Robots have to be able to move, perhaps quickly, on all kinds of terrain — search and rescue missions on remote parts of Earth or explorations on other planets like Mars will require it. So terradynamic researchers at Georgia Tech are creating and testing robots that have different leg shapes, all inspired by animals, to handle movement in a variety of environments. Bonus technology: 3D printing.
Watch this robot with c-shaped legs running super fast on Mars-like sand, and read more about the experiments here or here.
Bottle by Kirsten Lepore, a 2010 stop-motion animated story about a transoceanic, message-in-a-bottle conversation and the emotions that come with it.
We’ve featured Lepore’s work previously. You can also watch how she made Bottle in this behind the scenes vid.
Painting with colored sand in a glass bottle. This was ten minutes that went by pretty quickly for us. According to the YouTube commenters, this video was in Egypt. Also, spot the camel. (Hint: It’s not in the bottle.) Related reading: Sand painting.
Some of our favorite videos have been from watching street vendors. Previously: Candy Dragon in China and Making Tea in Bangkok, Thailand.