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Angle Grinder R/C Airplane

Angle Grinder R/C Airplane

We already know that it’s possible to turn angle grinders into a drone. Now aviation enthusiast and maker Peter Sripol has proven it’s possible to fly an R/C airplane propelled by the fast-spinning power tool. That propeller could do some serious damage once it gets up to speed.

Moths and Beetles in Slow-Mo

Moths and Beetles in Slow-Mo

Ant Lab’s Dr. Adrian Smith is an expert at capturing slow-motion, macro footage of insects in motion. In this video, you’ll get up close and personal with a dozen species of moths and beetles as they take flight. It’s amazing to see the details of each insect’s wings and bodies and the subtle variations in their movements.

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How Train Wheels Are Made

How Train Wheels Are Made

This sped-up video shows how workers produce those big steel wheels for trains. They start with a rod of molten-hot metal, flatten it with a mechanical hammer, work it into a clean round disc, press grooves in the wheel, then punch a hole into its center for an axle. Here’s how a more automated factory does it.

Making Survival Biscuits with a Hydraulic Press

Making Survival Biscuits with a Hydraulic Press

After the Hydraulic Press Channel tried to turn small rocks into bigger rocks, they got the idea to try the same technique with something more edible. Under the immense pressure of their machinery, they turned large portions of breakfast cereal into dense pucks which could theoretically be used for survival.

How Thomas Dolby Made “She Blinded Me with Science”

How Thomas Dolby Made “She Blinded Me with Science”

’80s kids all know Thomas Dolby’s hit song She Blinded Me with Science. During a 2018 award ceremony from synthesizer maker Roland, the synth-pop maestro explained the story behind the song, whose voice exclaims “SCIENCE!,” and performed the track live. MikesGigTV captured Dolby’s entertaining presentation. Part two here.

Cheating at Arcade Games with Science

Cheating at Arcade Games with Science

Mark Rober likes to use his engineering skills to help the little guy get a fair shake. After showing us how to improve our chances at carnival games, he built a series of portable devices that help him cheat and score the most at skill-based arcade games, and also shows us which ones are complete scams.

Refurb Deal: HP EliteBook 840 Laptop

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Looking for a second computer or one for the kids? This refurbished HP EliteBook 840 is a great deal – going for less than half its original price. The 14″ laptop has 16GB of RAM, a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U CPU, a 256 GB SSD, and comes with Windows 10 Pro. The refurb quality is listed as grade “A,” which means it’s in near-mint condition.

Sorting Conveyor Belts

Sorting Conveyor Belts

We found ourselves hypnotized by the back-and-forth motion of this conveyor belt sorting system. Apparently, cameras or barcode scanners identify what objects are entering the conveyor, and the system rapidly changes the direction of each belt to ensure the item goes into the appropriate box.

Thut Möbel 490 Tool Cabinet Workstation

Thut Möbel 490 Tool Cabinet Workstation

This 65″ tall rolling workstation designed by Benjamin Thut makes a great addition to a warehouse or other space with a smooth floor. It measures 33″ wide when closed, but opens up to reveal 83″ of shelves and an optional desktop. It’s made from Dibond aluminum composite with steel bars with casters for its mechanism.

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

100 Cuckoo Clocks in 100 Seconds

Most of us rely on our phones or watches to tell us the time. But there’s something just so magical about using letting a mechanical bird announce the time instead. Clock Shop posted this video of a roomful of cuckoo clocks sounding off in sequence. We like to imagine they’re all saying “Here!” like an avian roll call.

Hooded Seals Are Weird

Hooded Seals Are Weird

Hooded seals have one of the strangest mating rituals we’ve ever seen. The males have inflatable noses, which they blow up when it’s time to attract a mate. Their big honkers are used not only to attract females but to intimidate rivals. BBC’s Frozen Planet II gets us up close and personal with their unusual snouts.

Nitecore TINI 2 Flashlight Anniversary Edition

Nitecore TINI 2 Flashlight Anniversary Edition

This special edition TINI 2 celebrates 15 years of Nitecore. The keychain-friendly flashlight outputs up to 500 lumens for 15 minutes in turbo mode and features a gold-finished stainless steel body. It also has 15-, 65-, and 200-lumen modes with longer runtimes. Charges quickly via a USB-C connection. Just 1000 will be made.

1000 Drones at Burning Man

1000 Drones at Burning Man

At Burning Man 2022, Studio Drift put on an amazing light show using 1000 drones as their medium. After a display of geometric forms, the show culminated with a gigantic 3D human head gazing down at the crowd. Vitaly Katasonov captured video of the performance. We kept wanting it to shout, “SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!

