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Harvesting water from thin air

Can we harvest water from landscapes that are famous for their arid climate? Evelyn Wang and Omar Yaghi, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley respectively, create...

In search of the elusive ladybird spider

The female is a velvety blue-black. The male looks a bit more like its namesake. These are ladybird spiders (Eresus sandaliatus). The elusive, raisin-sized spider was once thought to have been extinct, but UK-based co...

Nature’s Vanishing Trick

Teenage Action For Conservation youth ambassador Lily Macfarlane created this video to highlight extinction and loss of biodiversity in our local ecosystems: Nature’s Vanishing Trick. British writer Robert Macfarlane,...

Soil 101

What is soil made of? Why is it important? And how can we nurture soil for the benefit of humans and our ecosystems? Learn about soil with the help of Soil 101, a 2015 animation from the Food and Agriculture Organizat...

Baby flying foxes in Australia’s urban parks

Caring for sick, injured, and baby flying foxes is all in a day's (and night's) work for Fauna Rescue of South Australia. In this BBC Earth video from Cities: Nature's New Wild, Fauna Rescue caregivers talk about how ...

Feeding Rothschild’s giraffes

Get an up-close look at the tallest animals on the planet: Giraffes. In this episode of Are We There Yet? from National Geographic Kids, program educator Daniel gives siblings Rosie and Julian a tour of the Giraffe Ce...

Saving the Island Fox

How did a team of conservationists, veterinarians, and volunteers help a rare species of fox come back from the brink of extinction? And why did this little fox almost go extinct in the first place? This is the st...

The Titicaca water frog’s baggy skin

At Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest large lake in the world, there's less oxygen available in the air and water. This is where the Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius culeus) lives. It has...

Fungi Matter, an animation for Kew

Fungi matter. They connect all life on Earth. They play a part in fighting cancer, infections, and heart disease. They provide plants with nutrients to survive. They can even break down plastics and generate biofuels....

The Pink Iguana of Galapagos

One of Galapagos’ most recently described species is also one of its genetically oldest. Pink iguanas are not just a different colour from other land iguanas; they are a completely separate species. There are only aro...

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...

Moving and restoring an ancient Greek mosaic

The Mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus, a large stone mosaic illustrating the Greek god in a chariot pulled by panthers, dates back to the late-2nd and early 3rd century CE. It was unearthed from an ancient banquet ha...

The Ocean Cleanup technology and challenges explained

The Great Pacific garbage patch in the northern Pacific ocean holds an estimated 1.8 trillion hard-to-see pieces of plastic that float around on or just below the water's surface. They're kept swirling in an area that...

Aerial stocking: Utah wildlife departments drop fish into lakes from airplanes

This low-flying plane isn't just taking a scenic ride. It's about to stock the lake it's flying over with up to 1,000 native fish... by dropping them from the sky. The 2013 GoPro video by Ted Hallows, Supervisor at Ka...

What do bluebirds eat?

Ask any birder what birds eat and you'll hear “seeds, fruits, and insects.” But during reproduction, arguably the most important weeks of a bird’s life, 96% of North American terrestrial birds eat insects and other ar...

The Future Forest: 3 tons of plastic waste transform a botanical garden in Mexico

Our planet is drowning in waste, especially that of consumer plastic, washing up on every shore and taking over our nature. The only reason this isn’t visible everywhere, are the people working hard everyday to collec...

‘Quokka selfie’ rules that help keep quokkas safe and healthy

When you visit Rottnest Island, be prepared to smile. The island is home to the largest viable population of quokkas—small wallabies that are cute and camera ready. These furry creatures have become the latest interne...

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