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Cut, fold, and flip – How farfalle pasta is made by machine

At the Zerega Pasta factory in New Jersey, a stamping machine cuts, folds, and flips farfalle, pasta shaped like bow ties or butterflies. (Farfalle means butterflies in Italian.) The video above captures the speedy pr...

How New York City’s subway technologies are being modernized

"People know that the system is old, but I don't think they realize just how old it is... in our system, it's not just the architecture that's 100 years old. It's a lot of the basic technology, as well. The infrastruc...

A prosthetic system that lets kids make their own LEGO robot limbs

What if you could reimagine prosthetics in a way that lets kids design and make their own prosthetic robot limbs? When IDEO industrial designer Carlos Arturo Torres was a student at UMEA Institute of Design, he asked ...

Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

How might robotic engineers program a swarm of robots to accomplish tasks together based on self-organizing behaviors? Harvard research scientist Michael Rubenstein was working on that challenge when he designed Kilob...

Inside the LEGO Factory: How robots & machines make LEGO

In this factory in Billund, Denmark, autonomous robots and precise machines can make 36,000 LEGO pieces per minute... that's 2.16 million pieces every hour or 19 billion elements every year... if not more. Recent tota...

Artist Cyrus Kabiru makes eyeglasses from trash & e-waste

Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru designs and makes eyeglasses from Nairobi's discarded trash and e-waste. In a mix of sculptural art, fashion, and social commentary, the bifocals explore "the aspiration of popular culture b...

An Animated History of Transportation Through the Centuries

From the invention of the canoe in 8,000 B.C. to the recent rise of self-driving cars, enjoy this animated review of how humans have traveled from here to there through the centuries: An Animated History of Transporta...

Fast and Light to Pluto – The New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby

From The New York Times' Out There series, get a deeper understanding of the New Horizons spacecraft's mission, history, and July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto, a historic and illuminating glance at the last of our solar sy...

Taking the very first picture of a black hole – Black Hole Hunters

From the excellent Out There series from The New York Times: Black Hole Hunters, the story of the Earth-sized array of observation stations synchronized to capture Sagittarius A*, the astronomical radio source at the ...

The Surprising Places We Waste Energy – It’s Okay to Be Smart

We're always told to turn the lights out as we leave the room, or to shut off the water while we brush our teeth, but those are just two places that we might be wasting energy. In Joe Hanson's third episode of It's Ok...

What’s an Engineer? + The Engineering Process – Crash Course Kids

In these two Crash Course Kids episodes, Sabrina Cruz explains how engineers design and build things to solve specific problems, like connecting two separate land masses with a bridge, or communicating with people who...

Celebrating Sally Ride, the first American woman in space

On June 18th, 1983, NASA physicist Dr. Sally Ride became the first American woman astronaut to fly in space. Orbiting Earth on Space Shuttle Challenger, she inspired an entire generation to follow their interests in s...

This mini origami robot self-folds, performs tasks, & can be dissolved

Researchers from MIT and TU Munich have debuted an insect-like, miniature, self-assembling origami robot at ICRA 2015. The tiny bot is 1.7cm by 1.7cm and is made of a neodymium magnet, PVC, and polystyrene or paper. W...

An illuminated visualization of Bach’s The Well Tempered Clavier

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Well Tempered Clavier, with music performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard in a film by Alan Warburton. Before starting work on our Well-Tempered Clavier animation, director and visual artist ...

SpaceX Crew Dragon Spacecraft – Pad Abort Test POV video

Blast off from zero to 100 mph in 1.2 seconds on SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft during its May 6th Pad Abort Test. The test reached a maximum velocity of 345 mph before the trunk separated, the spacecraft's heat shie...

Flying a drone over Sudan’s 3,000 year old Nubian Pyramids

Present-day Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt does, smaller structures known as Nubian pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. The first site of these royal tombs was in El-Kurru in no...

ROV footage of deep sea creatures from the coast of Puerto Rico

Real-time science collaboration is much easier thanks to today's streaming video technology. During dives made by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) off the coast of Puerto Rico, a team of National Oceanic and Atmosphe...

Explore wastewater treatment with LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow

How do we use technology to turn human waste into water that we can drink? This Reading Rainbow field trip is an excellent introduction to how we use bacteria, solar power, oxygen, gravity, chlorine, and more to reuse...

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