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The expertise of killer whale grandmothers

Pods of killer whales [also known as orcas] inhabit the waters of every major ocean on Earth. Each family is able to survive thanks mainly to one member, its most knowledgeable hunter: the grandmother. These matriarch...

Travel deep inside a redwood tree leaf

Travel down into a small flat redwood tree leaf through a stoma, a tiny opening in its surface. This animation from the California Academy of Sciences takes us on a scientifically accurate journey into a palisade cell...

Mysteries of the world’s biggest dome

How did Filippo Brunelleschi use engineering, design, math, and secrecy to build the world's biggest dome? "...Experts still don't fully understand the brilliant methods he used in constructing the dome, which tops th...

Line Riders ride to Beethoven’s 5th

Three Line Riders sled, skid, and sail across a choreography of lines. Written between 1804 and 1808, the accompanying music is from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's '5th symphony'. It's "one of the best-k...

How to make a flipbook

Animation is made from a series of still images that, when played quickly in succession, create the illusion of movement. This is best illustrated in the pages of a flipbook, especially a flipbook that you've drawn yo...

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). ...

Can you solve the stolen rubies riddle?

Townspeople are demanding that a corrupt merchant’s collection of 30 rubies be confiscated to reimburse the victims of his schemes. The king announces that the fine will be determined through a game of wits between th...

How do our eyes and brains work together?

How does an eye work? How do our brains try to interpret the information our eyes send them? And is seeing really believing? This episode of National Geographic's Decoder explains how our eyes and brains work together...

Traveling Through Brush and Ink: Stop-motion set in four ancient Chinese paintings

Traveling Through Brush and Ink is a stop-motion animation of a little modern man traveling through four significant ancient Chinese paintings, transforming himself into animals and plants, and becomes part of the nat...

Airglow & the secrets behind Earth’s colorful ionosphere

What does our planet look like from space? Most are familiar with the beloved images of the blue marble or pale blue dot -- Earth from 18,000 and 3.7 billion miles away, respectively. But closer to home, within the ne...

The Universal Pattern Popping Up in Math, Physics, & Biology

Scientists have discovered a mysterious universal pattern that "connects a bus system in Mexico and chicken eyes to quantum physics and number theory." MentalFloss summarizes the formerly hidden phenomenon, known as u...

What is fire? Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas?

Sitting around a campfire, you can feel its heat, smell the woody smoke, and hear it crackle. If you get too close, it burns your eyes and stings your nostrils. You could stare at the bright flames forever as they twi...

Thumb-dented aluminum can sculptures

When Noah Deledda empties an aluminum can, he doesn't throw it into a recycling bin. He reuses it, creating aluminum can sculptures by methodically denting small areas of the cans into patterns with his thumbs. He doc...

Fungi Matter, an animation for Kew

Fungi matter. They connect all life on Earth. They play a part in fighting cancer, infections, and heart disease. They provide plants with nutrients to survive. They can even break down plastics and generate biofuels....

Exploration Mission-1: Testing 2 million liters of water

Watch two million liters (450,000 gallons) of water explode 30 meters (100 feet) into the air onto Launch Pad 39B at Florida's Kennedy Space Center. This is the successful October 15, 2018 test of NASA's Ignition Over...

How are tomatoes grown and harvested?

Plum-style tomatoes are grown and harvested in California, where 95% of America's processing tomatoes are grown. The process in the term 'processing' is a combination of tomato type—plum tomatoes are low on seeds and ...

Number Twelve Rocks, a classic Sesame Street animation

Number Twelve Rocks is an award-winning stop-motion animation created by filmmaker and Muppet pioneer Jim Henson in October 1970. In it, twelve rocks emerge one-by-one from a massive crowd of rocks, counting their pla...

Why can’t some birds fly?

Though the common ancestor of all modern birds could fly, many different bird species have independently lost their flight. Flight can have incredible benefits, especially for escaping predators, hunting and traveling...

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