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Luxo Jr. Pencil Test: Emotional storytelling in wire frames

How do animators make a character lovable when the character doesn't have a face and doesn't speak? How can you build a relatable story with something as minimal as a computer generated pencil test? How do you communi...

Breaking Wave: An anamorphic kinetic sculpture

Small planet-like spheres hang on several miles of wire rope in this kinetic sculpture created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. The 804 wooden spheres' heights and relationships are changed by the rows of rotating sh...

Sesame Street: The 30 Dots Collection

Classic patterns and surprises! Sesame Street's 1970s era series about 30 dots has been collected into 13 segments by YouTube user Monsterpiece Theatre. Debuting as an animation set by You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown...

Tokyo roads transform into dazzling tunnels of light

Filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo transforms Tokyo's street lights into pulsing, dazzling, kaleidoscopic tunnels of light in this experimental motion graphics video: Eye Know. Music by Ayako Taniguchi.

Minute Physics: Why are Stars Star-Shaped?

If we know that stars are massive spheres of hot gases, then why do we draw them with lots of twinkly points? Why doesn't "star-shaped" mean a round shape? The answer: We see stars as pointy (and so does the Hubble Sp...

Storm Chasing on Saturn: The hexagon-shaped hurricane

Hexagon-shaped storms exist. There is a massive, persistent, hexagon-shaped jet stream on Saturn’s north pole -- "the perfect six-sided hurricane, 60 miles deep, that could swallow four Earths..." The New York Tim...

Drums West by Jim Henson (1961)

Made with cut paper by Jim Henson, Drums West is an experimental animation from around 1961 that features music by jazz great Chico Hamilton. Bonus: At the end, we get to see Henson and his workspace, likely filmed by

The Iron Genie Harmonograph

Watch artist Anita Chowdry's Iron Genie Harmonograph create intricate, spirograph-like drawings. Made of steel, it was inspired by mid-19th century harmonographs and St. Pancras Station's Victorian engineering. The vi...

The Crazy Circle Illusion: How are these dots moving?

In this Brusspup mind-bender, you may think you see a circle of eight white dots rotating around the inside of a larger red circle, but you're actually witnessing something else, and you may not believe it unless you ...

Magnet-connected pyramids that transform into different shapes

Hypercubes are geometric art toys made by Andreas Markus Hoenigschmid. Their shapes can be reconfigured from a single cube or brought together with other cubes to build larger structures. From Hoenigschmid's site: ...

Numberphile: The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake

This "scientifically correct way" to cut a cake will not work for birthday parties, where the cakes are often consumed too quickly by kids and adults alike, but it may be absolutely perfect for the "mathematical loner...

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

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...

The Dragon Hedge: A 100 foot long dragon-shaped topiary

Retired fan maker John Brooker was bored with his plain hedge in East Rudham, Norfolk, and so he decided to shape it into something more interesting. Note to self: it takes around 10 years to sculpt a hedge into a 100...

Pen Point Percussion and Dots: Norman McLaren

Pen Point Percussion (1951), a behind-the-scenes introduction to the sound visualizations and drawn-on-film animation of film pioneer Norman McLaren, from the National Film Board of Canada. And below, another playful...

PancakeBot: Drawing a Sea Horse

PancakeBot is a machine that Miguel Valenzuela made for his daughters Lily and Maia out of LEGO Mindstorms, LEGO bricks and two ketchup bottles. He has since toured Maker Faires around the globe, hoping to inspire kid...

A Straight Rod Passing Through a Curved Hole

Imagine how you might pass a straight metal rod through a curved hole. How does that work if neither bends? Is it impossible? This demonstration at the Science Museum in Valencia, Spain shows that it's absolutely poss...

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...

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