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Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

Tour the Moon in 4K

Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we...

A simple way to tell insects apart: Look at their mouthparts

There are nearly a million known insect species in the world, but most have one of just five common types of mouthparts. Why is this information useful to scientists? Anika Hazra explains how the features of an insect...

Learning from leaves: Going green with artificial photosynthesis

Releasing too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, thanks to the burning of fossil fuels, isn't a good thing. But what if leaves can provide some ideas for how we can turn this 'nuisance gas' into useful chemicals...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Shadows On Other Worlds

Explore the wonder of light from our star, the Sun, and how Shadows On Other Worlds, like on Venus or a faraway planet orbiting the red star Glise 581, would behave a little differently than they do here on Earth. Thi...

Stephen Hawking explains black holes in 90 seconds

What are black holes? What's happening inside of them? You can't tell from the outside... but could you travel through one to find out? From his BBC Reith Lecture and animated by Aardman Studios for BBCRadio4, British...

Only Slightly Exaggerated, a Studio Ghibli-style animation for Travel Oregon

Scored by the Oregon Symphony, Only Slightly Exaggerated is a fantastical tourism commercial created for Travel Oregon by Portland-based advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. The video celebrates the state’s magi...

The infinite life of pi

The ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter is always the same: 3.14159... and on and on (literally!) forever. This irrational number, pi, has an infinite number of digits, so we'll never figure out its exac...

Where does Space begin?

How far away is Space from where you are at this moment? How much closer is it when you're flying in a plane? And how close is the International Space Station to Earth if we can spot it in the sky? Travel up, up, u...

Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Explore the personal stories of the people who were enslaved at Mount Vernon, George Washington's 19th century home on the Potomac River in Virginia. An introduction to the Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Wash...

Joy and Heron

When a pesky Heron tries to steal all of the worms meant for a fishing trip, little Joy tries to scare it away without rocking the boat and scaring away the fish, too. From Passion Pictures Australia, this is Joy and ...

Can you solve the seven planets riddle?

Your interstellar police squad has tracked a group of criminals to a cluster of seven planets. Now you must apprehend them before their reinforcements arrive. Of course, the fugitives won’t just stay put – they’ll try...

Gâteau Gato, a cat-themed chocolate zoetrope cake

Gâteau is the French word for cake. Gato is the Spanish word for cat. And artist Alexandre Dubosc is known for his chocolate cake zoetropes, spinning devices that create the illusion of animation. In this video, he's ...

Requiem X, Elenor Kopka’s mesmerizing animated music video

Drift slowly from the air down to the bottom of the sea in this mesmerizing music video by German illustrator and animator Elenor Kopka. Composed and produced by Niklas Kraft, the track is called Reqiuem X by The Moon...

The Temple of Knowledge and what it’s like to grow up in a library

Ronald Clark’s father was custodian of a branch of the New York Public Library at a time when caretakers, along with their families, lived in the buildings. With his daughter, Jamilah, Ronald remembers literally growi...

L’orchestre d’hibernation animaux and how animals hibernate

A flute playing wood frog who freezes. A bassoon blowing painted turtle who (ahem) breathes through its butt. A trumpet blasting common poorwill who falls asleep anywhere, anytime. A harp plucking mosquito who goes in...

What is public life?

In parks, at bus stops, on the sidewalk, in playgrounds, in street and farmers markets: These are just some of the public spaces where we can participate in our city's diverse and thriving public life, where people fr...


 
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