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These tiny origami robot transformers use magnetic fields to walk, roll, sail, and glide

This small cube can transform into a walking, wheeling, boating, or gliding bot with the help of origami exoskeletons that fold around it to create a new form and function. These are tiny shape-shifting robots from re...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

1,374 drones dancing over the City Wall of Xi’an, a Guinness World Records

The world record for "most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously" has been broken by Chinese aerial vehicle company EHang Egret during the rehearsal performance shown above. Their 1,374 quadcopter...

Mars 101: An introduction to the red planet

From its blood-like hue to its potential to sustain life, Mars has intrigued humankind for thousands of years. Learn how the red planet formed from gas and dust and what its polar ice caps mean for life as we know it....

The pasta-making machines from Brooklyn’s Sfoglini Pasta Shop

The colorful and intricately shaped fresh pastas from Brooklyn's Sfoglini Pasta Shop are like miniature works of art, and the machines responsible for them are mesmerizing to watch. At the company's production facilit...

The untold history of ironworking in central & west Africa

In the lush forests of modern-day Central African Republic, sometime between 1800 and 1500 BC, craftsmen are believed to have discovered iron. New evidence indicates that ironworking began in the heart of Africa. ...

Liquid Printed Pneumatics: 3D printing stretchy silicone structures

Imagine 3D printing a balloon of sorts, a stretchy material that can expand or contract with the air that's pumped into it. MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory, in collaboration with BMW, has developed a new way to print s...

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...

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