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Petrified Forest National Park & how petrified wood is made

Fallen coniferous trees from 211-218 million years ago can be found scattered across the desert of eastern Arizona in the form of petrified wood. Made primarily from quartz, these geological wonders are actually fossi...

Woven bark fiber – Primitive Technology

Working in between heavy rains over the course of a few days, the man behind Primitive Technology created mats by collecting, stripping, and weaving thin strips of bark fiber together. From his blog: It has been r...

Incredibly detailed insect portraits by Levon Biss

Assembled from between 8,000 and 10,000 images that were captured with microscope lenses, each of these meticulously lit portraits of insects is full of rich detail. Photographer Levon Biss started photographing insec...

A bumblebee dislodges pollen in slow-mo

Sonication or buzz pollination is the bumblebee's secret weapon of resonant vibration. When bumblebees (and a few other bee species) grab onto a flower and vibrate it by flying in place, securely attached pollen is di...

The ‘Bear Bathtub’ in Yellowstone National Park

There's a swimmin' hole in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park where the bears like to bathe. It's affectionately (and accurately) nicknamed the Bear Bathtub, and thanks to camera trap technology, we get to see how...

Roboraptors and the Alarm Call Network

What's one way that you might study bird calls and communication, especially around alarm calls? Try revealing a predator in the forest... but not just any kind of predator. A robo-predator. ...the researchers em­...

A submarine team discovers thousands of swarming red crabs

This spectacular swarm of red crabs was discovered in low-oxygen waters just above the seafloor at the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. From whoi.edu: Jesús Pineda, a biologist at Woods Hole Oceanog...

Cherry blossoms over Tokyo’s Meguro River by drone

Enjoy this short but tranquil bird's eye view of Tokyo, Japan's cherry blossom bloom over the Meguro River by drone, filmed by Yasunori Iwamoto. Japan is famous for its springtime sakura or cherry blossoms, as well as...

How Do Bees Make Honey?

Drinking from 1,000 flowers might be enough to fill a honey bee's stomach, but that may not be the stomach you're thinking of. Bees have two different stomachs -- one for digestion and one for nectar storage -- and wh...

Superbloom: How Death Valley Springs to Life – Science Friday

Death Valley is the driest place in the United States and is known as the hottest place on Earth (though there are places that are hotter). On top of that, average rainfall is less than 2 inches (5 cm). How can a plac...

Tour the Galápagos Islands’ new marine sanctuary

Spend two and a half minutes with the creatures flourishing in Ecuador's new Galápagos Islands marine sanctuary thanks to this footage filmed by National Geographic's Pristine Seas team. The Belgium-sized conservation...

Saving the Andean Bear, South America’s only bear species

In the diverse mountain habitats of the Andes Mountains, the Andean bear, also known as the spectacled bear because of the mask-like fur around its eyes, is the focus of multiple conservation efforts. Local government...

Monarch Butterflies Get Tiny Radio Trackers

How might we better understand the epic multi-generational migration of the monarch butterfly? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Martin Wikelski and monarch butterfly expert Chip Taylor are hoping to learn more ab...

Hummingbird hatchlings in their nest with mother Rosie

In mid-January of 2016, an Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) named Rosie laid two eggs in a nest that was quietly being observed by webcam. On February 8th, two babies hatched from their eggs. This fascinating p...

What do baby sloths sound like?

Clinging and climbing at Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, these baby sloths demonstrate their adorable squeaks. Animalist visited the sanctuary for Sloth Week in June, 2014 to interview sanctuary founder Judy Avey-Arroy...

Yosemite’s Horsetail ‘firefall’ at sunset

Filmed on February 15th, 2016, a brilliant sunset illuminates the white mist and spray of Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Fall with bright oranges and reds. Called a 'firefall', the name for this optical illusion "...

Making charcoal, baskets, & stone hatchets – Primitive Technology

In the modern world, we pick up a bag of charcoal at the market if we want our fires to start easily and get hot quickly. But what did humans from the past do when they wanted their fires to burn hot enough to, say, s...

An amazing murmuration of 70,000 starlings

In autumn and winter in the United Kingdom, giant murmurations of starlings come out at dusk and perform breathtaking aerobatics before they settle into the surrounding landscape. This undulating flock of 70,000 starl...

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