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Kilauea – The Fire Within and Living with Lava

Travel to the Big Island of Hawaii to see Kilauea's stunning lava flows across the southeast part of the island in Kilauea - The Fire Within, a film by Hawaiian native Lance Page. In contrast to the dramatic style ...

Zen Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques) in Japan’s hot springs

In 1963, Japanese macaques began making their way out of Jigokudani's mountain forests to warm themselves in the natural hot springs, all thanks to one young monkey that retrieved soybeans from the water and decided t...

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: ...

Turn human waste into drinking water – Janicki Omniprocessor

"The water tasted as good as any I’ve had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It’s that safe." This huge, potentially game-changing machine, invented ...

The Grand Prismatic Spring: One of Nature’s Most Amazing Sights

Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring may be the nation's largest hot spring, but it's primarily known for its vibrant rainbow of colors. Created by the unique bacteria and algae that live within each hue...

Skunk Bear’s Click to Enlarge: Popcorn

From NPR’s Skunk Bear, POP in and watch the science and history of popcorn, explained with the assistance of a microscope and a high speed camera. Click to Enlarge: Popcorn. Thanks, Heathe...

How do you turn rubbish into energy?

BBC News: How do you turn rubbish into energy? Find out how the largest energy recovery facility in Oslo, Norway processes waste and converts it into approximately half of the city’s energy. The integrated waste...

Dancing Mud: the bubbling mud pots in Rotorua, New Zealand

These are the boiling mud pots of Rotorua, a city in New Zealand known for its Māori culture and geothermal activity. It is the only city in the world that is located on an active geothermal field. Geothermal act...

NOVA PBS: Solar Power

From NOVA PBS, Solar Power:  The amount of solar energy that strike the surface of the Earth in one hour is more than enough to supply every person on the planet with electricity for an entire year. However, there...

Throwing a pot full of just-boiled water into the -41C air

What happens when you throw a pot full of just-boiled water into the -41C air? Dmitry Klimensky in Novosibirsk, Russia demonstrates. Related reading: Mpemba effect: Why hot water can freeze faster than cold. Thanks...

A red hot ball of nickel is dropped in a cup of water

A red hot ball of nickel is dropped in a cup of water, resulting in a most unexpected reaction, in this demonstration of the Leidenfrost effect by Carsandwater. via Laughing Squid.

24/7 Concentrated Solar Thermal Power + Molten Salt Storage

Turning light into heat 24 hours a day, Concentrated Solar Power plus molten salt storage technology (CSP+) works like a typical steam turbine/electrical power generator system on the inside, but on the outside, it is...

The Erie Steam Shovel Type B in action

Pay special attention to the unique (and loud) sounds of this Erie Steam Shovel Type B as it demonstrates some old school 1925-era, steam-powered hard work. Want another? Here’s a 1927 ...

Music Kettle by Yuri Suzuki: Making music with steam

Musical Kettle: heat, water and steam, making music. From sound artist, designer and electronic musician Yuri Suzuki:  I wanted to contribute to the design of daily domestic noises. alarms, ...

The Geysers of Yellowstone National Park in action

Geysers are a rare phenomenon that exist in only a few places on the Earth. Some of the tallest are in New Zealand, Iceland, Geyser Valley in Russia, and Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Par...

Jigokudani Yaen-koen: Snow Monkeys (Japanese macaques)

Google “Jigokudani Yaen-koen" and you will happen upon many relaxing (and adorable) Snow Monkeys, or Japanese macaques, who live in the famous monkey park in the Nagano Prefecture of Japan. The heavy snowfall...