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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 ...

Can you solve the alien probe riddle?

Your team has developed a probe to study an alien monolith. It needs protective coatings — in red, purple and green — to cope with the environments it passes through. Can you figure out how to apply the colors so the ...

Raindrops: What do they really look like?

When you draw raindrops, how do you draw them? Are they tear-shaped with the point at their tops? Is that really what raindrops look like? Dr. Joe Hanson asked that very question. He then tested what happened to water...

‘Making’ magnetic sculptures

How are these magnetic sculptures magically clicking into shape from undefined piles? This Magnetic Games video in reverse turns the destruction of these intricate-looking sphere, cube, and rod magnet sculptures into ...

How to draw a cubetacular hole in your paper

Learn how to draw a hole in your paper with falling and floating 3D cubes. This short video from Circle Line Art School shares how to easily create the anamorphic drawing illusion with a pencil and a marker. Impro...

Types of Triangles, a Flocabulary math music video

This triangle is acute. Right triangle, obtuse. Isosceles, scalene. Equilateral, now you know the whole team. Learn the basics of triangles with Types of Triangles, a catchy and informative math music video from th...

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...

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 ...

Making strawberry hard candy drops on a restored machine from Alaska, circa 1890

This machine belongs to and has been returned to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Museum in Skagway Alaska, and to this day there aren't many good roads into it... Imagine how hard it would have been to get th...

Can you solve the Mondrian squares riddle?

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract, rectangular paintings inspired mathematicians to create a two-fold challenge. Can you solve the puzzle and get to the lowest score possible? Board game and puzzle designer and...

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...

The pasta-making machines from Brooklyn’s Sfoglini Pasta Shop

The colorful and intricately shaped fresh pastas from Brooklyn's Sfoglini Pasta Shop are like miniature works of art, and the machines responsible for them are mesmerizing to watch. At the company's production facilit...

Origami Changes Everything: Mass-producing an ancient art with 3D printing

Can origami, the art of folded paper, be used to 3D-print parts for our cars, pieces of clothing, art that we display, and other products? Can we build machines that can create patterns based on scans, and then cut, f...

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 ...

Professor Kokichi Sugihara creates his mind-blowing illusions with math

Professor Kokichi Sugihara is world-renowned for his award-winning impossible objects and reality-defying illusions. He uses mathematics to make the three-dimensional objects that create his impossible scenes and illu...

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Pipe Cleaner Bending Robot

Programmed to bend and curve pipe cleaners at just the right points to make shapes, this LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Pipe Cleaner Bending Robot creates colorful magic wands. The machine was designed and built by prolific pro ...

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...

Hammering, sanding, & polishing aluminium foil into a shiny sphere

In March 2018, YouTuber SKYtomo shaped, sanded, and polished a ball of aluminum foil into a shiny sphere, a ten-minute video that's currently approaching four million views. His project seems to have inspired other Yo...

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