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Pattern distortions seen through a glass of water

Try this classic trick at home with different shaped glasses (which shapes the water within them) and a few patterned backgrounds. As you look through the glass, you'll see the background pattern shift. Why? As the li...

Behind-the-scenes with Terra Bella’s satellites

What might we learn if we could observe the patterns in humanity's mass activities -- mining, clear cutting, ships moving through ports, erupting volcanoes, ground conflicts, etc -- over time? What if we could do that...

Dismantling the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge

Weighing more than 25 tons each, the five 504 foot (153.6 meter) long trusses of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge's eastern span have each been dismantled and lowered onto a barge that takes them away for further ...

Plastic bottle water wheel power generator experiment

Power plant operator and YouTuber 'Thomas Kim' can charge his iPhone using a stream and a DIY hydro-electric generator made from plastic bottles, some disposable plates, a 3 phase stepping motor, and a rectifier circu...

France A. Córdova – Nautilus’ Spark of Science

France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation of the United States, former NASA Chief Scientist, and former Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, had to petition to get into her h...

The seafloor microscope that can reveal corals’ secrets

See the seafloor like you've never seen it before, thanks to this microscope, the first to show 1.6 millimeter-sized coral polyps up close in the wild. An effort to better understand these lifeforms in the face of cor...

One Year on Earth – Seen From 1 Million Miles

Every two hours, NASA's Epic camera on NOAA's DSCOVR satellite captures a set of images from its L1 (Lagrange point 1) orbit. The images of Earth's sunlit side are taken in ten different wavelengths. The first color-a...

FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Universe

In an animation that hearkens back to the work of illustrator Charley Harper, Chromosphere intertwines humanity's scientific achievements with the wonders of the natural world: FORMS IN NATURE: Understanding Our Unive...

Gravitational Waves Explained Using Stick Figures

How are gravitational waves made? In this episode of MinutePhysics, Henry Reich draws up a series of other wave creating scenarios -- water waves, air pressure waves, and radio waves -- to help explain gravitational w...

Juno: Piercing Jupiter’s Clouds

For the last five years, a spacecraft named Juno has traveled across 1.8 billion miles (2.8 billion kilometers) to arrive at the planet Jupiter. It will be a historic arrival that culminates in a critical sequence of ...

Searching for Water Voles

Have you ever seen a water vole? Do you think you might be able to spot one along the river banks? Maddie Moate recently tried to spot Arvicola amphibius in Norfolk's Hickling Broad with the help of warden John Blackb...

How Old Is Your Body, Really?

Have you ever heard the statement that the cells in your body are completely replaced every seven years? Is this true? In this beautifully illustrated episode of Skunk Bear, NPR's Adam Cole explores how long our diffe...

Boston Dynamics’ new SpotMini robot

Need help loading the dishwasher? Maybe an adorable giraffe and/or dino-style robot can help out. This is Boston Dynamics' SpotMini. SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping we...

The case of the green-eyed squid

What happened when a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) submersible shined a blue LED light on Histioteuthis heteropsis, a strawberry squid with one small eye and one giant yellow-green eye? File under f...

‘Electric Wind’ Can Strip Earth-like Planets of Oceans, Atmospheres

'Electric wind' on Venus may have stripped the planet's upper atmosphere of oxygen... and it "may have played a significant role in stripping Earth's twin planet of its oceans, according to new research results from t...

The Beautiful Relationship Between Physics and Jazz

How is physics like jazz? How is John Coltrane like Albert Einstein? Ask theoretical physicist Stephon Alexander. He sees strong connections between the improvisational nature of jazz and the pursuit of understanding ...

Turning Oil Rigs Into Reefs

If an oil rig is done producing oil, should the oil company return the ecosystem to its natural state by removing the rig? What if the 40 year old rig's underwater structure is covered with thriving marine life? T...

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest on the beach in San Francisco

Join Adam Savage as he talks with Dutch physicist-turned-artist Theo Jansen. The subject: Strandbeests -- “beach animals” in Dutch. For the very first time, Jansen has brought his wind-fueled kinetic sculptures to win...