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Il Capo (The Chief): A clip from Yuri Ancanari’s 2010 documentary

At Monte Bettolgi quarry in the Apuan Alps of Northwest Italy, huge marble blocks fall like thunder. A silent conductor, the quarry boss, signals to the excavator operators using concise hand gestures as they dislodge...

Where Does New York City’s Trash Go?

We recently got a glimpse of the work inside of one of the largest sanitation departments in the world, but this The New York Times report on NYC's trash is much more in depth: If you're going to have this many pe...

Paper’s Passage: From Waste to Product by NYC Sanitation

Made from 5,902 photos by NYC Sanitation's Director of Photography Michael Anton, Paper’s Passage: From Waste to Product shows us where paper and cardboard waste goes after the New York City recycling trucks drive awa...

How Denim Jeans Are Made

Everyone has a pair or two... or a few more than that. Around 450 million pairs are sold every year, and yet their origins might not be well-known. From a humble start as sturdy work pants, to today's cotton farms, to...

Changing shifts at le Phare de Kéréon

How do lighthouse keepers switch shifts when the lighthouse isn't connected to the mainland? We've seen how the tumultuous sea can almost overtake lighthouses during a storm, but the sea can be challenging even in mor...

Time lapse at the Port of Long Beach: The Art of Stevedore

Trucks, trains, huge ships, cranes, machines, containers, and more cranes! Filmmaker Alex Hallajian recorded operations at the Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest container port in the United States, 24/7 for seven...

Meet the People Who Retrieve the Stuff You Drop On the Tracks

What happens if you drop your stuffed bunny rabbit on the tracks of the New York City Subway System? Never jump down to get it! Instead, go to the booth and tell them what and where. The booth clerk calls Rail Command...

The Putter and the art of putting together scissors

Cliff Denton is "The Putter," or more specifically he's a "a putter-togetherer of scissors." As the modern world has moved toward machine-made goods, Denton and his unique skills are working diligently at Ernest Wrigh...

The Lighthouse of La Jument

In 1989, in the midst of a raging storm off the Brittany coast, photographer Jean Guichard circled above the French lighthouse of la Jument (Le Phare de La Jument) in a helicopter, camera in hand to capture the tempes...

Fossil hunting in unexplored dinosaur country

This is what it's like to be a paleontologist out in the field, from waking at dawn's first light, to digging in the rocks, to wrapping or jacketing finds, to gathering around the campfire, exhausted and covered with ...

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Song Hero

How can you train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs? The All About Bird Biology team at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has come up with a way to visualize bird vocalizations: Bird Song Hero. Want to test...

United States Postal Service: Systems at Work

In an incredible display of high-tech machinery, USPS: Systems at Work takes us step-by-step through their assembly lines, from the Advanced Facer-Canceller System (AFCS) — capable of processing 30,000 pieces of mail ...

How to take a hyacinth macaw’s heartbeat

Listening to a hyacinth macaw's heartbeat has never been easier: Margaret, who lives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, has been trained to voluntarily let a veterinarian team give her an annual physical...

Dietary Detective: Smithsonian Scientist Briana Pobiner

From the Smithsonian video archives, paleoanthropologist Briana Pobiner explains what it’s like to be a human evolution and fossil forensics expert who is focused on the history of meat-e...

Police Horse Training

How are police horses chosen to become the highly trained and trusted steeds that they are? Via BBC Earth, watch the police horse testing and training process as conducted by the San Francisco...

Ferrari F1 pit crew: pit stop in around two seconds

Watch Ferrari’s F1 pit crew do a pit stop in around two seconds. We had to watch this multiple times so that we could figure out what each crew member’s two second task was and how t...

Berlin mural painter transforms her city through art

Mural artist Polina Soloveichik transforms spaces with her larger than life illustrations. In this Lufthansa-sponsored video, she discusses the inspiration for her work and travel. via I...

Firefighter Xochitl Hernandez – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

From Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls YouTube series: meet firefighter Xochitl Hernandez, one of 57 female firefighters in Austin Fire Department. Hernandez explains why she loves her job, and shares some of the amazin...

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