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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...

Squirrel Obstacle Course

"Part of the learning process is testing things out and making mistakes," so will these squirrels learn how to get across this squirrel obstacle course to get to their favorite nuts? The challenge: While the blue plat...

A massive Ocean Sunfish in the Galápagos

In this exciting moment from the BBC's Mission Galápagos, Liz Bonnin joins marine biologist Tierney Thys and MV Alucia submersible pilot Mark 'Buck' Taylor in what looks like a Triton 3300/3 submersible. At 82 meters ...

How does a northern flying squirrel ‘fly’?

The Northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) has a special talent of gliding long distances. With bold leaps, these nocturnal, arboreal animals can parachute almost 46 meters (150 feet) between trees thanks to me...

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Scientists have discovered a mysterious universal pattern that "connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory." MentalFloss summarizes the formerly hidden phenomenon, known as u...

How do some animals carry their babies?

Kangaroos carry their joeys in pouches. Gorillas carry their babies on their backs and cradle them in their arms. But what does a mother wolf spider do about her young? Or a bat mother? Or a scorpion mother? This ...

Is it impossible to skip a stone 89 times?

"Skipping a stone might seem like a simple thing, but it's actually this beautifully complex mix of skill, athleticism, and fascinating physics." And in what might be one of the more comprehensive stone skipping video...

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....

Glaciers flow like rivers, a time lapse

Though they look solid and still, gigantic compressed masses of ice called glaciers flow, constantly moving like rivers. In this Secret Life of Ice clip, we see their awe-inspiring shifting with help from a time-lapse...

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...

The spectacular birth of baby slugs

How many different stories can one patch of land yield? The BBC's The Lake District: A Restless Year attempts to find out in their portrait of this charming area in northwest England... including its baby slugs. I...

What do sand dollars look like when they’re alive?

Pristine white sand dollars have long been the souvenir to commemorate a successful day at the beach. But most people who pick them up don’t realize that they’ve collected the skeleton of an animal, washed up at the e...

Planet-changing ‘invisible’ microbes on the deep sea floor

"We're making progress at a rate that's outpacing the textbooks. We can't write textbooks fast enough to cover all of the really fundamental discoveries that are happening in the field of microbial ecology right now.....

Leptocephalus, a transparent eel larva in the wild

A pale liquid in the ocean currents? Plastic pollution? An eel's ghost? An eel larva! This undulating creature is a large Leptocephalus, a not-often-seen eel in its larval stage. It was filmed by Barry Haythorne and R...

The snake-like moves of the Eurasian wryneck

The origin of putting a 'jinx' on someone has everything to do with this bird: The Eurasian wryneck or Jynx torquilla. To ward off predators, these harmless birds bend and twist their heads around in a snake-like way....

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