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    Got a curious mind? Check out these amazing articles below and give your brain something to wonder about!  

     

    February 2022

    1. Super Slow-motion popcorn

    Ever wondered what popcorn looks like when it is popping? Watch this Slo-motion video of popcorn popping to find out

    2. Frozen bubbles

    A beautiful video of frozen soap bubbles.

    3. Cannonball from the back of a truck!

     The MythBusters try to cancel a cannon ball's momentum by firing it backwards from a truck going the same speed as the ball. What do you think will happpen?

    4. How high does the sun get on the shortest day of the year in Alaska?

    Weather researcher Taro Nakai filmed this time-lapse in Fairbanks, Alaska from 11am – 1pm on the winter solstice - the shortest day of the year. Look how low that sun goes!

    5. Ever wondered what a ride on the New York Subway looks like from the driver's seat? 

    Take a ride on the New York subway in this time-lapse video.

    January 2022

    1. A raven attacks a delivery drone!

    Ever wondered what birds think of drones that fly around in the air beside them? Watch this raven show the drone who is boss! 

    2. Magnetized liquid 

    We all know what magnets look like and what they do, but have you ever heard of a magnetized liquid? Watch and be amazed! 

    3. Star Wars Shadow Art 

    Check out Red Hong Ye amazing Star Wars Shadow Art - she makes this look easy!!

    4. Lego goes Wild!

    Amazing models of nature made completely out of Lego. I love the treehouse!  

    5. Fireworks viewed from above!

    Fireworks are fun to watch at New Year's, but have you ever wondered what they look like from above? Watch the Lima, Peru firework display filmed from a drone!

      

     

    December 2021

    1. World Record basketball shot - from over 400 feet up!!

    A world record basketball shot! From over 400 feet up, off of a dam, a man shoots… and scores! 

    2. How do you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in space?

    Ever thought about the problems you may have trying to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in space? Check out the video to see how they do it on the International Space Station 

    3. Octopus walking on land

    Last month we saw an octopus running on two tentacles, this month they walk right out of the water! Who knew octopus had so many hidden talents!

    4. World's first and only rotating boat elevator

    The world’s first (and only!?) rotating boat lift is in Falkirk, Scotland, check out the video to see it in action. I have been on it, it's pretty cool!!!  

    5. Warped Trees

    Check out these weirdly warped trees from a forest in Poland! 

     

    November 2021

    1. Running Octopus? Crazy but true!  

    Ever seen an octopus get up and walk on two tentacles? Enjoy this weird video! 

    2. Can you make a bagel chain?

    Mathematician George Hart made a video to show how to cut a bagel into two halves linked like two links in a chain. 

    3. What happens to a tennis ball when you hit it? 

    Check out this  142 mph tennis serve in super slow motion. 0:17 - 0:22  Who knew that the ball would go completely flat?!?

    4. Want a bigger boat? This is one way to do it! 

    Watch this cruise ship dock, get sliced in half, and then have a new section added in! The action starts at 60 seconds.

    5. How does the internet travel around the world?

    Did you know internet cables are under our oceans? Check out this globe mapping major underwater cables.

    October 2021

    1. How does a hamster pack so much into its cheeks?

    Check out this video and x-ray footage of inside a hamster’s cheeks to find out!

    2. Ghostbusters theme as you have never heard it before

    This performance of The Ghostbuster's theme is made from noises of everyday items! Too funny!! 

    3. Bizarre Volcano

     Check out this bizarre volcano, the lava that looks like mud but is still over 500ºC!

    4. Mix it up - instead of carving a pumpkin this year, try a watermelon!

    Check out this video, filmed from the artist’s point of view, of a snakes head carved from a watermelon! 

    5. Miniature Pottery 

    This incredibly small pottery is actually made by hand on a wheel!

     

     

     

    May 2021

     1. Floating ball of water in space 

    Astronauts on the International Space Station created a colored, bubbly, floating ball of water. This is soooo cool! Think about it, why does the water act like this?

    2. Music played on a glass in a sink of water!

     You’ve seen glasses filled with water played as a musical instrument, but did you know it works when an empty glass is played in a sink of water! Watch the video and learn about the science behind the music!

