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Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants

Beavers have done more to shape North American landscapes than any animal beside humans. We don’t notice them much today because there aren’t many left, but before colonization, North America was home to hundreds of m...

Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk

Found all over the globe, fireflies or lightning bugs are winged beetles that emerge in warm, humid weather. Though their signature bioluminescent flashes are actually complex communications, the effect can create a m...

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants

For as long as she can remember, Dr. Andrea Marshall wanted to be a marine biologist. Now, she’s living out her dream with one of the ocean’s most amazing creatures. That is, Marshall studies and helps protect giant m...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

Un albero un anno (One tree one year)

A “special” beech tree kept under observation for a whole year by a concealed eye, which never closes. Four seasons unfolding around a crossroad of smells, signals and messages left behind by the extraordinary wildlif...

Flying Fish, hunted underwater and in the air

Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances. It appears these Flying Fish are in a no win situation, pic...

Oh My Dog! – Chloé Alliez

Somewhere near the hall of Brétigny-sur-Bizet, in front of a raging crowd, the most outstanding dogs face each other to measure their talents and strengths. Among them is Sweetheart, encouraged by the best and most no...

Why is it so hard to catch a fly? A visit to The Robot Zoo

Why is it so hard to catch a fly? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot visit the Horniman Museum's Robot Zoo in London to answer that curious question and a few other questions with help from some delightful robot animal counte...

The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly

A nymph slowly emerges from its exuvia as a familiar adult dragonfly in this Beauty of Science video: The Metamorphosis of a Dragonfly. It's called an 'incomplete metamorphosis' because there's no pupal stage within t...

The Squid and the Whale: Evidence for an Epic Encounter

One of the most famous dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History depicts a battle between two gigantic animals: the sperm whale and giant squid. But unlike most dioramas in the Museum’s halls, this scene has ...

How do baby flamingos become pink?

Watch as downy gray flamingo chicks are fed bright red milk, a sort of crop milk made from either parents' upper digestive tracts. As the chicks grow, they develop their signature pink feathers, as well as adult bills...

Haruki Nakamura’s surprising paper karakuri animals

Japanese paper crafter Haruki Nakamura designs mechanical paper karakuri-style animals that peek and pop in surprising ways. Karakuri, meaning 'trick' or 'mechanism', are mechanical automata pieces that were first mad...

The bear who never breaks the rules

This bear loves to uphold and follow the rules of the pool (as one should), but has he forgotten how to have a bit of fun? From animator Charlotte Cambon, meet The bear who never breaks the rules / L'ours qui n&#...

The Case For Eating Bugs

Ants on a log, sautéed grasshopper tacos, scorpion curry, larva lollipops. Eating insects (and arachnids) is called entomophagy and it's practiced by two billion people around the globe, "including North, Central, and...

How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning

Termites, prairie dogs, and people are all great builders, each in their own way. We all share one crucial problem: Put a bunch of us in a closed space, breathing oxygen in, breathing CO2 out... it doesn't end well. ...

The large and surprising creatures of InsecthausTV

Adrian Kozakiewicz went from being a young insect enthusiast in Germany to a professional insect breeder with a huge following on Instagram and Facebook. His videos, like the Rainbow Stag Beetles (Phalacrognathus muel...

Hand cutting an intricate paper leaf stencil

Watch as artist and YouTuber Sara Sandoval hand cuts a large leaf stencil from thick piece of paper. Sandoval often uses intricate single- and multi-layer stencils like these to create spray paint works. Via Instagram...

Pharaoh cuttlefish expertly mimic hermit crabs

Camouflage is common in cephalopods like squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish, but these pharaoh cuttlefish, hatched in a lab for a University of Ryukyus study led by Kohei Okamoto, camouflage in a surprising way: They pr...

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