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Soap, water and corn syrup bubbles freezing

Over the course of two years, Barrie, Ontario-based photographer Don Komarechka filmed ice crystals forming across the thin walls of freezing bubbles. In Winter's Magic, he's collected the best clips from over 400 tak...

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...

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Scientists have discovered a mysterious universal pattern that "connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory." MentalFloss summarizes the formerly hidden phenomenon, known as u...

Thumb-dented aluminum can sculptures

When Noah Deledda empties an aluminum can, he doesn't throw it into a recycling bin. He reuses it, creating aluminum can sculptures by methodically denting small areas of the cans into patterns with his thumbs. He doc...

A colorful Chladni pattern demonstration

Watch as Chladni patterns form on a metal plate, a teaching demonstration "spiced up" with colored sand by associate professor of physics at UNC Charlotte skullsinthestars. The video is accompanied by Prelude from Sui...

Herman Brown is Feeling Down

"Herman's quiet world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressful." What is that noise? What is that feeling? Is it as big as it seems or are things not quite that bad? Herman Brown is Feeling Down is a...

Observing the angle of repose with DIY physics devices

The angle of repose or critical angle of repose is how steep various types of materials can be piled without slumping. The steepness of the side of a pile is determined by the amount of friction between the particles ...

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 ...

Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above

Using images captured by Google Earth, Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin speeds through scheme after scheme of human-made shapes and structures from high above in the experimental film short Arena. From McGlough...

How To Make Geometric Pies by lokokitchen

Self-taught baker Lauren Ko creates geometric pies and shares them on her popular Instagram account lokokitchen. In this Tasty video, she talks about what inspired her to start baking, how she learns new tricks, and h...

A bioluminescence expert catches a jumbo squid on camera for Blue Planet II

How do you catch sight of a jumbo squid deep underwater? Travel down in a submersible, use red light to see—most deep-sea creatures can't see red light—and then, to attract larger predators, flash the 'SOS' light patt...

Ceramic artist Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th-century agateware teapot

Recreating an 18th century artifact is a painstaking process that requires mastery of the medium, an understanding of esoteric artisanal methods, and lots of examination and experimentation. During her 2012 artist res...

A New Republic: The portrait work of artist Kehinde Wiley

Blending and contrasting contemporary clothes and objects with ornate fabrics, lush plant life, detailed patterns, and bold colors that reference earlier eras of art history, Kehinde Wiley's heroic portraits are large...

“Balloons look really weird when they resonate.” – Steve Mould

What is the resonant frequency of a balloon? Steve Mould hooked up a balloon to a scientific vibration generator to find out. Resonating balloons look really odd on camera. What you see is a sort of slow motion. ...

How a gigantic cotton candy flower is made

Layer upon layer of heated and spun sugar is shaped into pastel-colored patterns that eventually form what international street and gourmet food YouTube channel Aden Films calls a "massive, massive, massive" cotton ca...

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"Buildings dancing, Perspectives shifting." Designer and animator Lauren Pedrosa plays with patterns, perceptions, and everchanging orientations in this short video titled perspective ǝʌᴉʇɔǝdsɹǝԀ.

Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2

Swinging plumb bobs hang in a gridded formation across a large room as visitors attempt to walk among them without making contact. The installation, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time, No. 2 by William Forsythe, ...

Why (and how) do whales sing?

Whale vocalizations are a bit of a mystery. We know that only the males of some baleen whales sing, but we're not sure what those compositions—specifically structured phrases and melodies that repeat and evolve within...

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