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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...

Crackling ice stacking on the shore of Lake Superior

On the Brighton Beach shore of the largest Great Lake -- Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota -- photographer Dawn M. LaPointe captured a stunning natural phenomenon: ice stacking. With the wind blowing during 8°F (-22°...

Hundreds of sheep move across New Zealand’s grasslands

Aerial photographer Tim Whittaker recently captured hundreds, perhaps thousands, of sheep as they were herded from one paddock to the next in Rangitikei, New Zealand. Watch from a drone's eye view as the sheep react i...

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Horned Owl Live Cam

New favorite thing: Watching a Great Horned Owl sitting on her nest (and two eggs) on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds Great Horned Owl webcam. Formerly an eagle cam, the owl cam is located in Savannah...

Building a hexagon-shaped treehouse, a time lapse

From jack-of-all-trades Ethan Schlussler, who began building hexagon-shaped treehouses -- his own design -- because he wanted to have a space of his own outside of his mother’s house, watch this time lapse video of hi...

The Great Stalacpipe Organ deep in Luray Caverns

Not far from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, deep in the damp Luray Caverns, is a giant lithophone -- a pipeless organ that strikes 37 stalactites with solenoid-actuated rubber mallets in order to produce 37 beau...

Fine Feathers (1968) – Evelyn Lambart

From Evelyn Lambart, renowned Canadian animator and technical director with the National Film Board of Canada, this is Fine Feathers, a 1968 cut paper animation about two rival birds that trade their plumage for green...

Spine of the South, time lapse from Ecuador to Patagonia

Travel the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes, via this time lapse compilation video by photographer Eric Hanson. Taking several hundred thousand photos during his seven month trip along South America's An...

These Crazy Cute Baby Turtles Want Their Lake Back

Follow these baby western pond turtles, who are being fattened up and well-cared for at both the San Francisco Zoo and Oakland Zoo, to their new home in the Presidio's Mountain Lake. Once polluted, the lake has been r...

Ashima Shiraishi, one of the best rock climbers in the world

A veteran rock climber at just 14 years old -- she started scaling boulders at the age of six -- New Yorker Ashima Shiraishi is considered to be one of the strongest and most talented climbers on the planet. The N...