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Palm Springs Tram Ride

Rising 8500 feet above the desert floor and into the scenic Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains on a tram in Palm Springs, California. Thanks, @mathowie.

One Plastic Beach: Making art from found beach plastic

"The opposite of beauty is not ugly. The opposite of beauty is indifference. And we’re trying not to be indifferent about this." This short film about Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, two artists who create ...

Kayaking with Redondo Beach Blue Whales

A kayaker in Redondo Beach, Southern California posted a YouTube video of an exciting surprise encounter with a blue whale in the open water. He even dives down to get some underwater video with his helmet cam! Read...

Science Experiment: Undersea Adventures

What do you do when your science experiment doesn’t go that well? Try, try again. It’s science afterall, and there’s much to be learned by something not working, too. A great video by Mike Adamick an...

Seven year old skateboarder Asher Bradshaw

Seven (now eight) year old Asher Bradshaw in Venice Beach, California. Thanks, @mutantmodel.

The strange and amazing barreleye fish (Macropinna microstoma)

Those aren't eyes of the front of this Barreleye Fish's head. Those are olfactory organs called nares. The eyes are those two large green orb-ish things inside of its transparent head. It’s about 6 inches long a...

Bubble-whisperer Sterling Johnson makes massive bubbles

Watch bubble-whisperer Sterling Johnson make massive bubbles on Stinson Beach in California. And here is the same video, reversed, which is also worth seeing.  Thanks, @toccaceliblasi.

A Google self driving car test with a legally blind man

Behold Google’s Driverless Car. From PC Mag:  Google released the video to celebrate that it has safely completed 200,000 miles of computer-lead driving. The video shows [Steve] Mahan sitting in the driver&#...

Testing with a Martian Dune Buggy – NASA JPL

NASA engineers take the Curiosity test rover to California’s Mojave desert to learn how to drive on Martian sand dunes. Mark your calendars: the Curiosity Rover is still on target...

Swima bombiviridis (Green Bomber Worms)

This is the swima bombiviridis, a bioluminescent “Green Bomber” that was found in deep Pacific waters in 2009 by Karen Osborn of Scripps Oceanography. From ScienceMag.org:  Thousands of meters below...

Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Mission 26 The Big Endeavour. This time lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey through the streets of Los Angeles, from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center, was created by Matthew Givot ...

Windswept by Charles Sowers

On older buildings, it’s not too uncommon to see the crowning touch of an ornamental weather vane — a rotation device which indicates the wind’s direction. But what happens when a bunch of weather...

Mt. Tamalpais & Muir Woods Railroad, 1926

From the Marin County Free Library, cars, boats, trains and a motorless gravity car in 1920s California. The Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad ran from 1896 until 1929 between downt...

Amazing Jellies

From KQED Quest, the challenges and new research being explored by marine biologists that breed, collect and care for jellyfish and siphonophores at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Learn more about the dive...

ScienceCasts: A Naked-Eye Comet – Comet Pan-STARRS

Photographer Dan Finnerty's time lapse view of comet Pan-STARRS over Southern California is breath-taking. The colorful sunset and moon setting doesn’t hurt either. Full screen! From...

Preserving the Forest of the Sea – Science on the SPOT

In this Science on the SPOT: Preserving the Forest of the Sea, watch Kathy Ann Miller, PhD, curator of the University Herbarium at the University of California - Berkeley, as she shares the wide variety of seaweeds ...

Making organic, vegan, handmade natural soaps

Soap making, a video by photographer David Brooks, features 16th generation soapmaker Kerri Mixon and her small business making organic, vegan, and handmade natural soaps in San Diego, Califo...

Seahorse’s Armor Gives Engineers Insight Into Robotics Designs

What can we learn from a tiny seahorse that might help us make stronger robotics or armor in the future? UCSD Materials Science Ph.D. student Michael Porter explains what his team has learne...

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