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Why the Giant Sequoia Needs Fire to Grow

Giant sequoias, the planet's largest trees and among the oldest living things on Earth—many of the largest are over 3,000 years old—depend on fire to help them reproduce. Learn how a destructive force is necessary for...

Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault – Veritasium

In the northernmost town on Earth, on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from almost every country on our planet (including North Korea). A gene ba...

Growing a 1,223 pound pumpkin from seed to scale in time lapse

Over the course of five months in 2014 -- from a sprouting seed to a fair-ready 1,223 pound pumpkin -- competitive pumpkin grower Matt Radach protected and pampered his growing plant, as captured in this time lapse vi...

Superbloom: How Death Valley Springs to Life – Science Friday

Death Valley is the driest place in the United States and is known as the hottest place on Earth (though there are places that are hotter). On top of that, average rainfall is less than 2 inches (5 cm). How can a plac...

Look Inside The Doomsday Vault That Protects Seeds Of The World

On the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault protects around 865,000 seed samples from all over the world. Most of those seeds are of staple crops. "There are nearly 160,000 samples of wheat,...

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...

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...

Seed germination to growth time lapses by Neil Bromhall

To see the unseen through technology is one of our favorite things, so we love watching Neil Bromhall's beautifully scored plant growth time lapse videos. Above, a compilation of germination to growth footage. Seeds i...

From seed to sapling – Time lapse of an oak tree

Over the course of eight months, Neil Bromhall filmed a sprouting acorn, one that he would eventually plant as an oak tree sapling in his garden: The acorn was collected in September and filmed in an underground s...

Help your local honey bees: Plant a bee-friendly garden

Pollinators like the honey bee are a huge part of how our food grows, but recently, honey bee populations have been in decline due to what scientists believe might be a mix of pesticide and fungicide use, pathogens, p...

How to Create Your Own Monarch Butterfly Rest Stop

Creating your own Monarch Butterfly rest stop -- a common milkweed and nectar plant-filled garden that is free of pesticides and herbicides -- can help make a huge impact on the rapid decline of Monarch butterfly popu...

The Private Life of Plants: Dandelions

Individual dandelion seeds parachute over fields on the wind to better distribute their species. Sir David Attenborough narrates this clip from episode one of the BBC's The Private Life of Plants.

Acorn by Madeline Sharafian

Growing up isn't always easy. This is Acorn by Calarts student Madeline Sharafian. Sharafian previously animated one of our absolute favorite shorts – go watch it next: Omelette. via Kuriositas.

New World by Oliver Sin

New World, a short animation about all kinds of creations, by Oliver Sin. Watch more animation, including Five More Minutes, The Solar System - Our Home in Space, World of Motion, and Ode t...

What does it take to make a t-shirt? – NPR’s Planet Money

What does it take to make a t-shirt? We’ve watched a video about this subject before, but NPR’s Planet Money answered this question in the most amazing way: they traveled across...

Seeds, plants, & flowers twist, wiggle, & extend: Micro time lapse

In Micro Timelapse, filmed by Daniel Csobot using a Canon 7D camera, watch how these seeds, plants, and flowers twist, wiggle, and extend up as they grow. You can also get a glimpse of his set up here.

Time lapse sprouting wheat grass

Wiggle wiggle up up up! Time lapse sprouting wheat grass.

Symbiosis & a surprising tale of species cooperation – TED Ed

Symbiosis is the interdependence or cooperation of two species who rely on one another. In this video narrated by David Gonzales and animated by Sunni Brown, a symbiotic relationship is demons...

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