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Fan Favorite Red Bull Soapbox Cars

Fan Favorite Red Bull Soapbox Cars

Over the years Red Bull has sponsored some great soapbox races, each featuring a number of wild and wacky homebrew vehicles. This video looks back at six of the all-time great race performances, from an Easter Island statue on wheels to a couple of eggs in a frying pan. The backwards camper is our favorite.

Acoustic Uprising

Acoustic Uprising

João Fuss’ YouTube channel is loaded with great classical guitar performances. Among our favorites is this cover of the Muse track Uprising which not only shows off João’s talents but the musicality of the original’s composition. His covers of Radiohead’s Karma Police and Dire Straits’ Your Latest Trick are also fantastic.

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How Magnets are Made

How Magnets are Made

Discovery UK digs into the How It’s Made archives for this look at the process that goes into creating magnets. After melting a cocktail of various metals in an electrical induction furnace, the fiery metal is poured into sand molds, then cooled, separated, and charged with multiple electromagnetic fields.

Driveway Turntable

Driveway Turntable

Backing into traffic from a driveway or parking pad can be challenging and downright dangerous with fast-moving vehicles. Irish company Driveway Turntables solves this problem with their in-ground turntable system, which can automatically turn a car around, so it’s facing forward on your way out.

Drone Tours College Campus

Drone Tours College Campus

New Step Media takes us on a first-person drone flight through the Akademie St.Gallen, a college campus in Switzerland. It must have taken some serious planning and coordination to pull off the continuous three-minute POV shot that zooms in and out of buildings and classrooms. Watch in 4K if you can.

Making Damascus from Fishing Hooks

Making Damascus from Fishing Hooks

As we’ve seen several times in the past, metalsmith Shurap likes to make Damascus from various metal hardware. This time out, he used hundreds of skinny fishing hooks to make a knife. The fine lines of the hooks resulted in an interesting sort of crackle pattern on the finished blade.

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

Tiny Nintendo Switch Ornament

To celebrate the holidays, software engineer Scottbez1 built a miniature replica of a Nintendo Switch to hang on his Christmas tree. The 3D-printed model is roughly 1:5-scale with a working LCD screen that plays animated GIFs of Switch games and has tiny clickable thumbsticks.

Making a Plywood Hexagon Wall

Making a Plywood Hexagon Wall

You could cover your walls with paint or wallpaper, or you could do something a bit more special like woodworker Paul Jackman did. He used an X-CARVE Pro CNC machine to make 800 plywood hexagons, cut them to varying heights, colored them with Minwax stains, then glued them to his wall in an abstract pattern.

Building with Hemp Bricks

Building with Hemp Bricks

Just BioFiber makes sustainable building materials from hemp plants, lime, and a biocomposite frame. The bricks stack like giant LEGO blocks up to 30 feet high, are as strong as concrete, and are self-insulating. Exploring Alternatives met with BioFiber President Terry Radford for a look at this innovative construction material.

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Casting a Porcelain Tire

Artist Micah Sweezie of Ceramic Noodles shows off a full-size car tire they made from clay. It took them weeks to create the 13-part mold from the original tire, and three days to cast the porcelain version. The finished piece is a statement on the dark history of French rubber plantations in Vietnam.

Flamethrower Headlights

Flamethrower Headlights

Are you sick and tired of people driving too slow in the passing lane? Perhaps this will convince them to move over. This Russian mechanic modded a Lada, replacing its headlights with a pair of road-clearing flamethrowers. We can only hope that it’s operated by honking the horn.

Making a Tiny TV

Making a Tiny TV

We live in strange times – TV sets are getting larger, yet we watch much of our video on smartphone screens. The Q went even smaller with this build – a teensy working television set with a wood and metal cabinet. He used an Apple Watch as the display, and its curved corners make it look like an old-school CRT.

The Battle of San Romano

The Battle of San Romano

Inspired by the 15th-century painting The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, animator Georges Schwizgebel imagined the movement that played out on the battlefield in the moments leading up to the scene in the original painting. Each frame was hand-painted with acrylics.

