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Giant Minotaur and spider robotic puppets in Toulouse

The city of Toulouse, France "has given itself over to an immersive form of street theater, bringing to life creatures like the giant spider and the Minotaur, the mythical monster from Greek mythology that is half bul...

How do roller coasters affect your body?

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull...

Exploration Mission-1: Testing 2 million liters of water

Watch two million liters (450,000 gallons) of water explode 30 meters (100 feet) into the air onto Launch Pad 39B at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This is the successful October 15, 2018 test of NASA's Ignition Over...

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...

iCub, IIT’s teleoperated robot toddler

iCub is a toddler-sized open-source robot by the Dynamic Interaction Control Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). See the iCub robot walk across the lab and interact with a toy in the September 2018 video...

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...

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 ...

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. ...

A life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron with over 1,000,000 pieces

LEGO built a 1:1 version of the Bugatti Chiron made with LEGO Technic pieces, revealing it on August 30th, 2018 at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy. The life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron can...

Gazing into the eyes of SEER: The Simulative Emotional Expression Robot

This young looking face with light eyes, expressive eyebrows, and a Mona Lisa smile is named SEER, an acronym for Simulative Emotional Expression Robot. It was created by Japanese artist Takayuki Todo to explore the p...

The Solar Grandmothers of Ambakivao, Madagascar

Not having access to electricity, life in Ambakivao, Madagascar was dark. A group of grandmothers decided to change that, bringing light to their community by becoming the village’s first solar engineers. With the hel...

The spectacular stone monuments of Petra, Jordan

"This is Petra, where the sheer improbability of its location is the secret of its spectacular flourishing. The reason why this tomb endured and survived armies and earthquakes is that the Nabataeans who built it cut ...

The Shoe-Tying Robot

What might five mechanical engineering students create with two motors, Arduino, and a $600 budget? How about a shoe tying machine? Winning an annual design competition with Japan's Meijo University, University of...

The Uminami Strandbeest

A new design that hearkens to Theo Jansen's original kinetic structures from the early 1990s, the PVC tube-constructed Uminami Strandbeest doesn't get sand into its joints and requires no lubrication to move smoothly....

LEGO in Real Life: Creating a classic duck pull toy in LEGO stop motion

A boy creates a wooden duck pull toy in a woodworking workshop, but the materials aren't wood. It's all LEGO... even some of the tools and the paint. This new stop-motion animation from Brick Bros Productions riffs of...

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 ...

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, ...

Disney Imagineering’s autonomous robot stunt doubles

To level up the animatronic characters in their parks around the globe, Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles that can perform "extreme aerial maneuvers 60 feet in the air, making real-time de...

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