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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...

What is dust made of?

Less than a tenth the size of an ant, a dust mite’s whole world is contained in the dusty film under a bed or in a forgotten corner. This realm is right under our noses, but from our perspective, the tiny specks of br...

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...

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Update: The video has been removed from YouTube. You can find the BBC's Planet Earth II nature series on Amazon. Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They're hidden, until they begin to...

Why do some people have seasonal allergies?

If you've ever experienced watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat, and other allergic reactions during springtime, or you haven't but you know someone who has, this beautifully animated TED Ed by Eleanor Nels...

Why do Leafcutter Ants cut leaves and carry them away?

Where are the Leafcutter Ants carrying all those leaves to? They do drink the leaf sap, but they don't eat them, so what are the leaves for? File under composting and farming: It's all about growing a highly nutritiou...

What is the fastest accelerator on the planet? – Invisible Worlds

What is the fastest accelerator on the planet? A cheetah? A rocket? A… a fungus spore? —This is a segment from the BBC’s Invisible Worlds. Related reading: Spore dispersal – The big gamble and Pil...


 
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