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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...

Human tower-building competition: 2012 Concurs de Castells

From the 2012 Concurs de Castells, a human tower-building competition in Tarragona, Spain, watch this video by photographer David Oliete. David also took photos: A long tradition...

The World Wildlife Fund: We Are All Connected

What do we have in common with wildlife? What do we share with nature and the landscapes of our Earth? From the World Wildlife Fund: We Are All Connected. via Most Watched Today.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Most Astounding Fact

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer. ...

The Sagan Series: The Gift of Apollo

The Sagan Series, the last of Reid Gower's The one above is called The Gift of Apollo.

NASA: We Are the Explorers

Why do we explore? Simply, it is part of who we are, something we’ve done throughout history. NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” looks at that tradition of reach...

Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree

Back in 1964, Shel Silverstein wrote The Giving Tree, a widely loved children’s book written now translated into more than 30 languages. It’s a story about the human condition, about giving and receiving, using an...

The Sagan Series: The Frontier Is Everywhere

This is not a NASA video. It’s a fan-made video by Reid Gower, who wanted to illustrate how NASA could better-communicate their mission through social media:  In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have fo...