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Dance of Harmony, an animated synesthetic voyage

One day when I was sixteen, I realized that I could see music. The saxophone I played and the jazz I loved listening to came to life before my eyes, or perhaps behind my eyes, in shape and color — little animated char...

How do the blind cook?

Chopping veggies with a sharp knife, cooking up sauces on a hot stove, and prepping a fresh fish for the oven all with a GoPro on, American chef Christine Hà demonstrates how someone who is blind can cook complex dish...

How Do Sharks and Rays Use Electricity to Find Hidden Prey?

Imagine if you had six traditional senses instead of five: Sound, sight, touch, smell, taste and... What might you pick? Echolocation? Magnetoreception? How about electroreception? Sharks, rays, skates and sawfish...

How To Stop Yourself Being Ticklish – with Dr Emily Grossman

Why do we feel ticklish? Why does it make us laugh? It’s hard to pin down a scientific definition – or explanation – of tickling. It’s a complex phenomenon, involving a range of sensory and neurological elements, whic...

Emily’s Oz: A blind girl imagines & art directs The Wizard of Oz

A recent television commercial is standing out among the others, not as much for the product that it's advertising, but for the story it tells about a seven year old girl named Emily. Blind since birth, Emily's imagin...

Fundamentals of Neuroscience Presents: Small Circuits

Small Circuits! This is one of the many wonderfully-presented lessons from Harvard's Fundamentals of Neuroscience free and open online course (or MOOC). While the video's terminology can be technical at times, the sim...

Lupita Nyong’o Loves Her Skin – Sesame Street

Ticklish, smooth, rough, elastic, protective, full of nerve endings to feel different textures and energies, and it comes in so many beautiful shades and colors... Elmo and his good friend Lupita Nyong’o talk about sk...

Horseback Riding in Yosemite National Park

Let’s go Horseback Riding in Yosemite National Park: Yosemite ranger Shelton Johnson talks about seeing Yosemite on horseback (or mule back) - an experience that hasn’t changed...

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...

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.

How many smells can you identify? – TED Ed

How many smells can you identify? Which ones are your favorites and which ones do you really not like? Stop and make a list, because it’ll be an amazingly long and diverse list. As it ...

Durian, the world’s smelliest fruit

This is Durian, the world’s smelliest fruit, as introduced by The New York Times. In the archives: more videos with fruit.

The Star-Nosed Mole and its extraordinary nose

With 22 sensitive fingers on its unique and extraordinary nose, it can hunt for food successfully above ground, below ground, or underwater, where it blows bubbles to sniff out food. Meet the...

Feeling, not seeing, an elephant: what might you imagine?

If you couldn’t see an animal, and only learned what they look like by touch, sound, and a verbal description, what might you imagine? In this clip from the BBC’s Zookeepers, Donna, who has been blind sin...

Knock Knock – A touch & sound calculator

Mathematical calculations created with touch and sound… and the help of an Arduino board, contact microphones and solenoids. The Knock Knock was designed by Khalil Klouche as a concept ...

Schoolhouse Rock: Telegraph Line (Nervous System)

We aren’t using the telegraph as a metaphor anymore, but why aren’t we still teaching our kids about the central nervous system, peripheral nerves, the autonomic system in cartoons? Don’t our brains...