    3. Ever wondered what happens when you hit Jell-o with a tennis racket?

    Watch a slow-motion video of someone hit Jell-o with a tennis racket. Fun but messy, don't try this at home!! 

    4. How do they make glass chandeliers?

    You will look at glass chandeliers with new appreciation after watching this video of molten glass being worked into shape to form a chandelier!

    5. Fire and Ice!

    See what happens when a red hot cannonball is placed on a block of ice!

    April 2021

    1. Coolest Lego set ever!!! 

     A full-size car you can drive and it is made completely of Lego

    2. What is it like inside a volcano?

    Scientists use drones to explore inside a volcano!

    3. Crayons make art, but can crayons be art? 

    Check out these sculptures carved from regular Crayolas.

    4. Pygmy seahorse, the masters of camouflage

    Watch the pygmy seahorse blend into its surroundings!

    5. Which way is up?

    Check out this amazing artwork, can you figure out which way is up

     

    March 2021

     

    1. Ultimate ride on a mountain bike

    If you have ever wondered if you could ride down a mountain on a mountain bike, check out this video from Scotland. Do not try this at home!!! 

    Scientists use drones to explore inside a volcano

    2. Show Jumping bunnies??

    You have heard of show jumping competitions with horses but have you ever heard of one for bunnies? Check out this video for the cutest show jumping competition ever :0) 

    3. Can you make an iceberg float?

    Use this interactive tool to draw an iceberg and see what happens to your design. Will it float? Will it sink? Will it flip? Give it a try and learn about the science behind icebergs.

    4. Underwater Photographs

    Check out these amazing underwater photographs from the 2021 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition. Amazing! Scroll down the page to see shipwrecks, sharks, divers, and more. My favorite is the stingray. :0) 

    5. Movie intro 

    Movie company intro sounds acapella style (music without instruments) 

     

    February 2021

    1. House of Cards

    The most insane house of card creations you will ever see! 

    2. Musical 'Ice'truments?

    Check out these amazing musical Instruments made from ice

    3. Happy Feet

    9-Year-Old dancer takes 10,000 steps in this three-minute dance.

    4. Let it snow

    Have you ever wondered what a snowflake looks like under a microscope?

    January 2021

     

    1. Slow motion magnets!

    This is so cool!! Super slow-motion magnets doing all kinds of fun things. Stick around for the colors!

    2. Ice stacking - an amazing natural phenomenon

    Watch what happens as the wind blows over a very cold Lake Superior, shards of ice undulating like wavesWeird!

    3. The most amazing bookstore you will ever see!

     Look at this stunning bookstore outside of Chengdu, China

    4. Can you play the violin with a prosthetic arm?

    Check out violinist Manami, accomplished violinist, swimmer, and more! 

    5. A bridge with a difference.

    A bridge that goes… below the water level?

     

    December 2020

     

    1. Musical water glasses!

    Listen to Sugar Plum Fairy performed live on water glasses

    2. Alphabet rocks 

    Can you imagine finding a rock that looks like a letter from the alphabet? This Belgian type designer found a stone for every letter

    3. Holiday Tree Harvest

    Ever wondered how they harvest Christmas Trees? Watch and find out

    4. If you could decorate a hay bale, what would you do?

    Hay bales with a twist 

    5. Can you ride a square wheel bike?  

    Ever wondered if you can ride a square-wheeled bike? You just need a very specific road

     

    November 2020

     

    1. You will never look at mold the same way again! 

    The Rise of Mold! Watch how four different molds grow… up close.

    2. Red hot cannonball!

    What happens when a cannonball is heated until it’s glowing red, then put onto a block of ice? Watch and see what happens!

    3. Capybara snack time!! 

    Watch these capybaras munching on a 100 pound pumpkin! I love it when they finally get inside. 

    4. Art in a leaf

    Artist Lito creates art by cutting into individual leaves

    5. What happens to a guitar string when you play?

    An extreme closeup of a guitar’s strings struck in extreme slow motion.

     

    October 2020

     

    1. Good vibrations 

    The sound vibrations create unexpected patterns in colored sand as Kenichi Kanazawa “plays” a steel table like an instrument

    2. Polluted popsicles?!

    What if you made popsicles out of… polluted water 🤢.

