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Why do honeybees love hexagons?

What is it about the six-sided hexagon that makes it such a perfect shape for storing honey? It's an efficient design! Just ask a bee, one of nature’s finest mathematicians, or watch this TED Ed by Zack Patterson and ...

Evidence of evolution that you can find on your body

Signs of our evolutionary history can be found in the form of vestigial structures on the human body. Watch this Vox video to help identify the evidence of evolution in yours. Some background via Wikipedia: Vestig...

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...

How did feathers evolve? – TED Ed

In this beautifully illustrated lesson from TED Ed, science writer and educator Carl Zimmer explains some answers to the question, How did feathers evolve? From his article in National Geographic: Most of us will n...

Why Do Deep Sea Creatures Look So Scary?

Why Do Deep Sea Creatures Look So Scary? Anna Rothschild of Gross Science explains how different it is at the bottom of the sea: Food can be scarce, there's tremendous ocean pressure, and it's dark. These environmenta...

Evolution – Why do dogs bark?

Wolves howl and dogs bark. So why do dogs bark File under: dogs and communication.

The Science of Skin Color – TED Ed

When ultraviolet sunlight hits our skin, it affects each of us differently. Depending on skin color, it’ll take only minutes of exposure to turn one person beetroot-pink, while another requires hours to experience the...

Illustrating the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Wall of Birds

In 2014, artist Jane Kim was commissioned to paint a mural of 270 representative bird species -- including some extinct species, a few dinosaurs, and a black caiman -- on 3,000 square feet (280 square meters) of wall ...

How do we know what color dinosaurs were?

The meat-eating microraptor was a black-feathered, four-winged dinosaur. How do we know its feathers were black? The evidence is in the microraptors' fossils. This TED Ed explains. Plus, more from Wikipedia: In Mar...

Five fingers of evolution – TED Ed

From TEDEd, there is a five finger trick for understanding and remembering the five processes — small population, non-random mating, mutations, gene flow, adaptation — that impact ...

Paleoartist John Gurche reconstructs the face of Homo naledi

Paleoartist John Gurche is known for his award-winning reconstructions of our ancient human ancestors. His process of mixing forensic accuracy with emotional realism has been featured in documentaries by National Geog...

Explaining The Tree of Life

Travel millions of years through time with Sir David Attenborough as he explains The Tree of Life. Some background on the metaphor from The New York Times: In his 1859 book “On the Origin of Species,” Charles Darw...

Thailand’s Moken people have incredibly clear underwater vision

In this extraordinary adaptation strategy, Thailand’s Moken sea gypsies can see twice as clearly underwater by controlling the size of their pupils. What was generally considered an automatic reflex for the res...

Who was the first human? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

The question “Who was the first human?” was a very popular one in our house just last year, but the evolution videos we had in the archives – even the awesome – didn’t answer ...

Emoji Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy

Have you ever found an idea in science to be confusing and said, "I wish I had some emoji around to help make this information more clear." Well, look no further because Bill Nye the Science Guy has teamed up with GE ...

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible paper puppet video by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was also C...

Are We Really 99% Chimp? – Minute Earth

When researchers decoded the chimpanzee genome in 2005, they explained that we share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees... but what does that specifically mean? This episode of MinuteEarth illustrates how that one percen...

Deep in the caves with Homo Naledi & the Rising Star Expedition

More than 1,500 individual bones and teeth of at least 15 skeletons of Homo naledi were excavated by an all-woman "underground astronaut" team during the 2013/14 Rising Star Expedition. Homo naledi is a new species in...

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