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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 become a complex performance art. In this Wired video, bubble engineer Melody Yang of the Gazillion Bubble Show demonstrates how she makes cube bubbles, bubble carousels, planet […]

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Tantalus Mackerel and a School of Fish automata

Automata and kinetic sculpture artist Chris Fitch uses engineering to create repeated moments in time. Named for the Greek mythological figure Tantalus, the fish-themed piece above, Tantalus Mackerel, follows a frustrated fish trying to catch a bug. The piece is accompanied by Maria Callas singing O mio babbino caro from Giacomo Puccini‘s Gianni Schicchi. Fitch also recently refurbished his 1993 […]

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Raccoon and the Light

What happens when a raccoon finds an abandoned flashlight in the woods? Explore the dark and discover some of the creatures that live in it with Raccoon and the Light, an animated short by CalArts student Hanna Kim. Watch these raccoon videos next: A mother raccoon teaches her kit how to climb a tree and Raccoon Baby Rescue, Rehydration, and […]

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In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing

Sachio Yoshioka is the fifth-generation head of the Somenotsukasa Yoshioka dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. When he succeeded to the family business in 1988, he abandoned the use of synthetic colours in favour of dyeing solely with plants and other natural materials. 30 years on, the workshop produces an extensive range of extremely beautiful colours. This beautiful and mostly […]

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The Dog Who Was A Cat Inside

A dog and a cat share the same body. Both are eager to make friends as they explore the city. Both get frustrated and confused as they struggle for control of their day. Each wants to go their own way, causing them to fall into the Seine… and then they learn to swim in the same direction. Watch The Dog […]

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Tiny origami robot transformers that use magnetic fields to walk, roll, sail, and glide

This small cube can transform into a walking, wheeling, boating, or gliding bot with the help of origami exoskeletons that fold around it to create a new form and function. These are tiny shape-shifting robots from researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The core cube is controlled by magnetic fields and its origami exoskeletons have seams […]

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You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats – Deep Look

Acorn Woodpeckers eat insects, delicious sap, oak flowers full of pollen… and yes, acorns. They stock up on these bitter but dependable nuts from coast live oaks and California black oaks, storing them in tree trunk granaries that keep them dry and safe from squirrels and the elements throughout the winter. “They’re the only animals that I know of that […]

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Making ice cream with Liquid Nitrogen and Dr. Kate Biberdorf

Dr. Kate Biberdorf is a lecturer and the Director of Demonstrations and Outreach at The University of Texas in Austin, and an internet famous chemist who creates impressive explosions for students all across Texas. In this demonstration with KUT Austin‘s Mose Buchele, she shows how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The recipe: One cup of sugar, two tablespoons […]

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While Darwin Sleeps…

With the effect of a time-lapse, filmmaker Paul Bush animates photos of more than 3,000 insect specimens from Walter Linsenmaier’s insect collection in the natural history museum of Luzern, Switzerland. Of While Darwin Sleeps…, his stop-motion style short from 2004, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art‘s Alistair Robinson writes: As thousands of different species swim past our eyes, a strange effect […]

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How colorful animal sculptures are made from upcycled flip-flops

Ocean Sole turns millions of discarded flip-flops into art pieces and other useful products in an effort to promote ocean conservation and reuse beach pollution from along the East African coast. See how these Kenyan flip flop artists collect, wash, sort, cut, glue, carve, and sand this waste material into colorful lions, elephants, whales, giraffes, pandas, dinosaurs and other animals—and […]

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Sugar Rainbow, an easy density experiment

We’ve tried stacking rainbow layers of corn syrup, rubbing alcohol, vegetable oil, soap, water, and other ingredients before… but what if we only have water, sugar, and food coloring or coloring tablets to experiment with? Check out this Sugar Rainbow experiment, an easy way to learn about density with Steve Spangler Science: Density is the measurement of how much “stuff” […]

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1374 drones dancing over the City Wall of Xi’an, a Guinness World Records

The world record for “most number of unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously” has been broken by Chinese aerial vehicle company EHang Egret during the rehearsal performance shown above. Their 1,374 quadcopter drones, all lit with colorful lights, needed to stay in the sky for at least one minute to qualify. The record was previously set by Intel and its 1,218 […]

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Can you solve the penniless pilgrim riddle?

After months of travel, you’ve arrived at Duonia, home to the famous temple that’s the destination of your pilgrimage. The walk from the welcome center to the temple isn’t a long one … but there’s a problem. Can you outsmart the city’s imposed tax and make it to the temple without paying a fee? Your tax total begins at 4. […]