Artist proves that basic school supplies work fine for making art

YouTuber Peter Draws accepted a viewer challenge and created two lovely sketches using basic school supplies: a standard No. 2 Pencil, a wide ruled composition book, and a manual pencil sharpener. Read the rest

The Big Bad Fox: hilarious tale of predators, parenting, and poultry

Benjamin Renner's hit French comic The Big Bad Fox isn't just being adapted as an animated feature, it's also now available in English, thanks to the good graces of Firstsecond, whose translation keeps and even enhances all the comic timing of the original.

Kickstarting a diverse anthology of middle-grades science fiction

Corie J Weaver writes to tell us that Dreaming Robot (previously is kickstarting its latest science fiction anthology for kids, The Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, "the fourth collection of science fiction stories for middle grade readers, with a focus on diversity and representation." Read the rest

DuckTales reboot is on the way

If you or your kids are of a certain age, DuckTales may play a large role in your late-80s/early-90s nostalgia. Disney is bringing the show back, and the new opening sequence by Golden Wolf pays homage to some iconic shots while giving it a pretty cool update. Read the rest

Classic comic book covers as balloon art

For those who can't get enough balloon art (previously), here are some classic comic book covers reimagined with balloon art by Phileas Flash. Some impressive detail! Read the rest

In Rhode Island, students and parents must let schools spy on them day and night through their laptops

A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with "1-1" programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing. Read the rest

Trippy and gorgeous night sky petunias look like tiny universes

Does your garden of earthly delights have room for some out-of-this-world petunias? Night Sky petunias are a cultivar by Selecta, developed in part at Mississippi State University's trial gardens. Read the rest

Strobe flashes leave dancer's fleeting shadows on photosensitive screen

Yes We Mystic's video for "Working for the Future in the Interlake" is simple yet beautiful. As a dancer performs to the song, her silhouette gets faintly imprinted on a glow-in-the-dark screen behind her. Read the rest

Guy nearly maims his ladyfriend with rocket-powered fidget spinner

As we descend from Peak Fidget Spinner into its decadent phase, expect to see more of this. The Backyard Scientist discovered that hiding behind a flimsy plastic folding table is no match for rocket-propelled debris from a fidget spinner experiment gone wrong. Read the rest

Ceramic vases and pots melded with animal bodies

Cephalopods and ceramics fuse in Keiko Masumoto's whimsical updates of traditional Chinese ceramic forms. Read the rest

Watch experts hand-process 100 coconuts for oil

Arumugam and a friend make quick work of 100 raw coconuts as they prepare coconut oil, then use it to cook some really tasty-looking grilled chicken legs, one of his specialties. Read the rest

Wood joinery taken to the next level

Dorian Bracht's supremely satisfying videos of crafting exotic wood joints from Japanese and European traditions are both inspiring and envy-inducing. Read the rest

Watch this gorgeous two-valve Stirling engine in action

YouTuber Latheman demonstrates a nicely-designed V2 Stirling engine powered by two spirit lamps. Impressively smooth action on this beauty! Read the rest

Circuit Playground: explaining LEDs with cool puppets

Nick from Adafruit writes, "The latest installment of Circuit Playground is here: the letter L. Learn about how an LED works with Adabot and the Circuit Playground components." Read the rest

Relaxing hula hoop trick video shot in Hawaii

You may want to jump on the next plane for Oahu after watching this fantastic footage of Chicagoan Brookelynn Bley demonstrating why she's called Queen of the Rings. Read the rest

Monument Valley 2 has finally arrived

Monument Valley is one of the most beautiful and soothing mobile games I have ever played. At long last, the sequel is here! Read the rest

These shoes are made of pineapple leaves

The inedible green leaves left behind during pineapple harvesting contain fibers that can be transformed into goods traditionally made from leather, including shoes, bags, and other leather accessories. Pinatex has details. Read the rest

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