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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 ...

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 the DIY files: Dr Gabrielle Walker and Dr Andrea Sella investigate the molecular make up of ice crystals. They use supercooled water to create a mass o...

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...

How to make an origami spectacled bear hat

"Origami’s really cool because it’s a sharing activity… " And share you can, because this scientist video comes with an advanced origami how-to for making a Spectacled Bear Hat (pdf). (Or you can sta...

Studying ice cores in Antartica

When you drill 364 meters (1194 feet) down into Antarctic ice, taking out a cylindrical section called an ice core, you can find out about the Earth’s temperature and carbon dioxide levels from over 20,000 yea...

Up close with a Stag Beetle, a Long-horned Beetle and a Tube Web Spider

Stuart Hind, Identification and Advisory Service Manager at the Natural History Museum in London, spends his days identifying the bugs that people bring in to the museum. Jars, match boxes, s...

Paleontology 101 with Dr. Lindsay Zanno

From Untamed Science, a tour with Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Laboratory at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  The key things she emphasized wer...

Richard Feynman – Ode To A Flower, Animated

Richard Feynman - Ode To A Flower, an animation from Fraser Davidson. The quote, by Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman, was given in 1981 when he was interviewed on the BBC. The fu...

The Kepler Mission and a Primer on How We Find Exoplanets

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has created a primer on NASA’s Kepler Mission. Kepler has found over 1200 planet candidates, 54 of them in the habitable or “Gol...

TED Ed: The Secret Life of Plankton

We really love this video, The Secret Life of Plankton, from TEDEd. Marine biologist and science educator Tierney Thys and a team of scientists and film makers (Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak from Parafilms in Mont...