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ScienceTake: The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

To the Scientists of the Future: Materials science with EUPHRATES

Created by EUPHRATES and Masahiko Sato for Japan's National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), these three "To the Scientists of the Future" short films are a mesmerizing combination of materials research innovati...

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Why Do Clouds Stay Up?

Clouds are filled with so many water droplets that they're actually heavy... like 100 elephants heavy or a 747 airplane heavy! So why don't clouds fall out of the sky? It's Okay to Be Smart's Joe Hanson explains every...

At-Bristol: How to make a hot air balloon

What is a hot air balloon made of and how are they made? Find out as At-Bristol Science Centre's Ross Exton visits Cameron Balloons, one of the world's oldest hot air balloon manufacturers, to learn more about the mat...

First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

A pendulum wave demonstration with bowling balls

Thanks to these 16 bowling balls hung from a 20 foot wooden frame in the mountains of North Carolina, we can see what a large-scale pendulum wave apparatus looks (and sounds) like. Filmed by Maria Ikenberry, she also ...

Power of Optics: A light-powered Rube Goldberg machine

In this commercial for au Hikari, one of Japan’s high-speed optical internet service providers, a Rube Goldberg machine is "powered" by a single beam of light that travels via mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflecti...

Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

ExpeRimental: How to Make Balancing Sculptures

Physics! Engineering! Kinetic sculptures! Snacks! Learn about the science of stability (and instability) while making these delicious DIY balancing sculptures. In this episode of ExpeRimental, Ri's Director of Sci...

Skateboard tricks in slow motion

Watch skateboarder Christopher Chann in this slow motion skateboard trick footage shot by videographer Adam Shomsky during a six hour skate session in Los Angeles. Chann's trick list: Switch late hardflip Bigspin...

The Curiosity Show: How does a music box work?

In this clip from Australia's The Curiosity Show, science educator and co-host Deane Hutton demonstrates the basics of sound, moving air particles, and forced vibrations with a plastic comb, hacksaw blades, the metal ...

A match being struck as seen with Schlieren technique

From RMIT University, watch a match being struck and lit, captured by a technique called Schlieren flow visualization. From FY! Fluid Dynamics: The schlieren optical technique is ideal for visualizing differences ...

Self-Folding Crawler: A Transformer-style Origami Robot

From flat-packed to self-folding, Harvard graduate student Samuel Felton was inspired by origami when he created a laser-cut robot that could assemble itself and autonomously scurry away. The basic ingredients: two mo...

A collection of homemade Pitagora Suitchi devices

As huge fans of Rube Goldberg machines, we've tried to make our own Pitagora Suitchi-style contraptions before, but are still working towards the kind of success that YouTuber 10813panaki has had. Watch this collectio...

ExpeRimental: How to Make Static Magic

Reveal your kids' Jedi powers using static electricity with this episode of ExpeRimental from The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Watch ordinary household objects move without being touched as neuroscientist Profe...

Guinness World Record – Most mini-dominoes toppled

Eighty times smaller and 100 times lighter than standard size dominoes, mini dominoes must be set up with tweezers, quite a challenge for these two domino enthusiasts. Sinners Domino Entertainment captured this set up...

The Iron Genie Harmonograph

Watch artist Anita Chowdry's Iron Genie Harmonograph create intricate, spirograph-like drawings. Made of steel, it was inspired by mid-19th century harmonographs and St. Pancras Station's Victorian engineering. The vi...

Spectroscopy of Stars – Wonders of the Universe

Understand what the universe is made of by looking at the light of its stars. In this clip from Wonders of the Universe – Stardust, Professor Brian Cox demonstrates how chemical elements emit a unique set of colors wh...

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