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How to Build the World’s Simplest Electric Train

How to Build the Worlds Simplest Electric Train trains magnets electricity batteries

The AmazingScience YouTube channel demonstrates how to build a ridiculously simple electric “train” with the help of a few magnets, a battery, and a copper coil. You can also use the same materials to build a little spinning motor-like contraption. (via Twisted Sifter)

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Cymatics: New Music Video for Nigel Stanford Merges Music and Science Experiments

Cymatics: New Music Video for Nigel Stanford Merges Music and Science Experiments sound music video magnets fire

Cymatics: New Music Video for Nigel Stanford Merges Music and Science Experiments sound music video magnets fire

With a host of audio-based science experiments from sine waves blasting through streams of water, to visualizations of audio frequencies using sand, and sound waves traveling through flammable gas, this new video by Nigel Stanford has it all. Titled Cymatics, the music video was created for the first single from his new album, Solar Echoes. If you want to learn more about the science, there’s plenty of behind-the-scenes footage with explanation behind each experiment on his Vimeo channel. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Polar: A Fun Modular Pen Made of Powerful Neodymium Magnets toys pens magnets

Is it a toy? A tool? It’s both, and it’s amazing. Polar is a modular pen and stylus made of 12 neodymium magnets that can be disassembled for all kinds of quirky and functional purposes. The pen is the brainchild of Andrew Gardner over at Indiedesign and is one of many great projects to appear since Kickerstarter expanded into Canada only two weeks ago. Polar will come in both silver and 24k gold models, in multiple colors, and has an add-on of chrome-plated steel ball bearings to create additional magnetized objects. Pick one up over on Kickstarter.

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Magnetic Putty is Completely Amazing/Terrifying

Magnetic Putty is Completely Amazing/Terrifying timelapse magnets

Magnetic Putty is Completely Amazing/Terrifying timelapse magnets

Magnetic Putty is Completely Amazing/Terrifying timelapse magnets

Magnetic putty is just like any other putty in that you can handle it, sculpt it, and squeeze it in a fist as you visualize your enemies. But place it anywhere near a strong magnetic field and it will SPONTANEOUSLY ANIMATE and move to consume anything magnetic in its path like a voracious mutated slug. In fact the putty won’t stop moving until the object has been equally engulfed on all sides. PBS Digital Studios and Shanks FX used the putty in parts of their recent film short SCI-FLY, and just posted this extended cut of special effects shots that explore its heinous capabilities. To be fair, these clips are sped up quite a bit as the actual motion of the putty consuming other objects is only faintly perceptible in real time. Want to experiment with magnetic putty yourself? Get it here.

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A Hovering Magnetic Cloud and Other Kinetic Sculptures by Laurent Debraux

A Hovering Magnetic Cloud and Other Kinetic Sculptures by Laurent Debraux sculpture magnets kinetic sculpture

A Hovering Magnetic Cloud and Other Kinetic Sculptures by Laurent Debraux sculpture magnets kinetic sculpture

A Hovering Magnetic Cloud and Other Kinetic Sculptures by Laurent Debraux sculpture magnets kinetic sculpture

I’m really enjoying these kinetic sculptures by artist Laurent Debraux who works primarily with magnets, metallic objects and ferrofluid. The artist was just exhibiting at the Kinetica Art Fair in London and if you missed it head over to YouTube channel where you can catch over 30 videos of his work.

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Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg: A Gravity-Defying Chain Reaction

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg: A Gravity Defying Chain Reaction Rube Goldberg machines magnets gravity

It’s been a while since we’ve had a quality Rube Goldberg device here on Colossal and it appears the folks over at Toronto-based 2D House have stepped up to the challenge. Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg is an extremely slick chain reaction aided by magnets and all matter of visual trickery. Just watch, try to guess which way is up, and have your mind blown. 2d House has also produced a number of other Rube Goldberg devices which you can see here. (via colossal submissions)

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Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

Magnetized Cyanotype Butterfly Installations by Tasha Lewis street art magnets installation cyanotypes butterflies

For the past few months Indianapolis-based artist Tasha Lewis has been traveling around the country creating guerrilla installations using a swarms of 400 cyanotype butterflies printed on cotton fabric (cyanotype is a photographic printing process that results in blue images, just like blueprints). Each blue insect is embedded with powerful magnets allowing her to place them on any metallic surface without causing damage, which as far as impermanent street art goes, is brilliant. Of her work she says:

My current body of work was drawn from an investigation into the cultural/scientific/historical context in which the cyanotype was born. Popularized by scientists, and botanists in particular, the cyanotype is intrinsically tied into the scientific recording boom of the late 19th and early 20th century. These are the times of the curiosity cabinet, the prints of Anna Atkins and a rush of explorers/scientists to colonial lands only to bring back specimens from foreign ecosystems. [.. ] The cyanotype is a process of documenting. The resultant image is a kind of scientific stand-in for the actual object in question. It is the trace of the original. In this way, like cyanotype’s use for building blue prints in more recent centuries, my work is formed as the re-presentation of something real; it is somehow not quite the object itself.”

Tasha has published photos of numerous installations on her Tumblr, definitely worth a look. (via empty kingdom)

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