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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...

The North Wind and the Sun: A Fable by Aesop

Once the North Wind and the Sun were arguing about who was the stronger. They saw a man walking below. "I am the strongest," said the North Wind fiercely. "Only I can get the coat off that man." But the sun, answering...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

EYES, a series of playful kinetic installations

Look left, look right, and get googly. EYES is a series of playful kinetic installations by Helsinki-based director, designer, and animator Lucas Zanotto. Watch as balls swing, leak, float, fly, and bobble about, maki...

Engines of Destruction: The Science of Hurricanes

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katrina, Maria, Sandy. Hurricanes have been major news stories in 2005 and 2012, and continue to be in 2017, starting in August when Harvey crossed the Caribbean and made landfall in Texas. What ca...

How I made a lil “Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man”

It's fun to see those attention-getting inflatable tube men that are wildly waving their arms in front of stores, car dealers, and even as scarecrows in farm fields. How fun would it be to have one dancing on your des...

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