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Florida’s mangrove swamp ecosystem illustrated

Go on an illustrated adventure through a Florida mangrove swamp. New York Times best-selling author Rachel Ignotofsky has teamed up with animator Leo Thom and The Mangrove Action Project for this quick animated introd...

Sounds of Survival: The quest to record an exquisite spike-thumb frog mating call

Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park of Honduras, scientists are on a quest to record the never-before-heard call of the endangered “exquisite spike-thumb frog” (Plectrohyla exquisita). This charm...

The spectacular birth of baby slugs

How many different stories can one patch of land yield? The BBC's The Lake District: A Restless Year attempts to find out in their portrait of this charming area in northwest England... including its baby slugs. I...

Where Do Teeth Come From?

How long teeth can last? 30,000 years? 200,000 years? 300 million years? In this episode of It's Okay to Be Smart, Joe Hanson gets an up-close look at some ancient saber-toothed tiger (smilodon), mastodon, tyrannosaur...

What do sand dollars look like when they’re alive?

Pristine white sand dollars have long been the souvenir to commemorate a successful day at the beach. But most people who pick them up don’t realize that they’ve collected the skeleton of an animal, washed up at the e...

Planet-changing ‘invisible’ microbes on the deep sea floor

"We're making progress at a rate that's outpacing the textbooks. We can't write textbooks fast enough to cover all of the really fundamental discoveries that are happening in the field of microbial ecology right now.....

The ‘Swiss Army knife’ legs of a house centipede

So. Many. Legs. Thirty legs arranged in a fluttery burst-like arrangement. This is the Scutigera coleoptrata, a house centipede. And though some may think they're creepy or gross, or dangerous to humans (they're not),...

Leptocephalus, a transparent eel larva in the wild

A pale liquid in the ocean currents? Plastic pollution? An eel's ghost? An eel larva! This undulating creature is a large Leptocephalus, a not-often-seen eel in its larval stage. It was filmed by Barry Haythorne and R...

The snake-like moves of the Eurasian wryneck

The origin of putting a 'jinx' on someone has everything to do with this bird: The Eurasian wryneck or Jynx torquilla. To ward off predators, these harmless birds bend and twist their heads around in a snake-like way....

Why do goats have rectangular pupils?

In this 'I Wonder Why' episode from World by Charlie, Casey Engelman wants to know why goats have rectangular pupils. Her brother and host Charlie Engelman didn't know either, so they did some research. Those hori...

How do garden eels eat?

Alexandra Khrizman and colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University made more than 100 dives and planted cameras among garden eels to determine how they handle currents, and whether being s...

Flamingos swim with stingrays in their hydrotherapy session

When flamingos need some exercise and pain relief for arthritic knees, hydrotherapy—swimming in a pool for physical therapy—can do the trick. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium zookeepers take Martini and excited flamingo budd...

Hawk moths and The Art of Staying Stable

Like a hummingbird or a creature from a Hayao Miyazaki film, hawk moths or Sphingidae, are a family of large insects with the magical-looking mastery of hovering in midair. They can also fly backward and keep incredib...

Okuda San Miguel paints a colorful 23-story mural in Toronto

Okuda San Miguel works up high on a swing stage scaffold, the same kind of suspended platform that window washers use. The internationally renowned Spanish street artist sprays sharp edges of bright color fields. They...

The benefits of sea cucumber poop

There are about 1,250 different species of sea cucumber across the world's oceans. This is Thelenota anax. And yes, it's doing what you think it's doing. Sea cucumber poop is surprisingly important for the ecosystem. ...

Which life form really dominates Earth?

In 2018, there are around 7.6 billion people on the planet, but weigh us all together on a giant scale and we only make up 1/10,000 of Earth’s biomass. What is biomass? And what life forms dominate the rest of the pla...

Alebrijes, Mexico’s Beautiful Monsters

All across Mexico, fantastical creatures can be found dotting the streets, covered in bright colors, giant wings, bulging eyes and viper tongues. These are alebrijes, papier-mâché creations that have become a staple o...

A preening stork-billed kingfisher

In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a proc...

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