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Why are your fingerprints unique?

It's said that no two fingerprints are the same. Is that true? How did your fingerprints form and why are they unique? This Minute Earth video explores fingerprint science. Learn how loop, whorl, and arch shapes form ...

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 ...

How is duct tape made?

What is duct tape and why is it so strong? And is it duct tape or duck tape? From Insider, go inside a busy factory to see how layers of rubber for adhesive, a cotton cloth middle, and a backing made from polyethylene...

The RollKa stunt machine

YouTuber Master Milo turns an old Ford Ka into a rolling, spinning, amusement park ride-like "diwheel" he calls "the RollKa." Master Milo took an otherwise lackluster economy car, chopped it in half, and mated it to t...

An electric guitar made from 1,200 colored pencils

How do you transform 1200 colored pencils into an electric guitar? Epoxy resin, lots of milling, cutting, drilling, and sanding, some wood filler, spray enamel, protective face masks, diligence, and patience. YouTuber...

The Conservation of The Assassination of Archimedes

An old oil painting, painted on paper and mounted onto wood, is cleaned, retouched, and restored. Art conservator Julian Baumgartner of Baumgartner Fine Art Restoration in Chicago documents the sounds and visuals of h...

A leaf-rolling weevil crafts its nest with careful folds

See how the female six-spotted leaf-rolling weevil expertly crafts a cocoon-like leaf-roll with a Rabdosia trichocarpa leaf. Filmed in Japan by Sigma1920HD, this silent time-lapse of the nidification process was recon...

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...

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 ...

Making a nutcracker from tree boughs

In this video from The Homestead Craftsman, a husband and wife team up to create a revolutionary war soldier inspired nutcracker from what look to be boughs of a tree. And it actually cracks nuts! The entire process, ...

Building a wigwam, a time lapse

A dome made from tree saplings, grasses, bark, buckskin, cloth, and other available local materials, the wigwam was a seasonal structure used by many Native American cultures in the North Eastern United States. Histor...

How does a cruciverbalist create crossword puzzles?

How are crossword puzzles made? In this episode of WIRED Masterminds, cruciverbalist David Kwong demonstrates how he makes crossword puzzles for The New York Times. And since he's also a magician, his theme for the cr...

Linocut carving and printing by Maarit Hänninen

Amsterdam-based linocut artist Maarit Hänninen filmed how she carves and prints her illustration, titled Tomorrow, Tomorrow, with a printmaking technique called linocut. First, she transfers her original artwork to a ...

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...

Mysteries of the world’s biggest dome

How did Filippo Brunelleschi use engineering, design, math, and secrecy to build the world's biggest dome? "...Experts still don't fully understand the brilliant methods he used in constructing the dome, which tops th...

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...

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