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How to roll snow instead of shoveling

Don't feel like shoveling the snow in front of your house? Want to create a clear path through the snow at the park? If the snow is wet and sticky, not fluffy or icy, and if it's just a few inches deep, try rolling it...

The Graceful Tree Problem

Draw some circles, the vertices, connected by lines, the edges. Make sure there are no loops in the structure. These are your "trees" or "insectoids" for the puzzle. Next: Fill the circles in with consecutive odd numb...

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 ...

Portrait, a solo by Michaela DePrince

World-renowned ballet dancer Michaela DePrince performs Portrait, a solo piece choreographed by Peter Leung, with music composed by Nico Muhly. It was filmed by Middle Table. Born in Sierra Leone, DePrince lost he...

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...

The record-setting Queen of Limbo

Shemika Campbell hails from a long line of limbo. Both her mother and her grandmother were limbo dancers, carrying on the traditionally Trinidadian form of dance. Shemika is keeping up the family legacy, taking limbo ...

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...

Squirrel Obstacle Course

"Part of the learning process is testing things out and making mistakes," so will these squirrels learn how to get across this squirrel obstacle course to get to their favorite nuts? The challenge: While the blue plat...

Fold ‘N Fly paper airplane instructions & video tutorials

From the prolific Fold’n’Fly database of paper airplanes with easy-to-follow folding instructions, learn how to make The Sprinter Acrobatic Paper Airplane, above, and more than three dozen other fun plane designs. The...

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

Aerialist Blaze Tarsha began pursuing a life in the circus arts when her mother, a professional chef, first cooked for a juggling convention. To keep herself busy, schoolgirl Tarsha learned how to ride a unicycle in a...

Is it impossible to skip a stone 89 times?

"Skipping a stone might seem like a simple thing, but it's actually this beautifully complex mix of skill, athleticism, and fascinating physics." And in what might be one of the more comprehensive stone skipping video...

How to perform a pirouette and a French fouetté

How do ballet dancers pirouette? Warm up your feet, prepare into fourth position, practice the motion, spot, and then pirouette. Then repeat, repeat, repeat. Alexandra Macdonald, first soloist with The National Ballet...

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...

How to make an origami Butterfly Ball

Learn how to make an origami Butterfly Ball that bursts apart when you hit it. This easy-to-follow tutorial by Jo Nakashima takes us through each step. For this design by Kenneth Kawamura, you'll need 12 small square ...

Nyango Star, Japan’s cat-apple mascot drummer

Nyango Star (にゃんごすたー) is a giant Japanese mascot cat-fruit hybrid whose ability to slay the drums has become an internet sensation. In the video above, Nyango Star plays Anpanman's March, the theme song to an a...

Kids Meet Opera Singer Angel Blue

Meet Angel Blue. She's an award-winning American operatic soprano, a singing voice that "has the highest vocal range of all voice types," who's performed all over the world. In this episode of Kids Meet, Angel Blue de...

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...

Four levels of chocolate chip cookies: From amateur to food scientist

Learn a few professional tips of what to do (and maybe what not to do) when baking this classic: Chocolate chip cookies. Amateur baker Alina, home cook Lorenzo, and Penny, a professional chef, demonstrate how they mak...

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