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LEGO Dragon-Butterfly-Jet Magic Angle Sculpture

Created with layers and layers of LEGO pieces, magic angle sculptures appear to be completely abstract forms at first glance, but with the help of a light and rotation, they reveal their complex design. Inspired b...

Pattern distortions seen through a glass of water

Try this classic trick at home with different shaped glasses (which shapes the water within them) and a few patterned backgrounds. As you look through the glass, you'll see the background pattern shift. Why? As the li...

Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by Kokichi Sugihara

Second place winner of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016, this is the Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. The direct views of the obj...

Emergence Lab, a hand painted anamorphic sculpture

Observe all six sides of this hand painted anamorphic sculpture by Thomas Medicus. Titled Emergence Lab, the cube references the process "whereby larger entities, patterns, and regularities arise through interactions ...

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...

How do your eyes perceive color? – Physics Girl

When we talk about mixing colors, it's often because we're mixing paint, but what about light? The retinas in our eyes respond to light differently because of two types of photoreceptors: rods and cones. Rod cells hel...

Nebula – A mysterious encounter in the mountains

Created by seven co-directors -- Camille André, Marion Bulot, Clément Doranlo, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jungboix, Alexis Kerjosse, Sarah Simon -- all students from Gobelins L'École de L'Image, this is Nebula, a beauti...

Quirkology’s 10 Amazing Optical Illusions (and how to make them)

From former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman, enjoy these 10 amazing DIY optical illusions that you can try at home: A LEGO impossible object, a kiwi triangle, an appearing straw, an up...

Contact juggling with street music

Watch this young Switzerland-based performer and contact juggler in an impromptu sidewalk performance with an upright bassist and an accordionist. This kind of contact juggling is a style of object manipulation that m...

Three quirky sleight of hand illusions by Richard Wiseman

From former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman, watch Assumptions, a 2012 short promotional video from his psychology-based Quirkology YouTube channel. Below, enjoy The Tube of Mystery an...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

Four anamorphic paintings on a sculpture of glass: emulsifier

Rotate around a sculpture of 160 hand-painted glass strips to discover what image appears on each side. This is emulsifier, an anamorphic set of four paintings by Thomas Medicus. We love when visuals become s...

A Briefer History of Time: How tech changes us in unexpected ways

Have you ever gone camping where you wake and sleep with the sun and moon? Have you played outside all morning, only coming in when you get hungry for lunch? What was life like before we could measure time? How have c...

Emily’s Oz: A blind girl imagines & art directs The Wizard of Oz

A recent television commercial is standing out among the others, not as much for the product that it's advertising, but for the story it tells about a seven year old girl named Emily. Blind since birth, Emily's imagin...

The Girl and the Fox

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange crea...

Wonders in the Sky: A murmuration of starlings in slow motion

When a seemingly-delicate, shimmering flock of starlings moves like a cloud of living smoke in the sky, it's called a murmuration. The video above, filmed in in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Alpaca Media, is a beautiful...

What are those floaty things in your eye? – TED Ed

Have you ever seen something small and strangely transparent float into your field of vision? ...as if it's on your eyeball? No, you're not seeing things! And no, those are not microscopic bugs or bits of dust in ...

Stay In Queue (2006): A lesson about staying in line

From Ferdinand Lutz, music by Dominik Mueller, this is STAY IN QUEUE (2006), which has also become a classic gif. Watch more animated videos about humor, bears, and perception.

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