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How traditional Chinese cloth shoes are made

Based in the city of Mianyang in China’s Sichuan Province, vlogger Li Ziqi 李子柒 has cultivated a following of almost seven million people on the popular microblogging website Weibo. Her videos, also found on YouTube, demonstrate traditional cooking and crafting projects set to calming music. In the video above, she makes traditional Chinese cloth shoes, gluing five layers of coarse […]

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Ain’t Got No, I Got Life – Nina Simone plays live in London (1968)

Playing live in London in 1968, singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone sings a medley of Ain’t Got No, I Got Life, two songs that were originally written for the late 1960s counterculture musical Hair. From Yale Professor of African American Studies Daphne Brooks for Los Angeles Review of Books: It encompasses a full range of emotions and […]

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Emmanuelle Moureaux’s gridded rainbow art installations

Tokyo-based French architect and artist Emmanuelle Moureaux visualized a decade of ‘the future’—2017 to 2026—as a numerical rainbow forest in an installation for the The National Art Center in Tokyo. The 2017 commission, titled Forest of Numbers, celebrated the museum’s 10th anniversary by symbolizing their next ten years: More than 60,000 pieces of suspended numeral figures from 0 to 9 […]

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Making noodles by hand at Houston’s Uyghur Bistro

In the kitchen at Houston’s Uyghur Bistro, chef Jacob Chen demonstrates two noodle-making techniques. The first sends clippings of noodle dough into (what looks to be) a broth on the stove. Chen’s second handmade demonstration is a wonder: He twists and pulls the elastic dough into beautifully long, thin, and equally-formed noodles with deceiving ease. Uyghur Bistro’s menu features 20 […]

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An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it settled into a spot where it felt camouflaged. Next, watch more videos about camouflage, including robust ghost pipefish camouflage, pharaoh cuttlefish expertly mimic hermit […]

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The Art of Gem Carving

A brownish-red mineral, a gemstone called carnelian, is cut and carved with modern tools in this 2009 video for a Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems exhibition at the Getty Museum: The Art of Gem Carving. Gemstones such as amethyst, agate, chalcedony, jasper, lapis lazuli, and onyx have been engraved and etched with cameo (a two-color carving […]

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How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?

How do emperor penguins launch themselves out of the sea at twice their normal swimming speeds? A mix of biology and physics sends this flightless bird flying… at least briefly: Penguins trap microbubbles within their dense plumage while swimming at the water’s surface. After diving deeper into the water, they release these microbubbles while speedily swimming upwards. This combination creates […]

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Flight Through the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light

Explore the Orion Nebula, as seen with both visible light from the Hubble Telescope and infrared light via the Spitzer Space Telescope, with the help of this three-dimensional fly-through. The computer-generated visualization of dust, hydrogen, helium, and gas is set to Antonín Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major. Some context from Gizmodo: Located 1,350 light-years away, the Orion Nebula […]

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Log cabin time lapse: A Canadian man builds a shelter from scratch

Outdoorsman, photographer, and travel writer Shawn James has been building an off-the-grid balsam fir tree log cabin by himself without power tools. He edited together this time-lapse video to share his months of work, “from 1st tree cut to last floorboard laid.” He writes of his “real-life Minecraft” experience in the Canadian wilderness: All summer, I cut the notches in […]

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Going Fishing, a stop motion animation by Guldies

Small campfires that light with a snap. A tree that’s chopped down with a tiny axe. Claymation well water that creates a small lake. A fish trinket that’s cooked up for dinner. Going Fishing is a short stop-motion film by Swedish animator Alexander Unger, a.k.a. Guldies on YouTube. He created it in his bedroom on his desk from 2,500 still […]

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How pencils are made at the Derwent Pencil Factory

Travel to Cumbria in the United Kingdom where workers at the Derwent Pencil Factory, established in 1832, work together to create graphic pencils, color pencils, watercolor pencils, and other artists’ products. This wonderfully detailed Derwent promotional video takes us through every step of how pencils are made today, from mixing pigments to testing quality to woodwork, painting, and packaging. There’s […]