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Why are your fingerprints unique?

It's said that no two fingerprints are the same. Is that true? How did your fingerprints form and why are they unique? This Minute Earth video explores fingerprint science. Learn how loop, whorl, and arch shapes form ...

What are mosasaurs?

Travel back to the Cretaceous period, where large marine lizards called mosasaurs dominated ecosystems around the planet. While some were the size of a dolphin, others were longer than a Tyrannosaurus rex. How did the...

Island, an animated short

Whirring bugs, squeaking birds, hiccuping volcanoes, leaf creatures, tube creatures, crumbling cubes, fluffy poofs, amorphous mist. These creature noises all come together in a melodic cacophony of music in this anima...

Can you solve the troll’s paradox riddle?

You and your brother have discovered another realm and set off exploring the new wonderful world. Along the way, you see a troll catching creatures in an enormous net. The troll agrees to release the creatures if you ...

Stroboscopically animated tree ornaments

Created with an open source EggBot Pro kit, Jiří Zemánek of Advanced Algorithms for Control and Communications designed stroboscopically animated tree ornaments with custom patterns. The team also included Martin Gurt...

Lost and Found, a bittersweet stop-motion short

"A knitted toy dinosaur must completely unravel itself to save the love of its life." Lost and Found is a bittersweet, potentially tear-inducing story about a crocheted Amigurumi fox and dinosaur who live in a Japanes...

Isle of Dogs’ stop-motion sushi-making scene

Stop-motion artists spend hours and hours making very short animated scenes look alive, smooth, and rich with detail. This time-lapse by Andy Biddle showcases that intricate work with a sushi-making scene in Wes Ander...

The expertise of killer whale grandmothers

Pods of killer whales [also known as orcas] inhabit the waters of every major ocean on Earth. Each family is able to survive thanks mainly to one member, its most knowledgeable hunter: the grandmother. These matriarch...

Travel deep inside a redwood tree leaf

Travel down into a small flat redwood tree leaf through a stoma, a tiny opening in its surface. This animation from the California Academy of Sciences takes us on a scientifically accurate journey into a palisade cell...

Mysteries of the world’s biggest dome

How did Filippo Brunelleschi use engineering, design, math, and secrecy to build the world's biggest dome? "...Experts still don't fully understand the brilliant methods he used in constructing the dome, which tops th...

Line Riders ride to Beethoven’s 5th

Three Line Riders sled, skid, and sail across a choreography of lines. Written between 1804 and 1808, the accompanying music is from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's '5th symphony'. It's "one of the best-k...

How to make a flipbook

Animation is made from a series of still images that, when played quickly in succession, create the illusion of movement. This is best illustrated in the pages of a flipbook, especially a flipbook that you've drawn yo...

G-AAAH, a typewritten tribute to aviator Amy Johnson

Pioneering English aviator Amy Johnson worked as a typist for a firm of solicitors before becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. The distance: 18,000 kilometers (around 11,000 miles). ...

Can you solve the stolen rubies riddle?

Townspeople are demanding that a corrupt merchant’s collection of 30 rubies be confiscated to reimburse the victims of his schemes. The king announces that the fine will be determined through a game of wits between th...

How do our eyes and brains work together?

How does an eye work? How do our brains try to interpret the information our eyes send them? And is seeing really believing? This episode of National Geographic's Decoder explains how our eyes and brains work together...

Traveling Through Brush and Ink: Stop-motion set in four ancient Chinese paintings

Traveling Through Brush and Ink is a stop-motion animation of a little modern man traveling through four significant ancient Chinese paintings, transforming himself into animals and plants, and becomes part of the nat...

Airglow & the secrets behind Earth’s colorful ionosphere

What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with the beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot -- Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, within the ne...

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Scientists have discovered a mysterious universal pattern that "connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory." MentalFloss summarizes the formerly hidden phenomenon, known as u...

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