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Deep Look: The Hidden Perils of Permafrost

When you put a permafrost core in a CT scanner and analyze the data, you're traveling back in time to answer important questions: What was buried deep within the frozen soil? How much of it is ice or plant matter? How...

NOVA PBS: Immunity and Vaccines Explained

Why do we get shots when visiting the doctor? How do vaccines work with our immune systems to keep us from getting sick? From NOVA PBS: Immunity and Vaccines Explained. Our bodies are bombarded by bacteria and ...

ScienceTake: How an Embryo Grows

From a single cell to a whole organism, how do animals grow into such diverse and complex creatures from their embryonic beginnings? What if we could follow and map a human's development from a single cell to the esti...

Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste

One third of food made in the world each year ends up in the trash can. How can we stop the waste by putting that food to good use? From TED Ed, learn how worms can naturally convert our organic waste — green leaves, ...

Cell vs. virus: A battle for health

From TED Ed and Shannon Stiles, Cell vs. virus: A battle for health:  All living things are made of cells. In the human body, these highly efficient units are protected by layer upon layer of defense against i...

Inside the Compost Cycle

From KQED Science, find out how San Francisco’s 600 tons of compostable waste can be transformed into a dark, nutrient-rich material that will not only feed plants to improve the quality...

Snail development time lapse: From embryo to hatching

Via skeptv, New Scientist reports on this time lapse video of snail development from embryo to hatching: Oliver Tills of Plymouth University, UK, and colleagues tracked the timing of 12 diff...

Plants and Insects Magnified Thousands of Times

German photographer Stefan Diller has made micro worlds into immense and detailed landscapes to fly over. After three years of work, he’s refined a mix of scanning electron microscope (...

Bacteria Growth, a time lapse

From medicalschool, watch this time lapse clip of how bacteria reproduce by dividing into two every 20 minutes.  Bacteria are microscopic single-cell organisms that are found in the air, ins...

BBC Knowledge Explainer: DNA

Director William Samuel and London-based studio Territory made this beautifully illustrated explainer of DNA for BBC Knowledge and Learning. Read more about their inspiration (hint!) and the B...

What does it look like underneath a lake covered with Antarctic ice?

McGill University doctoral student and scientific diver Michael Becker shares the icy underwater view in this New York Times video under Lake Untersee, Antarctica. In the blog post, he also explains the prep behind k...

Microscope video of a Bay Scallop (Argopecten irradians)

Wired Science has an incredible gallery of the Best Microscope Videos of 2012, via Nikon’s video competition. We have a few favorites: This is a Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians. (Those blue things are tiny eye...

A cell caught in the vortex created by a feeding rotifer

This is a rotifer (the Latin word meaning “wheel-bearer.”). They are “microscopic aquatic animals… found in many freshwater environments and in moist soil, where they inhabit the thin films of...