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Cal Academy: Trogloraptors & How Science Works

In 2010, some amateur cave explorers discovered a relatively large six-eyed, hook-legged, orangey-brown spider in a Southern Oregon cave. In 2012, the spider was named Trogloraptor marchingtoni or Trogloraptor (which ...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate pressed fern illustrations

Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate pressed fern illustrations of honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures. ...

The science of solar eclipses: How do solar & lunar eclipses work?

How do solar & lunar eclipses work? And why don't we get eclipses every month? This Vox explainer is packed full of really interesting information about the remarkable science of solar eclipses. Find out how 5.1 d...

Four jellies that diffract rainbow light like iridescent spaceships

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a brilliant YouTube channel for viewing all sorts of beautiful and hard-to-believe creatures. A case in point: these four jellies. Above, The Lobed Comb Jelly, who looks like it's shimmering ...

How Many Stars Are There? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

How many stars can our eyes see on a dark night? How many stars can we see with something even more powerful than our eyes? How many stars exist?? And how are grains of sand a part of this?! Joe Hanson and PBS Digital...

White Out, an abstract watercolor animation by Jeff Scher

Animated from 2,250 watercolor paintings on a wide variety of paper, White Out is by painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher, who writes: Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers...

ExpeRimental: Microwave cake in a mug + How to make play dough

In this easy ExpeRimental science experiment for kids (and adults who want a cylindrical pancake with their morning coffee), we learn how to make microwave cup-cakes... or really, mug-cakes. And what happens if we ...

Solar Eclipse 2015: BBC Stargazing Live Video

From the BBC's astronomy series Stargazing Live with Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain, with Liz Bonnin narrating the process, watch the March 20th solar eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun...

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Helen Ahpornsiri’s intricate pressed fern illustrations

Assembled with patience, imagination, and a steady hand, Helen Ahpornsiri creates intricate pressed fern illustrations of honey bees, pheasants, magpies, spiny seahorses, weevils, moths, Totoros, and other creatures. ...

Joyous String Quartet: Firework and Vivaldi’s Summer (Presto)

From Joyous Music School in Long Island, New York, this is perhaps the youngest string quartet ever: The Joyous String Quartet. Above, they perform Katy Perry's Firework. Below, from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

ScienceTake: The Praying Mantis Leaps

In this ScienceTake from The New York Times, we watch a young praying mantis leap over and over and over again... a completely fascinating, rather cartoon-like action that can be super-useful for scientists and engin...

The Reinvention of Normal: Dominic Wilcox’s quest for new ideas

This mini-documentary showcases the quest for new ideas by Hackney-based artist, inventor, and designer Dominic Wilcox, who remixes the familiar world into a more whimsical and wondrous one with objects that he create...

Swimming with the Galápagos Sea Lions of Isla Plaza Sur

Travel to Isla Plaza Sur in the Galápagos Islands, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, where the Galápagos Sea Lions play, swim, eat sardines, and sun bathe. This video was filmed underwater and in the air by Florian ...

ExpeRimental: Microwave cake in a mug + How to make play dough

In this easy ExpeRimental science experiment for kids (and adults who want a cylindrical pancake with their morning coffee), we learn how to make microwave cup-cakes... or really, mug-cakes. And what happens if we ...

Full Moon Silhouettes: A full moon rises in real time

This is not a time lapse video. Rising in real time over Wellington, New Zealand, the moon appears huge (and perhaps surprisingly speedy) as it was captured by photographer Mark Gee in January of 2013. In celebration ...

Four jellies that diffract rainbow light like iridescent spaceships

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a brilliant YouTube channel for viewing all sorts of beautiful and hard-to-believe creatures. A case in point: these four jellies. Above, The Lobed Comb Jelly, who looks like it's shimmering ...

White Out, an abstract watercolor animation by Jeff Scher

Animated from 2,250 watercolor paintings on a wide variety of paper, White Out is by painter and experimental filmmaker Jeff Scher, who writes: Snow is particularly joyful in how it transforms everything it covers...

The science of solar eclipses: How do solar & lunar eclipses work?

How do solar & lunar eclipses work? And why don't we get eclipses every month? This Vox explainer is packed full of really interesting information about the remarkable science of solar eclipses. Find out how 5.1 d...

Didn’t It Rain: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester (1964)

Playing her electric guitar under the eaves of an abandoned train station in rainy Manchester, England, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed Didn't It Rain. An American singer, songwriter, and The Godmother of Rock & R...

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Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Mission 26 The Big Endeavour. This time lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey through the streets of Los Angeles, from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center, was created by Matthew Givot ...

A Caribbean hermit crab named Godzilla

This hermit crab is named Godzilla. He has been with his owner for three years and three moultings. Based on his size, he’s probably about 20-25 years old. Hello, Coenobita clypeatus!

