Theo Jansen creates a form of art he calls Strandbeests. Strand means “beach” in his native Dutch language. His creations walk the beach on their own power. They use the wind. They react to water and the environment around them. His artistic creations do not use electricity. You can watch a 2 1/2 minute BBC video or an 8 minute TED Talk to learn more about his wondrous creations. The Ted Talk is available with Chinese subtitles.
The United States National Aeronautics
and Space Administration is usually known as NASA. NASA has sent men to the moon and launched space missions by the dozens. If you have ever wondered why we go to outer space, NASA puts out an annual magazine called “Spinoff.” This magazine has a catalog of all the inventions of the past 50 years that were a result of what mankind has learned in our travels to outer space. All 50 annual magazines are now available online to browse. There is a brief introductory article on Yahoo! or you can check out all 50 editions of Spinoff here.