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Edible milk-based packaging may replace plastic in three years

At the grocery store, most foods — meats, breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great a...

Plastic bottle water wheel power generator experiment

Power plant operator and YouTuber 'Thomas Kim' can charge his iPhone using a stream and a DIY hydro-electric generator made from plastic bottles, some disposable plates, a 3 phase stepping motor, and a rectifier circu...

The Floating Piers by Christo & Jeanne-Claude

Fly high above Italy's Lake Iseo for the opening day of Christo & Jeanne-Claude's The Floating Piers installation. On June 18th, 2016, tourists and locals walked across 7,503 deep saffron-colored panels that wrap arou...

Hoberman spheres transform in this colorful kinetic installation

Hoberman spheres can be found in toys stores, your local science museum, and in the permanent collection at MoMA. Invented by artist, engineer, architect, and inventor Chuck Hoberman, the spheres can expand and contra...

The Weather Artist: Chasing Storms With Sculpture

Sculptor Nathalie Miebach translates astronomical, ecological, and meteorological scientific data into twisting woven sculptures full of color and information. Via Great Big Story, she explains: "My method of tran...

Plastic Injection Molding

Bill [Hammack] details the key engineering principles underlying plastic injection molding. He describes its history and then reveals the intricate details of the process. He shows viewers where to found, on any injec...

How this Japanese town is working to produce no trash

Since 2003, the small town of Kamikatsu, Japan has worked to become a zero waste community by rigorously composting, reusing, and recycling their materials, and they are close to the goal: As of 2015, only 20% of thei...

Peel, Pucker, Pinch, or Puncture? Coffee Lids, Explored

Why are there so many variations on the design of the plastic coffee lid? How many different kinds have you seen or used? Architect and NYU professor Louise Harpman, with her business partner Scott Specht, have amasse...

Shade balls roll into the LA Reservoir to prevent water evaporation

How do you keep your recycled water from evaporating during a state-wide drought? Shade balls. On August 10, 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined the LA Department of Water and Power to roll 20,000 black, 4-in...

Make a 3D “hologram” using your smartphone & a CD jewel case

Create a 3D hologram illusion with your smartphone! This DIY tutorial by Arun Maini, inspired by YouTuber American Hacker, shows us how with the help of an old CD jewel case, some graph paper, a pen, scissors, an x-ac...

The world’s longest inflatable waterslide is 1/3 of a mile long

Thing that exists: a 1,975-foot-long slip 'n slide -- that's 1/3 of a mile -- at Action Park in New Jersey. With a GoPro attached to his head, a park employee slid along what is now the world's longest inflatable wate...

Gyrecraft – Transforming sea plastics into valuable objects

From Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine, this is Gyrecraft, a term that references the swirling gyres in which micro-plastics can be found, and scrimshaw craft, the now verboten pastime of whale tooth...

Inside the LEGO Factory: How robots & machines make LEGO

In this factory in Billund, Denmark, autonomous robots and precise machines can make 36,000 LEGO pieces per minute... that's 2.16 million pieces every hour or 19 billion elements every year... if not more. Recent tota...

Toy Dinosaur Figurine – How It’s Made

From the Science Channel's How It's Made tv show, watch how artisans create detailed toy figurines: from drawings, to computer software, to 3D printed and hand-carved sculptures, to the casting of silicone, plaster, a...

How to make smoke rings with a simple DIY vortex cannon

If you're looking to make a simple vortex canon for shooting smoke rings across the room, you'll like this DIY video by Dave Hax. All you'll need is an empty plastic bottle, a balloon, and an incense stick, preferably...

Sticky Actuator: Inflatable stick-on “pouch motors”

Here's an excellent idea for your DIY projects: Make sticky actuators! These particular actuators -- motors that convert energy into motion -- are small, inflatable pouches that are custom-printed in thermoplastic...

Tape Paris: Crawl through suspended tunnels of translucent tape

Translucent, cocoon-like tunnels made from 140,000 feet of packing tape are stretched and suspended 20 feet up above the great entrance hall of Paris' Palais de Tokyo. Just a few at a time, visitors can step, slide, c...

Sampuru – How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

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