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Save the salamanders, unsung heroes of the forest

In an effort to avoid a "salamandergeddon" in the United States, the extinction of entire species of salamanders and other amphibians by a fungal disease known as Bsal, the U.S. banned the import of more than 200 spec...

The 12 Days of Evolution – It’s Okay to Be Smart

Joe Hanson of It's Okay To Be Smart celebrates the diversity of life with 12 days of videos dedicated to explaining evolution and natural selection. Above: What is evolution, anyway? From Berkeley’s Understanding ...

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...

Why is biodiversity so important? – TED Ed

Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term we use for the variety of animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and other intertwined life forms within any ecosystem... "from towering redwood trees to tiny, sing...

Millipedes – The First Land Animals – The Brain Scoop

Famous for their many legs, millipedes are arthropods that date back more than 420 million years. As detritivores, their vegetarian diet of leaf litter and other organic matter helps to keep our ecosystems in balance ...

The Unlikely Tale of a Tenacious Snail – Science Friday

Not seen or collected for science since 1933, the oblong rocksnail of Alabama's Cahaba River was declared extinct in 2000. In 2011, biology grad student Nathan Whelan took a second look at a tiny rock he had picked up...

Chameleons are Amazing – National Geographic

We've enjoyed quite a few chameleon videos, but this National Geographic video is not only full of fascinating information, it's visually stunning. From how they shoot their tongues like arrows to catch bugs, to how t...

This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, zebra-striped, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the...

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...

Four jellies that diffract rainbow light like iridescent spaceships

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a brilliant YouTube channel for viewing all sorts of beautiful and hard-to-believe creatures. A case in point: these four jellies. Above, The Lobed Comb Jelly, who looks like it's shimmering ...

Expressive faces and sticking power – The Lumpsucker Fish

Lumpsuckers or lumpfish are coldwater fish that live in the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans. There are over two dozen species of them, but a few of the smaller kinds appear to have Ponyo-like faces, e...

Help your local honey bees: Plant a bee-friendly garden

Pollinators like the honey bee are a huge part of how our food grows, but recently, honey bee populations have been in decline due to what scientists believe might be a mix of pesticide and fungicide use, pathogens, p...

The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters – Deep Look

Sea otters are creatures who live in water that's far too cold for their bodies. There are other animals, like whales and sea lions, that are insulated from the cold by blubber, a layer of fat under their skin, but as...

The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas

Have you ever watched an ant walk up a wall? Have you seen one upside down on a ledge while carrying something? How do insect feet stick like that?! Get a very close look at the minuscule foot anatomy of ants and cock...

Foraging Seaweed: Harvesting a French Coastal Superfood

Cristelle Maine walks along the rocky beaches of Brittany, France during the low tides to harvest a French coastal superfood: seaweed. In this Foodie video, she forages for fresh algae blades, explaining (in French wi...

ScienceTake: Tagging Tiny Turtle Hatchlings

When sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their sand-covered eggs and scurry quickly toward the ocean, we know that, if they're lucky enough to avoid predators, they're helped forward on their journeys by the ocean curre...

Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of vibrantly-colored coral camouflage

The vibrant colors of thumbnail-sized Pygmy Seahorses have always been aligned with the brilliant oranges or purples of the Gorgonian sea fan corals that they're found camouflaged with, but until biologists at San Fra...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

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