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The Wood Wide Web: How trees secretly talk to and share with each other

Trees secretly talk to each other underground. They're passing information and resources to and from each other through a network of mycorrhizal fungi—mykós means fungus and riza means root in Greek—a mat of long, thi...

Rebuilding the world’s coral reefs with coral farming

Coral are the backbone of the whole tropical ecosystem and if they disappear we’re in a lot of trouble says Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. The pseudo-farmer has spent a lot of time in the w...

The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, a new species

The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise may look like the Superb Bird-of-Paradise, the hopping black bird with iridescent blue 'eyes' and a 'mouth' in its outspread wings, but the Vogelkop has recently been named as a se...

Collecting some 350 fungi specimens in the Ecuadorian Andes

Of an estimated 3.2 million species of fungi, only some 120,000 are known to science. Most of the undescribed species reside in the tropics. In 2014, myself [Danny Newman] and a fellow mycologist, Roo Vandegrift, coll...

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

Scorpions of the Bay Area

"There are absolutely scorpions in the Bay Area, in fact, California is one of the most diverse places on Earth for scorpions. We have somewhere between four and six species of scorpions locally. The good thing is tha...

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...

How to wait for a very long time

"How to wait for a very long time is a short film about a fisherman who is obsessed with catching a certain fish. His whole life he tries to make a big haul, but just catches other fishes instead. Over time he gets fr...

Catching butterflies with the longest butterfly net in the world

Travel into the rainforest of Pimpilala, Ecuador with conservation educator and naturalist Phil Torres as he looks for butterflies with Dr. Susan Finkbeiner. As an entomologist and evolutionary biologist, she uses the...

Seagrass: Life in the Underwater Meadows

You dive down into a undersea meadow. Surrounded by blades of seagrass up to a meter tall, you begin to notice the abundant life all around. Schools of baby fish hide within the grassy maze as emerald sea slugs graze ...

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving

High up in the rainforest canopy of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, there are ants everywhere. Azteca ants—one kind of 30 different ant species that might be in a given tree—stand out because of their epic, 9 foot (2....

Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both ...

Under The Dock, a marine life series by Hakai Institute

Described as a fearsome predator on the British Columbia coast, sunflower sea stars "can grow to a diameter of one meter, and have a voracious appetite for all sorts of animals on the rocky reef." From Hakai Institute...

Predators Attack Fish Bait Ball – Blue Planet

A bait ball of frenzied anchoveta swarm in their tightly packed sphere and tornado formations to better protect themselves against the larger bonito and yellow fin tuna that are swimming nearby. The predators are hung...

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They're hidden, until they begin to develop the incredible structures with which they reproduce. Each releases millions of microscopic spores that drif...

The Fungi in Your Future: Mushroom leather, furniture, and more

Mushrooms come in a wide variety of species, they recycle dead plants which helps to create nutrient soil, and they can be turned into food, furniture, packaging, leather, and more. Enter MycoWorks, a team of engineer...

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...

The Lychen Katydid camouflages

Wildlife photographer David Weiller captured this video in Costa Rica, Cartago Province. The insect is a Lychen Katydid (Markia hystrix), camouflaging itself with color and texture along the lichen it's named after. ...

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