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Deeper Underground: Walk the London Tube’s pedestrian tunnels

The infinite tunnels pull us in with their symmetry. The ceiling lights guide our eyes to the horizon. The tiles and posters form patterns that please the eye. The echoes of rushing crowds, a flickering light, a train...

How does a tunnel boring machine work?

How are new subway tunnels constructed underneath a busy city like Barcelona, Spain? This promotional animation demonstrates how a tunnel boring machine—specifically a Herrenknecht TBM with an Earth Pressure Balance S...

The Archaeology of Crossrail and the history of London

The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important si...

Four minutes of an armadillo digging a hole

With a leathery shell and front leg claws made for digging, armadillos burrow to find food and to make underground shelters. The armadillo in the video above, identified as a six-banded or yellow armadillo by YouTuber...

Hot Wheels Road Trip

If you've ever wondered what it might look like if you were riding inside (or on) a Hot Wheels car, this video will give you a good idea. From 5 Mad Movie Makers, this is Hot Wheels Road Trip: Each section worked ...

X-ray video of how hamsters fit food in their cheek pouches

Golden hamsters, also known as Syrian hamsters, are flexible little creatures that can crawl through plastic and underground tunnel systems alike. In this video from Nature on PBS, we get to watch one navigate sharp t...

Oregon’s Lost Lake drains down a lava tube every spring

Every spring in Oregon's Willamette National Forest, Lost Lake begins to drain down naturally occurring lava tubes. A six foot wide lava tube hole was featured in this 2015 video from The Bulletin, which notes, "The w...

Tape Paris: Crawl through suspended tunnels of translucent tape

Translucent, cocoon-like tunnels made from 42,672 meters (140,000 feet) of packing tape are stretched and suspended 6 meters (20 feet) up above the great entrance hall of Paris' Palais de Tokyo. Just a few at a time, ...

Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion – ScienceTake

An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown...

Pouring 1200F molten aluminum into an anthill?

To study the architecture of ant colonies and their nests, entomologist and myrmecologist Walter Tschinkel developed a way to “record” their three-dimensional underground chambers: he pours 1200F molten a...

The Star-Nosed Mole and its extraordinary nose

With 22 sensitive fingers on its unique and extraordinary nose, it can hunt for food successfully above ground, below ground, or underwater, where it blows bubbles to sniff out food. Meet the...

The Naked Mole Rat – Natural Curiosities

The naked mole rat is a fascinating creature, as introduced by Sir David Attenborough in Natural Curiosities. Not only are they mostly hairless, underground dwellers with a long lifespan for a...

Ants: Nature’s Secret Power – Excavating a giant ant hill

From the documentary, Ants: Nature’s Secret Power: A colossal ant hill (um… yes, maybe let’s assume that they have all moved out already, shall we?) is pumped full of concrete, and then excavated to ...