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How to watch a total or partial solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017, sky gazers can witness a total or partial solar eclipse—weather-permitting and depending on their location on the planet—as it traverses North America. There's been a lot of excitement in...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

How Do They Recycle Paper?

Find out what happens to paper when it's recycled via this wordless 1999 film by Winston Washington Moxam for the National Film Board of Canada: How Do They Recycle Paper?

Hand cutting an intricate paper leaf stencil

Watch as artist and YouTuber Sara Sandoval hand cuts a large leaf stencil from thick piece of paper. Sandoval often uses intricate single- and multi-layer stencils like these to create spray paint works. Via Instagram...

The evolution of the book

What makes a book a book? Is it just anything that stores and communicates information? Or does it have to do with paper, binding, font, ink, its weight in your hands, the smell of the pages? To answer these questions...

Symbiose, a stop motion animation by Rosalie Benevello

Two people explore the outdoors on a nature walk when it begins to rain. In their race to stay dry, they discover that they have a lot in common with the forest creatures around them... and they get a bit of help from...

Un sedicesimo n°44, crushed plastic balloons on paper

Un sedicesimo n°44, colorful balloon layers created by crushing plastic bubbles onto white paper. Designer, digital media researcher, and teacher Lorenzo Bravi created these with a retro Italian plastic toy called Cry...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

Making a stop motion music video for ‘The Ecstatics’

In this the making-of video for 'The Ecstatics' by Explosions in the Sky, Polina Zakharova documents how director and animator Hayley Morris created the music video's paper, plastic, and glass stop motion animations. ...

Invisible Nature: Code of the Treehopper

Hiding in plain sight and deceptively still, treehoppers have evolved an ingenious way to communicate—using a complex series of vibrations. Now, scientists are listening in and starting to crack the treehopper code. A...

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA, where he researched lasers. He has also garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics and even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called "Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries an...

A tiny balloon-powered organ made from paper & cardboard

With the exception of a piece of plastic that allows a peek at its inner workings, and a large balloon that provides required wind through its pipes, this tiny pipe organ is made out of paper and cardboard. It was des...

Unmasking the Secrets That Ancient Mummies Hold

For more than a century, archaeologists have dismantled mummy coffins, also known as cartonnage, in a hunt for literary treasure. In ancient Egypt, undertakers entombed the departed middle-class in sheets of papyrus t...

Crafting Cell Diagrams

Create your own cells with science enthusiast and STEM education advocate Ella K. Chan. In 2013, at the age of 12, she began sharing science activities for kids on her Sci Files YouTube channel. In this activity, she ...

Chie Hitotsuyama’s recycled newspaper animal sculptures

Using rolled strips of repurposed newspaper, cut and painstakingly placed using wood glue, Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates beautifully detailed, three-dimensional sculptures of wild animals... walruses, rabbi...

A Sketchy History Of Pencil Lead

When fifth-graders at Green Acres Elementary in Lebanon, Oregon asked the NPR Skunk Bear team how pencil lead was made, they looked into it... way into it. From the start of the universe (with a shout out to Carl Saga...

Engineering the Perfect Pop

Using scissors, tape, and reams of creativity, Matthew Reinhart engineers paper to bend, fold, and transform into fantastic creatures, structures and locales. By adjusting the angles of folds and the depth of layers, ...

Doro Ottermann’s Magic Artbox Animations

From Doro Ottermann in Hamberg, Germany, enjoy these Magic Artbox Animations, short Instagram vids that start with colored pencils that magically reassemble into imaginative (and sometimes familiar) results. A v...

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