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Beaver dams and wildfire, a stop-motion demonstration

How do beaver dams change and improve their ecosystems and build climate resilience? This stop-motion short by ecohydrologist Emily Fairfax demonstrates how beaver dams slow down and store water in ponds, creating wet...

Mental Logs number sticks, a math magic trick

Ask someone to mix these Mental Logs number sticks up in any combination. Can you figure out the total in your head more quickly than they can add the numbers on a calculator? Yes. In fact, you can probably tell them ...

Harvesting water from thin air

Can we harvest water from landscapes that are famous for their arid climate? Evelyn Wang and Omar Yaghi, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley respectively, create...

Did an asteroid kill the dinosaurs?

Around 66 million years ago, all non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. Was the culprit a 6-mile wide asteroid that collided with Earth? Or did other factors contribute to the dinosaurs’ die-off? Paleontologist Aki Watanab...

Studying the oak, caterpillar, great tit food chain

Winter moth caterpillars are the favorite food of great tit birds in England's Wytham Woods. Because of this, great tit parents time their breeding so that there are lots of caterpillars to feed their hungry hatchling...

One Small Step, an Oscar-nominated animated short

One Small Step is a touching and bittersweet story by Taiko Studios, a cross-cultural animation studio based in Los Angeles and Wuhan, China. Directed by Disney alums Andrew Chesworth and Bobby Pontillas, the award-wi...

The Sphere-Packing Problem

The next time you're eating candy, ask yourself: "What's the best way to stack this?" Then start arranging them to find out. The answer to this question can be found in the shape of the candy. In this University of...

How is duct tape made?

What is duct tape and why is it so strong? And is it duct tape or duck tape? From Insider, go inside a busy factory to see how layers of rubber for adhesive, a cotton cloth middle, and a backing made from polyethylene...

The Living Fossil Fish – Animated Life

In 1938, South African museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer came across a strange blue fin poking out of a pile of fish. With its fleshy, lobed fins and its tough armored scales, the coelacanth did not look like ...

The revealing world of dinosaur poop (coprolites)

In Choteau, Montana, there's a fossil quarry that's famous for an epic discovery: the very first baby dinosaurs found in a nest. This fossilized evidence was pivotal in our understanding of how some dinosaurs raised t...

How to make Reindeer Rockets

If you want to study the physics of flying reindeer (and make a super fun mess in the process), make Reindeer Rockets. Maddie Moate and Greg Foot combine small plastic bottles with sports caps, some Alka-Seltzer or fi...

How is black fire made?

This is not a special effect. This is black fire. When you mix a sodium street light or low-pressure sodium lamp with a flame, you'll see a dark flame thanks to the sodium and some excited electrons. "It's strange ...

Bayuble: Water-soluble fruit stickers

What do you do with the little fruit sticker from your apple? Do you put it in the trash or collect them? They can't be used again and "they're a major problem in composting facilities," so what can we do about this b...

Gitanjali Rao: Finding solutions to real problems

Colorado seventh-grader Gitanjali Rao wants to find solutions to real problems, so when she learned about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan on the news, she wanted to help. From Rookie Mag: After coming across a...

G-AAAH, a typewritten tribute to aviator Amy Johnson

Pioneering English aviator Amy Johnson worked as a typist for a firm of solicitors before becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. The distance: 18,000 kilometers (around 11,000 miles). ...

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...

How does bumblebee barf create a queen?

What causes a baby bumblebee (the fuzzier and more weather-hardy cousins to honey bees) to become royalty remains a mystery. They don’t produce royal jelly but they produce a unique barf for their young. Enter entomol...

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...

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