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‘Darkness Is My Canvas, Light Is My Brush’

Light painter Hannu Huhtamo uses darkness as a canvas for his long exposure photographs, capturing fluid light trails of flashlights and other kinds of glowing tools that he uses to draw in the air. In this video from...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

Walt Disney explains his studio’s multiplane camera technology

The multiplane camera, invented in 1937 for Walt Disney Studios by William Garity, was an incredible piece of technology that helped create the illusion of depth in animated motion pictures. Filmed in 1957, the multip...

The Ground Beneath Me: A photo every day for one year

I have feet. Sometimes they take me to far away places and sometimes they never leave my apartment. I took a photo of them and the ground beneath that lies beneath them every day from January 1st 2016 to December 31st...

A Journey To The Bottom Of The Internet

The internet is powered by over 300 heavy duty underwater cables that carry 99% of all international data from continent to continent to right at your fingertips almost instantaneously. In this episode of Nat & Lo, Na...

Unmasking the Secrets That Ancient Mummies Hold

For more than a century, archaeologists have dismantled mummy coffins, also known as cartonnage, in a hunt for literary treasure. In ancient Egypt, undertakers entombed the departed middle-class in sheets of papyrus t...

This invention helped me write again – Emma Lawton

Graphic Designer Emma Lawton would draw and write as a large part of her work and daily life, but after being diagnosed in 2012 with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative brain disorder, using her hands...

Strain Wave Gearing LEGO Great Ball Contraption (GBC) Module

Behold another excellent Great Ball Contraption (GBC) from LEGO enthusiast Akiyuki, this one with Strain Wave Gearing. Akiyuki explains: Strain wave gearing consists of three components: a wave generator, a flex s...

ChainFORM, robot modules that can transform

Can one system of tiny robo-modules attached together in a line transform into multiple tools, interfaces, and creative opportunities? This is ChainFORM from a team at MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group, a hardware ...

What’s inside my pocket camera? – Tinker Friday

What's inside my pocket camera? What's inside my flashlight thingy? What's inside my mobile phone pouch? Cairo-based product designer Dina Amin asks these questions every week for her Instagram side project called Tin...

A.I. Experiments: Bird Sounds

Imagine walking through the woods with an app that can accurately identify, organize, and monitor the biodiversity of that ecosystem via vocalizations being made by birds and other animals. This project by Google's A....

What’s the fastest way to alphabetize your bookshelf?

You work at the college library. You’re in the middle of a quiet afternoon when suddenly, a shipment of 1,280 books arrives. The books are in a straight line, but they're all out of order, and the automatic sorting sy...

How zip codes helped organize America

The 'zip' in zip code stands for The Zone Improvement Plan, an address code system that was invented in 1963 to help the United States Postal Service (USPS) deliver the increasing amount of mail being sent around the ...

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp is a fascinating creature. One kind impales prey with a spear-like appendage and another smashes prey with a built-in club — the fastest attack in the animal kingdom. "At 30 times faster than the bli...

The Rolling Dance Chair, an omnidirectional, hands-free wheelchair

So often, knowing someone who deals with a challenge can help us become more empathetic and more aware of possible solutions for that challenge. Having grown up with a father who she felt was "boxed in" by his manual ...

Everyday Objects In Macro

Take a good look at these everyday objects up close... the colors, the textures, the scratches or bits of dust and dirt. Can you guess what the objects are before the camera zooms out? This is Everyday Objects In ...

A drone changes a light bulb

How many drones does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Two. And about 9 lightbulbs. Watch this drone quadcopter change a light bulb... mostly. YouTuber Marek Baczynski and drone-pilot friend Sven attempt to switch...

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