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A Visual History of Light, animated

400,000 years ago, humans and Neanderthals created fire. This ignited a relationship between people and photons that changed the course of mankind—and continues to evolve to this day. Take a tour through the visual hi...

How deep is the ocean?

How deep is the ocean? How far down have humans traveled and what did we find when we went there? This Tech Insider animation shows us the "vast distance between the waves we see and the mysterious point we call Chall...

Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

Introducing the Dial Telephone, films from 1936 & 1954

Have you ever heard a dial tone or a busy signal? How did we call someone before speed dial and push-button telephones, but after people stopped needing to speak with a switchboard operator? Behold the rotary dial: ...

How to make your own LED trampoline

Transform a $20 trampoline into an amazing interactive LED light-up trampoline. The Adafruit team shows us how with the help of some NeoPixel LED strips, the Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller running Circuit Python, ...

Meet the robot workers at Amazon

In this facility in Boston, Massachusetts, small orange Amazon robots are built, tested, and autonomously driven onto shipping pallets for transport to Amazon fulfillment centers around the country. It's a 'nursery' f...

Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

How NASA’s InSight Will Plumb the Depths of Mars

Propelled by a predawn rocket launch from California, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is now on a voyage of some six months to Mars to study the deep interior of the red planet. “The science that we want to do with this ...

The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Music boxes, automatons, harpsichords, typewriters, flutes, fabric-making machines, modern computers. Explore the playful wonderland behind these great inventions from around the globe, the unnecessary but delightful ...

Fungus: The Plastic of the Future

In 2014, Ecovative Designs was working to combine mycelium with local crop waste to make a compostable biomaterial for packaging, and continue to expand their efforts. One example: A collaboration with Netherlands-bas...

Zebro, an autonomous swarming robot built for rescue

In disasters such as earthquakes, sturdy robots might become excellent search and rescue tools. Industrial Design Engineering student Mattijs Otten of the TU Delft Robotics Institute in the Netherlands developed modul...

The SUSTAIN Lab’s Hurricane in a Box

Brian Haus watches as the still air stirs into over 150 mph winds. The flat turquoise water suddenly churns a series of endless crashing waves of white frothy foam. Thankfully, Haus does not have to actually weather t...

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Pipe Cleaner Bending Robot

Programmed to bend and curve pipe cleaners at just the right points to make shapes, this LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Pipe Cleaner Bending Robot creates colorful magic wands. The machine was designed and built by prolific pro ...

A twisted squid, as seen by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer crew

This twisted squid was, at first, hard to identify because of its unusual, Nautilus-like folded pose, but the NOAA Okeanos Explorer expedition crew was able to get a better look from a different angle. The footage, ta...

How NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Will Hunt Exoplanets

Since the 1995 confirmation of exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, the word exoplanet—a planet orbiting another star—has become a part of the vernacular. And thanks to technologies like the 2009-launched Kepler spacecraft, we've c...

Solving a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds

In November of 2016, the world record for a robot solving a Rubik's Cube was .637 seconds, but as of March 2018, that record appears to have been broken. The ridiculously speedy robot above, built by Ben Katz and Jare...

Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

Invisible London: A near-infrared look at the British capital

Trees are white. Sunglasses look clear. Skin seems to glow. In Invisible London, a video filmed using an infrared camera, Dr. Andrew Steele of Lab, Camera, Action! explains what London, England would look like "in a c...

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