The United States is one of three countries in the world that has not adopted the metric system, and that may fall to two if Burma embraces metrication. How did inches, feet, pounds, gallons, and other familiar United...

Understanding the Magnetic Sun – NASA Goddard

This dynamic computer model of our sun reveals the behavior of its invisible magnetic structure. The pink and green indicate open magnetic field lines that reach out into space, while the "closed" white lines loop bac...

How does Leap Year work?

What is Leap Year, why do we have it, and how does it work? Vox explains and explores another question: When do leap year babies -- born on the rare date of February 29th -- celebrate their birthdays? This is an ex...

ALMA, a telescope so powerful it can see into the past

There’s a telescope deep in Chile’s Atacama Desert that takes pictures so massive that it requires a supercomputer as powerful as 16 million PCs to decipher the images. This is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA...

DOTMOT Paper Camera Kit

With computer templates, careful cuts, clean folds, and a bright color palette, this Paper Camera Kit by independent design lab DOTMOT is a yet another beautiful example of well made paper craft.

Mathematical Present Wrapping with Katie Steckles

When you're wrapping a variety of shapes, it can be a challenge to wrap them neatly, but with a bit of measuring, thoughtful folding, and practice, your cuboid, pentahedron or equilateral triangular prism, cylinder, o...

How Google[x]’s Project Loon Tests Its Giant Internet Balloons

What if massive pumpkin-shaped balloons could bring internet access to rural and remote locations around the planet? Google[x], which also developed Google Glass and Google's Driverless Car, has a team working on gian...

Meet the Balloonatics – SciFri goes to Macy’s Parade Studio

How are Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons designed, calculated, fabricated, tested, and retested before they show up on the streets of Manhattan on Thanksgiving morning? From Science Friday in 2011, visit the 'b...

Why do autumn leaves cause train delays? – Liz Bonnin

Why do 'leaves on the line' cause train delays, especially in autumn? The serious danger comes from a series of physics challenges: Leaves are sucked onto the tracks by the fast moving trains. The train wheels crush t...

Solar Wind Strips Martian Atmosphere – NASA Goddard

In 2014, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) spacecraft measured the speed and direction of ions escaping from Mars. The data collected as it orbited the Red Planet is visualized in this NASA...

Lunar Eclipses Explained + Does The Moon Really Orbit The Earth?

"As bright as the moon looks in the night sky, what we're really seeing is sunlight, and the percent of its face that's illuminated depends on where it is in relation to the Earth. At the point in its orbit when the m...

From Clay to Mosaics – How zellige (الزليج) mosaics are made

From Moroccan interior design company Habibi Interiors, watch as maâlems (master craftsmen) take their time and skill to create terra cotta tiles known as zellige, zillij, or الزليج, meaning "tiles" in Arabic: From Cl...

LeVar Burton Takes a Ride in a Driverless Car – Reading Rainbow

Self driving car videos often focus on the possible fun of rider experiences or the usefulness of computerized driving, but we'd also like to know more about the technology. How do driverless cars avoid crashing into ...

Building the solar system to scale in the Nevada desert

"Every single picture of the solar system that we ever encounter is not to scale. If you put the orbits to scale on a piece of paper, the planets become microscopic and you won't be able to see them. There is literall...

The Slinky machine: A hand-cranked, wooden Slinky escalator

What if you had a never-ending stairway for a Slinky to "walk" down? How long do you think it might continue to descend? Matthias Wandel of Woodgears.ca decided to find out. This is The Slinky Machine, a specially-con...

Embroidered zoetrope animations by Elliot Schultz

As a Digital Art Major at the Australian National University, Elliot Schultz experimented with and produced embroidered zoetrope animations. Get a behind-the-scenes look here. Discs were created with animated seque...

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