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Pitagora Suitchi: 20 minutes of Japanese Rube Goldberg machines

We love Rube Goldberg machines, and have posted about these short films from Japan’s NHK educational TV show, Pitagora Suitchi (PythagoraSwitch) before, so it’s no surprise that t...

The Funkiest Monkeys: Crested Black Macaques

In this clip from PBS’ The Funkiest Monkeys, we travel into an Indonesian island rainforest to learn about the complex relationships of the extremely intelligent and social crested blac...

Tales from the Prep Room: Making Sand Swim

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as a...

AMNH: Building a True-to-Life Butterfly for a Habitat Diorama

The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brow...

Minute Earth: How do trees survive winter?

How do trees survive winter? This episode of Minute Earth explains. Related watching: The Story of Frozen Food and Why The Full Moon is Better in Winter.

Singing Tesla Coils: Inspector Gadget

Seen at science museums, maker faires, and all over the internet, Singing Tesla Coils combine science and music in the most fantastical and memorable of ways. But how do they work? From Physics...

Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club: What makes up a comet?

What makes up a comet? Professor Mark Miodownik mixes the makings of one together with comedians Dara Ó Briain and Mark Steel in this episode from Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.

TED Ed: The Mystery of Motion Sickness

One out of three people get motion sick, yet it’s not something we can really cure, only relieve. So what exactly is going on inside of our bodies when this happens? If you liked Head Sq...

Gary Greenberg’s microscope photography

This short promo video for artist Gary Greenberg's microscope photography is a great introduction to exploring the tiny, ancient rocks that we call sand. Check out how diverse their details...

Come fly with me: the physics of why birds fly in V-formation

Why do birds often fly in a “V” shape formation? Researchers at the UK’s Royal Veterinary College have gathered data from individual ibises in a migratory flock to study why...

Head Squeeze: Why do we get car sick?

Why do we get car sick? Sea sick? Air sick? Greg Foot of Head Squeeze explains. And here’s some related reading on ginger. Related videos: more brains! via Devour.

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

What if we could replace plastics and styrofoam with something much more sustainable? Something that wouldn’t fill our landfills, pollute our beaches, or float out into our ocean gyres? ...

How to make geometric bubbles

How to make geometric bubbles. File under: fun thing we’ll be doing this weekend. There are more bubbles floating around in the archives. Thanks, @madfishmonger.

Can You Walk on Water? (Non-Newtonian Fluid Pool)

This commercial features a 2,100 gallon pool of the cornstarch and water mixture known as oobleck, one of our favorite non-newtonian fluids. It was filmed in Kuala Lumpur by KIX for a Malaysia...

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

Dinosaur exhibitions: The facts and fiction over 160 years

Travel a span of 160 years, from the world’s first dinosaur exhibition, based on the scientific findings of 1854, to a multi-million dollar exhibition that aims to be the most scientificall...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was als...

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2013: A Woodstock for Robots

From The New York Times, here’s a summary report from DARPA’s Robotics Challenge 2013. The competition is made of eight trials that include climbing ladders, walking across rough terrain, and clearing debr...