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Saturation: Colorful Marine Creatures from Indonesia & The Philippines

A flame scallop (Ctenoides ales), a Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta), and a candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) begin this incredible video of colorful crabs, fish, nudibranchs, seahorses, shrimp, and tunicates. They we...

What Are Tundras?

Derived from the Finnish word tunturia, meaning treeless or barren land, tundra is the coldest and driest of all biomes. Despite these extreme conditions, the tundra is home to several unique species of plant and anim...

Why Dogs Have Floppy Ears, an animated tale

Why do some breeds of dogs have floppy ears? Charles Darwin asked this question in his 1868 book The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication. And it's not just the ears of dogs. The ears, snout lengths, fu...

Visiting the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca

Tens of millions of overwintering monarch butterflies can be found covering the tall pine and oyamel trees at the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heri...

Climbing into the treetops with a chimpanzee cam

What is it like to climb to the treetops of a lush forest like a chimpanzee? A four-year-old female chimp named Kimbang helps us better understand the experience by donning a wearable camera as she climbs in search of...

Never-before-seen footage of baby clownfish hatching

This never-before-seen footage of baby clownfish hatching, is fascinating and rather adorable. Like tiny eyeballs in sacks attached to a rock, these little larvae wobble in the water's currents. With some help from th...

This giant plant looks like raw meat and smells like dead rat

This gigantic flower, native to western Sumatra and infamous for smelling like something rotten, is the corpse flower or titan arum, and it's not really a single flower. The flowers are at the base of the tall spadix ...

The animated adventures of Lucas the Spider

Meet Lucas the Spider, a series of short and adorable animations by animator Joshua Slice, whose credits include Disney's Zootopia and Big Hero 6. The original Lucas short was a quick animation voiced by Slice's nephe...

The record-breaking tongue lashing of the chameleon

It’s no secret that chameleons possess remarkable tongues. Aristotle first described the breathtaking speed of chameleon tongue projection around 300 B.C. But the tongue lashings these lizards deliver to unsuspecting ...

An octopus changes its colors and textures as it swims away

At approximately 20 meters (65.6 feet) deep off the coast of Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique, Nick Ruberg happened upon this octopus. As he followed it with his camera recording, its colors and textures changed before it s...

How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?

How do emperor penguins launch themselves out of the sea at twice their normal swimming speeds? A mix of biology and physics sends this flightless bird flying... at least briefly: Penguins trap microbubbles within the...

Is this the world’s smallest wild species of cat?

This is not an adorable kitten frolicking in the forests of Sri Lanka. This is an adorable Prionailurus rubiginosus, a rusty-spotted cat that's almost fully grown. Despite its species' small size, this wild creature i...

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ...

A leopard stalks an impala from the cover of a gully

With a burst of speed of 65 km an hour, the Leopard without doubt is a formidable predator. In this tense and compelling encounter, we stalk quietly alongside a Leopard as it sizes up an unsuspecting Impala, from the ...

How Jun trained his cats to shake hands and ride a bike

Jun Yoshizuki runs a popular Japan-based cooking YouTube channel called Jun's Kitchen that's known for good food and his sous-chef cats: Haku, the orange bike riding cat, Poki, the black and white cat, and a smaller o...

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

Carl Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae and Herbarium Cabinet

How did scientists and naturalists organize their artifact collections in the 1700s? How could these systems, long before we began to rely on computers to help us organize data, improve our understanding of the natura...

Rebuilding a real T. Rex with scientific research & new tech

Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the most famous extinct animal, but thanks to Hollywood and various out-of-date books, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about this incredible dinosaur. There is too much hype a...


 
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