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How USGS scientists monitor Kilauea Volcano’s ongoing eruptions

On the Big Island of Hawaii, Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt. For U.S. Geological Survey scientists like volcanologist Dr. Alexa Van Eaton, the event is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn as much...

The Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, a new species

The Vogelkop superb bird-of-paradise may look like the Superb Bird-of-Paradise, the hopping black bird with iridescent blue 'eyes' and a 'mouth' in its outspread wings, but the Vogelkop has recently been named as a se...

Transforming Human Poop Into Eco-Friendly Fertilizer

Everyone poops. But not everyone around the globe has access to a clean toilet. Some communities in Haiti have set up a clean and healthy sanitation system that can also provide a homegrown resource for boosting food ...

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 These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses?

Though they might look unusual to humans, proboscis monkeys are well-adapted to their tree-dwelling life in the mangrove swamps of Borneo. Their large fleshy noses are thought to create a resonating chamber for their ...

Moko Jumbie On 9-Foot Stilts & J.B.-style Skating – Dance in the Real World

Stilt-walking high above the street in Trinidad, Jonadiah Gonzales makes moko jumbie moves look easy. The feats come from practice. He and fellow dancers Adrian Young and Stephanie Kanhai teach and perform their Carni...

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, The Birth of a New Island

In late December 2014 into early 2015, a submarine volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga erupted, sending a violent stream of steam, ash and rock into the air. When the ash finally settled in January 2015, a n...

Sounding Shetland’s recently restored Sumburgh Head Foghorn

See what it takes to sound the foghorn at Sumburgh Lighthouse on Shetland Island in Scotland. In the video above, lighthouse engineer Brian Johnson starts up the three Diesel Kelvin engines, powering the compressors t...

How to Make a Navigational Chart

Called Mattangs, Medos, and Rebbelibs, these ancient stick charts were made from the midribs of coconut fronds by the master navigators of what's now known as the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. The intersections of s...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

A giant iceberg runs aground in Newfoundland’s Iceberg Alley

This iceberg is the first iceberg of the season to float by Ferryland, a small village in Newfoundland... and then it became stuck. Rising above the water by 15 stories and descending into the depths by an unknown amo...

Humphead parrotfish poop helps create new island beaches

How can a hungry school of fish help to create a thriving reef island? In this clip from the BBC's The Blue Planet, neon-colored Humphead Parrotfish crunch rocks and hard corals alike as they forage for coralline alga...

Hawaii – The Pace of Formation

The Kilauea Volcano's continued flow of lava into the ocean is one of the few places in the world to provide a front row seat of an island's formation. The Big Island is literally changing before your eyes. This vast ...

Meet The Team Protecting Costa Rica’s Sea Turtle Mecca

Nearly all species of sea turtles are endangered, but Tortuguero, a small island on the eastern coast of Costa Rica, offers a safe place for nesting green and leatherback sea turtles. It was here in 1959 that Dr. Arch...

The Big Cloth (An Clò-Mòr): Weaving Harris Tweed

On the Island of Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, over 170 freelance weavers weave Harris Tweed. It's the only cloth protected by an Act of Parliament, the Harris Tweed Act 1993, which states that to ...

A record-breaking firework ball explodes over Zurrieq, Malta

A record-breaking petard, known as the 'ballun tal-blalen', was exploded over the southern village... The 260kg petard was 2.97 metres wide and was created by Manwel Gauci from the Santa Katarina V.M. fireworks club o...

A pygmy three-toed sloth swims & snow leopards send messages

From the BBC's new Planet Earth II series with Sir David Attenborough, two unique clips of solitary animals: On Panama's Isla Escudo de Veraguas, a pygmy three-toed sloth swims to find a mate in the mangrove trees. ...

Slingshots of the Oceanic

There are many ways of moving through the Universe – of traveling from one point to another over great, even extraordinary distances. There is also a way of using the world for your own ends: taking advantage of slope...

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