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James May’s Toy Stories: How to build a huge LEGO house

Above, a clip from Episode 5 of James May’s Toy Stories, and it's a great one (if not a bit spoiler-ish). Watch as they tour a LEGO-built house. The really interesting part of the episode is how they figure out ...

How the Aurora Borealis is created

Produced by forskning.no in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo, this is a brilliantly simple explainer about How the Aurora Borealis is created.

Brooklyn’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

An organic, 6,000 square foot green roof in Brooklyn: Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is the nation's first commercial green roof vegetable farm with benefits that include fresh organic food with a super low carbon footprin...

Look Up! The Billion-Bug Highway You Can’t See

When British scientist Jason Chapman told us... there are 3 billion insects passing over your head in a summer month, he was talking about his survey in Great Britain. Closer to the equator, he says, the numbers shoul...

Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation

This might be my favorite set of videos. From JPLNews, which has absolutely amazing videos about building Curiosity, as well as videos about asteroid exploration and other less publicized missions — this is a co...

Gelatin cubes dropped onto solid surface in slow motion

This video has no sound and that’s a good thing; Jell-O dropping onto a flat surface in slow motion needs nothing else to be entertaining. Slo-mo Jello videos aren’t rare on YouTube, but this one was made ...

Octopus Camouflage! – Science Friday

What's the story behind THAT camouflaged octopus? From Science Friday, Marine Biologist Roger Hanlon explains his Eureka moment, as well as the science of behind chromatophores and the famous animated gif. Update! ...

A Robot That Flies Like A Bird: Festo at TED

This TED Talk, A Robot That Flies Like A Bird, blew the minds of both me and my 3 year old co-curator when we watched it. I had some explaining to do re: robot bird vs real bird, gears, sensors, motors, etc, (and at t...

A View from the Edge: Our sun is just another star

"Here on Earth, the sun appears as a giant ball of light in the sky. But how does the sun look from other planets in the solar system that are billions of kilometers away? " We really love this video. Moving toward...

How small of a space can a Northern Goshawk fly through?

How small of a space can you fly through? This Northern Goshawk shows off its unique skills with a few lab tests filmed in ultra slooow-motion. (Updated video link.)

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon with his 2 meter wide, jet-propelled, wearable wing. Update: You’ll also find Rossy on the cover of this month’s National Geographic: Inventors continue to ...

Planet and star size comparisons from smaller to larger

This isn’t a pro-made video, but it’s one of the kiddo's favorites. He likes how clearly it illustrates the planets in order of size, from small to larger, including some of the largest-known stars —...

Stroke Of The Water Strider – Science Friday

Food coloring tests and a robot water strider? We love @SciFri! Water striders don’t really stride, they row on the water. But their legs are spindly and don’t seem good for paddling. To find out exac...

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly comes out of its chrysalis

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly coming out of its chrysalis, time lapsed. Related: an excellent (but unembeddable) documentary set of videos capturing the Monarch Butterfly from caterpillar egg to butterfly, with narra...

Flottille: Unfolding micro-origami by Etienne Cliquet

These small, slowly-unfolding, precisely cut pieces of silver paper -- a sort of micro-origami -- are by French artist Etienne Cliquet. The kid was riveted. Just two to three centimeters wide, Flotille explores both a...

Beach Creatures: Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests

Theo Jansen makes wind-fueled kinetic sculptures specifically for walking and “surviving” on the beach. He calls them Strandbeests and they are extraordinary. Check out his 2007 TED Talk, which explains mo...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Images of Apollo landing sites

From NASA this morning:  Just Released: Lunar landing sites for Apollo 12, 14, 17 as you’ve never seen them before! Though they’re not up close, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken sharp enoug...

Meet the Elements – They Might Be Giants

If only I’d seen this when I was a kid, high school chemistry would have made more sense! And maybe I would have been loudly singing, “Elephants are mostly made of four elements!” like my kiddos were...

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