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Science Extras from Jiwi’s (Rube Goldberg) Machines

A YouTube series that hearkens back to characters and situations from old silent films, Jiwi's Machines mixes a love for Rube Goldberg Machines with an ode to comedy greats like Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. T...

Crafting a highly-detailed paper Boeing 777 jet airplane

This airline commercial features the intricate work of Luca Iaconi-Stewart, an American designer who has been making 1:60-scale Boeing 777 jet airliners from manila folders and glue for the last five years. With t...

Why do autumn leaves cause train delays? – Liz Bonnin

Why do 'leaves on the line' cause train delays, especially in autumn? The serious danger comes from a series of physics challenges: Leaves are sucked onto the tracks by the fast moving trains. The train wheels crush t...

Zinnia – A dizzying spring-driven kinetic sculpture

Clayton Boyer's Zinnia spring-driven kinetic sculpture is an optical treat as its two 24 inch (61 cm) diameter wheels change speed and direction. Watch as he briefly winds it for a dizzying quick spin demonstration. ...

Driving on Air – Inventor Raul Oaida and his LEGO car

From The Adaptors, Flora Lichtman talks with 21 year old Romanian inventor Raul Oaida, who has built a jet-engine bike, a tiny spaceship, and a 500,000 brick LEGO car that is powered by air. How does it work? "We h...

Freeline skate tricks on the streets of Taipei

Freeline skating or freelining was invented in 2003 by Ryan Farrelly and has since become popular around Asia, including Taipei, Taiwan where this Kuma Films video was recorded. Watch as Light Liu & 曾昱暠 make it loo...

Boneshaker Big Wheel 2014: Penny-farthing + Strandbeest

In 2014, Jacksonville, Florida native Ron Schroer built an unusual wood vehicle called the Bone Shaker Big Wheel. It's part penny-farthing, part Theo Jansen Strandbeest. Watch him ride it at the One Spark crowdfunding...

How to drive the Ford Model T – XCAR Films

"At one point, over half the cars in the U.S. were Model Ts. They were used for business, for pleasure, for everything really. Even in World War I, they were praised for their abilities. Ford's dream of freeing farmer...

Inside Brilliant Bicycle: The Wheel Factory

This charming promotional clip from inside the Brilliant Bicycle Co. wheel factory in Taichung, Taiwan shares just a glimpse of how they're putting together their bicycle wheels. We immediately wanted to know how the ...

NASA’s Rover of the Future

Omni-drive and suit ports will be just two of the NASA rover features available to future astronauts as they explore Mars or near-Earth asteroids. This Rover of the Future is an ever-evolving Space Exploration Vehicle...

Time lapse at the Port of Long Beach: The Art of Stevedore

Trucks, trains, huge ships, cranes, machines, containers, and more cranes! Filmmaker Alex Hallajian recorded operations at the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States, 24/7 for seven...

Baltimore’s Trash-Collecting Water Wheel

River cleanup in Baltimore has gotten easier (and more fun to watch) with the construction of the Healthy Harbor initiative's Water Wheel. Designed by John Kellett and Daniel Chase, the solar and water-powered trash c...

Huge Puddle Splash at 2500fps – The Slow Mo Guys

What does it look like when a car splashes a huge wave of water out of a puddle in slow motion? We’re about to find out: Slow Mo Guys Gav and Dan got together with race car driver Ken Gushi...

In Orbit: Two people live in a giant hamster wheel

For ten days in a Pierogi Gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder lived in “a giant hamster wheel,” a large installation called In Orbit. Fro...

A full sized LEGO car with an air-powered engine

This is what 20-year-old Romanian Raul Oaida (above) and Melbourne entrepreneur Steve Sammartino did with more than 500,000 LEGO pieces and four orbital engines: The Super Awesome Micro Projec...

Grand Illusions: The Spiraculum

From Grand Illusions, here’s a curiosity from Hendrik Ball’s toy collection: the Spiraculum, a metal spiral toy from Germany with a spinning magnetic top. There’s more physi...

How the differential gear works and why we need them in our cars

Around the Corner is a great 1930s video that clearly describes how the differential gear works and why we need them in our cars. Bonus: motorcycles ride in formation to victorious band music.  h/t Kottke.

Inventor Portrait: Jerry Ford’s automatic wheelchair brake device

Elderly people with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia sometimes forget to use the manual brakes on their wheelchairs, which then fall out from under them when they try to stand or sit. When this ...

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