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Petrified Forest National Park & how petrified wood is made

Fallen coniferous trees from 211-218 million years ago can be found scattered across the desert of eastern Arizona in the form of petrified wood. Made primarily from quartz, these geological wonders are actually fossi...

Making of Japanese handmade paper of Kyoto Kurotani

Observing the craftsmanship in 18 workshops around Kyoto, Japan, filmmaker Kuroyanagi Takashi recorded how Japanese washi -- Ganpishi, Kozogami, Mitsumatagami -- is made, an 800 year old art. From JapanesePaperPlace.c...

Hydroponic Spinach – How Does it Grow?

How do you grow one of the most nutrient-packed greens on the planet in the middle of snowy winter weather? How Does It Grow's Nicole Cotroneo Jolly visits BrightFarms where Head Farmer Jason Jackson keeps the baby sp...

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...

Look Inside The Doomsday Vault That Protects Seeds Of The World

On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from all over the world. Most of those seeds are of staple crops. "There are nearly 160,000 samples of wheat,...

How Does Oakland Turn Food Scraps to Soil?

Though you may not see a compost bin next to the trash and recycling bins where you live, in California's Bay Area, a green bin is the norm. From those green bins, food scraps, yard waste, and the like can be transfor...

How Does It Grow? Potatoes

Potatoes are stem tubers, nutrient underground storage organs for the nightshade Solanum tuberosum L. Domesticated around 7,000–10,000 years ago in Peru and Bolivia, potatoes are now the fourth most-farmed crop on Ear...

Venus flytraps count to avoid being tricked

If you're a venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), how do you know you've got a fly in your midst and not a raindrop? You count. Via ScienceMag: In order to mimic insect prey, the scientists stimulated the hairlike sen...

Think Like a Tree – Problem solving with nature’s best ideas

Biomimicry -- imitating nature's best ideas in our design of materials, structures, and systems -- can provide huge leaps in our understanding when it comes to solving challenges. Example: How do we keep our buildings...

Why is biodiversity so important? – TED Ed

Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term we use for the variety of animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and other intertwined life forms within any ecosystem... "from towering redwood trees to tiny, sing...

How to grow a giant pumpkin for a giant pumpkin contest

Go behind-the-scenes with competitive pumpkin grower Don Young of Des Moines, Iowa. Young's largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,662 pounds (754 kg) in 2007, and in this Iowa Public Television report from 2012, he goes for...

The Journey of Vanilla – From Plant to Extract

Mix 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract into the cookie dough, order Vanilla Caramel Fudge at the ice cream shop, or take a closer look at some vanilla beans at the store. What is vanilla and where does it come from? This...

How do plants grow in space? – Science Friday

Microgravity, different kinds of light, extreme conditions... Growing while in orbit or on Mars are two experiences that earthbound organisms have never needed to adapt to in our evolutionary history. How do our bodie...

How do firefighters combat and control wildfires?

It takes vehicles in the air, tools on the ground, highly trained hot shots, smoke jumpers, and helitack crews, and additional reinforcements of all kinds to combat wildfires. When "43,000 wildfires have burned more t...

How To Make Rope From Grass

Braided rope, twisted rope, plaited rope, endless winding rope, kernmantle rope... there many types of ropes, and that's only in the construction. There are a wide variety of rope materials, too: Hemp, cotton, jute, s...

Time lapse summer lawn daisies grow, get cut, & regrow

Watch as new lawn daisies wiggle and push toward the sky past the previously cut stems in this video from photographer and nature time lapse YouTuber Neil Bromhall. In these two rounds of summer daisy growth, we catch...

Monarch Butterfly Metamorphosis in HD + The Monarch Manifesto

From late instar caterpillar to chrysalis to emerging adult, watch an HD time lapse metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly by Front Yard Video. Some background on the monarch from EcoWatch: Over the past millenniu...

The Corpse Flower: Behind the Stink of the Titan Arum

Corpse Flowers (Amorphophallus titanum), including Berkeley's Trudy the Titain Arum and The Denver Botanic Garden's Stinky DBG (live video feed), have made news in 2015. The massive plants can bloom every 2-3 years, o...

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