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Amezaiku (飴細工) Japanese Candy Sculptures by Ame Yoshihara

Ame Yoshihara sculpts taffy candy into adorable "Amezaiku" animals, a traditional Japanese folk art that dates back to the 700s. This video from SweetsTales showcases his craftsmanship, as well as Ame-pyon, Yoshihara'...

Underwater Dogs in Slow Motion – Earth Unplugged

If seeing dogs move in slow motion is fun, then seeing dogs move in slow mo underwater is even better. Plus, these adorable canines are benefiting from the exercise of swimming in the pool. In this episode of Earth Un...

The Pygmy Sloths of Isla Escudo de Veraguas

These are pygmy sloths and they're only found in one place in the world: a Caribbean island called Escudo de Veraguas. Academy research fellow Bryson Voirin introduces this critically endangered species, and explains ...

The Four Spheres (Geo, Bio, Hydro, & Atmo) with Crash Course Kids

The ground or geo-sphere, water or hydro-sphere, air or atmo-sphere, and life or bio-sphere: Earth and everything on it can be organized into these four distinct yet interconnected subsystems. Knowing more about each ...

Stanford’s MicroTug robot can pull 2,000x its weight on glass

Inspired by the incredible sticking power in ant feet and gecko toes, researchers at Stanford's Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab have developed directional adhesives that help this 12-gram µTug (MicroTug) rob...

Emperor Penguins Speed Launch Out of the Water

We've seen a video of penguins rocketing out of the water as if powered by jets, but we've never seen it happen from underwater... until now. In this National Geographic clip, photographer Paul Nicklen captures how th...

ScienceTake – How the Octopus Moves

How do you move from here to there when you have eight long, flexible legs that radiate out from your head? After analyzing recordings of how an octopus moves, three Israeli researchers have determined something prett...

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Where did the oil go?

In April of 2010, a BP Deepwater Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an unprecedented amount of sticky black crude into the gulf waters, beaches, wetlands, and surrounding eco...

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Elephant Intelligence

Caretakers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo know from experience that Asian elephants are intelligent creatures, but they wanted to help officially document the problem-solving skills of the planet's largest land mam...

A tiny baby chameleon hatches from an egg

Have you ever seen a baby chameleon hatch from its egg? We've seen all sorts of babies, but we'd yet to see a chameleon hatch. Then we happened upon this 2008 video by YouTuber rmh355, via PBS Digital Studios' Tumblr,...

Close encounters of the giant kind: Diving with a whale shark

Whale sharks are gentle giants (much like the basking shark), and in this Earth Touch video, we get to see one up close as a cameraman narrates his surprise swim with the planet's biggest fish. How big? Whale sharks a...

How do you find water bears (tardigrades) in the wild?

Tardigrades (also called water bears or moss piglets) refer to over 1,150 species of microscopic aquatic animals that can be found in moss, ferns, lichens, soil, beaches, dunes, and other damp habitats all over the pl...

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

Critter cams on a Giant River Turtle’s back & a manatee’s peduncle

When you attach a camera onto the back of a giant South American river turtle, you get to witness how they live, where they go, how they interact with their young and others turtles. National Geographic shares this cr...

Chameleon Tongue Attack in Slow Motion – Earth Unplugged

Chameleons are fascinating creatures for so many reasons: Their eye sight provides them with 360 degree vision, they can change color based on their moods and social needs, and their tongues are fast and powerful for ...

Slime Cannon Attack – How Velvet Worm slime jets work

Giant velvet worms (Peripatus solorzanoi) are unusual creatures for many reasons -- including the fact that they are "not worms, not insects, millipedes, centipedes, or slugs" -- but their super-sliming glands, rapidl...

Baby Hippo Makes a Splash at the San Diego Zoo

Funani, an experienced hippopotamus mother, birthed her 11th calf at the San Diego Zoo on March 23rd at 6:30 a.m. Though zoo officials do not know yet if it's a boy or a girl, they've announced that both the brand new...

eMotionButterflies & BionicANTs: Festo’s bionic insect collectives

Though they seem to move through the air with the individual, fluttery ease of their insect counterparts, these eMotionButterflies by Festo are made from ultralight materials and are networked to fly with a collective...