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NASA: Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D

Watch 182 million tons of dust ride the wind out of Africa's Sahara Desert in 3D, as tracked from 2007 through 2013 by lidar, thanks to CALIPSO, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation sa...

What makes that fresh rain smell? MIT films rain drops to find out

Why do we smell that fresh earthy scent before and/or after it rains? With high-speed cameras, MIT researchers have filmed rain drops, and believe that the footage explains petrichor, the "pleasant smell that frequent...

Anthony Howe’s kinetic sculptures in Barneys holiday windows

When department store windows get "dressed up" during the holidays, it's always a treat. In big cities like Paris, London, and New York City, there's usually the added promise of seeing high-profile artists, engineers...

The Beach Walker: Theo Jansen brings Strandbeests to Art Basel

As part of his two year American tour, Theo Jansen took his strandbeests — kinetic sculptures made of lightweight PVC tubing and wind-catching white sails — to Miami Beach in a Peabody Essex Museum-hosted showcase. ...

This “snail shell spider” uses its web to hoist objects up high

From the BBC's Madagascar, narrated by David Attenborough, watch how the small and elusive Olios coenobitus spider uses its web threads like rope, hauling an empty snail shell into the island's native thorny succulent...

It’s Okay to Be Smart: Why Do Clouds Stay Up?

Clouds are filled with so many water droplets that they're actually heavy... like 100 elephants heavy or a 747 airplane heavy! So why don't clouds fall out of the sky? It's Okay to Be Smart's Joe Hanson explains every...

Stormscapes: A time lapse of storm clouds & mesocyclones

Shot in Wyoming and South Dakota by photographer Nicolaus Wegner in the summer of 2013, this video for National Geographic is an incredible look into the thunderstorms and mesocyclones -- powerful vortexes of air wit...

Understanding tether dynamics through kite flying

For Hilary Costello's ongoing Ph.D. research, she can be found inside at a computer, coding and writing equations, and outside flying kites in the wide open spaces of Cambridge University. Her goal: "design an aerodyn...

How Locomotives & Jet Engines work: Baratunde Thurston & GE

In this promotional video series from General Electric, GE Masterclass with Baratunde Thurston, we go behind the scenes of GE's Global Research Center to explore engineering marvels, like how a freight locomotive work...

The Private Life of Plants: Dandelions

Individual dandelion seeds parachute over fields on the wind. David Attenborough narrates this clip from episode one of the BBC's The Private Life of Plants.

How to Build a Windfarm

From the Smithsonian Channel, this is How to Build a Windfarm, spotlighting work accomplished across three sites of the Flat Ridge Wind Farm in Kansas.

Bubble Device #2

Another project by Nicholas Hanna, who made the Water Calligraphy Device, this is Bubble Device #2. In the archives: a bubble bot, bulles de savon géantes, giant bubble explosion, how to make...

The Netherlands: Working Windmills

How can the physics and engineering of wind and water change a country? From the world of European travel guides, here’s a quick primer: The Netherlands: Working Windmills. 300 years...

The Singing, Ringing Tree

This is something that we’d like to see and hear in person: The Singing, Ringing Tree was designed by architects Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu in 2006. It sits on a hill in Lancashire, Engla...

The Beauty of Mathematics

The Beauty of Mathematics.  There’s more math in the archives, and really, math is everywhere. via @alexanderchen.

Tomás Saraceno’s Solar Bell: A paper-thin, kite-like wind sculpture

Solar Bell, a kite-like wind sculpture made of lighter-than-air materials — carbon fiber tubing and paper-thin solar panels — by Argentinian artist Tomàs Saraceno, in association with the Aerospace Enginee...

Giant wingtip vortices in the fog as an airplane lands

An invisible but universal phenomena, huge wingtip vortices can be seen in the twisting fog as this airplane lands in Zurich, Switzerland. Wingtip vortices are strong spirals of air that are created when high pressur...

A compilation of Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

Set to Gustav Mahler's symphony number 5, watch this recently released compilation video of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's wind-fueled kinetic sculptures. He calls them Strandbeests, “beach beast” or “cr...

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