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What is surface tension? Ask a water strider.

Modern technologies like high speed cameras can allow us to see what was previously 'invisible' to the naked eye. This clip from Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds provides two memorable slow motion examples: A speedy...

The longest continuous time lapse from space

Since the very first module Zarya launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 20 November 1998, the International Space Station has delivered a whole new perspective on this planet we call home. Join us as we celebrate 20 ye...

Gitanjali Rao: Finding solutions to real problems

Colorado seventh-grader Gitanjali Rao wants to find solutions to real problems, so when she learned about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan on the news, she wanted to help. From Rookie Mag: After coming across a...

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...

The OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine

When you need to gently load, crack, and separate the yolk and whites of over 200,000 eggs an hour, Sanovo would like you to consider their OptiBreaker egg-breaking machine. This promotional video for the assembly lin...

How do our eyes and brains work together?

How does an eye work? How do our brains try to interpret the information our eyes send them? And is seeing really believing? This episode of National Geographic's Decoder explains how our eyes and brains work together...

Magic Lantern Slides

Magic lantern slides brought the world to life in pictures. The first lantern slides were created in the 1600s, around 200 years before photography was invented and they provided spectacular entertainment and educatio...

Algorithmically-generated CMYK line portraits

An AxiDraw v3 holds a cyan color pen. As the machine draws a single, continuous line, an image is revealed. Magenta, yellow, and black pens are added one-by-one, each creating a layer of color. The completed pieces ar...

Can we get solar power to everyone who wants it?

By the end of 2016, the US was home to over 1 million household and commercial solar energy operations, with 4 times as many solar panels installed that year compared to just four years earlier. But if you don’t own t...

Revealing the true scale of the universe with VFX

When watching a video like this classic planet and star size comparison, do we really have a clear understanding of just how small we are in the scale of the universe? To better understand the size of our largest star...

Conductive copper dominoes topple to turn on this lamp

Why simply flip a switch when you can turn on a lamp with a domino chain reaction instead? This is a copper domino light created by London-based design studio Glithero. Tip over the first conductive copper switch, the...

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, a time lapse at night

This is what an evening SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base can look like. The 4K time lapse was filmed by photographer Jesse Watson from the Imperial Sand Dunes near Glamis, Cali...

Classical piano music comes alive with light visualizations

Played with a reactive visualizer tool—a set up that mixes After Effects animations with a piano and LEDs that are connected "via Arduino to the piano's MIDI output"—Franz Liszt's La Campanella comes alive with light....

46 Nintendo melodies in one animated mashup

How well do you know your video game music? Do you think you can name all 46 of these classic Nintendo melodies? Click play on Grant Woolard's Nintendo Mashup and listen for tunes from Super Mario World, Pokemon, Metr...

Notable Women, an AR app that adds 100 historic American women to U.S. currency

Notable Women is an augmented reality experiment that lets anyone see 100 historic American women where they’ve historically been left out: U.S. currency. Discover the accomplishments of activists, artists, scientists...

Cooling without polluting: Two new green air conditioning innovations

The starry night sky seems remarkably distant from the topic of air conditioning, but it’s revolutionizing the field in quite an unexpected way. In this episode of "The Spark," watch how scientists from across the glo...

The Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube

What if, when you twist and turn the Rubik's Cube to mix it up, the cube remembers exactly what you did and/or somehow solves itself? This self-solving Rubik’s Cube does just that, flipping and twisting all over (and ...

iCub, IIT’s teleoperated robot toddler

iCub is a toddler-sized open-source robot by the Dynamic Interaction Control Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). See the iCub robot walk across the lab and interact with a toy in the September 2018 video...

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