The Mola Mola

August 7th, 2008

What’s the weirdest, largest fish in the ocean? It has to be the Mola Mola. What do you think?

The Earth’s Amazing Atmosphere

August 4th, 2008

Here’s a fascinating video depicting the fluid characteristics of our planet’s atmosphere. From the National Geographic documentary “Earth: The Biography”. Check out the “air surfer” - whoa! Excellent!

Smartest Birds in the World?

August 4th, 2008

An ornithologist devises a test to see how clever ravens really are.

What would happen if the Polar Ice Caps melted?

August 2nd, 2008

Let’s ask a few folks: “Ummm… Gee… I dunno!”

So let’s ask our friend Marshall Brain… I suspect HE has an answer!

COG

August 1st, 2008

COG: A FASCINATING “RUBE GOLDBERG-style” HONDA COMMERCIAL
(Commercial, fun, physics, 2 min.)

This 2004 Honda commercial is a fantastic example of a “Rube Goldberg” machine. This one is actually made out of Honda parts. There was NO trick photography involved in the filming of this, and it is all done in one “take”. One article said it took the crew approximately 600 tries to finally get this contraption to work. It is a brilliant, funny, fascinating blend of physics, mechanics, energy, and creativity. Your kids will love this.

The Blind Painter

August 1st, 2008

Here’s a great video report about blind Turkish artist, Esref Armagan. He was born without eyes, yet has learned to draw and paint, in perspective no less! Amazing!

From his website: “He needs absolute quite when working. First, using a Braille stylus, he etches an outline of his drawing. He needs to feel that he is “inside” his painting– in fact, when he is drawing a picture of the sea, he often wonders if he should wear a life jacket so as not drown! When he is satisfied with his drawing, he starts to apply the oils with his fingers. Because he applies only one color at a time (the colors would smear otherwise), he must wait two or three days for the color to dry before applying the next color. This method of painting is entirely unique to Mr. Armagan. He receives no assistance or training from any individual. He also learned to draw perspective.”

Underwater Astonishments

July 31st, 2008

David Gallo, a pioneer in ocean exploration, presents jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and neon light displays from fish who live in the darkest depths of the ocean.

How Drawbridges Work

July 29th, 2008

(2 minutes)

We’ve all been stuck in traffic waiting for a drawbridge. Have you ever stopped to wonder what it takes to move a bridge? Learn more from Marshall Brain in this HowStuffWorks video “How Draw Bridges Work.”

Snake Eats Egg

July 27th, 2008

(2 minutes)

Have your parents ever told you to take smaller bites and stop wolfing down your food? Somebody needs to tell that to snakes. Here’s an amazing video of how a snake eats an egg… whole! If nothing else, this clip will remind you to take smaller bites and chew your food well. lol

Inventoons: The Telephone

July 24th, 2008

Another wacky one-minute invention history cartoon… this one on the telephone.


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