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Leaf Mimic Katydids: Uniquely disguised as dead & diseased leaves

this Leaf Mimic Katydid really commits to its ability to hide in plain sight. Filmed in the in the Ecuadorian Amazon's Yasuni National Park, it's holding as still as possible. From Krulwich Wonders: They're not c...

Ladybird spiders (Eresus sandaliatus)

Ladybird spiders! A 10-16mm black female — who first appears around the one minute mark — and 6-9mm, brightly-colored male, emerge from silk-lined burrows in the grassy hills of Tišnov, Czech Republic. The difference ...

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 ...

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

One third of food made in the world each year ends up in the trash can. How can we stop the waste by putting that food to good use? From TED Ed, learn how worms can naturally convert our organic waste — green leaves, ...

The Magnificent Monarchs

Come along on a visit to a butterfly sanctuary near Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico, where millions of Monarch Butterflies overwinter in conifer groves. (You'll arrive about 1m10s in.) It's a seasonal pause in one of the...

The Quest for Sea Ice: Swimming with polar bears and a camera

Follow a group of four polar bears as they swim in search of ice. Arctic Bear Productions filmmaker Adam Ravetch captured this footage by attaching a camera to one of the four animals. The big paws, the sun on the hor...

Science Friday: Caring for Cuttlefish

Fostering the successful life cycle of a cuttlefish is an intensive process. From incubating new eggs in oxygenated recycled soda bottles, to transferring them to "Cuttle Cradles," to setting up their environments to ...

Spiders that hunt and eat fish

Angling from the water's surface, the six-spotted fishing spider hunts and eats fish, tadpoles, and other invertebrates. It can even dive 18 cm (7.1 in) down into the water to complete the job. It is one of eight fami...

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...

An elephant finds her own fruit in the jungle

Walk with elephant Arun Rai to find out what elephants find and eat in the jungle when they're on their own. Elephant Nature Park founder Sangduen "Lek" Chailert narrates the walk at Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Spiders Tune Their Webs Like A Guitar

Much more than just a net to catch prey, spider webs can transmit lots of information about what has been caught or what might be visiting. Oxford researchers have recently discovered that the strands of silk vibrate ...

Collecting the deep sea animals of Monterey Submarine Canyon

Go behind-the-scenes with Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow and expert on deep-sea cephalopods, as she dives down into Monterey Submarine Canyon via a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) camera. Her team is collecting s...

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...

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California

Goats have an insatiable appetite. Elite goats have an insatiable appetite and are independent, hearty, and trained to clear brush across California's hillsides. Science Friday joins Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4...

The largest school of rays ever caught on film

Tens of thousands of mobula rays come together off the coast of Baja California in a brilliant display of their massive numbers underwater. Then watch them breach for reasons unknown. The leaps out of the water are sp...

The difference between weather and climate change

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of StarTalk and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, demonstrates the difference between weather and climate change as he walks along the beach with a dog.  Weather is ...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

How to take a hyacinth macaw’s heartbeat

Listening to a hyacinth macaw's heartbeat has never been easier: Margaret, who lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, has been trained to voluntarily let a veterinarian team give her an annual physical...