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2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Champion Akitoshi Tokubuchi

Akitoshi Tokubuchi is the 2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Champion and his winning routine makes it clear as to why. YoyoRecreation’s Akitoshi Tokubuchi, who was the first runner-up last year, st...

“Balloons look really weird when they resonate.” – Steve Mould

What is the resonant frequency of a balloon? Steve Mould hooked up a balloon to a scientific vibration generator to find out. Resonating balloons look really odd on camera. What you see is a sort of slow motion. ...

(Skate)ology & The Science of Skateboarding: Grinding

Kick flips, nose grinds, backside board slides... (Skate)ology! Examine gravity, friction, momentum, and other physics concepts thanks to skateboarding demos by pro skaters Boo Johnson, Dane Vaughn, Marquise Henry, Ri...

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

In a 250 year old polder mill in Noord Holland, Eric Zwijnenberg pumps excess water out of the area to avoid flooding. The drainage mill was first rented by his parents as a summer vacation house in 1953... After ...

275,000 Dominoes – A spiraling 2013 world record

275,000 dominoes toppled toward a new Guinness World Record with the help of German company Sinners Domino Entertainment: Last Friday we successfully toppled 272,297 out of 277,275 dominoes under the theme “E...

3 Guinness World Records – Disc Cases, Stick Bomb, & Domino Wall

An Austrian Domino Art team of 22 Austrian, German, and Swiss builders went after not one, but three Guinness World Record chain reactions at a March 22nd, 2016 event that took four days to set up. The record breaking...

3D-Printed “Blooming” Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

Animation is a trick of the eye, and we're often reminded of this when we get to see animation happen right in front of us. 3D-printed zoetrope sculptures by math and Fibonacci-inspired artist and designer John Edmark...

3D-printed structures that shape-shift with magnetic microparticles

These small, soft 3D-printed structures can shape-shift—expand, contract, wrinkle up, roll, and move about—thanks to the magnetic microparticles within their silicone-based rubber bodies. This is the latest iteration ...

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...

A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking

Above, A Basic Demonstration of Optical Cloaking. Cloaking is a term for hiding an object from view at specific frequencies, but evidently one can cloak things DIY-style with four mirrors a...

A clip from Between the Folds, a film about Origami

Origami may seem an unlikely medium for understanding and explaining the world. But around the globe, several fine artists and theoretical scientists are abandoning more conventional career...

A diver makes underwater vortex rings that can knock over rocks

And here I thought this was just an animated gif, but no, via Daily Picks & Flicks, there’s a video of a diver making a bubble ring or vortex ring, above. A vortex ring is the phenomenon where a quantity...

A fidget spinner in space

Fidget spinners are everywhere... including the International Space Station. Watch as NASA astronauts Randy Bresnik and Mark T. Vande Hei, ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, and NASA astronaut in training Joseph M. Acaba sp...

A Fold Apart: Origamist Robert Lang’s Incredible Paper Creations

Twenty five years ago, physicist Robert Lang worked at NASA, where he researched lasers. He has also garnered 46 patents on optoelectronics and even wrote a Ph.D. thesis called "Semiconductor Lasers: New Geometries an...

A full circle rainbow as seen from a construction crane

High over St. Petersburg, Russia, from the top of a construction crane at the Lakhta Center, a huge rainbow can be seen in its full form: a circle. Phil Plait explains the science in his 2014 Bad Astronomy article: ...

A home made string shooter & slow moving waves in rope

This string shooter uses two wheels on motors to push a string forward while a tube guides the string back through the wheels, creating a constant loop that appears to defy gravity and demonstrates wave phenomena. ...

A homemade Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch) device collection

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...

A Japanese ‘Pythagoras Switch’ Rube Goldberg Machine for charity

This awesome Pythagora Switch / Pitagora Suitchi clip launches with a table tennis serve and takes off into chain reactions and table top engineering wonders galore. See ping pong balls, tape rolls, marbles, and metal...

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