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What causes cavities?

When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can...

How to Design a Particle Accelerator

What is a particle accelerator and how would you go about designing one? We've heard of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but what of the tens of thousands of other accelerators being used in science and medicine? ...

Doro Ottermann’s Magic Artbox Animations

From Doro Ottermann in Hamberg, Germany, enjoy these Magic Artbox Animations, short Instagram vids that start with colored pencils that magically reassemble into imaginative (and sometimes familiar) results. A v...

Why are there so many types of apples?

Gala, Braeburn, Fuji, SweeTango, SnapDragon, Golden Delicious, Cosmic Crisp... there are over 7,500 known cultivars—varieties produced by selectively breeding desirable characteristics—of the apple. How are there that...

To Mars and Back In 150 Seconds

How does sending humans to Mars work? How long does it take to go there and come back? How do they set up shelter on the Red Planet? What about space radiation? TIME's Jeffrey Kluger gives us an animated primer: To Ma...

Osiris-Rex: Chasing Asteroid Bennu – Out There

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx space vehicle launched from Cape Canaveral on September 8, 2016, riding an Atlas V rocket into a seven year long mission to map the asteroid Bennu and the bring a sample of it back to Earth. From Ast...

Maple Clouds – Making a wooden bowl in stop motion

How a wooden cloud bowl was made in Frank Howarth's workshop, a stop motion adventure: This is a wood turned segmented bowl made from walnut and maple. I built the form of the bowl from rings each made up of 12 se...

Stop-motion animation goes high tech at Laika

If you've seen Kubo and the Two Strings from Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline and The Boxtrolls, then go behind the scenes with their team to see the epic blend of handcrafted puppets, stop motion, CGI, and...

How do animals see in the dark?

How do animals see in the dark... and sometimes in color? Learn more about the night vision of the tarsier, cats, toads, and hawkmoths in this illuminating animation from TED Ed. Learn more about eyes in these videos.

Why the metric system matters

The United States is one of three countries in the world that has not adopted the metric system, and that may fall to two if Burma embraces metrication. How did inches, feet, pounds, gallons, and other familiar United...

France A. Córdova – Nautilus’ Spark of Science

France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her h...

Game Over by PES

Centipede, Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man are all remade with cupcakes, muffins, toy cars, watches, candy, beetles, pizza, and more in this HD version of Game Over by stop motion filmmaker PES. The or...

The Importance of Staring Out Of The Window

Staring out the window is often associated with a lack of attention or productivity, but in this film from The School of Life, we examine the activity (or lack of activity) as a highly productive pursuit that we might...

Dina Amin’s Tinker Friday Stop Motion Project

What's inside an old optical mouse? How many pieces are they made from? How might they be reimagined? Cairo-based product designer Dina Amin made a hobby from these questions, turning it into a delightful side project...

FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Universe

In an animation that hearkens back to the work of illustrator Charley Harper, Chromosphere intertwines humanity's scientific achievements with the wonders of the natural world: FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Unive...

A 3D printed ‘wheel-of-light’ zoetrope that walks and dances

When this 3D printed, bent-looking mesh cylinder is spun and lit with a band of bright light from the side, a walking person is revealed. This is toki, a modern zoetrope was created by media artist Akinori Goto. A dan...

Explaining The Tree of Life

Travel millions of years through time with Sir David Attenborough as he explains The Tree of Life. Some background on the metaphor from The New York Times: In his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darw...

By The River – An animated introduction to five kinds of birds

Learn how to identify blackbirds, swallows, the kingfisher, swifts, and goldfinches in this visual and aural delight by animator Will Rose: By The River. Next: Explore more wonderful animal sounds and birds