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5 Fun Science Experiments for Kids (w/ Grover!)

Science experiments + a cute and furry blue monster that we know and love = YES. Hosts Annie Colbert and Matt Silverman have clearly helped discover the formula for making an instant video fa...

The Leidenfrost Maze

The Leidenfrost Maze, designed and built by Carmen Cheng and Matthew Guy at the University of Bath, demonstrates how Leidenfrost droplets can be self-propelled in a controlled way by the jagged...

Grand Illusions: The Spiraculum

From Grand Illusions, here’s a curiosity from Hendrik Ball’s toy collection: the Spiraculum, a metal spiral toy from Germany with a spinning magnetic top. There’s more physi...

Snake robot

Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called ...

Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell

Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Enginee...

HeadSqueeze: Why Do Hot Things Glow?

Why Do Hot Things Glow? HeadSqueeze's Greg Foot answers the question with a bit of animated help. There are more atoms and a diverse set of vibration videos in the archives.  Thanks, John Oxton-King.

GE’s Six Second Science Fair, a compilation

DIY experiments and videos are two of our favorite things, so we were thrilled to hear about GE’s Six Second Science Fair. The week-long celebration resulted in over 600 submitted proje...

How to build a solar oven

From a yard in Kampala, Uganda, Moses explains how to build a solar oven using a tire, some glass, newspaper, silver foil, tape, a black pot, and a few hours. If you’re cooking outside or don’t have an oven, solar ...

TED Ed: The ABCs of Gas

Using chalk drawings and familiar, hands-on examples, Brian Bennett and TED Ed explain gas properties in The ABCs of Gas – Avogadro’s Law, Boyle’s Law, and Charles’s Law, via explore-blog. T...

Science Friday: The Dark Art of Shadow Puppetry

Storytelling, shadows, and 3D viewing come together in this Science Friday report, Dark Art. Biology grad student Tom McDonagh tells of the first balloon trip across the English Channel in 1...

Moser Lamps: 60 watts of free, natural light

In 2002, Brazilian engineer Alfredo Moser invented a simple way to bring the sun’s light indoors: fill a clear plastic 2 liter bottle with water and two capfuls of bleach, then make a hole in the roof and secure it wi...

World record for the largest domino toppled in a chain

In August, 2009, Stefan Schöppers and his team succeeded in breaking the world record for the largest domino toppled in a chain that begins with a “regular”-size domino. Their largest domino, shown in the ...

Giant wingtip vortices in the fog as an airplane lands

An invisible but universal phenomena, huge wingtip vortices can be seen in the twisting fog as this airplane lands in Zurich, Switzerland. Wingtip vortices are strong spirals of air that are created when high pressur...

Pacific Light

Pacific Light, a mix of water, ink, oil, and soap, filmed and edited by Russian designer Ruslan Khasanov, who works on side projects that experiment with physics and design.

Square-wheeled tricycle

Could you ride a tricycle with square wheels? Having ridden on a few at our local science museum, we can tell you that it is, in fact, surprisingly a smooth ride. Watch this video to see how square wheels can work. ...

Why So Many Cloud Types?

What are the names for the clouds you see when you look up in the sky? In this video from Nova PBS, learn about nimbus (rain), cumulus (heap), cirrus (curl), stratus (layer), and other types of clouds, and why both t...

Dancing Mud: the bubbling mud pots in Rotorua, New Zealand

These are the boiling mud pots of Rotorua, a city in New Zealand known for its Māori culture and geothermal activity. It is the only city in the world that is located on an active geothermal field. Geothermal act...

Quadruple backflip by a robot gymnast

This rather extraordinary quadruple backflip by robot gymnast Hinamitetu may look perfectly executed now, but before the programming and physics came together, it had a long history of trials and errors that are a gre...