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The Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Charles and Ray Eames

Designed by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, this is the Solar Do-Nothing Machine, a whimsy-maker of sorts, but also "one of the first devices to convert solar energy to electricity. The Eames office asked...

How a locomotive works: GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston

In this promotional video series from General Electric, GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston, we go behind the scenes of GE's Global Research Center to explore engineering marvels, like how a freight locomotive work...

How to Build a Windfarm

From the Smithsonian Channel, this is How to Build a Windfarm, spotlighting work accomplished across three sites of the Flat Ridge Wind Farm in Kansas.

Baltimore’s Trash-Collecting Water Wheel

River cleanup in Baltimore has gotten easier (and more fun to watch) with the construction of the Healthy Harbor initiative's Water Wheel. Designed by John Kellett and Daniel Chase, the solar and water-powered trash c...

Circuit Playground: C is for Capacitor

C is for Capacitor! It's episode three of Circuit Playground with MIT engineer and Adafruit Founder Limor Fried, along with her robot friend ADABOT and special guest Cappy. Learn how capacitors of all shapes and sizes...

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...

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...

The AIRPod: the car that runs on compressed air

With three wheels, pneumatic motors, and driven by a joystick, this ladybug of a car is compelling for both its unusual form and its power source: compressed air. The AIRPod was developed as a...

A full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine

This is what 20-year-old Romanian Raul Oaida (above) and Melbourne entrepreneur Steve Sammartino did with more than 500,000 LEGO pieces and four orbital engines: The Super Awesome Micro Projec...

Circuit Playground: B is for Battery

We love this made-for-kids series of videos, Circuit Playground, by MIT engineer and Adafruit Founder Limor Fried (in the pink hair) and her robot friend ADABOT. For this excellent DIY project — and to find out...

How wind turbines work

From NOVA PBS, an explanation of how wind turbines work, what challenges wind power faces, and why this renewable energy source is important. With charts! More vids with wind turbines are in the archives.

A clip from Oceans by Jacques Perrin

Featuring the incredible power of nature, this intense clip from Oceans, a French documentary film by Jacques Perrin (released in the US by Disneynature), shows dramatic footage of several kinds of ships (and a light...

24/7 Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plus Molten Salt Storage (CSP+)

Turning light into heat 24 hours a day, Concentrated Solar Power plus molten salt storage technology (CSP+) works like a typical steam turbine/electrical power generator system on the inside, but on the outside, it is...

Energy 101: Wind Turbines

An Energy 101 video from the US Department of Energy: the modern wind turbine and how it generates clean electricity using physics and technology.