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Pop-up orchestra on a delayed plane

Pop-up orchestra performance on a delayed plane! Violinist Juliette Kang, violinist Daniel Han, violaist Che-Hung Chen, and cellist Yumi Kendall of The Philadelphia Orchestra were traveling from Beijing to Macao on ...

Model helicopter guided by power of thought

Science fiction stories in which pilots control spacecrafts with their minds have become less about fiction and more science. A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed the next step in thoug...

Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr

Via jtotheizzoe, watch Return of the Cicadas by Samuel Orr, a beautifully shot film that shows the insect’s unique 17-year life cycle in detail. With soil temperatures along the Eas...

KQED Quest: The Edible Insects Food Movement

Two billion people in cultures around the world include insects as a part of their diet, and there are lots of stories about it in the news right now. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizat...

BBC Life in the Undergrowth: Amazing Cicada Life Cycle

Amazing Cicada Life Cycle, presented (and bewitched) by the amazing Sir David Attenborough in this clip from the BBC’s Life in the Undergrowth. “Magicicada Brood II will make its ...

Night Wanderers: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 passing Earth (February 2013)

Night Wanderers, captured by space and time-lapse enthusiast Colin Legg. As you may have heard, the asteroid 2012 DA14 silently glided past Earth on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Observations us...

Meteorite Over Chelyabinsk, Russia Caught on a Dash Cam

…a very big meteor burned up over Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia just east of the Ural mountains, and about 1500 kilometers east of Moscow. The fireball was incredibly bright, rivaling...

The Life of the Woolly Mammoth

An almost-complete skeleton of a Mammoth has been found in an ancient Roman excavation site about 19 miles outside of Paris. It’s thought to be between 100,000 to 200,000 years old.  ...

Sesame Street: Hurricane Part 1

Sesame Street explains the hurricane to kids in an episode originally created for Hurricane Katrina and set to air again this weekend in the aftermath of Sandy. Sesame Street - Hurricane Part 1, via explore-...

Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Mission 26 The Big Endeavour. This time lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey through the streets of Los Angeles, from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center, was created by Matthew Givot ...

Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’

After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 ...

NASA: Magnificent Solar Eruption in Full HD

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, ...

Neil Armstrong’s First Steps on the Moon: CBS covers Apollo 11

Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon's surface at 10:56pm EDT, July 20, 1969. Buzz Aldrin followed him 20 minutes after. This was the CBS Television coverage, anchored by legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite. Live...

NASA TV: Curiosity has Landed

Curiosity Has Landed, the 2m24s definitive edit from NASA Television:  Get a behind the scenes look a the tension, anticipation and exhilaration experienced by scientists and engineers at NA...

A recap of Curiosity’s phenomenal landing on Mars

SCIENCE! Watching Mars Curiosity land last night was *extremely* exciting, but it was just as exciting to share it with the kid this morning. We watched two videos: the one above focuses on ...

NASA JPL: Phoning Home – Communicating from Mars

As of this post, Mars Curiosity is on her own, speeding quickly toward the planet’s surface and quickly toward its fate or future. From NPR:  Of 13 previous attempts to land space p...

Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

I thought we couldn’t get more excited about Mars Curiosity’s mission to Mars, but then we saw this popular video about the rover’s “Seven Minutes of Terror" —  th...

NASA SDO: Venus crossing in front of the sun

Did you catch the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s videos of Venus crossing in front of the sun?  On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the ...