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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...

Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys

In the extreme environment of Yunnan, China's remote White Horse Snow Mountains, these unique snub-nosed monkeys can be found eating leaves and flower buds in the snow. Watch how they take refuge in the trees during t...

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...

A Forest Year: A time lapse of the seasons

Watch the seasons change in this 15 month time lapse made from 40,000 still images: A Forest Year by videographer Samuel Orr. During a stay in a remote Indiana cabin, while on location to work on a PBS documentary...

Outfitting Tree Kangaroos with tiny video cameras

Tree kangaroos are elusive creatures that live high in the trees of New Guinea's tropical rainforests. To learn more about them and to better protect them, Dr. Lisa Dabek has worked with National Geographic and local ...

Making a wooden lampshade from a tree stump

Watch New Zealand-based woodturner Sören Berger turn a radiata pine tree stump (originally cut down for firewood) into a unique, hand-crafted lampshade. On a lathe, he painstakingly alternates between shaving the exte...

Eat! by Jeff Liu

On exploring the world, trying new things, and embracing curiosity, this is a CalArts third year film by Jeff Liu: Eat! In the archives: Acorn, Borrowed Light, Ceruza és radír (Pencil and Eraser), and Le silence so...

It’s Okay to Be Smart – The Cycle: Carbon and Oxygen and You

From PBS Digital Studios and Joe Hanson of It's Okay to Be Smart, this is The Cycle: Carbon and Oxygen and You, a visualized explanation for what happens when we breathe. And here it is explained: via It's Oka...

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.

Ecosystem Engineers: How do beavers build dams?

How does one of nature's best ecosystem engineers go about revitalizing the landscapes around them? From PBS Nature, this is how North American beavers build dams. Related reading at Pawnation: Importance of Beavers ...

Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights

From the BBC's Earth nature documentary, narrated by Patrick Stewart, watch these tree-nesting Mandarin ducklings dive from unbelievably high heights, only 24 hours after hatching. File under: nature is amazing. In...

Science Friday: Suckers for Sap

Maple trees + good timing + basic chemistry = maple syrup. But Science Friday takes us behind the scenes of maple syrup research to show that there’s much more to it than that. While the tr...

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