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Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards

Barn owls have long been one of the secrets to Napa Valley’s world-class wines. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls—nature’s best pest control—to ensure that the best grapes make...

A blue whale lunges for krill

How can the largest creatures on the planet survive by almost exclusively eating some of the smallest creatures in the sea? In this video from Oregon State University, we get a very rare look at how blue whales eat ti...

Each Tree Is Its Own Adventure: Climbing giant sequoias for science

Among the planet's longest-living organisms—3,000+ years and growing—giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) can seem pretty indestructible. They're thought to be mostly disease, fire, and drought resistant thanks ...

Meet The Team Protecting Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Mecca

Nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered, but Tortuguero, a small island on the eastern coast of Costa Rica, offers a safe place for nesting green and leatherback sea turtles. It was here in 1959 that Dr. Arch...

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...

Science and survival on Continent 7: Antarctica

At -100 degrees F, you'll survive for less than 3 minutes and burn 5,000 calories a day, and boiling water can turn to snow instantly. And, at less than 1% humidity, your body will lose water just breathing. This is S...

Washed Ashore, giant animal sculptures made of found beach plastic

Creating epic animal sculptures made from plastics found on Oregon's beaches, Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project that is aiming to increase awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans and the simp...

The world’s largest ship elevator opens at China’s Three Gorges Dam

There is a massive elevator for ships built into the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang City, central China's Hubei Province. The mostly silent CCTV+ footage above shows it in action. A feat of engin...

Edible milk-based packaging, an alternative to plastic

At the grocery store, most foods — meats, breads, cheeses, snacks — come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin plastic films are not great a...

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs

If an oil rig is done producing oil, should the oil company return the ecosystem to its natural state by removing the rig? What if the 40 year old rig's underwater structure is covered with thriving marine life? T...

Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault – Veritasium

In the northernmost town on Earth, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from almost every country on our planet (including North Korea). A gene ba...

1,000 Indian Runner ducks are a smart alternative to pesticides

Not only are these 1,000 Indian Runner ducks fun to watch as they parade to work at South Africa's Vergenoegd vineyard, but their work -- eating the white dune snails that would otherwise threaten the vines -- is smar...

A submarine team discovers thousands of swarming red crabs

This spectacular swarm of red crabs was discovered in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. From whoi.edu: Jesús Pineda, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanog...

Monarch Butterflies Get Tiny Radio Trackers

How might we better understand the epic multi-generational migration of the monarch butterfly? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Martin Wikelski and monarch butterfly expert Chip Taylor are hoping to learn more ab...

How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

Though you may not see a compost bin next to the trash and recycling bins where you live, in California's Bay Area, a green bin is the norm. From those green bins, food scraps, yard waste, and the like can be transfor...

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...

How do living things change their environments?

Think about your day, from when you wake up, to where you spend your day, to your bedtime routine at night. Crash Course Kids asks, "What pieces of it are a result of human intervention? Where did these pieces come fr...

Jane Goodall inspires kids at Berkeley’s Redwood Grove

For anyone who has admiration for trailblazing primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, these highlights of her October 13, 2015 appearance at Berkeley's University of California Botanical Garden will be a ...

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