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Spend a Day With the World’s Only Grass-Eating Monkeys

Geladas, one of the flagship species of Africa’s alpine grasslands, are found only in the Ethiopian Highlands. They are the smallest vestige of a genus that millions of years ago stretched from South Africa to Spain a...

Why Does Your Cat’s Tongue Feel Like Sandpaper?

If you've ever been licked by a cat, did their tongue feel scratchy like sandpaper? The scratchiness is caused by their keratin papillae, tiny claw-like spines on their tongue that help to clean their fur. Cats (Felis...

Humphead parrotfish poop helps create new island beaches

How can a hungry school of fish help to create a thriving reef island? In this clip from the BBC's The Blue Planet, neon-colored Humphead Parrotfish crunch rocks and hard corals alike as they forage for coralline alga...

A night adventure to see Nicaragua’s sea turtles

Conservation educator Phil Torres traveled to Playa la Flor and the surrounding waters in Nicaragua to document how Paso Pacifico is working to protect the sea turtles. From SeeTurtles.org: Along Nicaragua's Pacif...

Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both ...

The animatronic animals of Spy in the Wild

Over 30 animatronic creatures were created for Spy in the Wild, the PBS and BBC co-produced wild animal mini-series, including a sloth, a warthog, a squirrel, an otter, a cobra, and an orangutan. Designer John Nolan g...

How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

In this Vox video from Joss Fong and Dion Lee, we get a look at the technological changes that have influenced how the BBC creates their world-renowned nature documentaries. Compare the groundbreaking access of the ve...

Power, an animated exploration of illustrated machines

From animator and painter Dana Sink, Power is an animated short film that explores the forms of illustrated machines over time.

Under The Dock, a marine life series by Hakai Institute

Described as a fearsome predator on the British Columbia coast, sunflower sea stars "can grow to a diameter of one meter, and have a voracious appetite for all sorts of animals on the rocky reef." From Hakai Institute...

A Protula bispiralis (red fan worm) opening in real time

Set to the MIT Chamber Chorus performing O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, this is a Protula bispiralis or red fan worm opening in real time. The clip is via marine biologist Christopher Mah who suggests that "you will p...

The science of milk

Milk is poured into cereal. We might want milk for our cookies or hot chocolate. We can use milk to bake. It's usually in our cheeses, butters, and ice creams. Milk is often the first thing we drink as newborn babies....

How smart is a spitting archerfish?

Watch how the archerfish hunts for its food and you'll see how it got its name. With accurate aim, its mouth can shoot a tiny jet of water at insects and other prey located above the water's surface and as far as six ...

Thousands Of Sharks Visit A Seamount

In the Pacific, a tiny island 300 miles away from the shore hides a giant mountain beneath the waves that forms a home for thousands of plankton feeding fish. These fish attract Tuna, and the Tuna attract thousands of...

What happens to a caterpillar inside its chrysalis?

From egg, to larva, to pupa, to an adult, watch as a Heliconius caterpillar (a larva) transforms into a butterfly. This clip from Micro Monsters with David Attenborough: Courtship includes a digital look at what goes ...

Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth

Woodlouse, pill bug, roly poly, sow bug, armadillo bug, cheeselog, wood shrimp... what do you call this bug where you live? Whatever you do, don't call it an insect! Roly polies are crustaceans, more like a shrimp...

Barnaby Dixon’s Raptor Puppet

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs highly detailed finger puppets like the one above: a rather adorable raptor puppet. Watch as his fingers control the feet while other hinges, levers, and mechanisms help make the puppet...

What to Expect From an Expecting Seahorse

Although it's well known that seahorses and their cousins the pipefish are the only vertebrates where males become pregnant, researchers have only begun to understand how this unique adaptation works. By studying the ...

Biotop, an animation about declining tiger populations

Inspired by Tx2, a World Wildlife Fund action to double the wild tiger population by 2022, the next Chinese Year of the Tiger, design student Jola Bańkowska created this one minute animation about habitat loss: Biotop...