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An accidental toy inventor’s shapeshifting designs

What if we could make objects transform in the same way a flower unfolds from its bud? This is what designer, Harvard professor, and accidental toy inventor Chuck Hoberman is trying to figure out. His work, ranging fr...

How can bananas make music?

If you've ever wondered how musical circuit boards like the Makey Makey Invention Kit or the Ototo experimental PCB-based synthesizer work, this video from BBC Earth Lab breaks down the science. Sound artist and d...

Pachelbel’s Chicken & other chicken instrument performances

If you never thought you'd hear Pachelbel's Canon played on screaming yellow rubber chicken dog toys, you're in luck: Musician Eddy Chen of the Australian duo Two Set Violin squawks out the famous composition by compo...

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 ...

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...

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...

Toy Car Restoration: A No67 Volkswagen 1600 TL and a 1971 Bye-Focal

When old metal toy cars see lots of play time they can get pretty chipped and scratched up. How do hobbyists restore these gems? YouTuber BaremetalHW shares his 2017 restoration of a London-made Lesney Products' Match...

A life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron with over 1,000,000 pieces

LEGO built a 1:1 version of the Bugatti Chiron made with LEGO Technic pieces, revealing it on August 30th, 2018 at the Grand Prix Formula 1 event in Monza, Italy. The life-size drivable LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron can...

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...

LEGO in Real Life: Creating a classic duck pull toy in LEGO stop motion

A boy creates a wooden duck pull toy in a woodworking workshop, but the materials aren't wood. It's all LEGO... even some of the tools and the paint. This new stop-motion animation from Brick Bros Productions riffs of...

Green Ball Adventure, a Sprice Machines chain reaction

Follow this green ball on an adventure across a series of contraptions and chain reactions set up on a pegboard wall. This new screen link video from Steve Price of Sprice Machines features dominoes, pulleys, levers, ...

Karina Smigla-Bobinski’s ADA at Suwon IPark Museum of Art

Karina Smigla-Bobinski's helium-filled ADA, an interactive kinetic installation, has 300 sticks of charcoal across its transparent surface. The white room that surrounds it is the canvas. See how the walls gather blac...

How to make your own LED trampoline

Transform a $20 trampoline into an amazing interactive LED light-up trampoline. The Adafruit team shows us how with the help of some NeoPixel LED strips, the Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller running Circuit Python, ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Paper Airplane Guy demonstrates how to fold five paper stunt planes

John Collins is The Paper Airplane Guy thanks to his years of paper airplane designs, including the world record paper airplane design for longest throw, as well as his super popular how-to books The New World Champio...

Building a prosthetic arm with parts from a LEGO Technic Air Race Jet

David Aguilar has built with LEGO since he was a kid. At nine years old, he built a prosthetic LEGO arm to augment his underdeveloped right arm, but the LEGO pieces weren't strong enough to meet the needs of his desig...

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