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Minute Earth: Why Do Rivers Curve?

"...All it takes to turn a straight stretch of river into a bendy one, is a little disturbance and a lot of time, and in nature there's plenty of both." In this Minute Earth episode, narrated by science writer Emily E...

First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

Mesmerizing flight visualizations over 24 hour periods

The above air traffic visualization shows the incredible amount of planes coming and going from European airspace over the course of one summer day. It was created by NATS, an air traffic control services provider, an...

Explore the Polar Bear Capital of the World

Using 360-degree cameras to document the landscape and polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, teams at Google Maps, Earth Outreach, and Polar Bears International have made it possible for...

TED Ed: The Pangaea Pop-up

This papercraft pop-up book illustrates how South America and Africa used to be connected, how the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart 200 million years ago, how the Earth's seven primary tecto...

Mars Express: a topographic model of Mars

We can now “fly over” topographically accurate landscapes of Mars thanks to Mars Express, the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to explore the red planet. Launched in June 2003...

Antarctica: An animated map of the bedrock beneath

What is beneath the world’s largest ice sheet? Compiled by the British Antarctic Survey and made from “millions of new measurements, including substantial data sets from NASA’s ICESat satellite and ...

Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr

Via jtotheizzoe, watch Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr, a beautifully shot film that shows the insect’s unique 17-year life cycle in detail. With soil temperatures along the Eas...

Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea

In this Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea, watch Kathy Ann Miller, PhD, curator of the University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley, as she shares the wide variety of seaweeds ...

Fate adrift: Max Mulhern’s Aqua Dice

The New York Times’ video profile of Max Mulhern’s “Aqua Dice” shows how the artist’s love for the sea and his interest in unknown outcomes came together into one project. Fate adrift,...

Tour all six NASA spacecraft to reach the Red Planet

With topography data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, this 30 second video of Mars shows all six NASA spacecraft to reach the Red Planet: Viking 1, Viking 2, Pathfinder, Spiri...

PBS Off Book series: Typography

Type is everywhere. Every print publication, website, movie, advertisement and public message involves the creation or selection of a fitting typeface. Online, a rich and artistic typograph...

The Bolshoi Simulation (2011)

The Bolshoi Simulation is the most accurate large-scale visualization/ simulation of the universe that exists (2011). It’s mapped everything that we know of, and a lot of what we don’...