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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...

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...

Revealing the true scale of the universe with VFX

When watching a video like this classic planet and star size comparison, do we really have a clear understanding of just how small we are in the scale of the universe? To better understand the size of our largest star...

How to make an origami Butterfly Ball

Learn how to make an origami Butterfly Ball that bursts apart when you hit it. This easy-to-follow tutorial by Jo Nakashima takes us through each step. For this design by Kenneth Kawamura, you'll need 12 small square ...

The Lunch Feeder, a Rube Goldberg machine for the office

When Joseph Herscher has a lot of work to do at his desk, he still makes sure he eats a healthy lunch: Brussels sprouts, a hot dog with ketchup, asparagus, and some tomato soup. It's a good thing he has the help of an...

How do you play Swingball Shakespeare?

A swingball set plus a city lamp post plus some Shakespeare. These are the makings of Swingball Shakespeare, a community-based game and public art experience created by English artist Anton Hecht. In a recent chat wit...

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...

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...

Green Ball Adventure, a Sprice Machines chain reaction

Follow this green ball on an adventure across a series of contraptions and chain reactions set up on a pegboard wall. This new screen link video from Steve Price of Sprice Machines features dominoes, pulleys, levers, ...

Well Being, an animated short by Domee Shi

An unruly little kid loses a ball down a well, enlisting help from the innocent fella who was being hit with the ball just minutes before. Down into the well by bucket we go. Spot the ball floating in the cave water.....

Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA at Suwon IPark Museum of Art

Karina Smigla-Bobinski's helium-filled ADA, an interactive kinetic installation, has 300 sticks of charcoal across its transparent surface. The white room that surrounds it is the canvas. See how the walls gather blac...

Math in Motion: Playing with a desktop Galton Board

This delightful little device brings to life the statistical concept of normal distribution. As you rotate the Galton Board on its axis, you set into motion a flow of steel beads that bounce with equal probability to ...

Hammering, sanding, & polishing aluminium foil into a shiny sphere

In March 2018, YouTuber SKYtomo shaped, sanded, and polished a ball of aluminum foil into a shiny sphere, a ten-minute video that's currently approaching four million views. His project seems to have inspired other Yo...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Spinners, a Kaplamino marble run with 10 fidget spinner tricks

Ten fidget spinner tricks keep this marble run moving slowly but steadily forward in one long and delightful take. Spinners is the latest chain reaction video by marble run aficionado Kaplamino. There are more Kapl...

The longest fidget spinner spin ever + the world’s smallest fidget spinner

With a wheel-shaped fidget spinner that was specially made by 50 people at Mitsubishi over the course of six months, a Guinness World Record was set for Longest Duration Spinning a Fidget Spinner on One Hand. The acco...

Steel track rolling ball sculptures by kinetic artist Tom Harold

With thin rails of hand-bent and welded stainless steel, kinetic artist Tom Harold creates intricate marble tracks full of twists, turns, hinges, and swirls. Titled 'Tomfoolery,' the piece above was specially made for...

Making Artificial Earthquakes with a Four-Tonne Steel Ball

In Göttingen, Germany, there's a four-tonne steel ball that can be raised up a 14-metre tower -- and then dropped in less than two seconds, crashing back to earth. It makes tiny, artificial earthquakes. Tom Scott v...

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