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Solar Wind Strips Martian Atmosphere – NASA Goddard

In 2014, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) spacecraft measured the speed and direction of ions escaping from Mars. The data collected as it orbited the Red Planet is visualized in this NASA...

An octopus that makes quicksand for a quick escape

The southern sand octopus can make a quick escape by making its own quicksand. How? It shoots jets of water into the sand grains, separating them into an almost fluid state, and allowing the octopus to burrow. There u...

How to Make a Cloud in Your Mouth – Physics Girl

To make a cloud in your mouth -- yes, this is a very cool trick that actually works with practice -- you'll need to make tiny water droplets in your mouth. Then up the pressure. Physics Girl Dianna Cowern demonstrates...

One Bright Dot – From a deep sea light to a swarm of particles

"A little light rises from the deep sea." From French motion designer Clément Morin, this is One Bright Dot, the wordless yet epic journey of a swarm of particles as they speed across the landscape and beyond.

DIY Cloud Chamber – How to build your own particle detector

There's an easy way to build a particle detector for around $40. Yes, you can make your own particle detector to see invisible cosmic rays from space. In this video from US LHC at CERN -- LHC stands for Large Hadr...

Cal Academy: How to Observe a Meteor Shower

Get some blankets, find a dark hill on a dark night, make sure you've napped, and put away that smartphone. The California Academy of Sciences has some excellent tips for seeing shooting stars, more accurately known a...

NASA: Satellite Tracks Saharan Dust to Amazon in 3-D

Watch 182 million tons of dust ride the wind out of Africa's Sahara Desert in 3D, as tracked from 2007 through 2013 by lidar, thanks to CALIPSO, the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation sa...

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...

The Curiosity Show: How does a music box work?

In this clip from Australia's The Curiosity Show, science educator and co-host Deane Hutton demonstrates the basics of sound, moving air particles, and forced vibrations with a plastic comb, hacksaw blades, the metal ...

PIXELS: Video game characters invade New York City (original short)

PIXELS (2010), in which New York City is invaded by some old school 8-bit characters from an earlier generation of video games. Written and directed by French director Patrick Jean. Update: This film is the inspira...

The Beginning of Everything – The Big Bang

From the team at Kurzgesagt, let’s explore what we know about The Beginning of Everything — The Big Bang: Has the universe a beginning or was it here since forever? Well, evidence ...

This is NOT timelapse: the Aurora Borealis in real time

This breathtaking video of the Aurora Borealis is not a timelapse video — this is what it looks like in real time. It was filmed in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada by astro-ph...

Tales from the Prep Room – Making Sand Swim

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as a...

TED Ed: The ABCs of Gas

Using chalk drawings and familiar, hands-on examples, Brian Bennett and TED Ed explain gas properties in The ABCs of Gas – Avogadro’s Law, Boyle’s Law, and Charles’s Law, via explore-blog. T...

TED Ed: The beginning of the universe, for beginners

Today, TEDxCERN and TED-Ed have unveiled the first of 5 animated lessons specially developed by CERN scientists for TEDxCERN and brought to life by the talented animators at TED-Ed: “The begi...

Real life Tetris: Jazz + hailstones make beautiful, intricate patterns

And now it’s time for 3+ minutes of jazz and tiny hailstones. From Aatish Bhatia at Empirical Zeal, “The Universal laws behind growth patterns, or what Tetris can teach us about coffee stains.̶...

Sick Science: Incredible Egg Geode

A pretty spectacular science experiment: how to make an Incredible Egg Geode.  Your egg geode is formed through a process called sedimentation. The heated alum solution contains suspend...

Kari Byron makes a cloud in a bottle

How do you make a cloud? On her show, Head Rush, Mythbuster’s Kari Byron demonstrates how clouds are formed by making one in a bottle. For this experiment, you can use a bicycle pump with a rubber stopper atta...

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