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The Story of Light – Future Impossible by Bell Labs

This story begins with one little text message from New York to Shanghai, a trip that takes just 1/20th of a second. "That's the time it takes light to traverse 10,000 kilometers." And that's what happens millions and...

The Wanamaker Organ – The world’s largest musical instrument

A Philadelphia treasure, get a glimpse inside The Wanamaker Organ, a 7-story-high, 287 ton, 28,677 pipe instrument located inside the Macy’s (formerly Wanamaker's) at 13th and Market. The pipe organ is the world's lar...

Resonance, forced vibration, and a tuning forks demo

A U-shaped fork of steel first invented in 1711 by trumpet player John Shore, the tuning fork is a tool produces a specific note that helps musicians keep their instruments in tune. They also are a great conversation ...

Choir Tour: A boys’ choir vs their conductor in a hotel adventure

From director and animator Edmunds Jansons, with sound design and music by Ģirts Bišs, this is Choir Tour, in which a mischievous boys’ choir breaks away from their conductor in a Seoul hotel while on tour. Charming a...

The Greater Sage-Grouse’s courtship ritual & The Sagebrush Sea

From The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this is a Greater Sage-Grouse, "our North American Bird of Paradise" who performs an elaborate courtship ritual full of strutting, puffing, and making a sound that's similar to whe...

Beam Drop Inhotim, 2008, Brazil – Chris Burden

A large space in the dirt is cleared, a pit is dug and filled with wet concrete, and a huge crane lifts and drops 100 locally sourced steel I-beams into the pit. This is the work of late American artist Chris Burden f...

Marble Tsunami marble run machine: 11,000 marbles

It's a Marble Tsunami! This huge marble run machine or knikkerbaan has more than 11,000 marbles rolling, sliding, zigzagging, hitting bells, and clacking endlessly into each other, making quite a cacophony. With four ...

Beatboxing Masterclass with Shlomo

A jazz drummer from the age of eight, British beatboxer and composer Schlomo began vocalizing rhythms when he was a kid as a way to practice drums. In these Musical Futures videos, he demonstrates how to beatbox. Abov...

The Octobass – What does this huge instrument sound like?

Want a low-end rumble in your orchestra? You need an octobass, a bowed-string instrument that's so massive, it requires a platform and a series levers to play. Only three were originally made by their inventor Jean-Ba...

What’s the Loudest Possible Sound? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

"What is the loudest possible sound? What about the quietest thing we can hear? And what do decibels measure, anyway?" This video from Joe Hanson and It's Okay to Be Smart dives into the wide ranging and incredibly se...

What climate change sounds like from the Amazon to the Arctic

In 2013, University of Minnesota undergrad Daniel Crawford worked with professor Scott St. George to map climate data to cello music, sonorously illustrating 1880 to 2012 climate change trends. As a next step in the p...

The Wheelharp & The Viola Organista

The Wheelharp looks something like a piano cylinder and sounds like a gritty set of violins, but in fact, it's a relatively new keyboard instrument invented by Jon Jones & Sons that bows a string inside of it for each...

Boomwhacker Bach: Prélude n°1 aux tubes musicaux

This performance by Les Objets Volants is a wonderful mix of work and play... an exercise in "juggling" that requires an immense amount of concentration and teamwork. In front of an audience in Luxeuil les Bains, Fran...

A waterless & chemical-free sound wave fire extinguisher

Using low-frequency sound waves to put out flames, this experimental fire extinguisher is the work of George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson. Watch as they Pump Up the Bass to Douse a...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...

Osvaldo Cavandoli’s La Linea

Thanks to a live-action hand and an animated white line, this cantankerous silhouette first appeared in Italy in 1970, becoming an internationally-known cult classic. La Linea is a 90 episode series by Italian cartoon...

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