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How do batteries work?

If you've ever used a flashlight, or changed the channel with a remote control, if you've ever recharged your electric car, or if you're reading this on a smart device, then you know how useful batteries can be. But h...

The Hubble Space Telescope Reflects the Cosmos

"When the Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, NASA called it the greatest advance in astronomy since Galileo. Instead, within days it became a laughing stock. Hubble had an ei...

Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Where did the oil go?

In April of 2010, a BP Deepwater Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, killing eleven workers and unleashing an unprecedented amount of sticky black crude into the gulf waters, beaches, wetlands, and surrounding eco...

Reading Rainbow: LeVar Burton visits the Grand Canyon

Take a video field trip to the Grand Canyon with LeVar Burton and Reading Rainbow as he explores the canyon's history, early inhabitants, and its original formation. The views are incredible from a boat on the Colorad...

Driving the newly restored 1910 Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’

Spewing exhaust, sparks, and flames, this 1910 Fiat S76 was unofficially the fastest car that existed in 1911. It definitely looks fast... and sounds loud. The vehicle was recently restored by owner Duncan Pittaway, a...

Trek the Himalayan mountains & hear stories from Khumbu, Nepal

This commercial from Google Maps is beautifully filmed, showcasing the mountains of Khumbu, Nepal and the Sherpa people who live there. The Khumbu region of Nepal is at the base of Mt. Everest, known as Sagarmāthā or ...

A Briefer History of Time: How tech changes us in unexpected ways

Have you ever gone camping where you wake and sleep with the sun and moon? Have you played outside all morning, only coming in when you get hungry for lunch? What was life like before we could measure time? How have c...

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle Restoration at MSI Chicago

This huge fairy castle, a doll house made from 200 exacting components that can be packaged into shipping crates for touring, has been at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry since 1949. In 2014, the structure...

Animated Life: Pangea – The story of Alfred Wegener

Sometimes scientists spend their time riding in a hot air balloon, driving a dog sled, hunting seals, traveling on Greenland ice masses, flying box kites in the cold arctic evenings, and thinking about jigsaw puzzles ...

XCAR Films: How to drive the Ford Model T

"At one point, over half the cars in the U.S. were Model Ts. They were used for business, for pleasure, for everything really. Even in World War I, they were praised for their abilities. Ford's dream of freeing farmer...

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembered

Above, MLK, Jr. Remembered, a starter video from National Geographic about Dr. King's efforts in leading the equal rights movement forward for all American people, regardless of race, color, or creed. Below, Martin...

Mysteries of Vernacular: Ukulele

How did a small four-string guitar that was not invented in Hawaii end up with a Hawaiian name that means Jumping Flea? Let's go back to the 19th century when Portuguese travelers brought a braguinha to Hawaii. Jessic...

Deep Look: The Amazing Life of Sand

There’s a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boul...

The Great Pyramid of Giza was bright white & highly polished

Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza used to look very different from the way it does now. When it was first completed around 2560–2540 BC, the pyramid's original external walls of Tura limestone casing stones were sanded sm...

Flying a quadcopter above Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

High above Watts, Los Angeles, a quadcopter flies around Watts Towers, filmed by YouTuber PC3DM. Music: Now by Ernie Watts (no relation). For over 30 years, Italian-American construction worker and outsider artist...

Combat demonstrations in fifteenth century suits of armor

From Le Figaro, Le combat en armure au XVe siècle, in which two people demonstrate what it was like to battle in 15th century suits of armor. The combat was staged with reproductions for Le Musée National du Moyen-Âge...

Mysteries of vernacular: Pants

Where does the word 'pants' come from? The journey of this word throughout history begins with the 4th Century Roman Saint Pantaleon and is now used to refer to any clothing with two separate tubes that are meant to c...

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...

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