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Calaya gives birth to baby gorilla Moke at The National Zoo

“For the first time in nine years, primate staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are celebrating the birth of a male western lowland gorilla. He was born at 6:25 p.m. April 15 and is named Moke [Mo-KEY], which means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language. The parents—15 year old mother Calaya and 26-year-old father […]

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The Mystery of the Upside-Down Catfish

Normally, an upside-down fish in your tank is bad news. As in, it’s time for a new goldfish. That’s because most fish have an internal air sac called a swim bladder that allows them to control their buoyancy and orientation. They fill the bladder with air when they want to rise, and deflate it when they want to sink. Fish […]

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Solving a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 seconds

In November of 2016, the world record for a robot solving a Rubik’s Cube was .637 seconds, but as of March 2018, that record appears to have been broken. The ridiculously speedy robot above, built by Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo, has improved on that time with a result of .38. Can you see what’s happening in unreal real […]

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How long have we known about climate change?

What is climate change, how long have we known about it, what will its effects be, and what can we do to help solve it? Hot Mess is a new PBS Digital Studios YouTube series from hosts Miriam Nielsen, Talia Buford, and Joe Hanson. Its mission: To explore how climate change impacts all of us, and about how we can […]

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How Birds Get Oxygen Inside Their Eggs

“Look inside this incubator. These eggs were laid 21 days ago and this one is just about to hatch. If you listen you can hear the chick pecking at the inside of its shell. Soon it will break through and take its first breath of fresh air. It’s a dramatic moment, that first breath, one shared by so many creatures, […]

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Stems, a bittersweet celebration of stop motion puppetry

Building with parts of plants, leftover technologies, and mechanical tidbits, stop-motion animator Ainslie Henderson creates unique puppets that take on a life of their own in his work. This video short, Stems, is a bittersweet celebration of their personification, set to music by Poppy Ackroyd. “Everything they do is their swan song” before they go back to being inanimate objects. […]

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Black bear cubs learn to scamper up trees (sort of)

What are the best trees to climb if you’re a small black bear cub? This adorable BBC Earth clip, narrated by Julia Bradbury, shows how these young bears’ climbing instincts are tested by the red pines, cedars, and white pine trees of the Minnesotan Northwoods. Ewok-style humor ensues. The clip is from the BBC series Planet Earth Live, titled 24/7 […]

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Attempting to create the world’s largest ice carousel

Cut a very large circle into a frozen lake and you may be able to get the ice to spin. It’s called an ice carousel, and on April 7, 2018, around 100 people in Sinclair, Maine created a massive one over Long Lake. They used augers to drill over 1,300 holes, chainsaws to cut the circle out, and a few […]

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Oscar Oiwa draws 360° marker illustrations inside giant vinyl balloons

Drawing with markers inside giant inflatable vinyl balloons, multidisciplinary artist Oscar Oiwa creates black and white illustrations that surround their observers. Above: Paradise, a 2018 Japan House São Paulo 360° installation that took Oiwa and his five assistants two weeks and 120 markers to complete. The exhibit, Oscar Oiwa in Paradise – Drawing the ephemeral, runs from April 3rd to […]

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum

In the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum is attracting visitors from near and far. In the video above, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Weekend shows off the 31 restored wind-powered sculptures created by the late Vollis Simpson. Farm machinery repairman Vollis Simpson began making gigantic kinetic sculptures at his family farm in Wilson County […]

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The Very Hungry Maggot: How larvae farming can help reduce food waste

How are maggots like waves in an ocean? How are they like puppies? In this fascinating Macroscope video from Science Friday, The Very Hungry Maggot, we meet David Hu, a mechanical engineering professor who’s studying how black soldier fly larvae consume food… a lot of food: Up to twice their body mass in food per day. From SciFri: Hu’s lab […]

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What causes body odor?

Most of us don’t need more than one whiff to identify that generally unpleasant, characteristic smell we call body odor. But it’s a surprisingly complex phenomenon, influenced by our genetic makeup, age, diet, and hygiene. So what is this odor, exactly? Where does it come from? And can we do anything about it? Learn more about why bodies get stinky […]

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Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above

Using images captured by Google Earth, Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin speeds through scheme after scheme of human-made shapes and structures from high above in the experimental film short Arena. From McGloughlin at DirectorsNotes.com: I put a lot of focus on imagery containing flat lines, symmetry and grids as they are so different to the patterns/shapes made by nature, and hoped […]

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The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico

The Bat Volcano of Calakmul, Mexico is not actually a volcano, and it might be more like a tornado, but it’s famously called Volcán de los Murciélagos. In Calakmul, Mexico, there’s a limestone cave full of almost four million bats made up of eight different species, both insectivores and frugivores. The deep cave is located near or within the protected […]

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How To Needle Felt a Fox

Needle felting can be a fun way to create small stuffed animals with different colors of wool yarn roving. Add some pipe cleaners, some small felt clothes, a few stitches for eyes and a nose, and some practice, you can have an adorable fox, bunny, pig, mouse, dragon, or any another creature from your imagination. In this CBC Arts video, […]

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Invisible London: A near-infrared look at the British capital

Trees are white. Sunglasses look clear. Skin seems to glow. In Invisible London, a video filmed using an infrared camera, Dr. Andrew Steele of Lab, Camera, Action! explains what London, England would look like “in a color that you can’t see with your own eyes.” It might look like these pictures are just black and white, but if you look […]