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How micromosaics are made

It would be easy to mistake a ‘Micromosaic’ for a painting: put together from thousands of minute and very fine glass pieces, the finished product is characterised by such an astonishing level of detail that makes it ...

Magic Lantern Slides

Magic lantern slides brought the world to life in pictures. The first lantern slides were created in the 1600s, around 200 years before photography was invented and they provided spectacular entertainment and educatio...

What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

What kind of instrument do you play when you need "16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons" in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his clas...

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...

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. ...

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...

Making strawberry hard candy drops on a restored machine from Alaska, circa 1890

This machine belongs to and has been returned to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Museum in Skagway Alaska, and to this day there aren't many good roads into it... Imagine how hard it would have been to get th...

The Jankó keyboard, an 1882 replacement for the traditional piano layout

The Jankó keyboard is a musical keyboard layout for a piano designed by Paul von Jankó in 1882. It was designed to overcome two limitations on the traditional piano keyboard: the large-scale geometry of the keys (stre...

Evolution 101 & how natural selection works – NOVA PBS

What is evolution, how has it created Earth's biodiversity, and how can a phylogenetic or evolutionary tree—a tree of life—help us better understand how different species are related? Learn some basics from this Evolu...

Food of the Enslaved: Michael Twitty cooks recipes from American history

Historic interpreter and culinary historian Michael W. Twitty preserves and promotes the food traditions of enslaved African and African American communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. From the dishes he makes to...

How Yodoe oil-paper umbrellas are crafted in Japan

There's a long tradition of making oil-paper umbrellas in Yodoe, a city in the Tottori Prefecture of Japan. The process involves over 70 steps, crafted on a variety of specially-made tools by skilled artisans, includi...

Pecan – How Does it Grow?

How do pecans grow? And how do you say the word pecan? This True Food TV video answers both questions during a visit to the Georgia's Hudson Pecan Company. Georgia is number one producer of pecans on the planet despit...

Henry Fox Talbot, the First Photographs, and the Pioneers of Photography

The invention of the photograph, in 1839, would forever change the way people looked at the world. But this extraordinary breakthrough cannot be credited to a single individual—while William Henry Fox Talbot labored q...

The complicated history of surfing – TED Ed

Today, surfing is a multi-billion-dollar global industry, with tens of millions of enthusiasts worldwide. For some it’s a serious sport; for others, just a way to let loose. But despite its casual association with fun...

The Genius of Marie Curie

Dr. Marie Curie transformed science and society with her discoveries. Her scientific partnership with Pierre Curie and the story of their heroic efforts that led to the discovery of polonium and radium are legendary.....

Territorial History of the USA: Every Month for 400 Years

Starting in 1629 and continuing through every month for (almost) 400 years, see how the contiguous United States formed colony by colony, then state by state, expanding with massive territories and redefining within c...

Relighting “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” by Georges Seurat

French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat is well-known for his pointillism technique and for his depictions of life in the late 1800s. In observing his painting Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), we see these...

The Glass Ribbon Machine

In 1879, Thomas Edison and his research team developed a durable carbon-filament light bulb. In the 1880s and 90s, when glass had to be blown by hand, the skilled Corning glassblowers that Edison hired could produce t...

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