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The giant sculptures along North Dakota’s Enchanted Highway

In 1989, the small town of Regent, North Dakota was getting smaller, and with no prospects in sight for bringing in visitors and jobs, former school principal Gary Greff came up with an idea: He would build an 'enchan...

Meccano Rope-Making Machine

Engineered with metal strips, plates, angle girders, spools, chains, axles, gears, nuts, and bolts, this rope-making machine twists three strands of string into a rope. Built by Meccano enthusiast Peter Ashby, the mac...

Exquisite scrap metal creatures by Insectophile Edouard Martinet

When Edouard Martinet was 10, one of his teachers introduced his pupils to insects, but in a rather obsessive way. Subliminally, the fascination sunk in to the young French boy. Fast-forward 40 years, and Martinet ...

I Beam – Sesame Street

A red hot steel I-beam is molded at the factory, moving back and forth within the machines as it takes shape in the form of the letter I. This classic Sesame Street clip was first seen in 1980 during the show's 12th s...

Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter

When Ivan Owen's 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the oppo...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Sculpting the Wind: Anthony Howe’s Kinetic Sculptures

Filmed in Orcas Island, Washington, sculptor Anthony Howe discusses the inspiration and work behind his wind-powered, stainless steel kinetic sculptures with Great Big Story: Sculpting the Wind. More from Howe's site:...

What’s on the inside of a fishing reel?

Visually pull apart the inner components of a fishing reel, and you'll see 141 precise and sometimes tiny parts that work together to help the tool cast and catch. See what kind of engineering and craftsmanship goes i...

Murmuration Chandelier

Inspired by the twisting, turning phenomenon of starling flocks, called a murmuration, this is Murmuration Chandelier, a kinetic sculpture by designers Richard Harvey and Keivor John: When you look at a murmuration...

How to make simple homopolar motor ‘race cars’

Lay out a 'race track' of tinfoil, attach two round neodymium magnets to the ends of an AA battery x2 (or more) -- the polarity of the magnets matters, so experiment to see how your vehicle behaves (or doesn't) -- the...

The fastest wire bending machine in the world

Advertised as the fastest wire bending machine in the world, the AFE-2D6 ULTRA CNC Wire Bender from Automated Industrial Machinery, Inc can create a variety of perfectly bent shapes in a ridiculously short amount of t...

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...

Ferrofluid + Glow Sticks – The Physics Girl

Ferromagnetic + fluid = ferrofluid, a liquid containing nanoscale particles of magnetite, hematite, or an iron compound. Invented by NASA's Steve Papell in 1963, ferrofluid forms undulating spikes and patterns as it r...

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...

1,000 bloom chrysanthemum: The largest in the western world

This 2011 video from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens goes behind-the-scenes to show how one fosters the growth of a Chrysanthemum plant with over 1,000 blooms. Senior gardener and chrysanthemum special...

Making wire gears + the kinetic sculptures of Arthur Ganson

We love gears. Steel gears, wooden gears, paper gears, unusually shaped gears... but we'd yet to see handmade wire gears. Enter Arthur Ganson and his kinetic sculptures, including the one above, Machine with Housefly....

Artist Cyrus Kabiru makes eyeglasses from trash & e-waste

Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru designs and makes eyeglasses from Nairobi's discarded trash and e-waste. In a mix of sculptural art, fashion, and social commentary, the bifocals explore "the aspiration of popular culture b...

Beam Drop Inhotim, 2008, Brazil – Chris Burden

A large space in the dirt is cleared, a pit is dug and filled with wet concrete, and a huge crane lifts and drops 100 locally sourced steel I-beams into the pit. This is the work of late American artist Chris Burden f...

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