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The Origin of Consciousness

The Origin of Consciousness

Good, bad, or ugly, most living creatures are aware of everything they experience throughout life (we think). But at what point did life forms become self-aware? Kurzgesagt digs into the puzzling nature of consciousness, and what makes sentience even a thing.

A Mass of Moon Jellies

A Mass of Moon Jellies

Nat Geo series Alaska’s Deadliest captured this awe-inspiring footage of thousands of moon jellyfish descending on a waterway in search of food. These highly toxic, gelatinous creatures make quick work of their prey thanks to the deadly toxins they release on contact.

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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds
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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.

Psychedelic Medusa

Psychedelic Medusa

A team of scientists aboard the Okeanos Explorer used their deep sea camera beneath the Caribbean to catch a glimpse of this beautiful and mysterious undersea creature known as a crossota millsae. The jellyfish-like hydrozoa really does look like a living firework.

Why Is Blue So Rare in Nature?

Why Is Blue So Rare in Nature?

As George Carlin once taught us, there are no blue foods. It’s Okay To Be Smart explores the why there is so little naturally-occuring blue pigment in animals, plants, insects, and other organic matter. Oh, and those Morpho butterflies aren’t actually blue. Minds blown.

OLED Dandelion

OLED Dandelion
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One of designer Takao Inoue’s artistic goals is to capture fleeting moments and preserve them. His unique tabletop curiosity does just that, freezing a puffy dandelion about to release its seeds inside an acrylic block, illuminated in space with a smooth, OLED light source.

The Turret Spider

The Turret Spider

Native to California, the turret spider is a sneaky predator. Instead of building a web, it builds a small tower out of silk and soil, and covers it with plants and moss. It lives inside the tower for all its life, only springing into action when it senses vibrations nearby.

Hibernation vs. Sleep

Hibernation vs. Sleep

Have you ever wondered how its possible for animals to rest for months on end without eating, drinking, or doing their business? Well it’s because sleep and hibernation are completely different things. TED-Ed presenter Sheena Lee Faherty explains.

How the T-Rex Lost Its Arms

How the T-Rex Lost Its Arms

We all know that the Tyrannosaurus rex was a gigantic and vicious dinosaur. PBS Eons explores why the killer dino evolved in the way that it did, and why it never lost its silly little dangly arms before going extinct.

The Cloud Ocean

The Cloud Ocean

Photographer Lars Leber captured this breathtaking footage captured from a vantage point above the clouds near Colorado Springs. By speeding up their movements using via time-lapse, the puffy white clouds look like the undulating waves of a surreal sky ocean.

True Facts About Dragonflies

True Facts About Dragonflies

“Now the anus of the dragonfly nymph is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill anus…” Yep, ZeFrank1 is back with another disturbing nature film, this time describing the weird and not-so-wonderful world of dragonflies, as they grow from larvae to adulthood.

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

How the Squid Lost Its Shell

Hundreds of millions of years ago, the earliest ancestors of cephalopods like squids rose up from the ocean floor, donning a hard shell. PBS Eons explores the evolutionary adaptations that caused the squid to shed its protective outer covering to improve its mobility.

Thom Yorke: Hands off the Antarctic

Thom Yorke: Hands off the Antarctic

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke teamed up with Greenpeace to release an instrumental piece to help support nature conservation in one of the world’s most precious locations. The track is accompanied by dramatic black and white footage captured by the ship Arctic Sunrise.

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

We always thought the whole gobble gobble sound that turkeys made was gibberish, but as naturalist and author Joe Hutto explained on the BBC series Natural World, these big birds actually have a whole lot to say, and are much smarter than you might think.

Why Is Your Cat So Disgusted?

Why Is Your Cat So Disgusted?

Unlike the undying affection and dedication that dogs offer their masters, cats seemingly couldn’t care less about us humans. SciShow provides a biological explanation for the expression of disdain that felines show for those of us who keep them warm and fed.

True Facts About Polychaetes

True Facts About Polychaetes

Zefrank1 introduces us to yet another of nature’s wonders… and by “wonders” we mean, we wonder where nature comes up with such things. The bobbit worm and his polychaetes pals are among the many strange worms that dwell beneath the sea.

Bridge of Ants

Bridge of Ants

It’s common knowledge that ants are great at working together to accomplish tasks. But we’ve never seen anything quite like this massive upside-down bridge structure that thousands of army ants built so they could storm into a wasps’ nest in Costa Rica.

Gulper Catfish Has Lunch

Gulper Catfish Has Lunch

If you’re squeamish at all, turn away. You have been warned. Otherwise, check out this incredible footage of a asterophysus batrachus aka “gulper catfish” chowing down on a fish nearly the same size as itself. It’s a big fish eats big fish world we suppose.

True Facts: Pangolins Posse

True Facts: Pangolins Posse

“Kiss a pangolin French style, and it can tell you what you ate yesterday.” Totally amateur naturalist Zefrank1 schools us on more of natures stranger creations – Myrmecophagidae and various other critters who enjoy a delicious dinner of ants and termites.

How to Grow Coral

How to Grow Coral

Science Friday introduces us to marine biologist Kim Stone, who specializes in cultivating a diverse array of living coral reef for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. Beyond maintaining captive environments, her team is working to improve life for coral in its natural habitat.

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True Facts About Ant Mutualism

True Facts About Ant Mutualism

Amateur naturalist Zefrank takes a few minutes to explore the strange and wonderful interactions of ant colonies, and how they work together to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts, along with some of the odd behaviors these insects exhibit.

When Trees Go Nuts

When Trees Go Nuts

Most years, trees produce a pretty consistent quantity of seeds. But once in a while, the trees in a region go crazy, and crank out many times their normal amount of offspring. MinuteEarth explains a bit about the phenomenon know in arboreal circles as “masting.”

True Facts About Carnivorous Plants

True Facts About Carnivorous Plants

It took ZeFrank over 3 years between his last two videos, and now we have two in less than a week. This time, the dulcet-toned nature show host is back to school us on the finer points of creepy plants like the dionaea muscipula, the drosera capensis, and the nepenthes.

True Facts About the Frog Fish

True Facts About the Frog Fish

“They are short, stocky, and scaleless, and often look like little pieces of garbage.” We haven’t heard from ZeFrank in eons, so we were thrilled to see he dropped a new nature video for us to enjoy. Here, he introduces us to some weird looking, camouflaging ambush predators.

South Dakota StormLapse

South Dakota StormLapse

Photographer Chad Cowan set out to capture imagery of stormy skies over South Dakota, and ended up with an incredible sequence of changing colors we can hardly believe that nature created. Interested in shooting storms like Chad? Join his exclusive workshop.

Lunar Eclipse and Aurora in 360º

Lunar Eclipse and Aurora in 360º

Photographer William Briscoe captured this awe-inspiring 8K 360º time-lapse footage of the super blue blood moon as the aurora borealis danced in the skies outside of Fairbanks, Alaska back on 1/31/18. Crank the resolution as high as you can, and scan the skies for the moon.

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