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The Putter and the art of putting together scissors

Cliff Denton is "The Putter," or more specifically he's a "a putter-togetherer of scissors." As the modern world has moved toward machine-made goods, Denton and his unique skills are working diligently at Ernest Wrigh...

Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur

Watch as The Mighty Mekanikos tests his strength against the raging Minotaur! This epic battle draws the crowds and their money in every time, but little do spectators know that the act is not what it claims to be. ...

Reading Rainbow: How Trash Is Recycled

Refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton takes us into the incredible lifecycle of our reusable trash in How Trash Is Recycled. Bonus: massive sorting machines!

Grand Illusions: Tippe Top

Discovered by German physicist Helen Sperl in 1891, popularized in 1950 by Danish engineer Werner Ostberg, and demonstrated here by Grand Illusions' Hendrik Ball, this is a Tippe Top. Watch as i...

The Singing, Ringing Tree

This is something that we’d like to see and hear in person: The Singing, Ringing Tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006. It sits on a hill in Lancashire, Engla...

Watch molten gold transform into gold leaf

Above, watch molten gold transform into gold leaf as it is beaten into thinner and thinner pieces while cold. This clip is from PBS’ six-part miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry I...

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel

Beethoven’s Ninth on a Toolbox Glockenspiel built by Tom Kaufmann. In the archives: more instrument videos.

Homemade Xylophone

Captioned as a “2nd Grade project to make a homemade instrument,” Homemade Xylophone - Kids has been online since October, 2006, and is a great metal and pvc pipe how to for kids, with a bit of parental ...

Unwoven Light

Artist Soo Sunny Park's Unwoven Light, filmed by Walley Films. Seeing a Styrofoam cup stuck on a fence one day got Park thinking about the chain link’s properties of being both rigid and porous, of actin...

The Leidenfrost Maze

The Leidenfrost Maze, designed and built by Carmen Cheng and Matthew Guy at the University of Bath, demonstrates how Leidenfrost droplets can be self-propelled in a controlled way by the jagged...

Grand Illusions: The Spiraculum

From Grand Illusions, here’s a curiosity from Hendrik Ball’s toy collection: the Spiraculum, a metal spiral toy from Germany with a spinning magnetic top. There’s more physi...

National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Steel? (1999)

Directed by Tina Keeper and presented by the National Film Board of Canada, How Do They Recycle Steel? (1999) has everything: conveyor belts, crackling sounds, massive machines in a massive factory, sparks, smoke, fi...

The World’s Largest Lunchbox Museum

From Cool Hunting, visit collector Allen Woodall in Columbus, Georgia to see The World’s Largest Lunchbox Museum. There are more wonderful collections and museums to visit.

Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made

Classic Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made. Watch more videos on sound, factories, and how instruments are made. via Doobybrain.

How Locks Work

How Locks Work by Carlo Clerici. This features a pin tumbler lock, invented by Linus Yale, Sr. in 1848. For more locks, travel back to the 1700s: The Roentgens’ Berlin Secretary Cabinet.

A Kinetic Mind: the kinetic sculptures of Anthony Howe

A Kinetic Mind by Elizabeth Rudge introduces the kinetic sculptures of artist Anthony Howe. The sculptures are visually interesting patterns when still, but are mesmerizing when the wind powers their spinning, ro...

Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion

This is Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion, Luke Jerram is a colorblind artist based in the UK. Aeolus is a sonic creation that blends acoustic physics, inspirations from classical civilizations, and visual adventu...

Walking mechanical woman and man

Brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and copper turn into more than just materials under the care and engineering of kinetic artist Mark Galt, who made a walking mechanical woman, above, and man, below: There are ...

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