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Comiket crowd control, a time lapse in Tokyo, Japan

Originally published in 2012 by munya munyaka, this time lapse video captured the strict crowd control at Comiket, short for Comic Market, a huge self publishing comic book fair in Tokyo, Japan. Via HoldmanChristmas, ...

Australia’s budgie super swarms

The wild budgerigar of Australia is a social bird who normally gathers in groups of a few hundred. Ever in search of food and water, often in areas of limited resources, these smaller flocks of insect, grain, and seed...

Emperor Penguins keep warm in an ever-shifting huddle

With brand new baby chicks sheltering in so many of their brood pouches, warmth is imperative for Emperor Penguins in the coldest place on the planet. But how do you stay warm enough to survive in -40 degrees or colde...

Crab babies stampede toward water on a Bali beach

In 2008, Jeremias Maluw scooped up some sand crab babies (species yet to be identified) stampeding toward the water at Legian Beach in Bali. The video footage has since gone viral. Though grabbing a handful of these p...

World Record Group Skydive – 164-Person Formation

This incredible world record video includes 164 hand-picked pro and amateur skydivers, 7 planes, and a remarkable hand-in-hand group formation assembled within 75 seconds of free fall. Event co-organizers Jon DeVore a...

Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

How might robotic engineers program a swarm of robots to accomplish tasks together based on self-organizing behaviors? Harvard research scientist Michael Rubenstein was working on that challenge when he designed Kilob...

Underwater Bigeye trevally fish tornado in Baja California Sur

This underwater fish tornado appears to be a swarm of Bigeye trevally or Jureles in Cabo Pulmo Reef, Baja California Sur. It was filmed by Liquid Productions' underwater director, videographer, and photo instructor Be...

eMotionButterflies & BionicANTs: Festo’s bionic insect collectives

Though they seem to move through the air with the individual, fluttery ease of their insect counterparts, these eMotionButterflies by Festo are made from ultralight materials and are networked to fly with a collective...

Wonders in the Sky: A murmuration of starlings in slow motion

When a seemingly-delicate, shimmering flock of starlings moves like a cloud of living smoke in the sky, it's called a murmuration. The video above, filmed in in Utrecht, The Netherlands by Alpaca Media, is a beautiful...

Cirque du Soleil: SPARKED

In Sparked, a late-working electrician finds himself surrounded by the magical glow of flying lampshades. Thanks to the state-of-the-art technology behind ten quadcopter actors, the story was performed live with preci...

Amish Barn Raising: Building a barn in one day

Compressing 10 hours of Amish barn-raising construction into 3 minutes and 30 seconds of time lapse footage, Ohio resident Scott Miller created this video from 1600 images that were taken from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Yes...

Covered with bunnies on Japan’s “Rabbit Island”

On the island of Ōkunoshima, Japan, there are hundreds of friendly feral rabbits. These rabbits are so friendly -- and so ready to eat bunny food from rabbit-happy tourists -- that when people come for a visit, the in...

The Magnificent Monarchs: Visit a butterfly sanctuary in Mexico

Come along on a visit to a butterfly sanctuary near Angangueo, Michoacan, Mexico, where millions of Monarch Butterflies overwinter in conifer groves. (You'll arrive about 1m10s in.) It's a seasonal pause in one of the...

The largest school of rays ever caught on film

Tens of thousands of mobula rays come together off the coast of Baja California in a brilliant display of their massive numbers underwater. Then watch them breach for reasons unknown. The leaps out of the water are sp...

The Gathering Swarms: Sardine Run off the coast of South Africa

"The seasonal movement of billions of sardines along the coast of South Africa, the greatest fish migration on the planet..." Billions. In this clip from PBS' The Gathering Swarms, synchronous sardines are a constantl...

Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots

This magnetically-controlled micro-robot is in charge of gluing things. That magnetically-controlled micro-robot is in charge of placing carbon rods. Together they might build a small yet st...

Fly over a herd of reindeer near Kautokeino, Norway

Fly over a herd of reindeer near Kautokeino, Norway, and watch how the patterns of reindeer (and people) shift around in the snow. This footage was shot by Norwegian photographer Jan Helmer Ols...

Wild Oceans: Hammerhead Shark Swarm

From Earth Touch: Wild Oceans, a dive off the coast of Mozambique reveals a beautiful surprise swarm of hammerhead sharks. In the archives: more sharks, more Mozambique and more Earth Touch vi...

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