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How the V&A recreated an 18th-century Mechanical Theatre

An 18th-century mechanical theatre was a technology of tricks and devices that changed scenes almost miraculously. With nothing of this scale from history surviving, watch as exhibition designer, Patrick Burnier and h...

The communal support within Crested Black Macaque monkey troops

Crested Black Macaques endure torrential rains on the northern end of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It's the only forest on Earth where they can be found. BBC Earth visits this Lands of the Monsoon locale to obse...

Dance of the Line Riders by DoodleChaos

Set to Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, three line riders from the popular online game of the same name sled over line after line, sometimes twisting, tossing, tumbling, and...

Creme That Egg, a Pitagora Suichi-inspired chain reaction machine

In 2008, Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines launched his YouTube channel with a Pitagora Suichi-inspired chain reaction marble run of sorts that spanned his apartment. The video was called Creme That Egg. And it doe...

The World in UV

See The World in Ultraviolet, a similar but strange view compared to what our human eyes perceive in the visible spectrum. In this Veritasium video, Derek Muller explores how the ultraviolet makes eyeglasses, flowers,...

Moon 101, a quick primer on our 4.51 billion-year-old natural satellite

The fifth largest natural satellite in our solar system, our crater-filled moon can feel both familiar and mysterious. It orbits Earth at an average distance of 30 Earths—that's around 384,400 km (238,855 miles)—and r...

Use a 9-volt battery to break water into its elemental components

In the 1987 miniseries The Ring of Truth: An Inquiry into How We Know What We Know, Philip Morrison proves that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen (H) atoms & one oxygen (O) atom with a simple demonstration....

A pinned insect manipulator (IMp), the Natural History Museum’s LEGO invention

When you're an entomologist who's trying to help digitize insect specimens—studying them, comparing their details with other insects, and capturing multiple images of them from all angles—it can be a challenge to use ...

Portal icosahedrons

A steel icosahedron—a polyhedron with 20 faces—is lit with bars of LED light, illuminating the transparent mirrors within. Looking inside reveals seemingly endless mazes within the space. This video by filmmaker Eric ...

How Julian Nocker built a treehouse in Salzburg

I designed and built this treehouse during 3 summer holidays next to my architecture studies. It is the result of my dealing with wood construction, handcraft and space following the ideas and concepts of the childhoo...

The hidden art of fore-edge painting

The painting is there, but you might not see it... hidden along the edges of pages. "It's a discreet painting. It's only there if you know how to unlock it." In this Great Big Story video, artist Martin Frost shows ho...

How Japanese paper lanterns are made

Using worn stencils and thick brushes, an artisan paints the floral decorations on the thin paper. A framework of wood helps to shape the thin boning that the paper will be attached to. Another artisan adds details to...

The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman

Escaping slavery; risking everything to save her family; leading a military raid; championing the cause of women’s suffrage; these are just a handful of the accomplishments of one of America’s most courageous heroes. ...

Five big sharks that help keep our oceans healthy

You're probably familiar with the great white shark, but how much do you know about these other big sharks: blacktip, tiger, sand tiger, galapagos, and whale? Those are just five of roughly 500 shark species found in ...

Château de Versailles, before and after the Revolution

What did Versailles look like before Louis XIV? How did the small hunting lodge of Louis XIII become the largest Palace in Europe? What embellishments did the young Sun King want in his Palace of festivities and amuse...

How Elephants Listen … With Their Feet

Thousands of elephants roam Etosha National Park in Namibia, a nation in southwest Africa, taking turns at the park’s numerous watering holes. The elephants exchange information by emitting low-frequency sounds that t...

How does Salty Seattle make rainbow pasta without artificial flavors?

A rainbow of pasta for dinner. Linda Nicholson, aka Salty Seattle, creates a variety of brightly colored pasta dishes without any artificial flavors, as demonstrated in this Tasty video. The colors are made from t...

Creating wood ash cement from scratch, an experiment

How do you make a cement-like building material that won't dissolve in water? From scratch? In this Primitive Technology video, an experimental cement is made from crushed terracotta and refired wood ash that was burn...


 
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