    3. Seed to plant in under 4 minutes 

    watch a seed grow into a plant over this 36-day time-lapse 

    4. Kid invention could help save the bees

    Kid engineer, Amiyr, invents a seed-launching backpack to help create a more pollinator-friendly neighborhood.

    5. Slow motion insects

    Watch these insects take off in super slow-mo! 

     

    September 2020

     

    1. Marble powered music machine

    You might think that marbles aren't musical, but this marble-powered music machine may change your mind.

    2. Shape changers

    Solid structures can change shape

    3. Cutest rocks ever!

    Can a rock be cute? Akie Nakata paints rocks and transforms them into absolutely adorable animals.

    4. Origami caterpillar

    How to make an origami caterpillar that moves!

    5. Giant lego man costume 

    Check out this giant Lego Man costume made from cardboard.

     

    January 2020

    1. Toy In Space!

    Ron Fugelseth and his 4-year-old sent a toy train 18 miles into the stratosphere, captured it all on video, and then animated the train’s face. Wait for the big moment at about 1:10! 

    2. Ames Window

    Here’s a clip from Australia’s The Curiosity Show featuring a fantastic optical illusion, The Ames Window. There are many perfect moments to pause and predict… and be surprised

    3. 360° Rainbow

    What’s better than a double rainbow? A full-circle rainbow, as shot from way up high on a construction crane.

    4. Industrial Cupcake Machine

    Measuring, baking, and decorating cupcakes on a large scale with industrial machinery! This will make you want to eat a cupcake :) 

    5. Birds On A Wire Song

    Birds sitting on telephone wires look a bit like music notes on a staff. Jarbas Agnelli turned a photo of birds into an actual song, which he ended up performing with an orchestra! 

     

    November 2019

    1. Cotton Ball Launcher

    How to create a cotton ball launcher using supplies such as a paper towel roll, a pencil, and some rubber bands. And some cotton balls, of course!

    2. Underwater Colors

    Watch how water changes our perception of color as this GoPro drops 150ft below the surface. Wow!! 

    3. Geometric Folded Paper

    Matt Shlian folds regular ol’ paper into incredible 3D designs. Do check out the FAQ about his process.

    4. Apollo 11 Marching Band

    Marching bands put on some amazing shows. Check out Ohio State’s tribute to the Apollo 11 mission. Don’t miss those awesome smoke effects around 2:45!

    5. A 3D M

    A tutorial for drawing what looks like a three-dimensional letter M. Watch the video and then see if you can use the same technique to create a 3D letter of your first initial.  

     

    September 2019

    1. Boomerang Trick Shots

    These guys are really, really excited about boomerangs. Six minutes long but the first three are enough to give you the idea of the crazy stunts these guys can do with a boomerang.

    2. I, Spy Books

    Ever wondered how they make the I, Spy books? Watch and find out! How do they photograph the I, Spy books?  Could you try this and make your own I, Spy book? 

    3. Giant Cardboard Hand

    Put your used cardboard tubes to good use and create a giant, robotic hand!

    4. Slow Mo Shatter

    Wow! Watch this glass break in super slow-mo! The patterns in the cracks are so cool. 

    5. Floating, Sleeping Walruses

    Did you know walruses sleep while floating in the water?

     

     

     
     

     

    May  2019 

    1. What Happened To The Louvre?

    French artist JR created an optical illusion at The Louvre using 2000 pieces of paper.

    2. Dance With Projectors

    Check out this dance performance augmented with projectors. Lots of great moments just in the first thirty seconds, but check out the move at 1:15!

    3. Trash Monster

    Mr. Trash Wheel is a “debris-eating mechanism” in Baltimore Harbor. Watch the video to see him eat his one millionth pound of trash!

    4. Rube Goldberg Machine for Food

    “Pass the salt, please!” An incredibly elaborate series of Rube Goldberg machines

    5. Fruit and Veggies Inside Out

    Kevin Parry made this stop motion of fruits and veggies slowly disappearing, the second half of the video shows how he did it. 

    April  2019

    1. Lego Duplo Factory Tour

    Maddie Moate took a tour of a Duplo factory in Hungary. The tour starts at about 1 minute in. 

    2. Car Orchestra

    In this Lyft commercial, a group of cars perform a song using their horns and alarm sounds. Pretty amazing!

    3. Shell Exchange

    Watch these Hermit Crabs line up according to size to exchange shells.

