Brooklyn art studio BREAKFAST’s interactive artwork uses arctic temperature data to visualize climate change in real time, displaying above average temperatures in gold, and below average in blue. It also changes appearance when you approach to represent the impact climate change has on all of us.
It might have an amusing title and a playful illustration style, but NERDO’s animated short is anything but funny, as it paints a depressing picture of humanity’s negative effects on the world around us. As people obsess with selfies, social media, and outwardly looking like they’re being “green,” the planet crumbles around us.
Nature show host Ze Frank takes on some of the most varied and strange looking bugs out there. These planthoppers like to hang around on leaves and branches, sometimes mimicking other insects, other times standing out like a sore thumb. Most of the incredible macro images featured are by Dr. Andreas Kay.
Procnias albus – aka the white bellbird – has a call that sounds more like a fire alarm than something that should come out if its beak. The dove-sized bird can belt out a noise that registers up to 124.5 decibels. That’s nine decibels louder than the previous record holder, the screaming piha, and roughly as loud as a pile driver.
Zefrank introduces us to another one of nature’s many weird and wonderful creations, a teensy crustacean who stomps around the beaches of the Indo-Pacific chewing up sand, then spitting it back out into little balls after dining on the plankton and other delicious organic snacks hiding among the grains.
We already know that octopi are incredibly smart creatures. What we don’t know is if their big brains dream like ours. In this fascinating footage from Nature on PBS, we witness a octopus changing colors as she sleeps, while the narrator imagines what she might be dreaming about.
Turn away now if you don’t want to see animals eating other animals. Otherwise, grab some popcorn and watch a sample of the incredible slow-motion footage captured by nature photographers Biopixel in front of the lens of their Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera.
Kurzgesagt already taught us how ants thrive on war. But it turns out that one particular ant species has used their fighting and strategic skills (with a little help from humans) to build a truly global empire. We wouldn’t doubt if their numbers were actually in the trillions.
Nature show host Zefrank1 is here to educate us on the Deinopis, also known as the “ogre-faced” spider. This creepy crawler has big beady eyes that see better than your best camera lens, and creates a stretchy net she holds between her legs to ensnare and cocoon her prey.
TierZoo takes a look at some of the most impressive and aggressive animals on the planet. The hippopotamus is surprisingly fast on land and water, sturdy, powerful, and capable. It quickly becomes evident that you don’t ever want to mess with one of these guys unless maybe you’re an elephant.
Photographer Dustin Farrell follows up his epic stormchasing video, Transient. Like the original, it features dramatic, slow-motion images of lightning, wind, and cloud formations, capturing the fury of Mother Nature in all of her glory. Dustin says he traveled over 35,000 miles over two years to capture and compile this footage.
Nature photographer Lothar Lenz captured this incredible macro slow-motion video of hornets in motion, as they fly around, sip water, and live their lives near his home in the Eifel region of Germany. The crystal clear sounds of the buzzing insects are especially immersive with headphones on.
For as much as we think of our planet as good old terra firma, there is so much more to be seen and explored at the beneath the surface of our oceans. Kurzgesagt takes us on a deep sea journey to learn about some of the many species that dwell in the darkest waters.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) Animator Stefan Schumacher’s cartoon is clearly a nod to Rick and Morty, as two alien sharks decide they need to blend in after arriving on a strange planet. Despite its humorous approach, it’s actually a grim message about saving the real sharks here on Earth.
Drone pilot Shaggy FPV shows off just what kind of amazing photography can be produced with today’s technology as he flies perilously close to rocks and trees in a quest to capture incredible imagery of the Kjelfossen waterfall in Norway. He used ReelSteady GO software to help smooth out the final footage.
Think that humans fight and kill a lot? Kurzgesagt aims its magnifying glass at the tiny world of ant colonies, where billions of the bugs violently battle against other kinds of ants and insects every single day of their lives. From decapitations to cannibalism, life as an ant can be brutal.
The seasons will soon be changing, so let’s stop for a sec and check out this gorgeous time-lapse of Denali National Park that photographer Taylor Gray put together. Spot wildlife, weather the storm and enjoy the northern lights swirling across the sky, all from the (dis)comfort of your office chair.
UAV flyer Mactac takes us on a beautiful and majestic ride through craggy rocks, tall trees, steep cliffs, and waterfalls in this buttery-smooth first-person flight. The nature sounds and soundtrack really help bring it all together. Original through-the-goggles recording here.
Untitled Film Works’ short about one artist’s creative process becomes a film about three artists. At once, it’s a glimpse inside the mind of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he seeks the perfect shot in South Georgia, while showcasing the vision of directors and cinematographers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West.
While raising awareness for the Marine Conservation Society of the United Kingdom, wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and photographer Dan Abbott went for a swim along the coast of Falmouth, England, when they came across an incredible sight – an enormous barrel jellyfish, measuring an estimated 5 feet long.
You never want to get too close to a mound of fire ants. But from the comfortable distance of your browser, they’re neat little buggers. Vox explores some of the fascinating ways in which colonies stick together to form structures, and how they can act as both a solid or fluid.