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The tree that grows 40 different kinds of fruit

When artist and professor Sam Van Aken was a kid, he first saw the process of bud or chip grafting trees, adding a budding branch to a host tree so that they join together. At the time, he thought it was "Dr. Seuss an...

A mother raccoon teaches her kit how to climb a tree

How do animal mothers teach their babies how to survive in the world? This raccoon mother has one approach for learning how to climb a tree: Grab the kit (also called a cub) and prop it up over and over again until th...

Wooden zoetrope sculptures spin in the forest

Spinning Daggers by Benjamin Ducroz, a set of seven 3D wooden zoetropes or kinetic sculptures made from 18 different instances of modulating sine and triangle waves. For this video, three of the zoetropes were filmed ...

Cinnamon: Harvesting Cassia in the Jungles of Sumatra

Where does cinnamon come from? And what is it? Foodie travels to Kerenci Valley on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia to witness how to harvest and dry this spice of oatmeals, raisin breads, apple desserts, mulled bev...

Baby ring tailed lemurs cling to their mother in Madagascar

High in the mountains of Madagascar, a troop of ring tailed lemurs live a relatively relaxed life in an area that provides them some safety and sustenance. In this BBC clip narrated by Sir David Attenborough, watch ho...

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...

How Does It Grow? Apples

Before watching this video, we thought that planting a Gala apple seed would grow a Gala apple tree that would produce Gala apples. Perhaps not! In this episode of How Does It Grow?, we get to see the rather surprisin...

The Scaredy Swan

The Scaredy Swan, an Acme Filmworks-produced animated short by Burcu Sankur and Geoffrey Godet, tells the story of a swan that's afraid to get into the water, and the "help" a bee gives him in joining his six friends ...

Bioluminescent forest: Nature reimagined with projection mapping

How might you imagine small forest creatures and plants looking if they were bioluminescent? Which animals and plants would you pick to glow, and what patterns and colors would you design for them? Artists Friedri...

Wangari Maathai: “I will be a hummingbird”

The Story of the Hummingbird, as told by celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's rights advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai in this clip from Dirt! The Movie: We are co...

Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain

When you picture the lowest levels of the food chain, you might imagine herbivores happily munching on lush, living green plants. But this idyllic image leaves out a huge (and slightly less appetizing) source of nouri...

Deep Look: The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps

These tiny wasps have a wonderful trick: they prompt oak trees to grow galls, abnormal plant tissue structures that shelter wasp eggs, by injecting a chemical under the tree's skin. If that was the end of the story...

Té de Manzana (Apple Tea) from La Academia de Animación

This playful short from La Academia de Animación's Lula Gomez and Jordi Piulachs mixes paper craft, sound effects, and stop motion with a bit of a twist: Té de Manzana (Apple Tea). Related watching: apples and more...

Breakfast with a Cassowary

What's it like to live in a tropical rainforest? In this Wild Diaries travel video, Sue Gregory explains her connection with the native wildlife and the boundless plant growth that envelops Cassowary House, her family...

Feasting & squeaking: Golden snub-nosed monkeys in the snow

These Ewok-like golden snub-nosed monkeys seem very happy to be eating what looks like bark, a staple of their diet. Feasting and squeaking noises! This clip is listed as the "World's First Live Broadcast of Golden Sn...

Why do leaves change color?

The arrival of autumn is a great reason to talk about chemistry: When tree leaves change from green to reds, oranges, yellows, and browns, we're seeing the tree's green chlorophyll fade away, revealing hidden autumnal...

AsapSCIENCE: Paper Towel vs Hand Dryers

Washing your hands properly with soap and water successfully rids your hands of nearly all traces of bacteria. After the soap and water, drying your hands with a hand dryer is most efficient. You can help prevent ...

Cherry harvesting with a hydraulic tree shaker

What happens when farmers use a shaking machine to "pick" cherries from a cherry tree? This! Watch as these two machines -- a hydraulic tree shaker calibrated to just the right amount of cherry tree-specific vibration...

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