    4. Bear’s Belly Button

    Who made this bear in the snow? And how did they create the belly button!?

    5. A Spittle Bug’s Bubbles

    This bug builds a house of bubbles.

     

    February,  2019 

    1. Ghost Apples

    In the recent cold weather, apples hanging on an apple tree can form a shell of ice, turn to mush and leak out, and leave behind a… ghost apple!

    2. Magnetic Fields in Slow Motion

    Through a strong magnet and metallic flakes, we get to see magnetic fields in action… and in slow motion! The action really starts around 0:30.

    3. Wooden Ball

    How do you create a smooth wooden sphere from wood? Watch this man make one from scratch Watch for the patterns that emerge in the final step

    4. Paper Mario

    stop-motion version of the first level of Super Mario Bros

    5. Sound Installations

    Artist Zimoun makes giant sound sculptures out of everyday materials. Pretty cool!! 

     

    January, 2019

    1. Combined Imagery

    These surreal photos from artist Justin Peters blend two images into one. Look carefully!

    2. Post-It Art

    Over 400 artists participated in the LA Art Gallery Giant Robot’s 14th annual Post-It show. Each piece of art is only 3“ × 3”. 

    3. Paris in the 1890s

    These videos from the 1890's give us a glimpse of daily life in Paris over 100 years ago. Imagine what your life would have been like then! Video from 1890 

    4. Forest Crop Circles

    A result of a scientific experiment from 50 years ago, these “crop circles” in Japan are quite disorienting. They were testing how trees grow when they are planted near or far to another tree.

     

    December, 2018

    1. Squirrel Obstacle Course

    Squirrels figure out a wobbly obstacle course to get a deli

    2. PBJs In Spaaaaaace!

    What problems might you run into when making a sandwich in space? Astronaut Shane Kimbrough explains how he makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in space

    3. Puzzle Montage

    Did you know jigsaw puzzle makers often use the same pattern for pieces and just print different pictures onto the puzzles? Tim Klein combines these puzzles to create ridiculously funny images.

    4. Slow Mo Popcorn

    What happens when popcorn is popped in super-slow-moThanks to Damian for the link!

    5. Surreal Imagery

    This one's hard to describe. Russian Artist Vladimir Tomin creates some fantastically surreal video clips

     

    October, 2018

     

    1. Making Erasers

    Ever wondered how erasers are made? Watch this video to find out  (Jump to 1:16 to start)

    2. Japanese Sound Garden

    Can a bouncy ball in the forest play classical music? Check out this Japanese Sound Garden 

    3. Baby Sloth Sounds

    Ok, first everyone has to make a prediction: what sound does a baby sloth make? Only then can you reveal the incredibly cute truth!

    4. Light Up Piano

    Almost like a real-life guitar hero, this light-up piano setup is mesmerizing! Check out Rousseau Musique play several classic pieces.

    5. Banana Art

    Artist Alex Feliciano created art on bananas for his kids’ lunches! (Don’t worry, the markers were non-toxic )

     

    September, 2018

     

    1. Harlem Globetrotters trick shot Rube Goldberg Machine 

    Harlem Globetrotters, trick shots, and rube goldberg machines - too cool! Check it out

    2. Drawing A Hole

    Amazing use of tricky perspective! How to create a two-dimensional drawing that looks like a three-dimensional hole. Makes me want to try it out!!

    3. How are cookie cutters made?

    Ever wondered how cookie cutters are made?  Here are some  videos demonstrating how aluminum cookie cutters are created.

    4. Amazing Balloon Animals

    Masayoshi Matsumoto’s Stunning balloon animals Not your regular balloon animals!! I love the blobfish!! 

    5. Stunning Photo of Lightning

    An amazing photograph from Masanobu Higashiyama of a giant cumulonimbus cloud striking Tokyo with lightning. Check out the time-lapse as well.

     

     

    September 14th, 2018

    1. Cat Zoetrope Cake

    Here’s a Cat Cake Zoetrope. It appears to come to life while it spins around. 

    2. Liquid Shard

    Check out this kinetic sculpture called Liquid Shard from Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics. 

    3. Sand Makes Music Visible

    Kenichi Kanazawa “plays” a steel table like an instrument and the sound vibrations create incredible patterns in colored sand.

