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How are luffa/loofah sponges made?

The luffa or loofah scrubbing sponge found at spas and eco-friendly stores is made from a giant Egyptian cucumber. The fibrous xylem of the fruit can be harvested after the fruit has matured, browned, and dried. Natha...

How does bumblebee barf create a queen?

What causes a baby bumblebee (the fuzzier and more weather-hardy cousins to honey bees) to become royalty remains a mystery. They don’t produce royal jelly but they produce a unique barf for their young. Enter entomol...

How are tomatoes grown and harvested?

Plum-style tomatoes are grown and harvested in California, where 95% of America's processing tomatoes are grown. The process in the term 'processing' is a combination of tomato type—plum tomatoes are low on seeds and ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch, a time lapse at night

This is what an evening SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base can look like. The 4K time lapse was filmed by photographer Jesse Watson from the Imperial Sand Dunes near Glamis, Cali...

Cooling without polluting: Two new green air conditioning innovations

The starry night sky seems remarkably distant from the topic of air conditioning, but it’s revolutionizing the field in quite an unexpected way. In this episode of "The Spark," watch how scientists from across the glo...

These stunning sea slugs steal ‘weapons’ from their ingested hydroid prey

Bright blues, vibrant yellows, blazing oranges, striking reds, rich purples, electric greens, hot pinks, and some milky pastels, all in pops, spots, stripes, and bold color fields. These colors belong to around 3,000 ...

Over thirty hummingbirds splash & chatter in a bird bath

Flying, hopping, splashing, and chattering. More than 30 hummingbirds take a morning bath together in a Beverly Hills backyard. The footage was captured by Youtuber WildWingsLA in the spring of 2017. It's a rare treat...

You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats – Deep Look

Acorn Woodpeckers eat insects, delicious sap, oak flowers full of pollen... and yes, acorns. They stock up on these bitter but dependable nuts from coast live oaks and California black oaks, storing them in tree trunk...

How to collect black sand with a magnet

If you're ever at a beach with some black sand in the mix, run a magnet through the sand to see if the black sand sticks. Exploratorium educator Ken Finn demonstrates this experiment with a magnet and a plastic cup at...

Powered by Poop at the Straus Family Creamery

Farms around the world are embracing sustainable practices and circular economy models that can help fuel and fund their farming as a part of the business. In this Flipside Science video from the California Academy of...

Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

How do paleontologists excavate fossils and what tools do they use? In this video from the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Lead Preparator Carrie Howard takes us behind-the-scenes of an excavation where the bones of a sa...

Scorpions of the Bay Area

"There are absolutely scorpions in the Bay Area, in fact, California is one of the most diverse places on Earth for scorpions. We have somewhere between four and six species of scorpions locally. The good thing is tha...

The Anomalies: The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name implies, acorn woodpeckers rely heavily on acorns for sustenance. To make sure this seasonal resource remains available throughout the year, the birds build enormous “granaries” by drilling thousands of ...

UCLA’s Hummingbird Whisperer

Meet UCLA assistant researcher Melanie Barboni, who has become well known for the tiny birds that visit her feeders outside of a Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences window. She's known on campus as The H...

California Ripe Olives: From Orchard to Store Shelf

Black olives don't start out black. The process that turns this fruit black was invented by Freda Ehmann in Oakland, California during the mid-1890s, and even green olives from the tree go through processes that turn ...

How Does It Grow? Oranges

What kind of oranges have you been eating and how do you know when they're ripe? In this episode of True Food's How Does It Grow? video series, we visit Oceanside, California's Sundance Organics, a family-run farm sin...

Keeping the Flame Alight with the Last of the Lampists

Jim Woodward is a lampist. A what, you ask? A lampist's main job is to keep the enormous, delicate glass lenses of lighthouse lights in tip-top shape so that ships at sea stay safe. But over the years, glass lenses ha...

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards

Barn owls have long been one of the secrets to Napa Valley’s world-class wines. Rather than relying on chemicals and pesticides, winemakers work with owls—nature’s best pest control—to ensure that the best grapes make...

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