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Gravitational Waves Explained Using Stick Figures

How are gravitational waves made? In this episode of MinutePhysics, Henry Reich draws up a series of other wave creating scenarios -- water waves, air pressure waves, and radio waves -- to help explain gravitational w...

The Müpa Budapest Sound Machine, the world’s largest music box

Music box + hamster wheel + Hungary = the Harry Potter Theme Song (Hedwig's Theme), The Nutcracker, Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, and three other songs. Powered by walking and perfected with hand-punched holes in 8.5m...

Opera singers sing during real-time MRI scans

Thanks to a team of researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician's Medicine, we get to watch this real-time MRI scan of baritone Michael Volle as he sings O Du, mein holder Abendstern (Oh thou, my fair evening...

Stadsmuziek (City Music) – Akko Goldenbeld

A three dimensional wooden map of Eindhoven, The Netherlands wrapped around a turning cylinder -- an external player piano mechanism -- Stadsmuziek (City Music) was a 2011 design project by Akko Goldenbeld: The tal...

A bumblebee dislodges pollen in slow-mo

Sonication or buzz pollination is the bumblebee's secret weapon of resonant vibration. When bumblebees (and a few other bee species) grab onto a flower and vibrate it by flying in place, securely attached pollen is di...

Roboraptors and the Alarm Call Network

What's one way that you might study bird calls and communication, especially around alarm calls? Try revealing a predator in the forest... but not just any kind of predator. A robo-predator. ...the researchers em­...

The art of sound design: How to be a Foley artist

How are animated movies filled with so many real ambient sounds? Go behind the scenes at Lucasfilm's new state-of-the-art sound lab with Foley artists Shelly Roden and John Roesch, as WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin l...

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 ...

Melodious stone instruments called lithophones

An idiophone, the lithophone is a set of rocks -- granite, fossilized coral, petrified wood, and other melodious stones -- that are played by striking them. They've been made in a variety of forms all around the globe...

The Wintergatan Marble Machine, music made from 2,000 marbles

Multiple instruments are interlaced within this 3,000 part, hand-crafted invention by Swedish musician Martin Molin. With continuous cranking, lever flips, and other machine tweaks, his original composition comes to l...

Tube Tune – Simon Panrucker

From UK-based music artist Simon Panrucker, enjoy a 2013 musical experiment with a room full of boomwhackers: Tube Tune.

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...

Crackling ice stacking on the shore of Lake Superior

On the Brighton Beach shore of the largest Great Lake -- Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota -- photographer Dawn M. LaPointe captured a stunning natural phenomenon: ice stacking. With the wind blowing during 8°F (-22°...

LIGO & The First Observation of Gravitational Waves – CalTech

On September 14, 2015 at 5:51am ET, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime. One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravit...

The Great Stalacpipe Organ deep in Luray Caverns

Not far from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, deep in the damp Luray Caverns, is a giant lithophone -- a pipeless organ that strikes 37 stalactites with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets in order to produce 37 beau...

LENSES, an interactive light & sound installation by Hush Studios

Lenses by Hush Studios, an interactive light and sound installation that transforms as prisms bend and refract light in different ways... just move and twist them on the wall surface. The composition is "then read by ...

The Toy Piano Virtuoso: Margaret Leng Tan

From New York City's Carnegie Hall to venues all around the world, classically-trained musician Margaret Leng Tan performs concerts on her collection of toy pianos... as well as toy drums, catfood cans, soy sauce dish...

Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal

From 2012, Irkutsk-based Russian percussionist group Etnobit found a spot on Lake Baikal -- the world's deepest lake and largest freshwater lake, as well as the world's oldest lake, dating back 25 million years -- whe...

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