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Crow herding with urban falconry in Portland

“Downtown Portland seems to be a very inviting place for crows and I think the reason for that is due to the presence of garbage and food and lights and warmth, and it’s a relatively predator-free environment,” [bird ...

An accidental toy inventor’s shapeshifting designs

What if we could make objects transform in the same way a flower unfolds from its bud? This is what designer, Harvard professor, and accidental toy inventor Chuck Hoberman is trying to figure out. His work, ranging fr...

Line Riders ride to Beethoven’s 5th

Three Line Riders sled, skid, and sail across a choreography of lines. Written between 1804 and 1808, the accompanying music is from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's '5th symphony'. It's "one of the best-k...

Shattering glass with the World’s Largest Horn

How do horns amplify sound? Why are they flared at the ends? And how do airhorns work? Mark Rober wanted to find out so he spent eight months building a massive air horn... perhaps the world's largest horn. In this...

Which animals have tusks?

What are animal tusks and which animals have them? This Animal Autofill video from Nat Geo Wild introduces the tusks of the narwhal and the babirusa. We also see how African elephants and walruses use their tusks. Mor...

What’s the right way to wash your hands?

Handwashing is an easy and effective way to avoid catching the common cold or a seasonal flu. But not using enough soap or washing your hands too quickly might not get rid of all of the germs—bacteria, viruses, fungi,...

The longest continuous time lapse from space

Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 November 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home. Join us as we celebrate 20 ye...

Gitanjali Rao: Finding solutions to real problems

Colorado seventh-grader Gitanjali Rao wants to find solutions to real problems, so when she learned about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan on the news, she wanted to help. From Rookie Mag: After coming across a...

The Titicaca water frog’s baggy skin

At Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest large lake in the world, there's less oxygen available in the air and water. This is where the Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius culeus) lives. It has...

The Tramp meets a flower girl in City Lights

Charlie Chaplin's Depression-era silent romantic comedy City Lights (1931) is a classic in American cinema. In this short scene from the film, Chaplin's 'Little Tramp' character buys a flower from a flower girl played...

How can bananas make music?

If you've ever wondered how musical circuit boards like the Makey Makey Invention Kit or the Ototo experimental PCB-based synthesizer work, this video from BBC Earth Lab breaks down the science. Sound artist and d...

Making Eames fiberglass shell chairs

Arguably one of the 20th century’s most beloved designs, the Eames Shell Chair has wormed its way into our collective consciousness to become both a coveted piece of design history and, quite simply, a beautiful, acce...

Thermal expansion sphere and ring demonstrations

If you ever had trouble twisting open a jar lid that's stuck, try running it under some hot water. When you try again, it will most likely pop open with a twist thanks to thermal expansion. Most (but not all) matter w...

Pachelbel’s Chicken & other chicken instrument performances

If you never thought you'd hear Pachelbel's Canon played on screaming yellow rubber chicken dog toys, you're in luck: Musician Eddy Chen of the Australian duo Two Set Violin squawks out the famous composition by compo...

The OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine

When you need to gently load, crack, and separate the yolk and whites of over 200,000 eggs an hour, Sanovo would like you to consider their OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine. This promotional video for the assembly lin...

How to make a flipbook

Animation is made from a series of still images that, when played quickly in succession, create the illusion of movement. This is best illustrated in the pages of a flipbook, especially a flipbook that you've drawn yo...

A dreamlike swim in an underwater wheelchair: Sue Austin’s ‘Creating the Spectacle’

Filmed among the sea life in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, British multimedia, performance, and installation artist Sue Austin gently swims through the water in a specially-adapted underwater wheelchair. The dreamlik...

G-AAAH, a typewritten tribute to aviator Amy Johnson

Pioneering English aviator Amy Johnson worked as a typist for a firm of solicitors before becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. The distance: 18,000 kilometers (around 11,000 miles). ...


 
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