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Feynman’s Building Blocks of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics — 'thermo' meaning heat and 'dynamics' referring to work —is the branch of physics that focuses on the relationship between heat and other kinds of energy. This video from The Royal Institution introduc...

ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, a hardware ...

LEGO Dragon-Butterfly-Jet Magic Angle Sculpture

Created with layers and layers of LEGO pieces, magic angle sculptures appear to be completely abstract forms at first glance, but with the help of a light and rotation, they reveal their complex design. Inspired b...

3D-printed Metamaterial Mechanisms

Researchers at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany are exploring how 3D cell patterns called metamaterials can take on not-seen-in-nature properties based on their shape, geometry, size, orientation, and ...

The Guillemot egg, an egg that saves its own life

Guillemots are sea birds that reside in crowded colonies on rocky cliff sides. When they breed, they produce one conical egg which incubates for around 30 days on the precarious cliffside... but guillemots don't make ...

FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Universe

In an animation that hearkens back to the work of illustrator Charley Harper, Chromosphere intertwines humanity's scientific achievements with the wonders of the natural world: FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Unive...

Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by Kokichi Sugihara

Second place winner of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest 2016, this is the Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion by mathematics professor Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. The direct views of the obj...

Bach, Prelude in C-sharp major, WTC I, BWV 848, animated

Performed by Kimiko Ishizaka and accompanied by Stephen Malinowski's Music Animation Machine score, enjoy the prelude in C-sharp major from the first book of Johann Sebastian Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

How is Victorian Nectar Drop candy made?

...and why are lemon drops, cough drops, and fruit drops all called drops? In this video by Tallahassee, Florida's Lofty Pursuits artisanal candy makers, we get an up close look at how their restored candy equipme...

Tauba Auerbach’s massive pop-up book paper sculptures

Filmed for Nowness, this is Tauba Auerbach's massive book project with New York's Printed Matter bookstore: A series of six die-cut paper structures that pop-up into three dimensional sculptures. The tome is titled 2,...

A Slaton Co-op Gin truck easily flips 20,000lbs of cotton

Cotton may look like a cloud, but an eight foot or 2.44 meter square cotton bale is heavy: around 5,000lbs. When you put one (or four) in your truck, it's probably best that the bales don't roll around on their sides,...

16:59 – Lernert & Sander

An advertisement for a "boring collection" of grey office furniture, Dutch artists Lernert & Sander rearrange a pattern of desks and accessories into a familiar shape, and then play a game of toss with paper balls. A ...

Eggstatic – Stroboscopic patterns animate on Easter eggs

With the help of Bruce Shapiro's open source EggBot kit, available at Evil Mad Scientist, Jiří Zemánek of AA4CC (Advanced Algorithms for Control and Communications) used permanent markers and an electro kistka with be...

I Beam – Sesame Street

A red hot steel I-beam is molded at the factory, moving back and forth within the machines as it takes shape in the form of the letter I. This classic Sesame Street clip was first seen in 1980 during the show's 12th s...

Hikaru dorodango, handmade ‘shining mud dumplings’

Around 2001, Professor Fumio Kayo of the Kyoto University of Education made news by bringing the Japanese art of hikaru dorodango (どろ だんご or 'shining mud dumpling') into preschool classrooms as a play activity, t...

Dad teaches his daughter how to cast a ring from scrap pewter

When Ivan Owen's 10 year old daughter wanted to learn how to make her own metal ring, including designing it and melting down the scrap pewter metal, the Bellingham, Washington-based artist and maker embraced the oppo...

Simple shapes in motion

Simple shapes in motion, an animation exercise in cubes and spheres by French motion designer Jordan Coelho.

10 easy & amazing paper stunts

Explore post-it note cascades, hexaflexagons, balancing paper butterflies, and other fun paper tricks in this video from former magician/current author and British psychologist Richard Wiseman. You'll find his templat...

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