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Amazing Chinese Popcorn Cannon

This street vendor makes popcorn with an explosive, pressure-cooking, popcorn cannon contraption, a centuries-old method. The video was filmed in Zhengzhou, China, but we’ve watched vid...

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...

Laser-cut, flat-packed, wood DIY modular marble machine kits

A few marble machines are clickity-clacking in our archives, but never have we seen ones that are designed as laser-cut, flat-packed, wood DIY kits! Hopefully on sale soon from RetroTime.org,...

Bubble Device #2

Another project by Nicholas Hanna, who made the Water Calligraphy Device, this is Bubble Device #2. In the archives: a bubble bot, bulles de savon géantes, giant bubble explosion, how to make...

Incredible 100% LEGO Roller Coaster with Corkscrew

Using nothing but LEGO components, the team at Brickride builds supercool rollercoasters. The one above: Incredible 100% LEGO Roller Coaster with Corkscrew. Watch a time-lapse of how they put ...

Science Demo: Electromagnetic Induction

Generate your own electricity with some wire, a magnetic field, and the relative movement between the two of them: Alom Shaha explains electromagnetic induction using this hand-powered – or per...

How to: Glowing Oobleck!

Glowing oobleck! This video by Grant Thompson explains how ordinary potatoes and some tonic water can be transformed into a Magic Mud with the help of a black light. In the archives: more oob...

Electric Dough Playdate

From PBS’ Adventures in Learning, Jennifer Cooper hosts an Electric Dough playdate to make and test circuits. For this project, developed by engineering educator AnnMarie Thomas, you’...

Reversing Arrow Illusion

We just tried this super easy Reversing Arrow Illusion, and it is, in fact, super easy. Draw two left-pointing arrows on a piece of paper and then put a clear, empty glass between you and thos...

Fred Astaire’s famous dance scene in Royal Wedding (1951)

Hang on to your chairs and lamps. This is You’re All the World to Me, Fred Astaire’s famous 1951 dance scene in Royal Wedding. How did he do it? We’re keeping that under wraps at...

Skunk Bear’s Click to Enlarge: Popcorn

From NPR’s Skunk Bear, POP in and watch the science and history of popcorn, explained with the assistance of a microscope and a high speed camera. Click to Enlarge: Popcorn. Thanks, Heathe...

Science Demo: How to make Pearls of Water

Gravitational acceleration + optical illusions + how to! In this Get Set… Demonstrate, science teacher Alom Shaha shows step by step how to create Pearls of Water, a physics-defying dem...

Erik Åberg’s Ghostcubes

Bending on almost-invisible hinges, Ghostcube is a system of wooden cubes that can create different structures depending on how they’re twisted and rearranged. They’re made by Stoc...

Snowtime: the timelapsed formation of snowflakes

The timelapsed formation of snowflakes in macrofocus by Vyacheslav Ivanov. Music: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th. Update via Colossal: “Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Petersburg that th...

Japanese television: Tires on a ski jump

Which tire will roll down the ski jump fastest and jump the farthest? A Formula One tire? An enormous bulldozer tire? The smallest tire? This clip from Japanese television has made the rounds i...

The Netherlands: Working Windmills

How can the physics and engineering of wind and water change a country? From the world of European travel guides, here’s a quick primer: The Netherlands: Working Windmills. 300 years...

Ride the Sommerrodelbahn Alpine Coaster in Mieders, Austria

This sommerrodelbahn alpine coaster in Mieders, Austria, has been on our Must Do list since we saw this viral video a few years ago. The video above is from the same 2.8km (1.7 mile) summer ...

The Science of Snowmaking

From The New York Times, Olympics 2014: The Science of Snowmaking:  Machines make snow the same way nature does, by freezing water droplets. But they do it a few feet above the ground, rat...