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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...

The Kakapo: The world’s only flightless parrot is a very rare bird

Meet the Kakapo: a flightless, herbivorous, nocturnal parrot that also happens to be the world’s heaviest parrot, possibly the oldest living bird, and a critically endangered animal. In 2009, there were only 19 kakapo...

Spectroscopy of Stars – Wonders of the Universe

Understand what the universe is made of by looking at the light of its stars. In this clip from Wonders of the Universe – Stardust, Professor Brian Cox demonstrates how chemical elements emit a unique set of colors wh...

How to Speak Chimpanzee

Hoping to assemble the world's first chimpanzee dictionary, primatologist Dr. Katja Liebal spends hours observing how different groups of chimpanzees communicate with each other. She believes that there is a language ...

The Lighthouse of La Jument

In 1989, in the midst of a raging storm off the Brittany coast, photographer Jean Guichard circled above the French lighthouse of la Jument (Le Phare de La Jument) in a helicopter, camera in hand to capture the tempes...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Thoughts

When Cathy Hutchinson controlled a robotic arm using a small sensor planted in her brain, it was a remarkable breakthrough in neurobiology and computer science. The sensor would recognize patterns or signals from her ...

The Private Life of Plants: Dandelions

Individual dandelion seeds parachute over fields on the wind. David Attenborough narrates this clip from episode one of the BBC's The Private Life of Plants.

Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights

From the BBC's Earth nature documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, watch these tree-nesting Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights, only 24 hours after hatching. File under: nature is amazing. In...

Honey Badger Houdini

From the BBC, these are Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem, and evidently they’re rather astonishing problem solving Houdinis, too. Wildlife conservationist Brian Jones explains as clev...

The Elephant Bird Egg

Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg. The Elephant B...

The mysterious song of the Humpback Whale

From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are...

Police Horse Training

How are police horses chosen to become the highly trained and trusted steeds that they are? Via BBC Earth, watch the police horse testing and training process as conducted by the San Francisco...

Evolution: Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark? File under: dogs and communication.

Fearsome Teeth of the Gelada Baboon

In the mountains of Ethiopia, the BBC’s Steve Backshall and his Deadly 60 team track a group of graminivorous (grass-eating) gelada baboons to observe their amazing, lion-sized, canine tee...

Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek meets a family of mountain gorillas

Join Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek as she treks into northwest Rwanda to meet a family of critically endangered mountain gorillas for the first time. This was filmed for the BBC nature documentary se...

The Mudskipper

This amphibious fish is called a mudskipper and it uses its pectoral fins to walk on land, specifically mud. It also rolls, jumps, digs, excavates, socializes, fights for territory, and breathes...

Underwater time lapse can show the secret life of a coral reef

For the last five years, Dr. Pim Bongaerts of University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute has been documenting the lives of corals through time lapse photography. It all happens t...

The ultimate problem solvers? A wild crow solves a puzzle in 8 parts

A short stick, a long stick, and a few stones — all a bit difficult to get to — will help illuminate just how clever wild crows can be, especially when these tools need to be used...

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