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The powder that can turn sludge into clean drinking water

When people don't have access to clean drinking water, they can become ill or worse from water-borne bacteria and viruses, disease-causing microorganisms, and other pollutants. In DRINKING NASTY SWAMP WATER (to save t...

NASA’s Opportunity Rover completes its mission on Mars

From its landing on Mars on January 24, 2004 to the mission's end, announced on February 13, 2019, NASA's Opportunity rover has been a wonder of space exploration. For almost 15 years, the golf-cart-size explorer trek...

Harvesting water from thin air

Can we harvest water from landscapes that are famous for their arid climate? Evelyn Wang and Omar Yaghi, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley respectively, create...

Will there ever be a mile-high skyscraper?

In 1956, architect Frank Lloyd Wright proposed a mile-high skyscraper, a building five times as high as the Eiffel Tower. While this massive tower was never built, today bigger and bigger buildings are going up around...

3D scanning and printing artifacts at the V&A

When museum curators want to record or recreate an artifact, 3D scanning is incredibly useful because the artifact goes almost completely untouched in the process. Instead, the object of note is scanned with light. In...

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter

Set to Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, one of the seven movements in Gustav Holst's 1916-ish orchestral suite entitled The Planets, Op. 32, this is what it's like for NASA's Juno spacecraft to zoom by the largest pla...

MIT’s Jenga robot

If, while playing Jenga, you've ever wished you had the focus, predictive capabilities, and nerves of steel that would rival a robot, watch this video from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. The robot an...

How do ocean currents work?

In 1992, a cargo ship carrying bath toys got caught in a storm. Shipping containers washed overboard, and the waves swept 28,000 rubber ducks and other toys into the North Pacific. But they didn’t stick together -- th...

Soil 101

What is soil made of? Why is it important? And how can we nurture soil for the benefit of humans and our ecosystems? Learn about soil with the help of Soil 101, a 2015 animation from the Food and Agriculture Organizat...

Mycelium packaging, a biodegradable alternative to styrofoam

Styrofoam makes up 25% of our landfills in the U.S. That is insane. We may only use it for a day or a week to ship a package, but it stays in our environment for thousands of years. I think I've come up with an altern...

Imaginary Friend Society, animations for kids facing cancer

Cancer can be a frightening and confusing topic at any age. How do you start to explain cancer to a child who's facing it? The Imaginary Friend Society, created by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, is a series of ...

The Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine

The Robotic Voice Activated Word Kicking Machine is a surreal exploration of language and our strange relationship with talking to machines, from customer service bots to "intelligent assistants". It combines projecti...

Reverse engineering the locomotion of a prehistoric reptile ancestor

You can tell a lot about an animal from the way it moves, which is why scientists have been recreating the movements of an extinct crocodile-like creature called Orobates pabsti. Orobates lived well before the time of...

What is the Circular Economy?

What if, when we make something new, we also consider how it can be unmade when it's no longer of use? Can the materials be separated and repurposed? Can some or all of it biodegrade? How do we keep it from polluting ...

The World Below: Stunning footage from the International Space Station

Spend six awe-inspiring minutes in orbit above planet Earth. This stunning edit by photographer and videographer Bruce W. Berry Jr. uses 4K video and time-lapse footage captured by astronauts on the International Spac...

Saturn’s rings are disappearing

Saturn's rings are disappearing quickly, though 'quickly' is a relative term. With help from decades-old data from Voyager 1 & 2, NASA scientists have determined that Saturn will lose its iconic rings in less than a f...

Biobots and the animals that inspire their designs

Review some of the cutting-edge designs inspired by the physiology of animals: Biobots. This Wired video shares how roboticists use nature's solutions to create snakebots, jumping bush baby bots, bots with gecko feet,...

What is surface tension? Ask a water strider.

Modern technologies like high speed cameras can allow us to see what was previously 'invisible' to the naked eye. This clip from Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds provides two memorable slow motion examples: A speedy...

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