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Into the Deep Unknown with deep sea biologist Diva Amon

In the summer of 2017, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ventured a thousand kilometers off the coast of Brazil to explore the seafloor around a little-known cluster of islets called...

The complicated history of surfing – TED Ed

Today, surfing is a multi-billion-dollar global industry, with tens of millions of enthusiasts worldwide. For some it’s a serious sport; for others, just a way to let loose. But despite its casual association with fun...

The Glass Armonica, Benjamin Franklin’s 1761 invention

The glass armonica is truly one of the strangest musical instruments in the world. Invented by founding father Benjamin Franklin, the concept is the same as rubbing the tip of your finger around a wine glass to make a...

How to make an Amazing 9 Layer Density Tower

Water is less dense than honey. Rubbing alcohol is less dense than water. Poured carefully on top of each other, from heaviest to lightest, they can create distinct layers. Add more liquids of different densities, suc...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

Surface tension and The Cheerios Effect

Ever notice how cereal clumps up in your bowl, or how cereal sticks to the edges of the bowl? Bubbles in beverages do the same thing. You've probably seen this surface tension and buoyancy at work, but did you know th...

EYES, a series of playful kinetic installations

Look left, look right, and get googly. EYES is a series of playful kinetic installations by Helsinki-based director, designer, and animator Lucas Zanotto. Watch as balls swing, leak, float, fly, and bobble about, maki...

Blue Planet II, a prequel set to music by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead

Sixteen years after The Blue Planet debuted, BBC Earth has created a sequel series that will use new science and new technologies to showcase the current state of life within our oceans. This extended trailer for Blue...

Engines of Destruction: The Science of Hurricanes

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katrina, Maria, Sandy. Hurricanes have been major news stories in 2005 and 2012, and continue to be in 2017, starting in August when Harvey crossed the Caribbean and made landfall in Texas. What ca...

Rare footage of the Hooded Grebe courtship dance

The Hooded Grebe (Podiceps gallardoi) performs an elaborate dance with its mate. It's a rarely seen courtship ritual that was captured by Michael and Paula Webster during a six-month film shoot in Patagonia. The clip ...

Wet Book Rescue: How to repair a wet, damaged book

How can you save your book from ruin if you've spilled water on it or dropped it in a puddle? This easy-to-follow tutorial from the preservation experts at Syracuse University Libraries can help you rescue your wet bo...

Secrets of Schooling: Investigating the collective behavior of fish

Collective behavior is embodied in swarms of insects, flocks of birds, herds of antelope, and schools of fish. In each of these cases, individuals move through their environment and respond to threats and opportunitie...

Why is syrup sticky?

Water isn't sticky, and sugar on its own isn't sticky either. So why is syrup—a heated, melty combination of water and sugar—so very, very sticky? Emily Elert of MinuteEarth explains the sticky molecular structures of...

Waterlight Graffiti, a water-activated drawing wall of LEDs

Spray bottles, sponges and paintbrushes, wet hands, buckets full of water all light up this specially designed wall made from thousands of LEDs. The wetter it gets, the brighter it gets. Waterlight Graffiti is a 2012 ...

Catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage

Along the foggy coasts of Peru, where millions of people don't have access to clean water, Abel Cruz Gutiérrez helps catch 200 to 350 liters (around 50 to 100 gallons) of water per day with each 'fog catcher' he sets ...

Humphry Davy’s Potassium Volcano

Humphry Davy is one of the best know men of science of the nineteenth century. He isolated nine different chemical elements, was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide and invented the miner's safety lamp known as t...

Beavers: The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants

Beavers have done more to shape North American landscapes than any animal beside humans. We don’t notice them much today because there aren’t many left, but before colonization, North America was home to hundreds of m...

A floating dock launches surfers onto, under, & over waves

A 100-foot plastic floating dock curls over the Balinese waves. Six pro Volcom surfers—Balaram Stack, Imaikalani Devault, Noa Deane, Ozzie Wright, Mitch Coleborn, and Yago Dora—launch off of it with their boards, some...

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