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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 ...

How do we know what color dinosaurs were?

The meat-eating microraptor was a black-feathered, four-winged dinosaur. How do we know its feathers were black? The evidence is in the microraptors' fossils. This TED Ed explains. Plus, more from Wikipedia: In Mar...

Macro Video of Iridescent Soap Bubbles – Stereokroma

The next time you get the opportunity to blow some soap bubbles, be sure to take a long, close look at them. Those ever-changing rainbows sliding around across the surfaces of the bubbles can be spellbinding... like a...

Four jellies that diffract rainbow light like iridescent spaceships

Monterey Bay Aquarium has a brilliant YouTube channel for viewing all sorts of beautiful and hard-to-believe creatures. A case in point: these four jellies. Above, The Lobed Comb Jelly, who looks like it's shimmering ...

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? – Deep Look

What does it mean to be blue? Let's look deep into something called structural coloration, the physics of light, and how it's possible that the Morpho butterfly's wings appear to be blue, despite their containing no b...

Breakfast with a Cassowary

What's it like to live in a tropical rainforest? In this Wild Diaries travel video, Sue Gregory explains her connection with the native wildlife and the boundless plant growth that envelops Cassowary House, her family...

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

When a peacock spider dances, how do we know that it's a really, really good dancer? From their colorful, iridescent body displays, to their wide variety of dance moves, to the different rhythms that they "sing" while...

Secrets of the iridescent & sometimes “invisible” Sea Sapphire

This is a male Sapphirina copepod or Sea Sapphire, transparent and only a few millimeters long, but attention-grabbing when they seem to emit an incredible blue flash. What causes luminous color from nothing? The R...

Unwoven Light: An iridescent net of chain link by Soo Sunny Park

Artist Soo Sunny Park's Unwoven Light, filmed by Walley Films. Seeing a Styrofoam cup stuck on a fence one day got Park thinking about the chain link’s properties of being both rigid and porous, of actin...

The Peacock Spiders of Australia

Entomologist Dr. Jürgen Otto films the Peacock Spiders of Australia, and they are super fun to watch. Though they are not well documented, there are 20 known species of these small jumping spiders. They have huge eye...

Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a beautiful brown — yes, brown — butterfly. The microscopic scales on this rainforest butterfly manipulate light, reflecting back an intense blue light that makes them appear ...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s Birds of Paradise project

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's fascinating and beautifully shot Birds of Paradise project is seriously addictive stuff. The birds-of-paradise are 39 different species of birds that live in New Guinea and the surrou...


 
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