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This blue masked peacock spider is tiny & adorable

Behold Western Australia's Maratus personatus, a tiny, blue-masked, male peacock spider that is one of a diverse and rather adorable spider family. From peacock spider enthusiast Jürgen Otto: To the best of my kno...

Longhorn ‘Crazy Ants’ work erratically/cooperatively to carry loads

You never know where the inspiration to learn might come from. Take, for example, cat food pieces that appeared to "float" away from a cat's bowl... When scientist Ehud Fonio saw that longhorn 'crazy ants' -- know...

Brandon Semenuk’s unReal mountain bike ride in one 3 minute shot

In one beautifully-produced, continuous shot, professional mountain biker Brandon Semenuk bombs a freshly built track down and around some magnificent hills in Cambria, California. Semenuk's jumps, flips, twists, turn...

Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

How might robotic engineers program a swarm of robots to accomplish tasks together based on self-organizing behaviors? Harvard research scientist Michael Rubenstein was working on that challenge when he designed Kilob...

The tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruit

When artist and professor Sam Van Aken was a kid, he first saw the process of bud or chip grafting trees, adding a budding branch to a host tree so that they join together. At the time, he thought it was "Dr. Seuss an...

Slow motion lightning over South Dakota at 2,000 fps

From ZT Research's Tom A. Warner, watch this high speed video of lightning, filmed during a storm over South Dakota: My daughter got some nice high-speed camera captures of lightning while I drove. We chased a s...

Underwater Caves of the Yucatán Peninsula – Wonders of Life

In the jungles of Yucatán Peninsula, crystal clear cenotes -- from the Mayan word ts’onot meaning "sacred well" -- fuel their surrounding ecosystems with fresh water. Numbering in the thousands, these flooded sinkhole...

The Basics of Freshwater + Water, Water, Everywhere?

With around 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water on Earth, covering 71% of the Earth's surface, you'd think it would always be easy to find water we can drink. In fact, only arou...

Watch the “Salvation Fish” Transform From Animal to Candle

In the waterways of northwestern British Columbia, the small eulachon, also known as smelt, candlefish, and halimotkw or Salvation Fish, has had a long history of importance to the area's indigenous people. Thanks to ...

Echinopsis Cacti – Brilliant blooming cactus flowers in time lapse

With a name stemming from echinos, meaning prickly or spiny like a hedgehog or sea urchin, echinopsis cacti are 128 species of South American native plants that are known for their bold and brilliant blooms. Greg Kreh...

Beautiful summer nights full of fireflies and stars

Of his magical-looking evenings observing the stars, the lightning, and the glowing summer insects of Ithaca, New York, Michael Roman writes: I confess, I spent many--perhaps too many--nights this summer standing a...

A mother raccoon teaches her kit how to climb a tree

How do animal mothers teach their babies how to survive in the world? This raccoon mother has one approach for learning how to climb a tree: Grab the kit (also called a cub) and prop it up over and over again until th...

Desert Fox Hunts A Lesser Jerboa – BBC’s Wild Arabia

The fennec fox is hungry. The lesser jerboa doesn't want to be eaten. How does the jerboa escape the fennec fox? This stunning chase scene from BBC's Wild Arabia showcases some powerful kangaroo legs and brilliantly e...

Colors – A delightful visual collection by The Mercadantes

From the sun, to carrots, to the sky, to frogs, to fire engines, to grape jelly, to bubble gum, to all kinds of rainbows... Enjoy this celebration of the color (and color relationships) in our everyday lives: Colors, ...

Apotheosis – Northern Lights over Icelandic landscapes

From filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee, this is Apotheosis, a Northern Lights time lapse film featuring the landscapes of Iceland. Available in 4k, watch full screen. Via The Creator's Project: In 2015, the Earth is in ...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

Time lapse eruption videos of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano

On April 22, 2015, Chile's Calbuco Volcano interrupted its 42 year dormancy with an eruption that was filmed by video enthusiasts all around the area. Martin Heck from Timestorm Films captured the 4K time lapse above....

Exploding plants disperse their seeds with high pressure bursts

Violets, poisonous squirting cucumbers, and touch-me-nots or Impatiens capensis (not to be confused with these touch-me-nots) have an effective way of dispersing their seeds: They burst! The forceful ejection sends th...

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