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Untangling the Devil’s Corkscrew – PBS Eons

In the late 1800s, paleontologists in Nebraska found huge coils of hardened sand stuck deep in the earth. Local ranchers called them Devil's Corkscrews and scientists called them Daemonelix. It was clear these corkscr...

The spiral nest architecture of Australia’s stingless sugarbag bee

The Australian native stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria, commonly called the sugarbag bee, is the only known species to build their hexagonal honeycombs in a spiral pattern. In this clip, entomologist and ex-CSIRO ...

A 15-color rainbow spiral made with 12,000 dominoes

A rainbow spiral of 12,000 dominoes falls and rises a few times in this video from prolific domino YouTuber Lily Hevesh of Hevesh 5, a collaboration with Steve Price of Sprice Machines and Hayden Russell, aka Dynamic ...

Engines of Destruction: The Science of Hurricanes

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katrina, Maria, Sandy. Hurricanes have been major news stories in 2005 and 2012, and continue to be in 2017, starting in August when Harvey crossed the Caribbean and made landfall in Texas. What ca...

The Kresling-Pattern and our origami world

Biruta Kresling is a Paris-based architect and independant researcher on folded structures—specifically how nature folds and unfolds tree leaves, tortoise shell bamboo, turbinate mollusk shells, the air sac of the h...

Building a DIY CNC-cut spiral staircase

This DIY Spiral Staircase was made with just over sixteen 12-layer plywood steps that are each rotated 30 degrees around a central steel pole. Designer and YouTuber Ben Uyeda of HomeMade Modern designed the layers to ...

Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: John Edmark’s spiral geometries

Artist, designer, inventor, and Stanford professor John Edmark creates sculptures that are driven by precise mathematics, but his interest in spiral geometries is driven by something more enigmatic... "a search for un...

Robotic Loop: Train vs. Robot

Mechanical engineering student Christian Schürch programmed a FANUC M-2iA/3S robot to assemble and disassemble two tracks for a traveling toy train. Schürch constructed gripper fingers for the school project, as well....

A woodworker creates ‘Fibonacci Spiral shavings’

With a freshly sharpened chisel, woodworker Paul Sellers creates what he calls 'Fibonacci spiral shavings,' shaved pieces of wood that resemble Fibonacci spirals, "an approximation of the golden spiral created by draw...

The Amazing Triple Spiral (15,000 dominoes)

Watch this massive triple spiral created with 15,000 precisely placed dominoes fall flawlessly in multiple stages. Pro domino artist Hevesh5 spent 25 hours over eight days building it, her third largest solo project t...

Murmuration Chandelier

Inspired by the twisting, turning phenomenon of starling flocks, called a murmuration, this is Murmuration Chandelier, a kinetic sculpture by designers Richard Harvey and Keivor John: When you look at a murmuration...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

Why do spinning rings & spinning disks have different paths?

In this silent video from Science Magazine, we can see how a spinning disk and a ring create two different paths while spinning. Try it at home. Do you see the same result? David Schultz at ScienceMag.org explains: ...

Spirals and rainbows built from 17,500 dominoes

From domino aficionado Flippycat, watch dominoes fall into colorful spirals, circles, and twisting patterns in this series of 10 domino and mini-domino setups. We also love that there are blooper clips at the end. ...

Spiral after spiral of HO-scale toy trains

Watch as HO-scale (1:87) toy trains load onto a spiral track, layer by layer, in this video by train enthusiast James Risner. Risner has experimented with a series of these spirals on his YouTube channel, including th...

The Mephisto Spiral – Part magic trick, part optical illusion

Watch as Grand Illusions' Hendrik Ball deftly showcases The Mephisto Spiral, a brain-breaking toy that seems to mix an optical illusion with a bit of the slight-of-hand skills required for magic tricks: It looks li...

How to Make the World’s Simplest Electric Toy Train

How to make the World's Simplest Electric Toy Train from the Amazing Science YouTube channel, a super delightful science experiment that will wow kids, friends, family, science classes... pretty much everyone on the p...

Grand Illusions: The Spiraculum

From Grand Illusions, here’s a curiosity from Hendrik Ball’s toy collection: the Spiraculum, a metal spiral toy from Germany with a spinning magnetic top. There’s more physi...

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