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Inside a chrysalis: ‘Painting’ butterfly wings with CRISPR

Butterfly metamorphosis is still a bit of a mystery. What happens inside a chrysalis to turn a caterpillar into a beautifully painted butterfly? Does it really turn to soup? I visited Dr. Arnaud Martin, who uses the CRISPR genetic modification technology to learn about how genes build bodies. Dr. Martin…

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Inventions made real by Little Inventors

Little Inventors, a UK-based educational non-profit organization, is dedicated to giving “children across the world the opportunity to develop and showcase their creativity and problem-solving skills, build their confidence, curiosity and resilience to become caring citizens of our planet”. The kids’ assignment, as profiled by this Science Friday video: “Invent…

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Cyanobacteria from the pond to the lab – Pondlife

In this episode of Pondlife, Cyanobacteria from Pond to Lab, microbiologist Sally Warring hunts for cyanobacteria in New York City’s Central Park. Then she takes the samples back to her lab at the American Museum of Natural History to grow and study her lab cultures. Plus: Watch a ciliate eat…

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Making large magnetic cubes

How can you make a cube with magnetic rods and spheres? Magnetic Games demonstrates in this click-filled video. Watch and listen as 936 5x25mm rod magnets click together with 110 10mm steel balls into a variety of cube structures. Related play: Magnetiles, Speks, Zometool Creator 1 Construction Kit, and Zometool…

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Stop-motion meals made with unusual ingredients

Bubble wrap and glasses boil like water. A red card and a whistle flavor the recipe. Created from 1,546 photos, this Dishes of Adidas stop motion animation uses soccer equipment to cook up a synthetic leather noodle dinner. The video was created by Omozoc, who creates stop motion cooking videos…

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How does your brain power your thoughts?

According to Brazilian-born neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel‘s research, we have around 86 billion neurons—the brain’s nerve cells—”packed into a mere 1,400 grams of matter in the human brain.” How do we power all of those neurons? How do these nerve cells stay ready to ‘fire’ or react at a moment’s notice?…

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Maurice Steger performs recorder concertos by Vivaldi

Recorders may often be thought of as a child’s first instrument. A toy. An affordable teaching tool. But recorder concertos and compositions have been written by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, and more. Case in point: Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto RV 443, performed in this 2017 video with…

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Maurice Steger performs recorder concertos by Vivaldi

Recorders may often be thought of as a child’s first instrument. A toy. An affordable teaching tool. But recorder concertos and compositions have been written by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi, and more. Case in point: Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto RV 443, performed in this 2017 video with…

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Sesame Street’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

In honor of Sesame Street‘s 50 years on television, Cookie Monster, Grover, Bert and Ernie, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, and a few other beloved Muppets visited NPR Music’s Tiny Desk at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. to put on a 15-minute-long live Tiny Desk Concert for kids and adults…

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How to make a giant ‘robotic’ cardboard hand

Save those long cardboard tubes. They’ll make amazing fingers for your giant ‘robotic’ cardboard hand. This video tutorial from Zygote Brown Designs shares each step of how to make one, from cutting joints in the tubes, to attaching the strings, to gluing it all together. Supplies include cardboard, cardboard tubes,…

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Dissecting owl pellets and cleaning the bones

Owl pellets are regurgitated biological packages filled with indigestible bones, teeth, claws, fur, feathers, and insect shells from the small creatures that owls (and other birds) have swallowed whole. Owls spit out around one a day, creating an abundant supply for researchers and students to dissect and learn more about…

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Mii Channel theme music with four violas

Musician and video game enthusiast Beanzo covers Nintendo’s Mii Channel theme music with this four viola cover, then levels it up with some fun teleportation tricks… or some video editing. The piece was originally written by Japanese video game composer Kazumi Totaka. Find the viola arrangement sheet music here. Or…

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The fire and lava of Jupiter’s Moon Io

Created by its proximity to Jupiter—it’s the closest moon to our solar system’s largest planet—the 400 active volcanoes on Io make it “the most geologically active object in the Solar System.” In this clip from BBC Earth’s The Planets, Professor Brian Cox describes Io’s geologically tumultuous landscape, set to “the…

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What do cats do all day?

This cat’s-eye-view video by behavioral ecologist Maren Huck and animal behaviorist Samantha Watson provides some insight into a question asked by cat owners around the globe: What do cats do all day? Catcam footage from collar cameras captured the activities of 16 free-roaming domestic cats in England as they explored,…

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