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The animated adventures of Lucas the Spider

Meet Lucas the Spider, a series of short and adorable animations by animator Joshua Slice, whose credits include Disney's Zootopia and Big Hero 6. The original Lucas short was a quick animation voiced by Slice's nephe...

Is this the world’s smallest wild species of cat?

This is not an adorable kitten frolicking in the forests of Sri Lanka. This is an adorable Prionailurus rubiginosus, a rusty-spotted cat that's almost fully grown. Despite its species' small size, this wild creature i...

A fully functioning Rubik’s Cube made from real ice

This fully functioning Rubik's Cube was made from ice by professional puzzle maker Tony Fisher... eight corner pieces and twelve edge pieces of solid ice, along with six center pieces made from ice, plastic, and metal...

How does a bowling alley work?

How do the bowling pins at a bowling alley get set up so quickly and efficiently after you've bowled them over with your bowling ball? Ask Matt Bowlin, a Boise State University student and a pinsetter mechanic. In thi...

Cycling, a LEGO Technic creation by Yoshihito Isogawa

A round yellow track made from LEGO's circular gear rack, also referred to as four 'banana' gears, spins as a bicycle rider rides inside of it. This cycling creation was built by Japanese pro LEGO builder Yoshihito Is...

Liquid Sand Hot Tub: Making a giant fluidized bed of sand

When air is pumped through sand in just the right way, the sand begins to behave a lot like a fluid. As air escapes between the sand particles, items placed in the sand will begin to float. Others will sink. And when ...

An unexpected way to inflate a balloon – Numberphile

The kamifusen is a traditional Japanese paper (kami) balloon (fusen) toy that became popular in the 1890s and can still be found in a variety of designs or decorated as spherical koi, pufferfish, penguins, monkeys, ra...

Ridiculous Tricks You Can Do With a Slinky

They walk downstairs alone or in pairs and makes a slinkity sound... but there's a lot more you can do with a slinky, the famous helical spring invented in the 1940s. In this video featuring 黃正懷, Kuma Films capture...

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...

Curious arctic fox kits discover (and destroy) a motion-sensor camera

Watch a pack of curious and adorable arctic fox kits as they frolic and play... and as they discover and destroy a motion-sensor camera put in place by a filmmaker. It's a clip from PBS Nature's Fox Tales. Plus, more ...

EYES, a series of playful kinetic installations

Look left, look right, and get googly. EYES is a series of playful kinetic installations by Helsinki-based director, designer, and animator Lucas Zanotto. Watch as balls swing, leak, float, fly, and bobble about, maki...

Young Explorers Club: Toddlers explore the world on their own

Observe these toddlers as they wander around their neighborhoods in pursuit of whatever happens to interest them. This is Young Explorers Club, a series of short films that asks "What happens when kids explore the wor...

The bear who never breaks the rules

This bear loves to uphold and follow the rules of the pool (as one should), but has he forgotten how to have a bit of fun? From animator Charlotte Cambon, meet The bear who never breaks the rules / L'ours qui n&#...

Chaser, the Border Collie that can understand 1022 words (or more)

Border Collies are known to be super smart and disciplined dogs that can take detailed verbal commands while herding sheep and performing other helpful tasks. How many verbal commands can they understand? This demonst...

Turing Tumble, a DIY mechanical computer powered by marbles

The Turing Tumble, this small Pachinko-like puzzle game prototype, is also DIY mechanical computer. Programmer Paul Boswell designed the Turing complete toy to help kids (and adults) learn, see, and feel how computers...

The Universal Tea Machine, a huge mechanical ‘adding computer’

"The better your binary addition skills the better your cup of tea!" The Universal Tea Machine by Smout Allen is a huge mechanical 'adding computer' that mixes tea and mixes tea, a British tradition that became popula...

Dark Dark Woods

Young princess Maria has had about enough of her royal life – it’s all lesson, responsibilities and duties on top of each other, every hour of every day. Overwhelmed, Maria is swept away on an adventure into the monst...

Making art with everyday objects: Christoph Niemann

Award-winning artist and author Christoph Niemann has quite a few books and apps for kids of all ages -- I Lego N.Y., Words, as well as Petting Zoo and Chomp. In this Quartz video, he shares examples from his new book...

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