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Cauliflower: How Does it Grow?

Five million heads of cauliflower grow every year at Lakeside Organic Gardens, a family-owned farm in Watsonville, California. These flower bunches are full of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants... and they change fro...

Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom (1968)

From director Eva Szasz and the National Film Board of Canada, Cosmic Zoom (1968) is a wordless journey that attempts to demonstrate the scale of the universe. Beginning with a boy boating on the Ottawa River, we trav...

Out of the Inkwell: The Tantalizing Fly (1919)

From the Out of the Inkwell series of rotoscope-created cartoons, this is The Tantalizing Fly (1919) by animation pioneer and rotoscope inventor Max Fleischer. In addition to Koko the Clown (above), Fleischer Studios ...

The Leaf Mimic Katydid

this Leaf Mimic Katydid really commits to its ability to hide in plain sight. Filmed in the in the Ecuadorian Amazon's Yasuni National Park, it's holding as still as possible. From Krulwich Wonders: They're not c...

In A Flash: Firefly Communication

Fireflies, or lightning bugs, can make warm summer evenings feel magical, but there's more than magic going on behind their bioluminescent light show. For the 2,000 species of fireflies around the globe, their energy-...

The Magnificent Monarchs

Come along on a visit to a butterfly sanctuary near Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico, where millions of Monarch Butterflies overwinter in conifer groves. (You'll arrive about 1m10s in.) It's a seasonal pause in one of the...

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 ...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Planthopper Nymphs

Those are not flowers or snowflakes, nor are they small Easter parade hats or very tiny Komondors. These are a species of Planthopper Nymphs featured in the Smithsonian Channel's Wild Burma: Chasing Tigers, and they c...

Micromigrations: visualizing the flight paths of starlings

When this flight paths of starlings video by artist and professor Dennis Hlynsky went viral, it sparked a lot of questions for us: How did he make the visualizations? How do the starlings mov...

How It’s Made: Honey

We’ve posted quite a few videos about bees and honey — it’s one of our favorite subjects — but none have explained it start-to-finish. These two harvest videos come c...

AMNH: Building a True-to-Life Butterfly for a Habitat Diorama

The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brow...

Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers

Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers, a 10 second adventure by Wayne Unten. Music by Dave Gottlieb. via Ice Cream Hater.

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace

This incredible animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck chronicles the story of British naturalist, anthropologist, biologist, geographer, and intrepid adventurer Alfred Russel Wallace, who was als...

ScienceTake: The Incredible Physics of Ants

Are fire ants the oobleck of the animal world? The New York Times’ Science Take: The Incredible Physics of Ants looks into the fluid dynamics — yep, fluid dynamics — of these t...

ScienceTake: What Makes Ticks Stick? A Mouth Like a Ratchet

From the NYTimes’ Science Take, watch the fascinating details of how a tick (a European wood tick in this case) sticks so effectively in skin: its mouth works like a ratchet.

Spider attack

Enjoy this internet classic: Spider attack. A spider runs circles around its prey, an ant, to tie it up in webbing. Fascinating… and then surprising. In the archives: the wonder of spiders. Also, ants have had ...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

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