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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...

Why So Many Cloud Types?

What are the names for the clouds you see when you look up in the sky? In this video from Nova PBS, learn about nimbus (rain), cumulus (heap), cirrus (curl), stratus (layer), and other types of clouds, and why both th...

A Kinetic Mind: the kinetic sculptures of Anthony Howe

A Kinetic Mind by Elizabeth Rudge introduces the kinetic sculptures of artist Anthony Howe. The sculptures are visually interesting patterns when still, but are mesmerizing when the wind powers their spinning, ro...

Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion

This is Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion, Luke Jerram is a colorblind artist based in the UK. Aeolus is a sonic creation that blends acoustic physics, inspirations from classical civilizations, and visual adventu...

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