Rube Goldberg Machine puts light to work with magnifying lens

You’ve probably burnt holes in paper with a magnifying lens, and thought it was cool. This Rube Goldberg machine takes it to an all new, super awesome level where mirrors and magnifying lenses work together to accomplish some very impressive things. Using light as a tool in a Rube Goldberg machine is super cool. The video is part of a campaign by Japanese firm au HIKARI.

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Seventeen Instruments Play in the Self-Contained Hootenanny

You could have your very own band or orchestra at your beck and call, housed comfortably in an elegant handcrafted oak cabinet. The self-contained Hootenanny, apart from having a lovely name, also houses 17 musical instruments. Let’s go back a bit, Hootenanny… that’s a great word, and I’m going to try to sneak it into conversations all week. That, and bamboozled, because it’s cool.

Photographer takes 100,000 shots to capture smoke just right

German photographer Thomas Herbrich setup a high speed camera to capture images of smoke emanating from a cigarette. The cigarette was placed on a tripod, and the camera set to capture at 1/10,000 frames per second. As the smoke from the cigarette traveled through the air, the camera captured shots, showing the smoke forming various shapes in the air.