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The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly

A nymph slowly emerges from its exuvia as a familiar adult dragonfly in this Beauty of Science video: The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly. It's called an 'incomplete metamorphosis' because there's no pupal stage within t...

How To Make Fake Poo, a mini psychology experiment

Shock your children by taking a taste of a repulsive poo! Then, by following our recipe, explore what it is that makes us feel emotions like disgust. Through this activity, Dwain and Sahara learn how our emotions a...

The Pseudo Fossil Challenge

Pseudo means that something isn't real. A fossil is "the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past." A pseudofossil might be mistaken for a fossil, but was actually creat...

The Squid and the Whale: Evidence for an Epic Encounter

One of the most famous dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History depicts a battle between two gigantic animals: the sperm whale and giant squid. But unlike most dioramas in the Museum’s halls, this scene has ...

Witnessing butterflies emerge at the California Academy of Sciences

Within the California Academy of Sciences' rainforest exhibit, butterflies and moths emerge from their chrysalis and cocoons in a specially designed emergence display. Biologist Tim Wong shows how they set up the clim...

Why Not Now? Vivian Stancil

When Vivian Stancil was 49 years old, her doctor told her that she needed to immediately improve her health. Despite being afraid of the water—she's legally blind and had never been in a pool before—she was determined...

Can you solve the fish riddle?

As the cargo director on the maiden voyage of the S.S. Buoyant, you’ve agreed to transport several tanks containing the last specimens of an endangered fish species to their new aquarium. Unfortunately, the boat is ba...

The Master Microfixer Teaching the World to Fix iPhones

Master Microfixer Jessa Jones repairs iPhones and iPads in ways that Apple doesn't: board-level micro-repair. Her background as a geneticist—"a field that involves the study of how really really tiny things built insi...

How do baby flamingos become pink?

Watch as downy gray flamingo chicks are fed bright red milk, a sort of crop milk made from either parents' upper digestive tracts. As the chicks grow, they develop their signature pink feathers, as well as adult bills...

The art of carving, Haruya Abe

By carving simple yet elegant patterns into pottery, Japanese ceramicist Haruya Abe has created a beautiful line of handmade dishware and a large instagram following. His account features short videos of his diligent ...

New Spring, mist-filled ‘blossoms’ grow from a ‘tree’

New Spring: A sculptural tree grows ‘blossoms’ full of white mist. They fall and bounce gently on the ground, or might pop when they're touched. The six meter (almost 20 foot) tall installation, filmed by Martyn White...

You’re A Firework (Scientifically Speaking)

"You have more in common with a firework than you might think. The same process that powers those explosions is going on inside a grill when you cook a hot dog, and inside your body when you eat that hot dog." Sku...

Do Cities Need More Green Roofs?

Green roofs or living roofs are different types of gardens that are created on the tops of buildings to help manage stormwater, improve air quality, help cool city temperatures, insulate the building, create park spac...

Hydrodynamic Levitation

Light balls, disks, and cylinders will levitate on a stream of water in a surprisingly off-center way. In this episode of Veritasium, Derek Muller teams up with Blake from InnoVinci, with some help from aerospace engi...

The incredibly strong (and massive) web of the Darwin’s bark spider

The largest orb web documented in nature is made by Darwin's bark spiders, black, hairy looking arachnids that are "no bigger than a thumbnail." They construct their massive 'nets' across rivers to catch their prey, s...

How table tennis balls are made

The process of making table tennis balls includes lots of measuring and at least one trade secret. Competition-ready balls also go through a series of quality checks by hand—testing the balls' surface, veer, hardness,...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

California Ripe Olives: From Orchard to Store Shelf

Black olives don't start out black. The process that turns this fruit black was invented by Freda Ehmann in Oakland, California during the mid-1890s, and even green olives from the tree go through processes that turn ...