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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...

Home Sweet Habitat & Food Webs – Crash Course Kids

Why isn't a polar bear happy in the desert? Why aren't spider monkeys essential in the Arctic? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains how habitats provide animals with the air, food, water, shelte...

1,000 bloom chrysanthemum: The largest in the western world

This 2011 video from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens goes behind-the-scenes to show how one fosters the growth of a Chrysanthemum plant with over 1,000 blooms. Senior gardener and chrysanthemum special...

The tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruit

When artist and professor Sam Van Aken was a kid, he first saw the process of bud or chip grafting trees, adding a budding branch to a host tree so that they join together. At the time, he thought it was "Dr. Seuss an...

Underwater Caves of the Yucatán Peninsula – Wonders of Life

In the jungles of Yucatán Peninsula, crystal clear cenotes -- from the Mayan word ts’onot meaning "sacred well" -- fuel their surrounding ecosystems with fresh water. Numbering in the thousands, these flooded sinkhole...

Echinopsis Cacti – Brilliant blooming cactus flowers in time lapse

With a name stemming from echinos, meaning prickly or spiny like a hedgehog or sea urchin, echinopsis cacti are 128 species of South American native plants that are known for their bold and brilliant blooms. Greg Kreh...

Colors – A delightful visual collection by The Mercadantes

From the sun, to carrots, to the sky, to frogs, to fire engines, to grape jelly, to bubble gum, to all kinds of rainbows... Enjoy this celebration of the color (and color relationships) in our everyday lives: Colors, ...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

Exploding plants disperse their seeds with high pressure bursts

Violets, poisonous squirting cucumbers, and touch-me-nots or Impatiens capensis (not to be confused with these touch-me-nots) have an effective way of dispersing their seeds: They burst! The forceful ejection sends th...

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