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Starling murmuration, a stunning clip from Jan van Ijken’s ‘The Art of Flying’

Murmurations, those dense clouds of whirling, pulsating, shapeshifting starling flocks, are a breathtaking dusk phenomenon. How do thousands of birds change directions and seemingly move as one without colliding? Dutc...

What does the wheelchair symbol actually mean?

Some of the world’s most recognizable symbols exist to sell products. Others, to steer traffic or advance political causes. But there’s one whose main purpose is to help people. You may know it as the wheelchair symbo...

An incoming storm delivers a world full of color

An incoming rainstorm brings a rainbow of sound and color to a little girl's world. Nieta, which means "granddaughter" in Spanish, is an award-winning animated short by Argentine filmmaker Nicolás P. Villarreal.

Unendurable line – Design Ah!

Consider this line and its corresponding chorus as they graph and reflect the variables of different objects. It's a visual and aural experiment that can be created for anything... toast in the toaster, the wind in th...

The Hidden Chairs

Which way is the chair facing? Watch the Dezeen video above and see if you've guessed correctly. The black lacquered plywood chair, one of three designed by French design studio Ibride, references furniture design fro...

It’s different from what you expected – Design Ah! (デザインあ)

A slow-building set up and then a surprising twist: "It’s different from what you expected" is a series of perception-bending short clips by Tokyo-based director Daihei Shibata. They were created for Design Ah! (デザ...

How to change anxiety into excitement

Starting at a new school, performing in a recital, riding a rollercoaster, playing against a tough team, taking a test... there can be so many times when we might feel worry, anxiety, and stress about a task or experi...

How to wait for a very long time

"How to wait for a very long time is a short film about a fisherman who is obsessed with catching a certain fish. His whole life he tries to make a big haul, but just catches other fishes instead. Over time he gets fr...

A million things that make your head spin, a rainbow tape time lapse

A "six-story hurricane of color" ascends up into the atrium of Sydney, Australia's Customs House. The piece, titled A million things that make your head spin, was designed and installed with flagging tape—a weather-re...

The mathematics of sidewalk illusions

Have you ever come across an oddly stretched image on the sidewalk, only to find that it looks remarkably realistic if you stand in exactly the right spot? These sidewalk illusions employ a technique called anamorphos...

You Can’t See This (Mind Tricks)

Our brains and eyes aren't always showing us everything that's available to see. Instead, learning, memory, and expectation changes our vision to fit as much as we can comprehend in any given moment. In this AsapScien...

Making art with everyday objects: Christoph Niemann

Award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann has quite a few books and apps for kids of all ages -- I Lego N.Y., Words, as well as Petting Zoo and Chomp. In this Quartz video, he shares examples from his new book...

Everyday Objects In Macro

Take a good look at these everyday objects up close... the colors, the textures, the scratches or bits of dust and dirt. Can you guess what the objects are before the camera zooms out? This is Everyday Objects In ...

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...

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