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Earth’s History Plays Out On A Football Field

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. How can we comprehend such a massive amount of time? Skunk Bear's Adam Cole sets out to answer this question by using the 100 yard length of a football field to help us visualize ou...

Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’

From American astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan, inspired by the Voyager 1 photo of Earth taken on February 14, 1990: The Pale Blue Dot, written in 1994 and featured in 'Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey' (...

Behold the Human Towers of Catalonia

From Great Big Story, a very tall story — 9 to 10 tiers and nearly 15.4 meters or 50 feet high — from Tarragona, Spain where thousands of people gather for an incredible contest of strength, focus, and teamwork. Behol...

Behind-the-scenes with Terra Bella’s satellites

What might we learn if we could observe the patterns in humanity's mass activities -- mining, clear cutting, ships moving through ports, erupting volcanoes, ground conflicts, etc -- over time? What if we could do that...

How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity – Kurzgesagt

Is there a border we will never cross? Are there places we will never be able to reach, no matter how hard we try? It turns out there are. Even with science fiction technology, we are trapped in our pocket of the univ...

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

Animated Life: Mary Leakey & the Laetoli footprints

Forty years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania, an elephant dung fight between a couple of paleoanthropologists led to a discovery: a fossilized animal print, at least 3.6 million years old. But the site had an even bigger surp...

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...

The Door – A poem by Miroslav Holub

From filmmakers Enrique Serrano and Ricardo Serrano, this is The Door, a poem by Czech poet and immunologist Miroslav Holub. Go and open the door. Maybe outside there’s a tree, or a wood, a garden, or a magic city....

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...

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...

The Story of Jane Goodall and Her Chimps (2010)

When Jane Goodall was a little girl in the 1930s, she was given a chimpanzee stuffed animal. A constant companion, it and the books she read (Dr. Dolittle and Tarzan novels) fueled her love for both chimps and the Afr...

Wangari Maathai – “I will be a hummingbird”

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's rights advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai in this clip from Dirt! The Movie: We are co...

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 ...

Anthropomorphism in Robots

The Verge reports on Anthropomorphism in Robots at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show). Anthropomorphism, or personification, occurs when inanimate objects, animals, or thing...

Ancient Ancestors Come to Life at the Smithsonian

"The human story is really nothing short of the story of a little corner of the universe becoming aware of itself." From National Geographic, paleo-artist John Gurche creates realistic huma...

Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s Cosmic Calendar

Imagine that the age of the universe, 13.82 billion years, is compressed into only one year. Carl Sagan explains this idea (using 15 billion years as his example) in a clip from his 1980 television series, Cosmos: A ...

Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, animated

Pale Blue Dot, a 2-D animation by London-based studio ORDER. A visual response to Carl Sagan’s famed ‘PaleBlue Dot‘ piece where he muses on our planet’s appearance in a photograph taken b...

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