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Why, Traffic, Why?

Traffic during rush hour or when an accident has happened on the road ahead are both expected, but there are a lot of avoidable reasons for traffic in cities all over the globe: Slowing down to see something on the si...

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow among city buildings

Janet Echelman’s fiber sculptures billow, rise, and fall like iridescent bubbles hanging from a spider's web. Flexible and full of motion, the nets look soft, but they're also strong. Their structural cables are made ...

Postcards from Saturn: The incredible images that Cassini sent home

For over a decade, Cassini has orbited around Saturn 294 times, collected more than 600 GB of data, visited over a dozen moons and discovered at least seven new ones. It has sent over 400,000 images back home. Skun...

Escape, a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios

Escape is a science fiction animated short from Moonbot Studios, branded content for their client Dolby Laboratories. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival as a demonstration of the company's surround sound and im...

Cassini Burns Into Saturn, a grand finale to a 20 year mission

After two decades in space, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are delibera...

A drone with robot arms

This large, six rotor drone with two 5-axis robot arms can grab and carry small items, potentially assisting humans, making deliveries, and assisting in emergency aid missions. It flies up to 60 km/h (37 mph) and tran...

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunitie...

Where do new words come from? – TED Ed

There are over 170,000 words currently in use in the English language. Yet every year, about a thousand new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Where do they come from, and how do they make it into our e...

Accumulation, a glimmering LED light tunnel installation

A sculpture of sliced squares forms a glimmering tunnel of LEDs at the main gate South Korea's Le Méridien Seoul. Created by new media artist Yang Minha, the installation showcases six light pattern sequences with vis...

Voyager at 40: Humanity’s ambitious expedition into interstellar space

On August 20, 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe, following it with Voyager 1's launch on September 5th, 1977. Together, the two spacecrafts are one of humanity's most ambitious expeditions into space. Taki...

Autonomous Machines: Creating patterns with mechanical objects

A DIY drawing idea from graphic designer Echo Yang: Make art with a wind-up toy. While attending Design Academy Eindhoven, Yang created a series called Autonomous Machines, pattern painting projects implemented with m...

Simplified blower and furnace experiments – Primitive Technology

In an attempt to streamline his previous blower and furnace design, and to make it easier to replicate, Primitive Technology builds a simplified blower from sticks, rope and mud. He then tests it with three charcoal-f...

Waterlight Graffiti, a water-activated drawing wall of LEDs

Spray bottles, sponges and paintbrushes, wet hands, buckets full of water all light up this specially designed wall made from thousands of LEDs. The wetter it gets, the brighter it gets. Waterlight Graffiti is a 2012 ...

Wooden domino row building machine

I first built a domino row building machine of this type in 1985 out of Lego, then built it again from memory in 2009 to make a video of it. The machine works by pushing a magazine full of dominoes forward along the t...

Catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage

Along the foggy coasts of Peru, where millions of people don't have access to clean water, Abel Cruz Gutiérrez helps catch 200 to 350 liters (around 50 to 100 gallons) of water per day with each 'fog catcher' he sets ...

Détour, an iPhone film by Michel Gondry

A family goes on a summer road trip through France with their bicycles in tow, until one beloved tricycle falls off the car and finds itself on a new adventure: searching for its owner. Détour was filmed on an iPh...

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 ...

Three Gears are Possible

If you've ever seen an image of three gears all interlocking or an odd number of interconnecting gears, like those gears on some British two pound (£2) coins, you've seen a gear configuration that does not work. Howev...

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