Exploded Views at SFMOMA

Artist Jim Campbell describes the process of developing and creating Exploded Views, a commissioned work that was installed in SFMOMA’s atrium in November 2011. More light, more art, more San Francisco, ...

Time lapse decomposition of a tomato over two months

Time lapse decomposition of a tomato over two months. 

Soap bubble turbulence: Rainbows spin on the surface of a bubble

The soap film is a half-bubble of about 7 cm diameter on the top of a plastic glass. The system is illuminated by light diffusing from the bottom of the glass. The camera is placed on one side of the bubble ...

Rover’s Eye View of Three-Year Trek on Mars

309 images of the 13 miles between Victoria crater and Endeavour crater on Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity. Via JPL. 

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The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber

...though in this case, "the hammer" is a bowling ball. In this excellent clip from the BBC's Human Universe: Episode 4, Professor Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, home of the world's biggest vacu...

Watch snowflakes form in time lapse through a microscope

The time lapse formation of snowflakes, recorded with a macro lens by Vyacheslav Ivanov. Music: Aphex Twin - Avril 14th. Update via Colossal: “Ivanov confirms from his home in St. Pete...

TED Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain

Your brain is a muscle. When you give it more challenging exercises, you're strengthening your brain's abilities to learn and grow. Now add some music to the mix: When you listen to music, multiple areas of your b...

How to make a paper airplane that flies far: Strike Eagle

A tutorial by paper airplane engineer Mahir Cecen, this is how to make a paper airplane that flies far. In fact, all of Cecen's paper plane videos are titled that, so you'll have to test them all out and let us know w...

Mr Rogers: How Crayons Are Made

Mix hot liquid wax, hardening powder, and some color pigment. Pour the mixture into a mold of small cylinders, and after it cools, pop them out! Label them, collate them, and box them. This classic 1981 crayon factory...

Joyous String Quartet: Firework and Vivaldi’s Summer (Presto)

From Joyous Music School in Long Island, New York, this is perhaps the youngest string quartet ever: The Joyous String Quartet. Above, they perform Katy Perry's Firework. Below, from Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons...

How to Make the World’s Simplest Electric Toy Train

How to make the World's Simplest Electric Toy Train from the Amazing Science YouTube channel, a super delightful science experiment that will wow kids, friends, family, science classes... pretty much everyone on the p...

Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

How To Draw Your Hand In 3D

Here’s a fun, quick trick: How To Draw Your Hand In “3D”. What other things around the house or outside can you use this technique with?

Friends With You – Cloudy

Cloudy is a happy animated short by artists Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III of Friends With You. Welcome to the clouds!  From IAmOther: This animated short is an exploration into the clouds; a sweet, vi...

The Crazy Circle Illusion: How are these dots moving?

In this Brusspup mind-bender, you may think you see a circle of eight white dots rotating around the inside of a larger red circle, but you're actually witnessing something else, and you may not believe it unless you ...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

Let It Go performed with wine glasses, pots and pans

This cover is the bridge between a popular animated film (that you may have heard of) and music made with “instruments” found in the kitchen – one of our favorite DIY activities. Th...

Phases of the Moon, animated with Virtual Moon Atlas

Phases of the Moon, a beautiful video animation created using Virtual Moon Atlas and accompanied by Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14, (Opus 27, No. 2). Related watching to better understand th...

How to fold The World’s Best Paper Airplane

If you want to fold the world's best paper airplane, how do you know it's the best? Watch the video! In 2012, former Cal Berkeley quarterback Joe Ayoob officially broke the Guinness World Record by flying a John Colli...

Full Moon Silhouettes: A full moon rises in real time

This is not a time lapse video. Rising in real time over Wellington, New Zealand, the moon appears huge (and perhaps surprisingly speedy) as it was captured by photographer Mark Gee in January of 2013. In celebration ...

Power of Optics: A light-powered Rube Goldberg machine

In this commercial for au Hikari, one of Japan’s high-speed optical internet service providers, a Rube Goldberg machine is "powered" by a single beam of light that travels via mirrors, magnifying glasses, and reflecti...

The Nicholas Brothers in the greatest dance number ever filmed

The co-curator has asked for this one daily since we first watched it, and it’s pretty clear as to why — it’s probably about the best dance routine I've ever seen. And I'm not the only one who thin...

OK Go: The Writing’s on the Wall

A four-minute, epic one-take video that adds to their highly ambitious visual collection of music, this is OK Go's The Writing's on the Wall. The series of forced perspective and anamorphic illusions, with a few gravi...

Automated Cake Icing and Decorating Machines

Cake-decorating robots! We generally prefer the whimsy and unique details that happen when humans decorate cakes, but this cake finishing equipment from food service manufacturing company Unifiller is interesting to w...