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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...

Morske Orgulje – The Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia

There is an unpredictable and beautiful-sounding Sea Organ, or Morske Orgulje, located on the edge of the Adriatic Sea in Zadar, Croatia. The 35 pipe ocean current instrument was built along the city's promenade in 20...

Multilayered, mechanized music-making by Graham Dunning

Experimental music artist Graham Dunning plays with how music can be created through a mix of found objects and sound experiments. In Mechanical Techno Demonstration, he rigs up multiple layers of sound-making interac...

How does a retractable ballpoint click pen work?

Click. Click. The two clicks that you hear when pressing the top button on a retractable ballpoint 'click pen' are a key to understanding the mechanics happening inside of it: A rotation, extension, and lock of the sp...

The Quietest Race in the World – The Formula E

What goes 225 kilometers per hour (140 miles per hour), but is only 15 decibels louder than a group conversation? Check out this Fusion video about the innovative Formula E and The Quietest Race in the World: The s...

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