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Sicarius spiders self-bury in the sand

Sicarius spiders are a genus of 'six-eyed sand spiders' found in both South America and southern Africa. They're internet-famous for two things: Their venom and the way they self-bury in the sand. In the video above, ...

Building the Giant Magellan Telescope, the world’s largest telescope

Underneath the University of Arizona’s football stadium are the beginnings of the Giant Magellan Telescope, set to be the largest optical telescope in the world. The Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory is the only plac...

The rise and fall of the Inca empire

It was the western hemisphere's largest empire ever, with a population of nearly 10 million subjects. Yet within 100 years of its rise in the fifteenth century, the Inca Empire would be no more. What happened? With...

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury & Legacy in the Ancient Americas

Emblems of royalty, sacred offerings, ornaments, adornments, and treasures endowed with symbolic significance. Follow the development of goldworking from the Inca Empire, the Aztec Empire, and other ancient civilizati...

Collecting some 350 fungi specimens in the Ecuadorian Andes

Of an estimated 3.2 million species of fungi, only some 120,000 are known to science. Most of the undescribed species reside in the tropics. In 2014, myself [Danny Newman] and a fellow mycologist, Roo Vandegrift, coll...

The Challenge of a Straight Line and ‘Making Art Concrete’ – Getty Museum

How might you paint a perfectly sharp and clean straight line without blobs of paint or an unsteady hand creating a visually uneven edge? In concert with the Getty Museum's exhibition “Making Art Concrete: Works f...

Blind Birdwatcher Sees With Sound

Juan Pablo Culasso is a birdwatcher in Uruguay, but he doesn't see birds the way that most birdwatchers do. In fact, he doesn’t see them at all. Born without sight, Culasso listens to the birds and has developed a kee...

Marta Minujín’s ‘Parthenon’ of Banned Books in Kassel

In Kassel, Germany, at the very site where Nazis once burned over 2,000 books by Jewish and Marxist writers, one artist has built a colossal tribute to free speech. The “Parthenon of Books” is a giant temporary replic...

Catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage

Along the foggy coasts of Peru, where millions of people don't have access to clean water, Abel Cruz Gutiérrez helps catch 200 to 350 liters (around 50 to 100 gallons) of water per day with each 'fog catcher' he sets ...

Catching butterflies with the longest butterfly net in the world

Travel into the rainforest of Pimpilala, Ecuador with conservation educator and naturalist Phil Torres as he looks for butterflies with Dr. Susan Finkbeiner. As an entomologist and evolutionary biologist, she uses the...

Four minutes of an armadillo digging a hole

With a leathery shell and front leg claws made for digging, armadillos burrow to find food and to make underground shelters. The armadillo in the video above, identified as a six-banded or yellow armadillo by YouTuber...

How Scientists and Citizens Are Protecting Ancient Ruins in Peru

How can a historic archaeological site become a protected part of the crowded city that threatens to take it over for development? Pachacamac Site and Sanctuary Museum director Denise Pozzi-Escot has worked to solve t...

ALMA, a telescope so powerful it can see into the past

There’s a telescope deep in Chile’s Atacama Desert that takes pictures so massive that it requires a supercomputer as powerful as 16 million PCs to decipher the images. This is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA...

Spine of the South, time lapse from Ecuador to Patagonia

Travel the longest mountain range in the world, The Andes, via this time lapse compilation video by photographer Eric Hanson. Taking several hundred thousand photos during his seven month trip along South America's An...

“Flying” spiders that can glide through the air from tree to tree

Flying? Falling? Gliding with control! The arboreal Selenops spider can steer itself with a fair amount of accuracy as it "flies" through the air, as demonstrated in the drop tests above. The large, flat spiders (nick...

Time lapse eruption videos of Chile’s Calbuco Volcano

On April 22, 2015, Chile's Calbuco Volcano interrupted its 42 year dormancy with an eruption that was filmed by video enthusiasts all around the area. Martin Heck from Timestorm Films captured the 4K time lapse above....

Reflections from Uyuni –  Water across the world’s largest salt flat

Reflections from Uyuni, a collection of surreal scenes from Bolivia, South America that showcase the Salar de Uyuni. At 10,000 km2 (just under 4,000 square miles), it's the world's largest salt flat. The reflection...

Critter cams on a Giant River Turtle’s back & a manatee’s peduncle

When you attach a camera onto the back of a giant South American river turtle, you get to witness how they live, where they go, how they interact with their young and others turtles. National Geographic shares this cr...

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