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Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a b...

Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above

Using images captured by Google Earth, Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin speeds through scheme after scheme of human-made shapes and structures from high above in the experimental film short Arena. From McGlough...

Giant pandas and their bamboo-only diet

Giant pandas are famous for their diet of bamboo, a giant, fast-growing form of grass with over 1,000 species. But how that low energy diet shapes how much they eat and sleep, how it affects the size of their young, a...

Growing kidney bean & spinach plants, soil cross-section time lapses

See a kidney bean plant germinate, spreading its roots and sprouting up and up with its undulating green leaves, in this time-lapse by YouTuber GPhase. Each shot is captured 9 minutes 36 seconds apart at 30 frames per...

Making aloe plants for the hyena diorama at The Field Museum

How are natural history museum dioramas—scenes showing animals within their native habitats—created to last for years and years of viewings? In this behind-the-scenes video from Chicago's Field Museum, Exhibitions Pre...

Koi are unusual kitchen helpers in the kabata of Harie, Japan

For over 300 years, the village of Harie (針江) in Japan has thrived on its interconnected system of mountains, canals, streams, rice fields, spring water, and kabata, small separate rooms that are used as a kitchen s...

A New Republic: The portrait work of artist Kehinde Wiley

Blending and contrasting contemporary clothes and objects with ornate fabrics, lush plant life, detailed patterns, and bold colors that reference earlier eras of art history, Kehinde Wiley's heroic portraits are large...

The Exhale Bionic Chandelier: Microorganism-filled ‘leaves’ that ‘breathe’

An air purifier, an art object, and a piece of lighting design all in one living, 'breathing' chandelier. This is London-based inventor and bioengineer Julian Melchiorri's Exhale Bionic Chandelier, a microorganism-fil...

This giant plant looks like raw meat and smells like dead rat

This gigantic flower, native to western Sumatra and infamous for smelling like something rotten, is the corpse flower or titan arum, and it's not really a single flower. The flowers are at the base of the tall spadix ...

The Link Between Japanese Samurai and Real Indigo

Real indigo-dyed clothing is not like the blue you know. Richer than the chemical blues used on most fabrics today, real indigo dye comes from a plant and has a surprising range of qualities: on fabric it is antibacte...

How Do Tropical Rainforests Make Clouds?

What is a tropical rainforest and how do they make clouds? Maddie Moate and Greg Foot visit the world's largest indoor tropical rainforest at The Eden Project in Cornwall, United Kingdom. There, while crossing the pro...

1000s of Bugs, 100 Islands, 1 Happy Entomologist

Community ecologist, biodiversity scientist, and entomologist Crystal Ernst is cataloging insects, spiders, and other tiny creatures for the 100 Islands Project, a multiyear island biogeography study across the Centra...

Carl Linnaeus’ Systema Naturae and Herbarium Cabinet

How did scientists and naturalists organize their artifact collections in the 1700s? How could these systems, long before we began to rely on computers to help us organize data, improve our understanding of the natura...

Pottery, a stove, and a palm frond dome hut – Primitive Technology

Since buying new land in Australia's dense tropical rainforest, the man behind Primitive Technology has had access to better clay, good stone, and other abundant materials for building. In the video above, he makes sm...

Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses?

Though they might look unusual to humans, proboscis monkeys are well-adapted to their tree-dwelling life in the mangrove swamps of Borneo. Their large fleshy noses are thought to create a resonating chamber for their ...

How Yodoe oil-paper umbrellas are crafted in Japan

There's a long tradition of making oil-paper umbrellas in Yodoe, a city in the Tottori Prefecture of Japan. The process involves over 70 steps, crafted on a variety of specially-made tools by skilled artisans, includi...

Harvesting cork in rural Spain

At the Las Varas del Zumajo estate in the La Mancha region of Spain, expert axemen carefully harvest the thick exterior bark from cork oak trees. This cork extraction occurs every nine years, in July and August when t...

Making a rice straw animal sculpture, a time lapse for the Wara Art Festival

A wooden framework and curved plastic pipes provide a solid structure for 'knit' bundles of wara or rice straw, the byproduct of the season's rice harvest. As volunteers work together to tie and wrap the bundles into ...

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