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Hummingbird hatchlings in their nest with mother Rosie

In mid-January of 2016, an Allen’s Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) named Rosie laid two eggs in a nest that was quietly being observed by webcam. On February 8th, two babies hatched from their eggs. This fascinating p...

Bats flip like Tony Hawk to land upside down

Like pirouetting figure skaters, twisting high divers, or a skateboarder trying to land a 900, bats use inertia to flip upside down before they land. Brown University evolutionary biologists Sharon Swartz and Kenneth ...

Filming bats with slow motion & thermal cameras

Studying bats can be smelly and messy, but bat biologist Nickolay Hristov explains why he finds his job to be such an exhilarating endeavor. As he attends to high speed cameras at a cave mouth in South Central Texas, ...

What makes owls so quiet & so deadly for prey? – Deep Look

Get a close up look at the sound-muffling feathers of an owl. Add powerful low-light vision and a nocturnal nature, providing her with the cover of darkness, and the owl becomes a stealthy ambush hunter. From KQED's D...

Orizuru, a remote controlled origami crane that can fly

A super lightweight, flying symbol of peace, this RC origami crane is made from paper, carbon tubes, 3D-printed nylon filament, and an energy-efficient microcomputer. Its wingspan is 27.6 inches (70 cm), and only weig...

Nebula – A mysterious encounter in the mountains

Created by seven co-directors -- Camille André, Marion Bulot, Clément Doranlo, Myriam Fourati, Jonghyun Jungboix, Alexis Kerjosse, Sarah Simon -- all students from Gobelins L'École de L'Image, this is Nebula, a beauti...

Jetman Yves Rossy flies over Dubai – Young Feathers 4K

Jetman Yves Rossy has been flying a version of his jetpack, one of 15 variations on a carbon fiber wing-suit system powered by four Jet-Cat P200 jet engines, since 2007. He's flown over the Grand Canyon. In the 12...

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...

How An Airplane Is Made – MinutePhysics

Travel to France with Minute Physics' Henry Reich for a behind-the-scenes tour of the factories, research, and design facilities of Airbus. This is how an A350 is built! There's also a cameo by Beluga, Airbus' special...

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? – Deep Look

What does it mean to be blue? Let's look deep into something called structural coloration, the physics of light, and how it's possible that the Morpho butterfly's wings appear to be blue, despite their containing no b...

Baby Bat Burritos at the Australian Bat Clinic

This is just some of what the Australian Bat Clinic does to care for orphaned baby bats: feeding, grooming, attending to their medical needs, and making them feel warm and safe by wrapping them like a ridiculously cut...

Studio Ghibli Tributes: A homemade RC Flaptter and Totoro

What’s that flying and flapping around on a test flight? That’s a flaptter from Studio Ghibli's Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki.  This RC “insect” was ...

Slow motion ladybugs look like they can’t fly before they do

Watch the incredible process of ladybugs unfolding their wings out from under their spotted elytra, the spotted protective wing-cases that they're known for. This video was recorded in slow motion (3000 frames per sec...

How small of a space can a Northern Goshawk fly through?

How small of a space can you fly through? This Northern Goshawk shows off its unique skills with a few lab tests filmed in ultra slooow-motion. (Updated video link.)