2016年

Cool

Welcome to Aviation High School

|At the Aviation Career and Technical High School, students literally have to earn their wings. Everyday, students take classes in an airplane hangar and work on real aircrafts. The New York City public high school has been training students since the 1930s, and it certifies the most airplane mechanics in the country. Advanced students spend their days at JFK Airport working on their own 727’s. From the classroom to the sky, this school is pretty fly. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.

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Capturing Action Sports as a Quadriplegic Photographer

Loren Worthington is a photographer with a unique perspective, both literally and figuratively. A spinal cord injury cost Worthington the use of three of his limbs and with that, his participation in sports. Almost two decades later, he reconnected with his passion for athletics, but this time from behind a photographer’s lens. Though confined to a wheelchair, Worthington has distinguished himself with his photographs of para-athletes in the United States and at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and twitter.

Science and Technology

Weaving the Silk Threads of History

At one point, Venice, Italy, was famous around the world for producing some of the finest textiles. Velvet—woven from thousands of fine silk threads—was especially desirable. In 1500, the clatter of 6,000 enormous looms echoed through the streets of the ancient canal-lined city. Today there is just one company left producing velvet in the traditional way; the Luigi Bevilacqua Company. The Bevilacqua family can trace its weaving lineage back to the 1400s, and remains entirely family owned and operated. If you like this video, like us on facebook and twitter.

Sports

Varsity Gamers Are the New Jocks on Campus

With over 130 million people around the world watching digital athletes compete, esports is no longer the wave of the future. It’s the present. And Robert Morris University has heard the message loud and clear. The Chicago-based college is the first in the U.S. to offer varsity gaming scholarships. Step into the university’s world-class training facility with varsity “League of Legends” athlete Jesus Coll as he prepares to take on some of the world’s greatest teams. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and Twitter.  

Animal

This Beautiful Parrot May Be the World’s Smartest Bird

The red-sided eclectus parrot is native to the island of New Guinea and is considered to be one of the most intelligent birds in the world. Males sport a predominantly green coat of feathers while females have mostly red plumage, and until the 20th century, males and females were thought to be different species. This parrot’s beautiful colors and impressive talking skills make it a highly desirable animal in the pet trade. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Animal

Surrounded by Genius: Nature’s Take on Engineering

Sometimes, all we have to do to solve complex design problems is look to nature. Biomimicry, a design solution embraced by a growing number of engineers, draws inspiration from 3.8 billion years of research and development from the natural world. As biomimicry expert Maria O’Farrell explains, we can all learn a thing or two from the natural “lab” that surrounds us. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and Twitter.

Sports

Wheelz in the Air: Hitting the Skatepark on a Wheelchair

When you picture someone on a massive ramp, doing crazy flips in the air, you probably think of a BMX biker or skateboarder, right? Think again. For the past 16 years, Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham has been hitting the skatepark with his wheelchair and doing insane flips, tricks and hand-plants. He is, as he describes, the foremost expert in turning lemons into lemonade. If you like this video, like us on Facebook and Twitter.