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Plastics 101: What is plastic and how is it made?

Once a completely natural product, much of today's plastic is man-made and largely dependent upon fossil fuels. From polymers to nurdles, learn how plastic is created and what we can do to slow the lasting repercussio...

Rafflesia kerrii, the world’s largest, smelliest flower?!

Take a walk in the rainforest of Thailand's Khao Sok National Park with Maddie Moate and Greg Foot. They're on the lookout for Rafflesia kerrii, one of the world's largest, smelliest flowers. It's also a rare flow...

The Very Hungry Maggot: How larva farming can help reduce food waste

How are maggots like waves in an ocean? How are they like puppies? In this fascinating Macroscope video from Science Friday, The Very Hungry Maggot, we meet David Hu, a mechanical engineering professor who's studying ...

Nature’s Masters Of Disguise – Maddie About Science

Go behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History with arachnologist Hannah Wood and Maddie About Science host Maddie Sofia to see the mimics of the museum's collection. Atlas moths, stick bugs, leaf i...

A simple way to tell insects apart: Look at their mouthparts

There are nearly a million known insect species in the world, but most have one of just five common types of mouthparts. Why is this information useful to scientists? Anika Hazra explains how the features of an insect...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Only Slightly Exaggerated, a Studio Ghibli-style animation for Travel Oregon

Scored by the Oregon Symphony, Only Slightly Exaggerated is a fantastical tourism commercial created for Travel Oregon by Portland-based advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy. The video celebrates the state’s magi...

Go Into the Heart of a Kaleidoscope of Monarch Butterflies

Before monarch butterfly conservation became a focus in Mexico, the monarchs that gather in the mountainous forests of Michoacán were considered a plague or an infestation. Second generation Monarch Butterfly Biospher...

Peru’s rare Black Beauty Stick Insect

This is the black beauty stick insect, a rare species only found in a tiny 12-acre area high in the mountains of northern Peru. Only discovered in 2005, not much is known about these insects, but they are believed to ...

The spiral nest architecture of Australia’s stingless sugarbag bee

The Australian native stingless bee Tetragonula carbonaria, commonly called the sugarbag bee, is the only known species to build their hexagonal honeycombs in a spiral pattern. In this clip, entomologist and ex-CSIRO ...

Photographing the Real Life of Bees, behind-the-scenes with Anand Varma

We've watched lots of bee videos, we see bees in our garden, we read about bees in childhood stories. With all of that, it can be easy to think that we know all about honey bees. How can we think of bees in a way that...

Visiting the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca

Tens of millions of overwintering monarch butterflies can be found covering the tall pine and oyamel trees at the Reserva de la Biósfera Santuario Mariposa Monarca, the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heri...

This giant plant looks like raw meat and smells like dead rat

This gigantic flower, native to western Sumatra and infamous for smelling like something rotten, is the corpse flower or titan arum, and it's not really a single flower. The flowers are at the base of the tall spadix ...

How Do Tropical Rainforests Make Clouds?

What is a tropical rainforest and how do they make clouds? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot visit the world's largest indoor tropical rainforest at The Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom. There, while crossing the pro...

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

Among living things, the color blue is oddly rare. Blue rocks, blue sky, blue water, sure. But blue animals? They are few and far between. And the ones that do make blue? They make it in some very strange and special ...

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

Why do animals form swarms?

When many individual organisms come together and move as one entity, that’s a swarm. From a handful of birds to billions of insects, swarms can be almost any size. They have no leader, and members interact only with t...

How sand swimming shovel-snouted lizards stay cool in the Namib Desert

Endemic to the Namib Desert, shovel-snouted lizards (Meroles anchietae) have learned how to survive in extreme conditions. They are fast, able to run at over 91.5 cm/3 feet per second. When they rest, they must carefu...

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