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Tantalus Mackerel and a School of Fish automata

Automata and kinetic sculpture artist Chris Fitch uses engineering to create repeated moments in time. Named for the Greek mythological figure Tantalus, the fish-themed piece above, Tantalus Mackerel, follows a frustr...

The untold history of ironworking in central & west Africa

In the lush forests of modern-day Central African Republic, sometime between 1800 and 1500 BC, craftsmen are believed to have discovered iron. New evidence indicates that ironworking began in the heart of Africa. ...

North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum

In the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum is attracting visitors from near and far. In the video above, UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend shows off the 31 restored wind-po...

Steel track rolling ball sculptures by kinetic artist Tom Harold

With thin rails of hand-bent and welded stainless steel, kinetic artist Tom Harold creates intricate marble tracks full of twists, turns, hinges, and swirls. Titled 'Tomfoolery,' the piece above was specially made for...

Smashing stuff with neodymium magnets

What happens to a cluster of grapes when it's in between two large, very strong and potentially dangerous neodymium magnets as they collide? Science presenter Kevin Delaney and his team demonstrate the power of these ...

Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball

In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds, crashing back to earth. It makes tiny, artificial earthquakes. Tom Scott v...

The surprising interactions between copper and neodymium magnets

Experiments with super strong neodymium magnets and copper! These surprising demonstrations of magnetic damping go beyond the magnet through a copper tube demo that we've previously seen. Watch as Night Hawk in Light ...

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Emblems of royalty, sacred offerings, ornaments, adornments, and treasures endowed with symbolic significance. Follow the development of goldworking from the Inca Empire, the Aztec Empire, and other ancient civilizati...

How zippers are made at the zipper factory – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The bulk of a zipper/zip consists of two rows of protruding teeth, which may be made to interdigitate, linking the rows, carrying from tens to hundreds of specially shaped metal or plastic teeth... The slider, operate...

The Big Sort: An Insider’s Tour of a Recycling Plant

Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, an...

COS & Snarkitecture’s Loop, a 400 meter marble run in Seoul

A follow up to their 2014 interactive marble run installation and their viral ball pit installation The Beach, New York-based art and architecture team Snarkitecture has partnered with fashion brand COS to create 400 ...

How knives, forks, and spoons are made

How are knives, forks, and spoons made? In this video from The Magic of Making, we go behind-the-scenes with the workers and machines that cut, stamp, bend, sharpen, and polish silverware into its final forms. We ...

Humphry Davy’s Potassium Volcano

Humphry Davy is one of the best know men of science of the nineteenth century. He isolated nine different chemical elements, was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide and invented the miner's safety lamp known as t...

How to build a balancing bridge out of coins without glue

Build a bridge of coins that can balance off the side of a table without glue. This video from The Q demonstrates the stacking process with around 200 coins. Can you make something similar with fewer coins, or somethi...

Making Matchbox cars in 1960s London – British Pathé

In the 1960s, Matchbox toy cars were made on a series of assembly lines in a Hackney factory in London. Filmed 15 years after the company was founded under the name Lesney Products, this 1962 British Pathé video featu...

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...

Bequeath These Seeds, a blooming brass wire kinetic sculpture

Brass wire and liquid plastic flutter open and close like flowers in time lapse, driven by motorized mechanisms within the wooden scaffolding below. Bequeath These Seeds was created by kinetic sculptor Casey Curran fo...

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...

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