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Ingenious Teen's Home-Built Backhoe Toy Works Just Like The Real Thing

This video has been around for a few months, but I just came across it and it’s astounding. Check out this Brazilian teen’s scratch-built model backhoe. Using plastic syringes and silicon tubing, he’s created a miniature hydraulic system that functions the same exact way as the mechanism inside a real excavator. This kid is sharp.


This Goofy Mini Golf Masters Clip Is Way More Fun Than The Real Masters

Video: I don’t care that The Masters is a tradition unlike any other because I know a mini golf version of the illustrious golf tournament would be way more fun to play and so much more hilarious to watch. Imagine Tiger getting screwed over by the windmill course. Or Phil mucking up the castle shot. It’d be like Happy Gilmore in real life. Simon Connor spliced golf highlights from the Masters with traditional mini golf courses and it’s perfectly goofy.


Super Clever Stop Motion Animation Uses Wood Like You've Never Seen

Video: Andre Maat had the brilliant idea to play with the shape and consistency of wood in his stop-motion video Woodoo and it warps the naturally stiff material into a living, breathing (and smoking object). The execution is pretty fantastic, each shape fluidly transforms into another. I love it when things do things they’re not supposed to.


Robot Eyes Replace Your Blank Stare With (Fake) Human Expression

Coming across as a socially functioning human who expresses real emotions can be such a drain. If only there was a high-tech way to replace your flat, expressionless gaze with a digital approximation of human warmth. Well, search no more. AgencyGlass is here.


Red Hot Nickel Ball Vs. Brick Of Butter: Cholesterol Choo-Choo

Video: Red Hot Nickel Ball has taken on a lot of food challenges. And yeah, you sort of know implicitly that a ball of scorching metal is going to destroy a brick of innocent butter. But I bet you a bucket of popcorn you’ll still watch.


Is Maths Art?

Sometimes, the results of maths are sure beautiful — pretty charts, say, or wonderful visualisations. But can maths itself, those long complex equations, be art too?


How CSIRO Is Helping Authorities In The Search For Flight MH370

This week, it was reported that the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield had detected multiple signals consistent with those emitted by the underwater beacons from a flight data recorder and/or cockpit voice recorder. While work continues to definitively identify, isolate and eventually retrieve the recorders — which hopefully are from Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 — Australia continues to play a major role in the search and rescue effort: this includes the nation’s own science and research organisation, CSIRO.


Zach Braff's Kickstarter-Backed Film Now Has A Baffling Trailer

You may remember a few months ago that Zach Braff (of Scrubs and Garden State-fame) decided to make a film and get the funding for it on Kickstarter. Said film now has a trailer, which is less like a proper trailer than you think.


More Secrets Of A Watchmaker

Video: German watchmakers, Nomos Glashütte, have started making some incredible macro videos of how it makes some gorgeous timepieces. Now there’s another one that shows an extreme close up of how a gorgeous watch is made.


I Wish Food Shopping In Australia Could Be This Good

Amazon has done a lot to improve the shopping experience by taking the pain out of delivering stuff to your house while making many products cheaper. Unfortunately, those who live outside of the US are still stuck in the 20th century when it comes to ordering stuff like food around your house. Amazon’s latest innovation to make food shopping easier makes me wish food shopping in Australia could be this good.