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How sand swimming shovel-snouted lizards stay cool in the Namib Desert

Endemic to the Namib Desert, shovel-snouted lizards (Meroles anchietae) have learned how to survive in extreme conditions. They are fast, able to run at over 91.5 cm/3 feet per second. When they rest, they must carefu...

Catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage

Along the foggy coasts of Peru, where millions of people don't have access to clean water, Abel Cruz Gutiérrez helps catch 200 to 350 liters (around 50 to 100 gallons) of water per day with each 'fog catcher' he sets ...

The ferocious predatory dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara

In Cretaceous times (around 100 million years ago), North Africa was home to a huge river system and a bizarre menagerie of giant prehistoric predators -- including the Spinosaurus, a dinosaur even more fearsome than ...

The Arctic vs. the Antarctic

If you're first learning about them, the Arctic and the Antarctic might be a bit confusing. Which one is which? Where are the penguins and where are the polar bears? Which is made of melting ice and which is a desert?...

Animals drinking water, captured by an underwater bucket cam

Who might you find drinking from a water bucket in the desert heat of southwest Texas? John Wells of The Field Lab, an experiment in sustainable off-the-grid living, found bees, birds, chickens, and other animal faces...

Swarm Of Locusts Devour Everything In Their Path

Behold this incredible footage of a desert locust swarm, captured for the BBC's Planet Earth and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Some background from Wikipedia sets the stage: Plagues of desert locusts have t...

Building a Volcano-bot | How She Works

Volcanologist Carolyn Parcheta builds and tests Volcano bots, sturdy and compact robots that can explore inside volcanoes. Her team is developing these two-wheeled explorers to learn more about how magma moves and how...

Dinosaur fossils uncovered on an Antarctic expedition

A team of 12 scientists recently completed an audacious fossil hunting expedition to James Ross Island in Antarctica, and returned with over one ton of marine, avian, and dinosaur fossils that are between 71 million a...

Petrified Forest National Park & how petrified wood is made

Fallen coniferous trees from 211-218 million years ago can be found scattered across the desert of eastern Arizona in the form of petrified wood. Made primarily from quartz, these geological wonders are actually fossi...

Superbloom: How Death Valley Springs to Life – Science Friday

Death Valley is the driest place in the United States and is known as the hottest place on Earth (though there are places that are hotter). On top of that, average rainfall is less than 2 inches (5 cm). How can a plac...

ALMA, a telescope so powerful it can see into the past

There’s a telescope deep in Chile’s Atacama Desert that takes pictures so massive that it requires a supercomputer as powerful as 16 million PCs to decipher the images. This is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA...

New York to San Francisco by train in five minutes

On a three day train ride across the United States -- New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California -- Brooklyn-based designer Tom Harman recorded the landscap...

Can Namib Desert beetles help us solve our drought problems?

Can we pull enough water out of the air to sustain drought-stricken places around the planet? It might help to Think Like A Tree... or a Namib Desert Beetle called the Stenocara gracilipes, who harvests water from the...

Building the solar system to scale in the Nevada desert

"Every single picture of the solar system that we ever encounter is not to scale. If you put the orbits to scale on a piece of paper, the planets become microscopic and you won't be able to see them. There is literall...

The Basics of Freshwater + Water, Water, Everywhere?

With around 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons or about 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 liters) of water on Earth, covering 71% of the Earth's surface, you'd think it would always be easy ...

Desert Fox Hunts A Lesser Jerboa – BBC’s Wild Arabia

The fennec fox is hungry. The lesser jerboa doesn't want to be eaten. How does the jerboa escape the fennec fox? This stunning chase scene from BBC's Wild Arabia showcases some powerful kangaroo legs and brilliantly e...

Flying a drone over Sudan’s 3,000 year old Nubian Pyramids

Present-day Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt does, smaller structures known as Nubian pyramids that were built by the rulers of the ancient Kushite kingdoms. The first site of these royal tombs was in El-Kurru in no...

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over Dubai – Young Feathers 4K

Jetman Yves Rossy has been flying a version of his jetpack, one of 15 variations on a carbon fiber wing-suit system powered by four Jet-Cat P200 jet engines, since 2007. He's flown over the Grand Canyon. In the 12...

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