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The Hammer-Feather Drop in the world’s biggest vacuum chamber

...though in this case, "the hammer" is a bowling ball. In this excellent clip from the BBC's Human Universe: Episode 4, Professor Brian Cox visits NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio, home of the world's biggest vacu...

How to build an igloo: A clip from A Boy Among Polar Bears

In this clip from the BBC documentary A Boy Among Polar Bears, we get to watch how the Inuit people build the snow shelter known as an igloo, or iglu in the Inuit language. ("Snow house" is igluvijaq.) These temporary...

Why Do Cats Meow?

Cat meowing is not exclusively how cats vocalize. Meowing is a special kitten behavior meant to catch the attention of their mother, and not the language that they normally speak while out and about with other cats. I...

Weaver Birds design and build intricate nests

Narrated by David Attenborough, watch these Weaver Birds, or Ploceidae, design and build intricate nests to woo mates. They start with a simple knot, and then it’s all about experience, c...

Kangaroo Boxing Fight – BBC Life Story

In addition to their females' pouches, kangaroos are known for their "boxing" skills, and here's the reason why: Male kangaroos often fight to establish dominance or win a mate. Fights consist mostly of balancing on t...

The Lighthouse of La Jument

In 1989, in the midst of a raging storm off the Brittany coast, photographer Jean Guichard circled above the French lighthouse of la Jument (Le Phare de La Jument) in a helicopter, camera in hand to capture the tempes...

The Kakapo: The world’s only flightless parrot is a very rare bird

Meet the Kakapo: a flightless, herbivorous, nocturnal parrot that also happens to be the world’s heaviest parrot, possibly the oldest living bird, and a critically endangered animal. In 2009, there were only 19 kakapo...

The Abdopus Octopus walks across dry land to hunt for crabs

Rocky tide pools are separated from each other during the low tide, making it impossible for marine creatures to escape... except for the Abdopus Octopus. In episode 6 of The Hunt, Sir David Attenborough introduces th...

Honey Badger Houdini

From the BBC, these are Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem, and evidently they’re rather astonishing problem solving Houdinis, too. Wildlife conservationist Brian Jones explains as clev...

The Best Bloopers from Penguins – Spy in the Huddle

A series of clumsy penguin outtakes from the BBC’s Penguins - Spy in the Huddle, narrated by David Tennant. (Updated video link.) The documentary team disguised 50 cameras — as penguins, rocks, snowballs, ...

The mysterious song of the Humpback Whale

From the BBC’s Ocean Giants documentary, watch this incredible clip to hear the extraordinary and mysterious song of the Humpback Whale. Why do they sing (or hum)? Does it serve a purpose? Are...

John Wilson Orchestra: Scott Bradley‘s Tom & Jerry cartoon music

For the two adults in our house, this music brings back some rowdy cartoon cat and mouse tv memories from childhood. For the two kids in our house, it’s an orchestra playing energetic, ja...

The Private Life of Plants: Dandelions

Individual dandelion seeds parachute over fields on the wind to better distribute their species. Sir David Attenborough narrates this clip from episode one of the BBC's The Private Life of Plants.

An amazing murmuration of 70,000 starlings

In autumn and winter in the United Kingdom, giant murmurations of starlings come out at dusk and perform breathtaking aerobatics before they settle into the surrounding landscape. This undulating flock of 70,000 starl...

The Fanciest Bird in the World: Superb Lyrebird

Captured on video by Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Anastasia Dalziell and University of Western Sydney's Justin Welbergen, this is a male Superb Lyrebird, an Australian songbird who is not only a fancy dancer, as shown...

Evolution – Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark File under: dogs and communication.

Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights

From the BBC's Earth nature documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, watch these tree-nesting Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights, only 24 hours after hatching. File under: nature is amazing. In...

The ultimate problem solvers? A wild crow solves a puzzle in 8 parts

A short stick, a long stick, and a few stones — all a bit difficult to get to — will help illuminate just how clever wild crows can be, especially when these tools need to be used...

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