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How small of a space can a Northern Goshawk fly through?

How small of a space can you fly through? This Northern Goshawk shows off its unique skills with a few lab tests filmed in ultra slooow-motion. More from AllAboutBirds.org: The Northern Goshawk is the bigger, fier...

Stroke Of The Water Strider – Science Friday

Water striders don’t really stride, they row on the water. But their legs are spindly and don’t seem good for paddling. To find out exactly how water striders propel themselves mechanical engineer David ...

The unusual locomotion of a boneless, 600lb octopus

This unusual locomotion video is too fascinating to not share: Behold how a boneless, 600lb octopus can fit through really, really tiny passageways. From National Geographic: Octopus Escape. Related octopus escapes:

Gravity Defying Cat – The Slow Mo Guys

Cats are nimble creatures, we know. But slow them down to 2,500 frames per second (100 times slower), and they look like they defy gravity! 

The Leaproach

About 4,000 species of cockroaches are known to science, and all but the leaproach scuttle on the ground. (Zoologist Mike) Picker and his colleague Jonathan Colville discovered the leaproac...

Spinning hummingbird shakes off raindrops

Victor Ortega-Jimenez and Robert Dudley of the University of California, Berkeley, studied the high-speed acrobatics by filming birds under a simulated rain shower and tracking their motio...

Baby Octopus crawling around out of water

Walking octopus videos! This little baby one above stands out because it’s so very tiny and cute! There’s a bit more at Octopus Chronicles as to why they might be found out of the water. (Hint: nom nom nom...

Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

Do cats always land on their feet? This slow motion clip shows us the answer in this Animal Mysteries segment from National Geographic. Related watching: more cats, including this "gravity-defying" one.

The incredible jumping Sand Flea robot by Boston Dynamics

The kid and I both exclaimed WHOA at the same time when we saw this jumping Sand Flea robot make its second jump. From Boston Dynamics:  Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sl...

The Hummingbird Training Center

Meet Biologist Doug Altshuler. He’s a hummingbird fan and has created a “hummingbird training center” in his lab to test their agility, as well as to record their twists an...

Andy Ruina’s 22-pound, four-legged bi-ped robot named Ranger

After a friend tweeted about a research page full of passive motion robotics videos by Andy Ruina, Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell and of bicycle physics paper fame (...

Penguins can’t fly, but they can jump

Penguins can’t fly, but they can jump! Seriously. They can jump over 9 feet (or up to 3 meters), depending on their species. How? They wrap their bodies in a cloak of air bubbles that come from their feathers &...

Festo Robot Animals: Penguins, jellyfish, rays, and more

Have you seen the robot AquaPenguin, from the Festo HQ team's Bionic Learning Network in Germany? It comes complete with glowing robot eyes! Other great videos to check out from Festo: AquaRay, AirRay, AirPenguin, ...

The rippling locomotion of the Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita)

Behold the ribbon eel! The Ribbon Eel or Rhinomuraena quaesita is native to the Indian and Pacific oceans. This one was filmed in the waters of Indonesia. The ribbon eel is an elegant creature bearing a resemblance...

Brightly colored flatworm filmed in the waters of Sulawesi, Indonesia

This is a nudibranch — what may or may not be a Pseudobiceros gloriosus, and there are many, many kinds of flatworms that look like this one. Check out DiscoverLife.org’s gallery...

PhantomX Hexapod by Kåre Halvorsen

Oh, the pitter patter of little feet… all kinds of feet! Watch this smooth-moving, life-like PhantomX Hexapod robot, invented (and recorded) by kinematics expert Kåre Halvorsen, as his ...

Cheetahs on the Edge—Director’s Cut

Cheetahs on the Edge—Director’s Cut from Gregory Wilson, who was a part of the team who captured these stunning slow motion shots of cheetahs running:  Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. ...

The secret design and movement of slithering snakes

From Science Nation, mathematician and mechanical engineer David Hu studies the design and movement of slithering snakes: Snakes certainly make it look easy when they slither forward, leaving perfect S-curve track...

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