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Fire Extinguisher Ball

Fire Extinguisher Ball

Elide Fire makes this innovative firefighting device – a ball that can be tossed into a fire to instantly extinguish or reduce its intensity. The ball automatically deploys upon contact with a flame and smothers it with a blanket of non-toxic chemicals. It can also be placed in a high-risk location where it will activate in case of fire.

How Taro Mochi Is Made

How Taro Mochi Is Made

We love the flavor and texture of mochi. This video from YumYum takes us inside of a Taiwanese kitchen for a look at how they turn rice pearls into a powder, then a starchy goo that forms the foundation for the tasty treats. They then chop up and process taro and mix it into the rice base with red bean paste to create a filling.

Willow (TV Series Trailer)

Willow (TV Series Trailer)

Disney+ and Lucasfilm revisit the magical world of Willow with a new TV series. Warwick Davis reprises his role as the unlikely hero in an epic battle of good vs. evil. The trailer looks wonderful, though we will miss Val Kilmer’s Madmartigan. Premieres 11.30.22.

Switzerland Cliff Walk

Switzerland Cliff Walk

Photographer Sylvia Michel captured this awe-inspiring footage walking through the clouds on a cliff-side bridge in Grindewald, Switzerland. The First Cliff Walk allows visitors to walk through some of the world’s most breathtaking vistas and includes this bridge to nowhere that hangs over the valley below. Here it is on a less cloudy day.

Reinforced Soda Bottles vs. Hydraulic Press

Reinforced Soda Bottles vs. Hydraulic Press

If you stick a plastic soda bottle under the force of a 150-ton hydraulic press, it will fail rapidly. But what happens if you reinforce the outside of the bottle with things like hose clamps, rubber bands, or zip ties? The Hydraulic Press Channel has the answer in their latest excuse for destruction in the name of physics.

Firing a Bullet with a Tiny Bullet

Firing a Bullet with a Tiny Bullet

The Slow Mo Guys offer up a brief lesson on how bullets work, then show us what happens when you fire a projectile from a tiny pinfire gun at the primer from a normal-sized bullet. It’s fascinating to see how a bullet behaves when it doesn’t have a gun to contain it.

Reanimating Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Reanimating Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

The animation in Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse was both groundbreaking and breathtaking. Pinot W. Ichwandardi and his family worked together to painstakingly recreate sequences from the film using traditional animation and through-the-lens compositing techniques. The result is both impressive and charming.

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How Mechanical Scales Work

How Mechanical Scales Work

3D illustrator Jared Owen loves to take things apart to show how they work. In this video, he looks at the mechanisms inside of two old-school mechanical scales to see how they use springs, gears, and plates to measure how much something weighs. It’s all about something called Hooke’s Law.

Steamed Bun Machine

Steamed Bun Machine

Fresh off of the toolgifs subreddit comes a video of a machine that cranks out those delicious Chinese steamed buns. Fillings for the doughy delights snake through a tube into a dollop of pastry, and then an iris mechanism twists their tops to seal them and give them their distinctive look. Just steam and eat!

Casting a Giant Fidget Spinner

Casting a Giant Fidget Spinner

A regular fidget spinner is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. BigWR made a super-size spinner that needs two hands to lift. He started by cutting a foam template which he used to make a sand cast, then filled it with molten brass. After removing the casting, he cut and finished it before adding those big ball bearings.

International Blue Bird Adventure Bus

International Blue Bird Adventure Bus

If you find yourself at the end of the world, buddy up with Gordo from Earth. He transformed a 2003 International Blue Bird school bus into a mobile workshop. It has solar and generator power, a massive roof rack, beds for four, and a rear deck with a crane for moving gear. Mobile Dwellings takes us on a tour of this awesome rig.

The Fabelmans (Trailer)

The Fabelmans (Trailer)

Steven Spielberg’s latest is basically his own autobiography, as told through the eyes of a boy growing up in the 1950s who falls in love with the cinema and starts making his own home movies. The star-studded cast includes Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, and Judd Hirsch. In theaters 11.24.22.

LEGO Drum Machine

LEGO Drum Machine

Brick Technology answers the question “Can LEGO play the drums?” with a resounding “Yes.” He built this LEGO Technic machine using a series of levers that tap switches, triggering a digital drum machine. Like a music box or player piano, it uses a series of bumps on a rolling track to tell it which buttons to tap.

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