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Melting backwards: Frozen

Frozen by Maxim & Katia Mezentsev, with music by Nebulo, could probably continue for another minute. Not only is it fun to watch, but it’s an interesting DIY project: freeze objects in blocks of i...

ScienceTake: What Makes Ticks Stick? A Mouth Like a Ratchet

From the NYTimes’ Science Take, watch the fascinating details of how a tick (a European wood tick in this case) sticks so effectively in skin: its mouth works like a ratchet.

Spider attack

Enjoy this internet classic: Spider attack. A spider runs circles around its prey, an ant, to tie it up in webbing. Fascinating… and then surprising. In the archives: the wonder of spiders. Also, ants have had ...

Why Do I Study Physics? by Xiangjun Shi

"Physics told me some crazy stuff. Say, I’m not just sitting here doing nothing. I’m actually fighting against Earth’s gravity. And I’m not sitting still. I’m spinning at a thousand miles...

A Moose Name Madeline: Symbiosis with a beaver

A young moose and a beaver live side by side in this clip from the BBC documentary A Moose Name Madeline. In the archives: more animals and a few symbiotic friendships.

Polar Bears Eat Goose Eggs

Polar Bears Eat Goose Eggs in the Arctic’s summer months, but now scientists are studying how melting sea ice might affect the bears’ eating habits in the years to come. Will more eggs be on their menu? U...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

The Face From Space: WISH, an 11 acre portrait of a girl

Made by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada for the Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival in Belfast, Ireland, this is WISH, an 11 acre portrait of a girl. It’s been nick...

Weaver Birds design and build intricate nests

Narrated by David Attenborough, watch these Weaver Birds, or Ploceidae, design and build intricate nests to woo mates. They start with a simple knot, and then it’s all about experience, c...

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle

Alaska: The Nutrient Cycle by wildlife filmmaker Paul Klaver. Once they enter fresh water chum salmon stop feeding and morph into an aggressive creature intent only on mating. After spawning, they die and their b...

Behind the scenes: Red crab migration on Christmas Island

The daring 5-mile (8-kilometer) migration of Christmas Island’s adult red crabs begins with the wet season’s arrival in October or November. The crabs’ goal: move from the forest to the beaches en ma...

The mating dance of the male Victoria’s Riflebird

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds of Paradise project, watch this recently uploaded clip of a Victoria’s Riflebird male performing a mating dance for an interested female....

Mongolian horsemen herd wild horses

From BBC’s Human Planet, watch Mongolian horsemen herd wild horses in order to first catch foals, and then wild mares for their milk. Mongolia’s 2.4 million people are semi-nomadi...

TED Ed: Bird migration, a perilous journey

From TED Ed, a lesson by educator Alyssa Klavans: Bird migration, a perilous journey, as well as the ways that we can help make it less perilous.

An underwater photographer swims in Palau’s Jellyfish Lake

Underwater photographer Sarosh Jacob swims in Palau’s Jellyfish Lake. Next, watch Great Migrations: Jellyfish Lake.

The Biggest Organism on Earth

If the blue whale is the biggest animal on Earth, and a Sequoia redwood tree is the tallest tree, what are the heaviest or most widespread organisms that explorers and scientists have ever found? MinuteEarth explains ...

Gross Science: Carnivorous Plants and Killer Ants

In this episode of NOVA’s Gross Science, Anna Rothschild introduces us to the carnivorous fanged pitcher plant (Nepenthes Bicalcarata) that preys on unsuspecting insects, but has a special relationship with one parti...

Take a ride on an eagle’s back

Take a ride on an eagle’s back (with the help of a small camera) over Chamonix, France in the Rhone-Alpes.