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Video: A pipe organ can cost more than $250,000 and weigh hundreds of kilograms. Not this instrument. The paper organ built by master craftsman Aliaksei Zholner costs and weights only a fraction of that — and it works just like the real thing.

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Video: Gold is so malleable that a single gram of it can be stretched into a strip around 3km long. A tiny little coin can be pressed into a 0.0001mm-thin golden rectangular sheet the size of a tatami mat. So leave it to the talented artisans of Japan to transform a tiny bit of gold into shimmering gold leaf that's so thin, it's almost translucent.

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Video: Everyone knows you can't fold a piece of paper more than seven or eight times (even though the world record is 12). It's just one of those silly things that stick from primary school and become law. But what if you were folding aluminium foil? And what if you had the assistance of the almighty hydraulic press? You can fold pretty much forever!

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Video: A book is a very simple thing, right? It's just a bunch of paper with some scribbles. But if you wanted to make a book from scratch, it's basically an impossible task. Watch as Andy George from How to Make Everything chops wood, strips papyrus, makes glue from hide, carves out a pencil from a stick and makes a brush from horse hair. It's a really intensive process to get paper from natural materials.

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Despite what you may have learned in school behind your teacher's back, paper aeroplanes don't have to be completely featureless and boring. With the right materials, or these kits from Huntly's Paper Warplanes, they can actually look like real-life aircraft and still be able to glide across a room.