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Soil 101

What is soil made of? Why is it important? And how can we nurture soil for the benefit of humans and our ecosystems? Learn about soil with the help of Soil 101, a 2015 animation from the Food and Agriculture Organizat...

Electrified Pickle

"The first thing to realize is that when you pickle something you put it into a mixture of salt and vinegar. Salt contains ions, sodium ions, chloride ions, and salt solution is electrically conducting, but it's not v...

A brie(f) history of cheese

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, t...

4 levels of brownies, from amateur to food scientist

There are dozens upon dozens of recipes for seemingly straightforward things like chocolate chip cookies or apple pie, with different ingredients, different measurements, different bake times and temperatures. How do ...

The Sphere-Packing Problem

The next time you're eating candy, ask yourself: "What's the best way to stack this?" Then start arranging them to find out. The answer to this question can be found in the shape of the candy. In this University of...

How to make better sugar cookies

Sugar cookies are a simple and fun cookie to make, but there are lots of ways to improve on a basic recipe. This Tasty video shares professional tips about how to make better sugar cookies, from adding cream cheese to...

Isle of Dogs’ stop-motion sushi-making scene

Stop-motion artists spend hours and hours making very short animated scenes look alive, smooth, and rich with detail. This time-lapse by Andy Biddle showcases that intricate work with a sushi-making scene in Wes Ander...

How are luffa/loofah sponges made?

The luffa or loofah scrubbing sponge found at spas and eco-friendly stores is made from a giant Egyptian cucumber. The fibrous xylem of the fruit can be harvested after the fruit has matured, browned, and dried. Natha...

4 Levels of Spaghetti & Meatballs: Amateur to Food Scientist

We challenged chefs of three different levels - an amateur, a home cook and a professional chef - to make their versions of spaghetti & meatballs. And then we brought in a food scientist to review their work. What...

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...

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...

Beet Beet, Sugar Beet and how sugar is made

See how sugar is harvested from the sugar beet in this classic and catchy 1979 video from Sesame Street: Beet Beet, Sugar Beet. Some background from Wikipedia: The sugar beet has a conical, white, fleshy root (a ta...

Making ice cream from a 350-year-old recipe

"To make icy cream... Take three pints of the best cream, boyle it with a blade of mace, or else perfume it with orang flower water..." This begins the 350-year-old recipe for ice cream, "thought to be the earliest re...

How is ice cream made?

When we want ice cream, we head to a local ice cream shop around town or to the freezer aisle in the grocery store. But how did the ice cream get there? Where and how was it made? This Magic of Making video takes us t...

How Animals Eat

Tiny snail teeth, deep hamster cheeks, quick Betta reflexes, axolotl patience. Watch as six animals—a snail, a katydid, a betta fish, a hamster, an axolotl, and a duckling—eat different foods in different ways. The vi...

How are tomatoes grown and harvested?

Plum-style tomatoes are grown and harvested in California, where 95% of America's processing tomatoes are grown. The process in the term 'processing' is a combination of tomato type—plum tomatoes are low on seeds and ...

Abigail Mendoza, world renowned Zapotec chef

Mexico's Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a ...

A raccoon demonstrates her problem solving skills

Rascal is a tame raccoon who uses her smarts and sensitive paws to open windows, unlock locks, and get to the tasty treat that awaits her. Can she make it through each obstacle? This impressive clip is from the BBC's ...

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