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Making Plants Glow

Making Plants Glow

Engineers from MIT have developed a fascinating way to enhance plant leaves so they can subtly glow in complete darkness for up to four hours. Their aim is to someday create plants which are bright enough to illuminate an entire workspace.

Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

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Why Is Glacier Ice Blue?

Why Is Glacier Ice Blue?

If you’ve ever seen a glacier up close and personal, you know they’re a beautiful blue-green color that’s unlike just about any ice or water you’ve ever witnessed. It’s Okay to Be Smart reveals the science behind what we see, then gives us a 360º view inside an ice cave.

LEGO Treehouse

LEGO Treehouse

We like to imagine a family of Ewoks living in LEGO builder Kevin’s awesome treehouse. The model features over 2600 pieces, and took hundreds of hours to design. We’d love to see it turned into a kit we can all buy. If you do too, show your support on LEGO Ideas.

Fish vs. Man O’ War

Fish vs. Man O’ War

In this fascinating and beautifully shot footage from BBC Earth’s Blue Planet II, we get an up-close look at the interaction between a Portuguese man O’ war and two fish – one who has built up a resistance to its deadly stinging tentacles, and another which isn’t so lucky.

Emergence

Emergence

Individual insects have limited skills, but when they form a colony, the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts. Kurzgesagt explores the phenomenon known as “emergence” – which sounds like a great name for a flick where billions of ants rise up to take over the world.

1000 Meters Below Antarctica

1000 Meters Below Antarctica

Scientist Dr. Jon Copley set out on an expedition to head more than 3200 feet below the icy seas of Antarctica, something never before achieved. The amount of marine life they discover is truly astounding and humbling. Video by BBC Earth and Alucia Productions.

Monsoon IV

Monsoon IV

Photographer Mike Olbinski spent 35 days, drove over 13,000 miles, and captured over 110,000 frames chasing down storms in the desert southwest to bring us his latest video, a mindblowing demonstration of nature’s fury – and its beauty when viewed from afar.

Blue Planet II : The Prequel

Blue Planet II : The Prequel

BBC Earth returns to the seas 16 years after The Blue Planet, but with the today’s camera tech, it’s sure to blow our minds like Planet Earth II did. The 5-minute short teases us with some of the incredible sights to come, and is set to a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead.

White Moose

White Moose

After searching for almost three years, Hans Nilsson managed to capture video of an incredibly rare and awesome sight – an eight-year old moose that is pure white from his head to his toes, including his fuzzy antlers. If you ever visit Eda, Sweden, you might see him too.

A Song at Ringing Rocks

A Song at Ringing Rocks

Pennsylvania’s Ringing Rocks Park is packed with boulders which create a unique sound when struck with a hammer. The percussionists of Square Peg Round Hole decided to use the park to record an original song using only rocks and hammers as their instruments.

FRACTAL

FRACTAL

“A manifestation of nature’s attempt to correct an extreme imbalance.” Storm chaser Chad Cowan has spent over 10,000 hours documenting supercells across the United States. Here are some of the gems in his archives. Watch in 4K if you can.

Spring

Spring

Filmmaker Jamie Scott celebrates spring with a time-lapse parade of the season’s harbingers: flowers springing to life. It took him a total of 3 years to compile the footage. One of those things that we’re grateful is just here for free for us to enjoy. Amazing stuff.

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Facts About the Ocean

Facts About the Ocean

Master of trivia John Green presents a look at some of the many things you may not have know about our world’s largest bodies of water, in one of the more humbling episodes of Mental Floss‘ list show. Can you imagine seeing icebergs off the Florida coastline?

Selah: Water from Stone

Selah: Water from Stone

Church’s Fried Chicken co-founder David Bamberger has been spending his capital and the past 41 years rehabilitating 5,500 acres of dry and overgrazed land in Texas. Selah Ranch is now filled with life, and offers tours and seminars for nature lovers of all ages.

Facts About Volcanoes

Facts About Volcanoes

Volcanoes and lightning working together? No thanks. Mental Floss‘ John Green returns to the salon to share some interesting and unusual tidbits about the fury and mystery of nature’s fiery earthmaking engines. Also, they really should think about renaming Iceland “Fire and Iceland.”

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans: Evolution of a Dive Bomber

Pelicans grab fish by swooping into shallow water at speeds up to 40 mph. Deep Look explains how these birds have evolved to help them survive and excel in their otherwise lethal hunting technique.

Deal: Dino Sphere

Deal: Dino Sphere

Hold a floating, glowing microcosm in your hand. Simply fill the hand-blown, flat-bottomed glass orb with the included dinoflagellates and seawater to create a beautiful bioluminescent blue glow. The creatures thrive on sunlight and simple nutrients by day, and glow by night.

Old Growth Puffy Blanket

Old Growth Puffy Blanket

A cozy camping blanket and matching carry sack from Rumpl. The 50″ x 70″ water-resistant throw is printed with images of old trees captured by nature photographer Jeremy Koreski. Proceeds benefit 1% For The Planet and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Carrier Crab’s Spiny Shield

Carrier Crab’s Spiny Shield

National Geographic presents brief, but nonetheless fascinating look at a carrier crab, as he stomps around the ocean floor carrying a spiny sea urchin on his back to scare off predators. A few special guests hitch a ride for their own protection too.

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Shooting Planet Earth II

Shooting Planet Earth II

Vox Observatory created a fascinating mini-series that looks at how filmmakers used modern tech to capture some of the incredible imagery in BBC Earth’s Planet Earth II. Learn how they filmed at night, played with time, and what they did to made it look so cinematic.

Lava Fire Hose

Lava Fire Hose

Incredible footage captured via drone as it flies towards an unusual development on Kalapana Hawaii, where a chunk of cliff cracked off and exposed a lava tube which now sprays a huge torrent of liquid hot magma into the Pacific. (Thanks Orion!)

Fishnado

Fishnado

We always thought a Sharknado was implausible, it turns out that a similar phenomenon really does occur in nature. BBC Earth’s Blue Planet shows us hows swarms of anchoveta fish assemble into massive swirling schools to fend off predators.

Ape with a Hand Saw

Ape with a Hand Saw

While filming the series Spy in the Wild, nature photographer John Downer came across a wild orangutan who figured out how to use a handsaw all on her own. Before you get any funny ideas about cheap construction labor, just remember how Planet of the Apes turned out.

Walkies in Croatia

Walkies in Croatia

We here in Chicago know what it’s like to walk dogs in the snow, but we can assure you it’s nothing like this winter wonderland that Ante Fabris captured as he took his husky for a walk around Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park. Damn, Mother Nature is awesome.

The Murderous Tiger Beetle

The Murderous Tiger Beetle

One of the nastiest insects around. The tiger beetle has an appetite for just about any other kind of bug it can get its gnarly pincers on, from happy little ladybugs, to spiders it has no business messing with. Some of these critters can run nearly 6mph, so there’s no escape.

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