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What makes that fresh rain smell? MIT films rain drops to find out

Why do we smell that fresh earthy scent before and/or after it rains? With high-speed cameras, MIT researchers have filmed rain drops, and believe that the footage explains petrichor, the "pleasant smell that frequent...

AMNH: Shelf Life – Six Ways To Prepare a Coelacanth

The Coelacanth, pronounced see-luh-kanth, is a prehistoric-looking fish that scientists thought had gone extinct 66 to 80 million years ago, until one was discovered in a fisherman's haul near the Chalumna River by So...

Wonders in the Sky: A murmuration of starlings in slow motion

When a seemingly-delicate, shimmering flock of starlings moves like a cloud of living smoke in the sky, it's called a murmuration. The video above, filmed in in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Alpaca Media, is a beautiful...

It’s Watermelon Time: Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal

What's more fun than running around the English countryside in a costume? How about running around the English countryside in a watermelon costume? This is Watermelon by Tom Rosenthal, an ode to a wonderful fruit and ...

The Ring of Truth: Two Hydrogen Atoms & One Oxygen Atom

Possibly the most well-known scientific formula on the planet, H2O is one of those terms that we see around all the time. We know that H2O means water, and that a water molecule is composed of two hydrogen (H) atoms &...

How Does It Grow? Apples

Before watching this video, we thought that planting a Gala apple seed would grow a Gala apple tree that would produce Gala apples. Perhaps not! In this episode of How Does It Grow?, we get to see the rather surprisin...

Volcanic Eruptions 101: How It Happens

How do volcanos work? From explosive eruptions to creeping lava flows, this NYT video explains the anatomy of a volcano, and how the unseen underground variables can make it difficult to know how a volcano might behav...

British birds created with LEGO (and made an official set)

Originally hand-crafted with bricks from a wide variety of LEGO sets, LEGO fan and bird enthusiast Thomas Poulsom pieced together a series of beautiful British birds as a tribute to the natural world that he wants to ...

Bioluminescent forest: Nature reimagined with projection mapping

How might you imagine small forest creatures and plants looking if they were bioluminescent? Which animals and plants would you pick to glow, and what patterns and colors would you design for them? Artists Friedri...

Cambridge Ideas: The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches

Have you ever watched an ant walk up a wall? Have you seen one upside down on a ledge while carrying something? How do insect feet stick like that?! Get a very close look at the minuscule foot anatomy of ants and cock...

AMNH: Shelf Life – Turtles and Taxonomy

The science of classification, specifically the biological taxonomy of organisms, organizes how humans see and study the life that surrounds us. For museum-goers, observing a turtle skull, seaweed leaves, or a cabinet...

Antarctica’s Ice Formations: Volcanic ice caves & undersea brinicles

The caves of Mount Erebus, Antarctica's only active volcano, hide fragile and sparkling secrets: spectacular ice stalagmites, stalactites, shards, and feather-like crystals that form from the volcanic steam and gases ...

Ocean sponges have incredible filtering power

Ocean sponges are fascinating multi-cellular animals that don't walk or swim. They eat by filter-feeding, straining the water around them to capture organic debris particles and microscopic life forms. How powerfu...

Among the stone pile nests of Gentoo Penguins

Watch and listen as these Gentoo Penguins breed, feed, and waddle among their stone pile nests in colonies around the sub-Antarctic islands. Gentoo females lay two eggs, and both parents share nest and offspring care....

Alaskan Kayaking Adventure: New Lives in the Wild

Paddle out to a glacier with locals Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick to witness Alaska's majesty by kayak in this clip from Ben Fogle's New Lives In The Wild, a BBC show about people who have chosen to move to more...

Wangari Maathai: “I will be a hummingbird”

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's rights advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai in this clip from Dirt! The Movie: We are co...

Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain

When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nouri...

Baby Bat Burritos at the Australian Bat Clinic

This is just some of what the Australian Bat Clinic does to care for orphaned baby bats: feeding, grooming, attending to their medical needs, and making them feel warm and safe by wrapping them like a ridiculously cut...