    4. Origami Shadow Faces

    By carefully folding paper, Kumi Yamashita created these shadowy human profiles .

    5. Dragons With One Single Brush Stroke

    Japanese artist Keisuke Teshima paints elaborate dragon bodies using just one stroke of his brush. 

    6. Volumes

    This short, fully CG video from Maxim Zhestkov features thousands of spheres interacting and changing colors. Mesmerizing! 

     

    May 18th, 2018

     

    1. Rube Goldberg Cake Machine.

    This is an unbelievable cake-serving Rube Goldberg machine from Joseph’s Machines.

    2. HD Aurora Borealis

    Beautiful, high definition footage of the Northern Lights during a lunar eclipse!

    3. Geometric Animation

    This animation is mesmerizing! How many patterns can your kids spot? Originally found on Twitter.

    4. Skiers or Notes?

    Are these musical notes? They’re actually shadows cast by skiers! And, of course, some one already transcribed these skiers into actual sheet music!

    5. Marble Run

    Watch this incredible marble run, complete with dominoes, fidget spinners, and plastic forks. Quite an elaborate production!

     

     

    April 6th, 2018 

    1. Hot Dog Assembly

    Putting a hot dog together with construction equipment - even the ketchup and onions!

    2. Hand Bacteria

    After her son played outdoors, Tasha Sturm took a handprint in a petri dish and look what grew!

    3. Extreme Closeup Of A Record

    There’s a lot of technical talk, but this video of a record and needle (shot with an electron microscope) is phenomenal!

    4. Mario On Graph Paper

    Turns out that the levels of the original Super Mario Bros were designed on graph paper!

    5. Zoomed In On Strange Insect

    Supe Marco Photography of Singapore’s strangest insects and arachnids. A must for bug lovers :) 

     

    March 9th, 2018 

    1. Marble Race Track

    Love how this marble course travels all around this guy’s backyard, including over the pool! 

    2. Balloon Animals

    The most amazing balloon creations ever! Which is your favorite?

    3. Swimming Through Jellyfish

    No big deal, just swimming right through a lake of jellyfish! Apparently their sting is so mild that humans don’t feel it. The lake is actually called Jellyfish Lake, located on the island nation of Palau.

    4. Fur Mirror

    A motorized “mirror” made out of fur. And, incredibly, here’s one made out of toy penguins!

    5. Time Lapse Carnivorous Plants

    Watch what carnivorous plants are really up to in this time lapse movie. Super gross! 

     

    March 2nd, 2018

     

    1. Origami Robot

    This tiny robot folds itself up, walks around, swims, delivers items, and carries a load. Read more about this robot here.

    2. Bigger Than A Bass

    Check out the Octcobass, an instrument larger and lower than a traditional stand up bass. It’s very rumbly! (And here’s the world’s largest tuba!)

    3. All Three States of Matter At Once

    Watch this chemical as it becomes a solid, liquid, and gas at the same time!

    4. Jet Pack Over Dubai

    Hard to believe this is real: jetpacks over Dubai This is longer video (9 min), but if you want 2 minute version use this link Short version Jetpack over Dubai Very cool!!!!!!

    5. Van Gogh in 3D

    Go inside a Van Gogh painting animated in three dimensions.

     

    February 2018

     

    1. Surface Tension Videos

    PhysicsGirl shows off seven surface tension experiments - pretty amazing stuff.

    • Why do these work?
    • Could we try these experiments? Could we change them?
    • Perhaps investigate animals that can “walk on water.”

    2. The Miura Fold

    Your class will be dying to try out the Miura Fold, a way of folding a flat sheet of paper into a much smaller area. And the unfold takes one motion!

    3. Escher-like Paintings

    The artist Cinta Vidal Agulló takes M.C. Escher’s gravity-defying sketches to a new level with full-color paintings set in a variety of locations.

    4. Hummingbirds

    From PBS, a deep look into how hummingbirds fly.

    5. Endless Lego Lawnmower

    Check out this amazing Lego build of a man endlessly mowing his lawn (pause at 0:25) before the creator appears if you want to save the surprise.

    • How does it work?
    • Could we make something similar?
    • This creation references the myth of Sysyphus - let’s dig into that! What other “modern day Sysyphus” ideas could we have?

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