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Exploding plants disperse their seeds with high pressure bursts

Violets, poisonous squirting cucumbers, and touch-me-nots or Impatiens capensis (not to be confused with these touch-me-nots) have an effective way of dispersing their seeds: They burst! The forceful ejection sends th...

Why is biodiversity so important? – TED Ed

Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the term we use for the variety of animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, and other intertwined life forms within any ecosystem... "from towering redwood trees to tiny, sing...

Acorn by Madeline Sharafian

Growing up isn't always easy. This is Acorn by Calarts student Madeline Sharafian. Sharafian previously animated one of our absolute favorite shorts – go watch it next: Omelette. via Kuriositas.

The Private Life of Plants: Dandelions

Individual dandelion seeds parachute over fields on the wind to better distribute their species. Sir David Attenborough narrates this clip from episode one of the BBC's The Private Life of Plants.

Why are sloths so slow?

Around 35 million years ago, Earth was populated with giant, prehistoric ground sloths like Megalonyx jeffersonii (named after Thomas Jefferson), Paramylodon, and Megatherium who, until around 10,000 years ago, roamed...

Why the Giant Sequoia Needs Fire to Grow

Giant sequoias, the planet's largest trees and among the oldest living things on Earth—many of the largest are over 3,000 years old—depend on fire to help them reproduce. Learn how a destructive force is necessary for...

Symbiosis & a surprising tale of species cooperation – TED Ed

Symbiosis is the interdependence or cooperation of two species who rely on one another. In this video narrated by David Gonzales and animated by Sunni Brown, a symbiotic relationship is demons...

Bequeath These Seeds, a blooming brass wire kinetic sculpture

Brass wire and liquid plastic flutter open and close like flowers in time lapse, driven by motorized mechanisms within the wooden scaffolding below. Bequeath These Seeds was created by kinetic sculptor Casey Curran fo...

Pop! Hungry caterpillars vs. touch-me-not seed pods

Touch-me-not Balsam pods explode without warning when they're ready to disperse their seeds. The seed pods also happen to be the Netted Carpet Moth larva's favorite food. So what happens when this hungry caterpillar e...

Avocado Man by Blue Zoo

An adorable avocado seed with an avocado backpack travels across some tough terrains, from the mountains, to farmlands, across oceans, and the desert... Enjoy this super short animated short: Avocado Man, directed by...

The Anomalies: The Acorn Woodpecker

As their name implies, acorn woodpeckers rely heavily on acorns for sustenance. To make sure this seasonal resource remains available throughout the year, the birds build enormous “granaries” by drilling thousands of ...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Why Do Tumbleweeds Tumble?

When we think of a desolate plain or a foreboding frontier town in the wild west, we might think of the iconic tumbleweed rolling through the scene. Or they might roll through as a joke. But for people who live in dry...

You’d Never Guess What an Acorn Woodpecker Eats – Deep Look

Acorn Woodpeckers eat insects, delicious sap, oak flowers full of pollen... and yes, acorns. They stock up on these bitter but dependable nuts from coast live oaks and California black oaks, storing them in tree trunk...

India’s Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica)

Covered in dark browns, creams, oranges, maroons, blacks, and rich rusts, India's Malabar giant squirrel (Ratufa indica) is more colorful than the gray squirrels of North America. And at 97 centimeters (38 inches) fro...

Attack of the Tumbleweeds

Witness what one commenter calls "a comically absurd amount of tumbleweeds" as they blow across a desert road. The gathering of spiny skeletal balls was captured on a phone cam by Tim Tower while he was driving in Owy...

This humidity-powered seed drills itself into the ground

Powered by changes in humidity—curling when dry and straightening when wet—this Erodium cicutarium seed (or more specifically, an achene) will bury itself by slowly drilling into the ground. This time lapse video by p...


 
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