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Modular, self-assembling robots from EPFL and MIT

"Furniture that changes functionality completely depending on the needs of the person..." Like life-size LEGO pieces, these robot modules can gyrate and reconfigure in order to create furniture or move furniture in an...

Google’s Self-Driving Car

We often tell our kids that by the time they're 16 years old, they may not need to learn how to drive. Self-driving cars for those who can't drive are an incredible chance to be more autonomous, and for those who can,...

TED Ed: How does the heart pump blood?

"For most of history, humans had no idea what purpose the heart served... although everyone could feel their own heart beating, it wasn't always clear what each thump was achieving... Even in the 21st century, only a ...

The Fire Lab and the Mysterious Science of Fire

How does fire spread? How do different forest materials fuel it? How can firefighters better understand its behavior in order to control it? Why is the physics of fire so counter-intuitive and mysterious to us? At Th...

This is how an echidna hatches from an egg

This is how an echidna or spiny anteater, a mammal, hatches from an egg. In this amazing 1974 CSIRO clip from a film called Comparative Biology of Lactation, we also get to see how milk can be seen in its tiny, transp...

Moon Saturn Occultation – 14 May 2014

Moon Saturn Occultation - 14 May 2014, captured 20 km north of Albury, New South Wales in Australia by space enthusiast and photographer Colin Legg. Occultation happens when "one object is hidden by another object tha...

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...

How to: Popsicle Stick Chain Reaction

Have you seen that crazy popsicle stick chain reaction video in the archives? This Sick Science tutorial explains how to make it.

The beautiful physics and math of sneezes

If you don't cover your mouth when you sneeze, that sneeze and the germs within it are explosively set free into the surrounding area. But where do the droplets travel and how far can they reach? No one had done much ...

Lost at sea: Researching the impact of sunken shipping containers

Thousands of shipping containers are lost from cargo ships every year, eventually falling to the ocean floor and disturbing the deep-sea ecosystems where they land. In February 2004, a container was discovered within ...

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health

From TED Ed and Shannon Stiles, Cell vs. virus: A battle for health:  All living things are made of cells. In the human body, these highly efficient units are protected by layer upon layer of defense against i...

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it

Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Watch plants grow (with time lapse)... or specifically, learn more about cucumber plant tendril coil movement and why it was confounding to scientists for so long. From 2012, this is Science Friday's Unwinding the Cuc...

Google Glass in the Gobi: Dinosaur Nest

Aki Watanabe demonstrates the careful process of extracting and jacketing a nest of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert. A graduate student at the AMNH’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, ...

The Neutral Buoyancy Lab

If you have underwater training or testing to conduct, NASA has the Neutral Buoyancy Lab for you! Cranes! Diving suits! Workshops! Hyperbaric chambers! This video is a strange and fabulous mix ...

Mercury Hz

From “science on a budget” YouTuber Nick Moore, watch this drop of mercury being vibrated from ~120Hz down to ~10hz. We've seen resonance demonstrated before in Chladni Pattern v...

Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots

This magnetically-controlled micro-robot is in charge of gluing things. That magnetically-controlled micro-robot is in charge of placing carbon rods. Together they might build a small yet st...

Dietary Detective: Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...