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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...

Kindness, a Thought Bubble by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What constitutes a life worthy of being remembered? In this award-winning 2010 Thought Café video about kindness, the late New York Times best-selling author Amy Krouse Rosenthal asks, "How do you want to be remembere...

iCub, IIT’s teleoperated robot toddler

iCub is a toddler-sized open-source robot by the Dynamic Interaction Control Lab at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). See the iCub robot walk across the lab and interact with a toy in the September 2018 video...

Gazing into the eyes of SEER: The Simulative Emotional Expression Robot

This young looking face with light eyes, expressive eyebrows, and a Mona Lisa smile is named SEER, an acronym for Simulative Emotional Expression Robot. It was created by Japanese artist Takayuki Todo to explore the p...

Dr. Jane Goodall’s Google Doodle for Earth Day 2018

In 1970, 20 million Americans came together to deliver a message: our environment sustains us, and so we too must work to sustain it. Since then, Earth Day has spawned a movement of millions across the globe working t...

A Jane Goodall documentary made from 100+ hours of lost 1960s footage

"It had long been thought that we were the only creatures on Earth that used and made tools. 'Man the toolmaker' is how we were defined... and here was [chimpanzee] David Greybeard using a tool." Travel back to Ta...

Genevieve von Petzinger & the invention of graphics on cave walls

Northern Spain's Cueva de El Castillo and Cueva de La Pasiega both contain incredible specimens of Franco-Cantabrian cave art, paintings and engravings in Cantabria province and southwestern France. El Castillo cave i...

A Real-Life Bone Collector: Recovering an Extinct Human Ancestor

Follow biological anthropologist and 'bone collector' Dr. Marina Elliott deep into the ancient underground crevasses that would reveal around 1,500 bone fragments belonging to Homo naledi, a new species in human linea...

The psychology behind ‘Us vs Them’ – BrainCraft

How do we weigh our own best interests against the best interests of others? This question can be extended beyond 'Me vs You' and into the 'Us and Them.' How do I weigh my family's self interests against the needs of ...

Madeline the Robot Tamer & Mimus

Inventor and designer Madeline Gannon developed a gesture-based robot communication software as an artist-in-residence at Pier 9 in San Francisco. She's now developed something (someone?) new as the next step in her e...

Earth’s History Plays Out On A Football Field

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. How can we comprehend such a massive amount of time? Skunk Bear's Adam Cole sets out to answer this question by using the 100 yard length of a football field to help us visualize ou...

Carl Sagan’s ‘Pale Blue Dot’

From American astronomer, astrophysicist, and author Carl Sagan, inspired by the Voyager 1 photo of Earth taken on February 14, 1990: The Pale Blue Dot, written in 1994 and featured in 'Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey' (...

Behold the Human Towers of Catalonia

From Great Big Story, a very tall story — 9 to 10 tiers and nearly 15.4 meters or 50 feet high — from Tarragona, Spain where thousands of people gather for an incredible contest of strength, focus, and teamwork. Behol...

Behind-the-scenes with Terra Bella’s satellites

What might we learn if we could observe the patterns in humanity's mass activities -- mining, clear cutting, ships moving through ports, erupting volcanoes, ground conflicts, etc -- over time? What if we could do that...

How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity – Kurzgesagt

Is there a border we will never cross? Are there places we will never be able to reach, no matter how hard we try? It turns out there are. Even with science fiction technology, we are trapped in our pocket of the univ...

Balablok (1972) – Bretislav Pojar’s animated parody of human nature

Director, animator, and puppeteer Bretislav Pojar explores human fallibility though simple paper cutout shapes in Balablok (1972). A masterful piece of wordless storytelling, the stop motion short film won the Cannes ...

Animated Life: Mary Leakey & the Laetoli footprints

Forty years ago in Laetoli, Tanzania, an elephant dung fight between a couple of paleoanthropologists led to a discovery: a fossilized animal print, at least 3.6 million years old. But the site had an even bigger surp...

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