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Josie the chihuahua gets her wheels

Josie is a happy little chihuahua who was born with no front legs. Add some inventiveness by a lot of people around her and you've got a happy little chihuahua who can get around on wheels. This may be the ...

Gelatin cubes dropped onto solid surface in slow motion

This video has no sound and that’s a good thing; Jell-O dropping onto a flat surface in slow motion needs nothing else to be entertaining. Slo-mo Jello videos aren’t rare on YouTube, but this one was made ...

A Robot That Flies Like A Bird: Festo at TED

This TED Talk, A Robot That Flies Like A Bird, blew the minds of both me and my 3 year old co-curator when we watched it. I had some explaining to do re: robot bird vs real bird, gears, sensors, motors, etc, (and at t...

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over the Grand Canyon with his 2 meter wide, jet-propelled, wearable wing. Update: You’ll also find Rossy on the cover of this month’s National Geographic: Inventors continue to ...

NPR Science Friday: Stroke Of The Water Strider

Food coloring tests and a robot water strider? We love @SciFri! Water striders don’t really stride, they row on the water. But their legs are spindly and don’t seem good for paddling. To find out exac...

New LRO Images of Apollo 12, 14, and 17 Sites

From NASA this morning:  Just Released: Lunar landing sites for Apollo 12, 14, 17 as you’ve never seen them before! Though they’re not up close, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken sharp enoug...

Jerry Lewis mimes typing in Who’s Minding the Store (1963)

In sharing this classic Jerry Lewis scene from Who’s Minding the Store (1963), I didn’t anticipate needing to explain to the kids about the kind of technology that Jerry is pretending to type on. If you fi...

The LightLine of Gotham: 3D projection mapping in NYC

Light Lining is a 3D projection mapping technique that UK-based arts and tech studio Seeper has been showcasing around the globe. Some of their projects are interactive, while others, like th...

The Bolshoi Simulation (2011)

The Bolshoi Simulation is the most accurate large-scale visualization/ simulation of the universe that exists (2011). It’s mapped everything that we know of, and a lot of what we don’...

Monkey Monitor: Smithsonian Scientist Meg Crofoot

Meet Meg Crofoot, a primate researcher on Barro Colorado Island at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Meg studies intergroup competition in white‐faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)...

Rover’s Eye View of Three-Year Trek on Mars

309 images of the 13 miles between Victoria crater and Endeavour crater on Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity. Via JPL. 

Robot riding a bicycle

The problem with showing young kids some of these videos is that they might not realize how INSANE these sights actually are. They often just take it in stride as neat! But yikes! It’s a robot riding a bicycle....

e-volo: The first manned flight with an electric multicopter

At the end of October 2011, Thomas Senkel of e-volo made the first manned flight with an e-powered multicopter at an airstrip in the southwest of Germany. The flight lasted one minute and 30 seconds, after which the c...

Tour of the Moon (our One and Only)

“There it is. Our moon. Our one and only.” A tour of the moon, based on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. — Simple and beautiful. I wish there was a video...

Harvard’s Soft Robot Walking and Crawling

This isn’t like the robots we usually feature. This robot is soft and “boneless,” so to speak, like a squid, or starfish, or worms. Created by researchers at Harvard, this ro...

Bella, Megaesophagus, and the Bailey Chair

This week’s awesome dog viral video:  This is our cute dog Bella. She was diagnosed with congenital megaesophagus soon after we found her at 4 months old. Megaesophagus means that her...

Daytime Fireworks by Cai Guo-Qiang

I wasn’t sure that these “daytime fireworks” were compelling (ie. different than any other explosion) until I saw the rainbow around the 50 second mark. Wow.  At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in...

Fly around the International Space Station in this animation

From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a unique perspective on our sci-fi-come-true living quarters in orbit: This fly around of the International Space Station (ISS) is displayed in the...

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