Scientists needing to access Antarctica’s Troll Research Station used to have to travel by boat and on foot to access their outpost. These days, airplanes make the trip easier, but there’s nothing easy about the preparation needed to land a jumbo jet on a runway built on the slick blue ice of a glacier. Flightradar24 explains.
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With movies like Inception, Interstellar, and Tenet to his credit, Christopher Nolan isn’t exactly known for simple storytelling. Comedian Michael Spicer pokes fun at Nolan’s typically convoluted plots with this video entitled “That Scene in a Christopher Nolan Film When You Give Up Trying to Follow the Story.”
Ksawery Kirklewski used Processing to create this intriguing computer animation that manipulates outlines of virtual humanoid figures. The interactive version on the project website automatically selects a random assortment of vignettes in sync with the music’s rhythm. The track is from wh0wh0’s debut album.
When is a flute not a flute? When it’s a street barricade, of course. Musician Xavier Lozano demonstrates as he performs a brief piece of music on a metal barrier he drilled out to work as a wind instrument. Lozano is known for his ability to transform unusual objects into musical instruments.
(PG-13: Language) Meet George. He works at a convenience store. He greets customers all day long, but he has no friends. George’s big problem? He’s a computer. After attempting to understand a human’s sense of humor, George upgrades his firmware, resulting in a malfunction. Matt Vesely’s short sci-fi comedy is well worth a watch.
Magnet Tricks stepped out into the frigid cold of Finland to capture a series of compelling and unusual images created by freezing soap bubbles atop a magnetic levitation platform. Inspired by the idea, the guys at Magnetic Games then created their own version with a floating bubble inside another bubble.
You might think that there are just two types of roller coaster – metal and wood, but there are many more shades of grey in thrill ride design. WIRED met up with engineer Korey Kiepert of The Gravity Group for an explanation of the main types of coaster, what makes them different, and what goes into designing a coaster.
VGMtogether coordinated more than 160 musicians around the world to join in an online concert celebrating video game music. Their subject, the soundtrack from Paper Mario: The Origami King. Kudos to project director Laura Intravia and her team for putting it all together.
The guys from How Ridiculous take a momentary vacation from tossing stuff off of a tower to play some golf. While on the fairway, they performed various destructive and unscientific experiments, including testing many hollow-core doors and panes of glass they could drive a golf ball through.
There’s something so satisfying about a well-organized workshop. Maker Zack Freedman shows how he brought order to chaos by creating a wall of parts bins that create a smooth gradient when all the drawers are in their proper places. He 3D printed the faceplates using rainbow filament and laser cut the drawer labels.
The Mandalorian’s gunship, the Razor Crest, didn’t fare very well by the end of season two, but it still has a place in our hearts. A group of dedicated Star Wars fans in Yakutsk, Siberia built a 13-foot-tall replica of the ship out of wood and foam panels, and while it’s not likely to be space-worthy, it does look awesome.
Despite what you might think, prison inmates sometimes have access to technology. In order to prevent people from hiding contraband, there are special see-through versions of gadgets. Techmoan looks at some of these unusual devices and the sometimes arbitrary rules about what items are permitted.
Musician Clint Robinson puts on his best red cardigan and comfiest sneakers to rock out a death metal version of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the theme song from the classic kid’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re pretty sure Clint has scared all the children off of his block.
The beautiful patterns of damascus steel make for some of our favorite tools and knives, and the thicker the tool, the more dramatic the look. In this clip from metalsmith Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, watch as he welds together, forges, and twists multiple layers of steel to create a truly special pair of pliers.
To complement the Big Car video channel, Little Car creates documentaries about various kinds of vehicles, including toy cars. In this video, they look back at the origins of Mattel’s Hot Wheels cars, their various collections, and their evolution over the years. They’ve also got lessons on Matchbox, Dinky, and Corgi cars.
(Flashing images) Filmmaker Páraic McGloughlin created this mindblowing music video for Monolink’s track The Prey, incorporating the incredible sculpture of artist Tomàs Barceló. Páraic created the dizzying visuals by cutting between similar objects, locations, and perspectives in rapid succession.
Taat Handycraft took a dirty cigarette lighter, cleaned it up, disassembled it, and transformed its translucent red shell into the body of a miniature Ford Mustang. We’re impressed with the creativity and the amount of cutting and shaping it took to create the model car. He’s also made a pickup truck and some Mini Coopers.
JBV Creative designed this interactive marble coaster that can be wall-mounted. To build the maze, he created 3D models in Solidworks, then rendered the components on a 3D printer. Once it’s loaded up with marbles, it continuously recirculates with the turn of its crank. You can buy the STL files to make your own on JBL’s website.
Did you know that the same person gave us Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, Tang, and Jell-O? Food scientist William A. Mitchell worked at General Foods for more than 30 years, leaving a legacy of iconic manufactured food products that are still enjoyed by junk food connoisseurs today. Great Big Story tells his tale.
Artificial intelligence tech is everywhere these days, informing everything from credit decisions to diagnosing diseases and keeping cars from crashing. TED-Ed’s Briana Brownell explains the three main kinds of machine learning technology, how they differ, and how little we really know about how AI works.
Having worked on movies like Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link, animator Kevin Parry loves visual effects. When he’s not working on feature films, he makes his own illusion videos. Here’s a compilation of some of his best edits and tricks from the past year. He also owns the world’s only portal trampoline.
Engineer and inventor Tim Hunkin is back with the second episode of his in-depth series celebrating the components used to build things. This time he turns his attention to light-emitting diodes, the now ubiquitous source of illumination that can be found in everything from televisions to cars to flashlights.
This video clip starts out as the countdown graphic that YouTube shows before a premiere. But keep watching and you’ll see it morph into other iconic intro screens. Motion graphic artist 4096 seamlessly blended the transitions between several familiar images, like they previously did with game console startup screens.