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Sara Berman’s Closet

"And here we are, in the midst of elaborate trappings, of elaborate lives: An illumination of how important a modest life can be. This closet, all lined up with military precision and loving care, represents the unend...

Unmasking the Secrets That Ancient Mummies Hold

For more than a century, archaeologists have dismantled mummy coffins, also known as cartonnage, in a hunt for literary treasure. In ancient Egypt, undertakers entombed the departed middle-class in sheets of papyrus t...

The Dipped Painting Project by Oliver Jeffers

From children's book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, a project that explores memory and loss in a mix of art and experience: The Dipped Painting Project. In November of 2014 I began the first of a series of ...

Ma’agalim, Jane Bordeaux, & journeys inside an old penny arcade

"In a forgotten old penny arcade a wooden doll is stuck in place and time." This is Ma'agalim (Circles), a beautifully animated music video by Tel Aviv-based band Jane Bordeaux and director Uri Lotan.

Wim van Egmond’s award-winning microscopic videos

Winning first place in Nikon's 2015 Small Worlds in Motion competition, this is a Trachelius ciliate feeding on a Campanella ciliate -- "a classic life and death struggle played out in miniature" -- captured by Wim va...

Dia de los Muertos – An animated journey to the land of the dead

Dia de los Muertos, the 2013 story of a little girl who learns the true meaning of the Day of the Dead -- remembering and celebrating loved ones who have died. The animation is a Ringling College of Art and Design stu...

Antarctica’s Ice Formations: Volcanic ice caves & undersea brinicles

The caves of Mount Erebus, Antarctica's only active volcano, hide fragile and sparkling secrets: spectacular ice stalagmites, stalactites, shards, and feather-like crystals that form from the volcanic steam and gases ...

Dead stuff – The secret ingredient in our food chain

When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nouri...

ScienceTake: A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

Marine scientists previously suspected that dead jellyfish were not a preferred choice of food for ocean floor scavengers, but a recently-recorded test using Helmet and Lion’s Mane jellyfish has prompted a rethinking ...

The Animal That Wouldn’t Die: The Hydra

Just a few millimeters long and full of embryonic cells, the hydra is a small and mysterious cnidarian polyp that seems to defy mortality. Skunk Bear's Adam Cole and Robert Krulwich team up to tell the amazing tale of...

Feedback loops – How nature gets its rhythms

A grasshopper eats grass, a rat can eat the grasshopper, a snake may eat the rat, and a hawk will eat the snake. When these food chains interweave, they create a food web. Plants and animals (including humans) live, e...

We Are Dead Stars – Dr. Michelle Thaller

We are dead stars. Everything we are – the iron in our blood, every element we've ever heard of – is made from a star, a dust cloud collapsing under the force of gravity. Astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller si...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939)

"Poet of animation" Norman McLaren’s Spook Sport (1939), set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre (1874), which has a fascinating back story: It started out in 1872 as an art song for voice and piano with a French t...

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle by wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver. Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their b...

Anatomy of Preservation: From a Specimen to an Object of Study

How do zoologists learn about the anatomy of different animals? And how do they display these specimens in the museums for us to observe and learn from? Watch the detailed deconstruction and reconstruction of a Jamaic...

Premier Automne by Je Regarde

Premier Automne, a short film by French studio Je Regarde, is beautiful and emotional journey that explores nature’s balance: life, death, and the seasons. Abel and his skeleton puppies live in an eternal winte...

The Cloudy Dog Talks About…

Asami Ike on the passage of time, and on the devotion and love that dogs feel and bring into the lives of their humans. Dogs are all end up to be a dusty dog. Dogs’ dust consists of pride of themselves and that of ...

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