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Why does T-Rex have tiny arms?

"Tyrannosaurus rex was big, Tyrannosaurus rex was vicious, and Tyrannosaurus rex had tiny arms." In this PBS Eons episode, Hank Green explains how the Tyrannosaurus rex lost its arms over the course of 90 million year...

Life Cycle: Ai Weiwei in Los Angeles

Made from the traditional kite-making materials—bamboo and silk—mythical creatures float above large figures in a boat. Millions of sunflower seeds, handmade and painted porcelain pieces made by 1,600 artisans in Jing...

Seven Million Years of Human Evolution

Scientists use fossils to reconstruct the evolutionary history of hominins—the group that includes modern humans, our immediate ancestors, and other extinct relatives. Today, our closest living relatives are chimpanze...

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...

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). ...

Dinosaurs probably didn’t roar. What did they sound like?

If birds are living dinosaurs—"the only survivors of the mass extinction that wiped out their giant relatives 65 million years ago"—then did dinosaurs really sound like the roaring mammals that we've heard in the movi...

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...

Magic Lantern Slides

Magic lantern slides brought the world to life in pictures. The first lantern slides were created in the 1600s, around 200 years before photography was invented and they provided spectacular entertainment and educatio...

Defacing coins like a British suffragette

Stamped in crude lettering across the head of the king is the phrase ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’, the slogan of the suffragette movement. The deliberate targeting of the king, as the constitutional monarch and head of the Churc...

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

Aerialist Blaze Tarsha began pursuing a life in the circus arts when her mother, a professional chef, first cooked for a juggling convention. To keep herself busy, schoolgirl Tarsha learned how to ride a unicycle in a...

Tableaux Vivants: Caravaggio paintings performed live

Actors from the Italian theater company Ludovica Rambelli Teatro recreate paintings by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, or, more accurately, they're recreating how Caravaggio created scenes to paint ...

How do roller coasters affect your body?

In 1895, crowds flooded Coney Island to see America’s first-ever looping coaster: the Flip Flap Railway. But its thrilling flip caused cases of severe whiplash, neck injury and even ejections. Today, coasters can pull...

Making ice cream from a 350-year-old recipe

"To make icy cream... Take three pints of the best cream, boyle it with a blade of mace, or else perfume it with orang flower water..." This begins the 350-year-old recipe for ice cream, "thought to be the earliest re...

My Grandfather’s Memory Book

It’s hard to picture my grandfather without a sketchbook in his hands. He was always drawing. Gramps lived for 94 years — long enough to experience the Great Depression and the Great Recession, the birth of both tele...

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 ...

Abigail Mendoza, world renowned Zapotec chef

Mexico's Zapotecs are an indigenous community living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Before Spanish colonization, Zapotecan civilization was a thriving epicenter of food, culture and tradition. Today, chef Abigail Mendoza is on a ...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

What does ‘Beethoven’s Contrabassoon’ sound like?

What kind of instrument do you play when you need "16-feet of sound to go below the bassoons" in your Austrian marching band? In this Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment video, David Chatterton demonstrates his clas...

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