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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...

Journey along a sound wave in Sivan Talmor’s Sad Heart

Onward over the rugged landscape, through tempestuous winds and deep waters, a woman takes an emotional journey along an everchanging sound wave. Sivan Talmor's Sad Heart music video was created by award-winning direc...

Rolling frisbee on a frozen lake

While ice skating on Great Pond in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Falmouth Ultimate coach Shea Gunther filmed his rolling frisbee as it glided on its edge for almost 90 seconds. "I noticed how the wind would catch an errant t...

Attack of the Tumbleweeds

Witness what one commenter calls "a comically absurd amount of tumbleweeds" as they blow across a desert road. The gathering of spiny skeletal balls was captured on a phone cam by Tim Tower while he was driving in Owy...

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...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

The Uminami Strandbeest

A new design that hearkens to Theo Jansen's original kinetic structures from the early 1990s, the PVC tube-constructed Uminami Strandbeest doesn't get sand into its joints and requires no lubrication to move smoothly....

How do crab spiders use their silk to fly?

Some spiders can catch onto breezes that send them flying across oceans and high up into the skies by ballooning—releasing "numerous strands of silk that they spin up to six feet long." And those threads of silk, ...

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...

A microburst drops heavy rain over Austria’s Lake Millstatt, a time lapse

See a microburst or downburst drop heavy rain in a thunderstorm over Austria's Lake Millstatt. The time lapse was captured by photographer Peter Maier from high above the scenery, allowing a clear view of the burst. F...

tele-present wind, a real-time wind installation

Echoing the real-time movements of a single dried plant stalk tilting and swaying in the wind outdoors, 126 stalks tilt and sway inside in a wind they're untouched by. Transmissions from an accelerometer attached to t...

Theo Jansen’s Animaris Mulus Strandbeest

It has an elephant-like trunk, or perhaps a toucan's beak, that helps stabilize its front. Wind-catching sails extend out from the sides like wings. Its front legs walk quickly and smoothly across the sand while its b...

The SUSTAIN Lab’s Hurricane in a Box

Brian Haus watches as the still air stirs into over 150 mph winds. The flat turquoise water suddenly churns a series of endless crashing waves of white frothy foam. Thankfully, Haus does not have to actually weather t...

North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum

In the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum is attracting visitors from near and far. In the video above, UNC-TV's North Carolina Weekend shows off the 31 restored wind-po...

How to make homemade slide whistles

Bamboo, PVC pipe, wood, or even a carrot! Slide whistles can be made from all sorts of materials, and are fun to make, play, and learn physics with. In this episode of Homemade Science, teacher Bruce Yeany shares his ...

Noticing the soundscapes of Yosemite National Park

"When we live in cities, which most of us do, we have tuned out. We have to to survive. We stop hearing sounds. So people come here and they only hear things in about a 10-foot radius around them and they completely h...

Rintaro Hara’s Projection Wall of bubbles

A large, soapy grid of netting rises up in front of eight small fans. Huge bubbles are blown into the room towards the person pulling the net up into place with a pulley. This is Rintaro Hara's Projection Wall, an int...

NASA simulates how dust, smoke, and sea salt have traveled the planet

Watch as sea salt, dust, and smoke—aerosol particles traveling on the winds—have moved across our planet in 2017. This animated simulation, "based on both satellite observations and computer models that use physical e...

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