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Hydrophytes, 4D-printed aquatic ‘plants’ for the future

Tentacles wiggle. Filaments expand. Tails spiral. Looking like coral polyps, sea pens, crustaceans, and other colorful aquatic lifeforms, these multi-material 3D printed 'plants' come alive. Triggered by air that's pu...

Alebrijes, Mexico’s Beautiful Monsters

All across Mexico, fantastical creatures can be found dotting the streets, covered in bright colors, giant wings, bulging eyes and viper tongues. These are alebrijes, papier-mâché creations that have become a staple o...

A preening stork-billed kingfisher

In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a proc...

Can you solve the Leonardo da Vinci riddle?

You’ve found Leonardo da Vinci’s secret vault, secured by a series of combination locks. Fortunately, your treasure map has three codes: 1210, 3211000, and… hmm. The last one appears to be missing. Can you figure out ...

‘Making’ magnetic sculptures

How are these magnetic sculptures magically clicking into shape from undefined piles? This Magnetic Games video in reverse turns the destruction of these intricate-looking sphere, cube, and rod magnet sculptures into ...

The Lemonade Machine, an epic Rube Goldberg collaboration

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This optimistic phrase, encouragement for turning the sour moments of life into something sweet, sets the theme for an epic Rube Goldberg chain reaction collaboration: The Le...

What does OK stand for?

That's O.K. with me. It's going to be okay. OK, Google... 'OK' means things are fine or went well, or that something's approved. But what does O.K. stand for and from where did the word originate? A few proposed e...

How to draw a cubetacular hole in your paper

Learn how to draw a hole in your paper with falling and floating 3D cubes. This short video from Circle Line Art School shares how to easily create the anamorphic drawing illusion with a pencil and a marker. Impro...

Voyage To the Core, a 4K Milky Way time lapse

There’s something fascinating about our own home galaxy... To me the central part of the milky way is the most spectacular sight of the night sky. It’s something you can clearly see with the naked eye when you are awa...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

Gravity-defying acrobatics set to Clair de lune

"To create – to be creative – is to draw a door on the wall, and then open the door. 'Clair de lune' opens this door wide to transport us to a time where time doesn’t pass. That’s why we become children again when we ...

The NASA-JPL engineers behind Mars InSight & MarCO

NASA-JPL's Mars InSight robotic lander is scheduled to touch down on Mars on November 26th, 2018 after a six-month voyage. Its mission: Gather data on the Red Planet's interior structure and help us better understand ...

How Joe Hutto parents and talks with wild turkeys

My Life as a Turkey is the heart-warming tale of Joe Hutto, a man who raised sixteen wild turkeys from eggs to fully fledged birds. This film follows the growing birds, as Joe did, through the oak groves and cypress s...

Fabulous Food Chains and The Dirt on Decomposers

Everyone eats, right? But how does that food get the energy to power you? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina talks about the way energy moves, or flows, through an ecosystem and how that movement forms Food...

Sicarius spiders self-bury in the sand

Sicarius spiders are a genus of 'six-eyed sand spiders' found in both South America and southern Africa. They're internet-famous for two things: Their venom and the way they self-bury in the sand. In the video above, ...

Manami Ito plays violin with her prosthetic arm

Manami Ito is a nurse, a violinist, and a Paralympian swimmer. She came in 4th in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics. She is also the first nurse to have a pro...

Geothermal energy in Iceland

Iceland is a geothermal energy pioneer. Their unique geology, thanks to volcanism along a rift in the Eurasian tectonic plate and North American tectonic plate, provides a sustainable advantage: Heat from the ground. ...

The Meissner Effect: How to levitate a neodymium magnet

A neodymium magnet cube sits on a surface of yttrium barium copper oxide—YBa2Cu3O7, nicknamed YBCO—inside the bottom of a styrofoam cup. A small amount of liquid nitrogen is poured slowly over the YBCO. As it cools, t...


 
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