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Using PVC for Survival

Using PVC for Survival

PVC is quite the versatile material. It can be used for plumbing, building support structures, or even storage units. In this clip, SensiblePrepper shows us 17 different ways you can use various sizes of PVC pipe and fittings to help you survive when things go south. His ideas include weapons, tools, storage vessels and a makeshift canteen.

Audi S1 Hoonitron

Audi S1 Hoonitron

Rally driver Ken Block teamed up with Audi to create a special all-electric drift car for use in an upcoming Electrikhana video. The S1 e-tron quattro Hoonitron has looks inspired by classic Audi S1 rally cars with a dual-motor all-wheel drivetrain. We don’t have specs yet, but it’s supposed to pull a 90 mph doughnut from a standstill.

Retro ’80s TV Clock

Retro ’80s TV Clock

1980s technology had a certain futuristic vibe to it. Maker MarcioT shows off a sweet ’80s-inspired clock he made using an old CRT television and a digital clock he programmed onto an ESP32 microcontroller. The build instructions are available on Instructables with the source code for the Dali Clock on Github.

Tesla Autopilot vs. Tail of the Dragon

Tesla Autopilot vs. Tail of the Dragon

US Route 129 aka “Tail of the Dragon” is one of America’s greatest and most daunting roads. With 318 curves over its 11 miles, it’s claimed more than a few vehicles and lives. CGP Grey took his dad’s Tesla there to see how the car’s “self-driving” beta handled the twisty and turny road. Uncut drive footage here.

My Sweet Lord Music Video

My Sweet Lord Music Video

It’s been 50 years since George Harrison’s solo album All Things Must Pass was released. To celebrate, Harrison’s family and director Lance Bangs created a music video for the classic My Sweet Lord, with a star-studded cast including Mark Hamill, Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Jon Hamm.

Drawing CMY Halftones

Drawing CMY Halftones

Printing and silkscreening produce full-color images by separating colors into cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, then printing them a layer in a dot pattern. This artist does the same, only using markers on transparencies. They didn’t bother with black because CMY is enough to create most colors, just without much contrast.

Floaters: The Big Number Two

Floaters: The Big Number Two

(PG-13: Language) Filmmakers Karl Poyzer and Joe Roberts follow up their hilarious sci-fi comedy short Floaters with a sequel about two oblivious pilots discussing their daring, but ill-conceived escape from a high-security space prison. Zach Braff and Joel Fry provide their voices this time.

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Reloading Everyday Things

Reloading Everyday Things

There’s something so satisfying about how you reload weapons in video games. In this compilation video by Kommander Karl, he shows how you can use the same method to reload everyday items like a vacuum cleaner, a toaster, and a pencil sharpener. We do the same thing every time we use a caulk gun.

Suction Cup Picking Machine

Suction Cup Picking Machine

This fascinating factory machine sits along a conveyor belt as it waits for individual items to arrive on the scene. It then lowers a series of suction-powered grippers to grab each one, then shuffles them along to the next stage in the packing process. The video is also perfectly looped, so you can just sit and watch it all day.

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

Maybe We Shouldn’t Search for Aliens

While we’ve never found evidence of intelligent life outside of our planet, scientists hold out hope that someday we might. Kurzgesagt looks at one particularly dark theory that says other civilizations could be out there and intentionally hiding, ready to eradicate us at the first sign of contact.

2050

2050

(Gore) This award-winning short film by KULIK envisions a future where humanoid robots take the place of door-to-door salespeople. But this one homeowner has had enough of the unwanted solicitors, and when an apparent human turns up at his door he must determine if they’re telling the truth. Turn on subtitles.

This App Blows Out Candles

This App Blows Out Candles

It’s not hard to blow out a candle, so the idea of an app that does it for you seems rather silly. Still, it’s a neat party trick. The Action Lab takes a look at the iOS app Blower and explains how it uses sound pressure to work its magic.

How the Enigma Machine Worked

How the Enigma Machine Worked

The Enigma Machine was a cipher device used by Germany during WWII to encrypt and decrypt top-secret communications. Animator and educator Jared Owen provides a detailed look at its ingenious design and how it scrambled and unscrambled letters. Given its complexity, we’re amazed that it was cracked.

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