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Goffin’s cockatoos try to create tools to reach a treat

Are cockatoos as smart as a human 3 year old? Watch these four Goffin's cockatoos attempt to create their own tools from a twig, larchwood, cardboard, and beeswax, an experiment by researchers from the University of V...

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...

The Praying Mantis Leaps – ScienceTake

In this ScienceTake from The New York Times, we watch a young praying mantis leap over and over and over again... a completely fascinating, rather cartoon-like action that can be super-useful for scientists and engin...

The Physics of Popcorn: Why Popcorn Also Jumps

What happens when a popcorn kernel pops? Heat! Pressure! The hull splits. Water vapor escapes. POP. And then there's a somersault that sends it flying in the air! But how? Watch as ScienceTake explains in detail: ...

The Hidden Complexities of the Simple Match – Science Take

Schlieren flow visualizations illuminate a world of activity that we almost never pay attention to, even when we're causing it to happen. Simple things like breathing, sneezing, clapping hands, or just producing heat ...

More Evidence Birds Can Count: Where’d that other mealworm go?

Researchers are eagerly tricking wild New Zealand robins, but it's FOR SCIENCE! Watch as this box with a sliding trick drawer helps Alexis Garland and Jason Low at Victoria University of Wellington observe the behavio...

ScienceTake: A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

Marine scientists previously suspected that dead jellyfish were not a preferred choice of food for ocean floor scavengers, but a recently-recorded test using Helmet and Lion’s Mane jellyfish has prompted a rethinking ...

Tagging Tiny Turtle Hatchlings – ScienceTake

When sea turtle hatchlings emerge from their sand-covered eggs and scurry quickly toward the ocean, we know that, if they're lucky enough to avoid predators, they're helped forward on their journeys by the ocean curre...

The secrets of a sidewinder snake on a sandy slope – ScienceTake

If you've ever run up a sandy hill, you know it can be tough to get up it quickly -- each foot sinking and sliding as you climb upward. Sidewinder snakes, however, can slither up hills rather efficiently, even in comp...

For Kangaroos, Tail Becomes a Fifth Leg – ScienceTake

What makes a leg a leg? What if a leg is a kangaroo tail? In a recent study, scientists observed, recorded, and measured data for five red kangaroos that were trained to walk slowly on a force-measuring platform. T...

ScienceTake: How an Embryo Grows

From a single cell to a whole organism, how do animals grow into such diverse and complex creatures from their embryonic beginnings? What if we could follow and map a human's development from a single cell to the esti...

A newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider

This newly-discovered species of cartwheeling spider, Cebrennus rechenbergi or Moroccan flic-flac spider, is definitely something to see. From ScienceTake, watch it

Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion – ScienceTake

An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown...

ScienceTake: The Incredible Physics of Ants

Are fire ants the oobleck of the animal world? The New York Times’ Science Take: The Incredible Physics of Ants looks into the fluid dynamics — yep, fluid dynamics — of these t...

ScienceTake: What Makes Ticks Stick? A Mouth Like a Ratchet

From the NYTimes’ Science Take, watch the fascinating details of how a tick (a European wood tick in this case) sticks so effectively in skin: its mouth works like a ratchet.

ScienceTake: How a Dragonfly Hunts

How a Dragonfly Hunts — hint: extremely efficiently — in a video from The New York Times’ ScienceTake series.  Previously from ScienceTake: Thresher Shark’s Deadly Tail. And if you like bugs, there ...

Thresher Shark’s Deadly Tail – ScienceTake

From The New York Times’ ScienceTake: Thresher Shark’s Deadly Tail. We love sharks and different kinds of tails.


 
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