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The Importance of Setting in a Story

The characters, the plot, the conflict they're facing, and the overall theme are all key components of a good story. But there's another important narrative element that provides context for everything that's going on...

Cat’s Cradle: How to play with two people

Learn how to play a two-person version of Cat's Cradle, a very old analog string game, with these step-by-step instructions from YouTuber Mom's Minivan. The easy-to-follow tutorial shows three basic string shapes play...

Final_Final, an evolving character animation

When presented with a ‘drawing-a-day’ challenge by fellow animators, designers, and illustrators, Matt Greenwood decided to take it a step further, deciding to produce one evolving animation per day over the course of...

How do you play Swingball Shakespeare?

A swingball set plus a city lamp post plus some Shakespeare. These are the makings of Swingball Shakespeare, a community-based game and public art experience created by English artist Anton Hecht. In a recent chat wit...

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...

If You Fall, an animated short about taking risks

A cautious eight-year-old Lila struggles to find her balance while riding her bicycle in this endearing, brightly-coloured animation about family love and support. If You Fall was written and directed by Vancouver-...

El Relicario: Abdón Punzo Ángel’s artisanal coppersmithing from scraps

Metalsmith Abdón Punzo Ángel and his family craft award-winning decorative copper and silver objects from recycled materials. El Arte del Cobre, their celebrated multi-generational business, is one of over fifty works...

Neil deGrasse Tyson tests ‘the world’s smartest dog’

Chaser the Border Collie can identify over 1022 toys. In 2011, astrophysicist and NOVA ScienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson visited with Chaser and her owner, psychology professor Dr. John W. Pilley, to test her memory...

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...

Dance of the Line Riders by DoodleChaos

Set to Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, three line riders from the popular online game of the same name sled over line after line, sometimes twisting, tossing, tumbling, and...

A tumbling, glowing, furry puppet creature by Barnaby Dixon

With spiky fur on its back and a long, expressive nose on its little face, this aardvark-like creature is a charming addition to Barnaby Dixon's collection of characters. A puppet designer and puppeteer, Dixon slips a...

A lemon-powered supercar and making the world’s largest lemon battery

Can you power an electric supercar with lemon-power? It depends on the lemon-power. In the video above, science YouTuber and former NASA JPL engineer Mark Rober attempts to fill a 48-kilowatt-hour battery with electri...

How bubble engineer Melody Yang makes mind-blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles might seem pretty simple, but when you've spent a lifetime studying the science and behavior of bubbles, setting world records and creating them for audiences around the world, bubble engineering can b...

Long-tail macaques use stone tools to open shells

Long-tail macaques can be found frolicking in the seas of southern Thailand. It's a wonderful place to play, socialize, and keep cool. It's also the perfect place to enjoy a seafood banquet. These macaques are waiting...

How to collect black sand with a magnet

If you're ever at a beach with some black sand in the mix, run a magnet through the sand to see if the black sand sticks. Exploratorium educator Ken Finn demonstrates this experiment with a magnet and a plastic cup at...

Lucas the Spider discovers a tiny wooden village…

Lucas the Spider might be tiny, but in a toy wooden village, he's quite big. In fact, he's giant. Watch Giant Spider, above, a fun CGI short created by animator Joshua Slice and voiced by his nephew Lucas. Slice has p...

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 ...

The playful wonderland behind great inventions

Music boxes, automatons, harpsichords, typewriters, flutes, fabric-making machines, modern computers. Explore the playful wonderland behind these great inventions from around the globe, the unnecessary but delightful ...

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