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The Basking Shark: a gentle giant with a piano-sized mouth

Zoologist Dr. Mauvis Gore describes her work monitoring basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) — the world’s second largest fish with “ a mouth almost as wide as a piano" — in Episode 4 of the BBC...

Meet the Natives: Wild Bees

As honey bee populations decline (from pesticide and fungicide use, parasites, and a mix of other factors), scientists like entomologist Claudio Gratton are exploring the exciting idea of pollinating our plants and c...

Mexico Dinosaur Dig Reveals Massive 70 Million Year Old Bones

Well-preserved, thanks to just the right combination of conditions over 72 million years, a 16 foot (5 meter) long dinosaur tail has been unearthed by paleontologists in Coahuila, Mexico. Based on evidenc...

Incredible Slow Motion Lightning Strike

Video camera technology has improved immensely in recent years, allowing scientists like lightning physicist Vladislav Mazur and meteorologist Tom Warner to analyze high speed footage of these captivating bolts of ele...

Model helicopter guided by power of thought

Science fiction stories in which pilots control spacecrafts with their minds have become less about fiction and more science. A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed the next step in thoug...

PBS Off Book: The Beauty of Space Photography

Astrophysics Research Scientist Dr. Emily Rice, Hubble Image Processor Zolt Levay, and Astronomer David W. Hogg discuss the mix of technology, data, and inspiration that we use to make images ...

Planet Paraguay: The Red-Tailed Vanzosaur

“How energetic can a severed tail be?” We’re about to find out: This is the Red-Tailed Vanzosaur, a lizard with stripes and brilliantly colored tail. Dr. Jonny Miller, UK biologist based in Paragua...

Planet Paraguay: The spectacular common potoo

Watch Biologist Dr Jonny Miller introduce the spectacular common potoo. It’s brown, blends in, and doesn’t move much… so why is it so spectacular? Exactly for those reasons. The common potoo is a c...

Two months breaking ice (in under five minutes)

Marine scientist and Stanford PhD student Cassandra Brooks narrates a two month long time-lapse view from an ice breaker — a specially-designed ship with “a strengthened hull, an ice-clearing shape, and th...

A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

Magnifying carbon monoxide (CO) atoms to over 100 million times their actual size, arranging them into a series of 242 still images, and then animating them together, scientists at IBM Researc...

How it Evolved: the Red-capped Manakin

Evolutionary Biologist and Ornithologist Kim Bostwick describes the dance moves and unique sounds of the forest-dwelling Red-capped Manakin. This Central and South America-based bird makes a snapping sound with its wi...

The Peacock Spiders of Australia

Entomologist Dr. Jürgen Otto films the Peacock Spiders of Australia, and they are super fun to watch. Though they are not well documented, there are 20 known species of these small jumping spiders. They have huge eye...

Terradynamic Biolegged Robot For Mars Exploration

Robots have to be able to move, perhaps quickly, on all kinds of terrain — search and rescue missions on remote parts of Earth or explorations on other planets like Mars will require i...

Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea

In this Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea, watch Kathy Ann Miller, PhD, curator of the University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley, as she shares the wide variety of seaweeds ...

Natural Curiosities: The Naked Mole Rat

The naked mole rat is a fascinating creature, as introduced by Sir David Attenborough in Natural Curiosities. Not only are they mostly hairless, underground dwellers with a long lifespan for a...

What does it look like underneath a lake covered with Antarctic ice?

McGill University doctoral student and scientific diver Michael Becker shares the icy underwater view in this New York Times video under Lake Untersee, Antarctica. In the blog post, he also explains the prep behind k...

Instant Ice Crystals – The Secret Life of Ice

From the BBC’s The Secret Life of Ice, an experiment for your DIY/ Gotta Try This list: Dr Gabrielle Walker and Dr Andrea Sella investigate the molecular make up of ice crystals. They use supercooled water to...

KQED Quest: Amazing Jellies

From KQED Quest, the challenges and new research being explored by marine biologists that breed, collect and care for jellyfish and siphonophores at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Learn more about the dive...