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Sticky Actuator: Inflatable stick-on “pouch motors”

Here's an excellent idea for your DIY projects: Make sticky actuators! These particular actuators -- motors that convert energy into motion -- are small, inflatable pouches that are custom-printed in thermoplastic...

Train tracks: How to replace railway ties without pulling up the rails

Railroad tracks are made of three main parts: the long steel rails that the trains run on, wooden or concrete railroad ties (US) or sleepers (UK), and the track ballast that helps bear a train's weight and keeps the t...

Hydrophobic metal made with laser-etched microscopic patterns

Scientists from the University of Rochester have created water-repelling metal by laser-etching nanostructures into the surface. Watch as water droplets bounce like water balloons off of the metal's super-hydrophobic ...

What makes that fresh rain smell? MIT films rain drops to find out

Why do we smell that fresh earthy scent before and/or after it rains? With high-speed cameras, MIT researchers have filmed rain drops, and believe that the footage explains petrichor, the "pleasant smell that frequent...

XCAR Films: How to drive the Ford Model T

"At one point, over half the cars in the U.S. were Model Ts. They were used for business, for pleasure, for everything really. Even in World War I, they were praised for their abilities. Ford's dream of freeing farmer...

The largest, sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, enjoy this "fly through" of the largest and most detailed image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy. This 4K video by YouTuber Daveachuk explores just one third of the...

ATLAS Unplugged: Boston Dynamics’ battery-powered robot

Rebuilt from earlier versions of the ATLAS robot in preparation of June 2015's DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a $2 million competition to demonstrate the very best in disaster response by a human-supervised robot, t...

This carrot peeling machine is full of mesmerizing blades & rollers

When there are huge carrots that need peeling, but no one wants to peel them all by hand, get a Sormac carrot knife peeler, a carrot peeler that's full of knife-like blades and lots of industrial blue rollers. It's al...

Janicki Omniprocessor: Turning human waste into drinking water

"The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe." This huge, potentially game-changing machine, invented ...

Minute Physics: How An Airplane Is Made

Travel to France with Minute Physics' Henry Reich for a behind-the-scenes tour of the factories, research, and design facilities of Airbus. This is how an A350 is built! There's also a cameo by Beluga, Airbus' special...

Derby the dog runs on his 3D printed prosthetic paws

This is Derby and these are Derby's life-changing, 3D printed prosthetic paws. Derby was born with deformed front legs and had a lot of trouble getting around outside before animal lover and 3D Systems employee Tara A...

Deep Look: The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

When you put a permafrost core in a CT scanner and analyze the data, you're traveling back in time to answer important questions: What was buried deep within the frozen soil? How much of it is ice or plant matter? How...

Ultra Fast Robots Pick & Place Batteries to Form Group Patterns

These manufacturing robots were built to organize parts on a conveyor belt, picking, placing, and grouping at high speed. Watch as the spindle-armed Delta Robot (right) and compact LR Mate 200iD robot (left) sort and ...

Planet Earth in 4K: Time lapse images taken by an orbiting satellite

This video truly illustrates why our Earth is called The Blue Marble. Taken every 30 minutes over Indian ocean from May 15th to May 19th, 2011, these images by the geostationary Elektro-L weather satellite have been c...

SciFri: The gigantic dinosaur puppets of Walking With Dinosaurs

Go behind-the-scenes of Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, based on the BBC television series, with Science Friday as they explore the wide variety of high-tech ways that these 20 gigantic dinosaur puppets...

The sun, our closest star, in a stunning 4K time lapse animation

Compiling 17,000 images captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), via Helioviewer, from October 14-30, 2014, James Tyrwhitt-Drake created a stunning 4K time lapse animation. Watch 16 of our days rotate by in a...

Rosetta spacecraft, Philae lander, & an animated history of comets

In preparation for an unprecedented November 12, 2014 landing attempt on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency (ESA) has created a series of animations to introduce our history with comets, as wel...

ScienceTake: Tagging Tiny Turtle Hatchlings

When sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their sand-covered eggs and scurry quickly toward the ocean, we know that, if they're lucky enough to avoid predators, they're helped forward on their journeys by the ocean curre...

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