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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...

The Beauty of Flames

The Beauty of Flames captures some extraordinary-looking flames, "the visible, gaseous part of a fire," in this video from Yan Liang's Envisioning Chemistry science and art series. The flames were created by Professor...

Airglow & the secrets behind Earth’s colorful ionosphere

What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with the beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot -- Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, within the ne...

Animals with night vision

Nocturnal animals have special abilities that help them survive and flourish in the dark. One of these abilities is night vision. This NatGeoWILD video introduces us to a handful of animals with eyesight that's specia...

The ‘magic’ of invisibility lenses

Using lenses to bend light, YouTuber Brusspup makes a ruler, a knife, a spoon, a hand, and a laser completely disappear from view. Invisibility lenses create the illusion, an optical trick based on The Rochester Cloak...

Conductive copper dominoes topple to turn on this lamp

Why simply flip a switch when you can turn on a lamp with a domino chain reaction instead? This is a copper domino light created by London-based design studio Glithero. Tip over the first conductive copper switch, the...

Why are moths obsessed with lamps?

If you, a nocturnal insect, knew how to travel in the darkness by navigating with moonlight, a light bulb might be confusing... distracting... irresistible. This NatGeoWILD video explains why something called transver...

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, a time lapse at night

This is what an evening SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base can look like. The 4K time lapse was filmed by photographer Jesse Watson from the Imperial Sand Dunes near Glamis, Cali...

Classical piano music comes alive with light visualizations

Played with a reactive visualizer tool—a set up that mixes After Effects animations with a piano and LEDs that are connected "via Arduino to the piano's MIDI output"—Franz Liszt's La Campanella comes alive with light....

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

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...

A 4K LRO moon visualization set to Clair de Lune

This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy's best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer's Suite B...

Scallops have lots of tiny eyes that act like tiny telescopes

Things you may not know about the marine bivalve molluscs called Pectinidae or scallops, as seen in the Hakai Institute video above: 1. They can swim freely for short distances to escape predators or relocate them...

The World in UV

See The World in Ultraviolet, a similar but strange view compared to what our human eyes perceive in the visible spectrum. In this Veritasium video, Derek Muller explores how the ultraviolet makes eyeglasses, flowers,...

Portal icosahedrons

A steel icosahedron—a polyhedron with 20 faces—is lit with bars of LED light, illuminating the transparent mirrors within. Looking inside reveals seemingly endless mazes within the space. This video by filmmaker Eric ...

How Japanese paper lanterns are made

Using worn stencils and thick brushes, an artisan paints the floral decorations on the thin paper. A framework of wood helps to shape the thin boning that the paper will be attached to. Another artisan adds details to...

The Science Of Firework Color

Sodium in yellow bursts, strontium in red, calcium gives us orange, barium for green, and copper for blue hues... and there are more where those came from. The science of firework color, as explained above by SkunkBea...

Raccoon and the Light

What happens when a raccoon finds an abandoned flashlight in the woods? Explore the dark and discover some of the creatures that live in it with Raccoon and the Light, an animated short by CalArts student Hanna Kim. ...

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