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Yolanda Baker, last of the disco ball makers

Yolanda Baker's fingers move with electric efficiency as she works her way around a mirror ball early on a Tuesday morning in a small Highlands factory. The core of the mirror ball is dull spun aluminum but with every...

Magic Clay stop motion

Magic Clay, a stop motion short by Alexander Unger, a.k.a. Guldies. How do you make an animated short like this one? Unger writes: Shot with a Canon EOS 600D. 1800 still pictures, 24 FPS and animated in Dragonfram...

Why all world maps are wrong

How do you make something round into something flat without distorting it? Something round, like a globe or a planet, is three dimensional. Something flat, like a paper map hanging on the wall, is two dimensional. If ...

Globe Making (1955) – British Pathé

Skilled British artisans in this North London globe making workshop would painstakingly create 60,000 world globes every year. This awesome 1955 film from British Pathé showcases their step-by-step process. Wikipedia ...

Hoberman spheres transform in this colorful kinetic installation

Hoberman spheres can be found in toys stores, your local science museum, and in the permanent collection at MoMA. Invented by artist, engineer, architect, and inventor Chuck Hoberman, the spheres can expand and contra...

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...

Simple shapes in motion

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

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

MorpHex MKIII, the glowing, transforming robot

Glowing with programmed LEDs, rolling around in "spheremode" with twelve synchronized shell sections, and walking as a hexapod robot, this is MorpHex MKIII, the transforming robot, made in 2014 by kinematics expert Kå...

One Bright Dot – From a deep sea light to a swarm of particles

"A little light rises from the deep sea." From French motion designer Clément Morin, this is One Bright Dot, the wordless yet epic journey of a swarm of particles as they speed across the landscape and beyond.

The ORBIS FLY kinetic light system at the Leningrad Center

On a grid of nearly-invisible wires, 1,089 LED-lit orbs become a massive kinetic chandelier at 10 meters (32.8 feet) high. Each orb changes its color and position according to its programming to compose fluid, angular...

Seven surface tension experiments – Physics Girl

This Physics Girl video highlights seven different surface tension experiments that you can easily try at home or in the classroom. Have any of these around? A plate, a glass, a penny, an index card, a paperclip, an e...

“Analog experiments” that appear to defy gravity

If we could control gravity, or if we could defy it, this is what it might look like: pouring water upside down, balloons flying away sideways, and paint dripping in all directions! This is Gravity, a series of "analo...

The Ingenious Design of the Aluminum Beverage Can

When we first think of aluminum, we think of aluminum foil or aluminum cans, those ubiquitous containers that line beverage shelves in almost every grocery store. But have you ever thought about the decades of design ...

GimBall by Flyability: A collision-tolerant flying robot

The world's first collision-tolerant drone is now the $1M prize winner for the UAE's Drones for Good award, an international competition that showcases the best civilian-made unmanned aerial vehicles that can improve ...

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...

Why are Stars Star-Shaped? – Minute Physics

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...

What is Sea Level? – Minute Physics

Sea Level! What is it and how do scientists calculate it? As it turns out, there are actually many complexities in determining this measurement. For example, Earth isn’t actually a sph...

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