Category Archives: nature

Crossing a water puddle

Two penguins act like an old married couple when it comes to crossing a minor water obstacle.

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Greyhounds vs. hare

This is absolutely great. No sound, but you can almost hear the panting. The rabbit cuts crazy angles on the fly.

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Canadian welcome beaver

A beaver on the highway at the Canada-US border, welcoming drivers to Canada gets saved by a passing motorist.

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Quack Squad for pest control

They’re short, they waddle, and they’re coming to eat the snails. Meet the quack squad, nature’s very own pest control. Every morning, duck farmer Denzel Metthys releases over 1,000 Indian Runner ducks on the Vergenoegd Winery in South Africa. Trained … Continue reading

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Flamingos walk the walk

Chilean flamingos enter into a mob dance to snag some females for a little shag. It’s all in the walk. (But they look like tourists.) Where the idea came from: Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests. (Or maybe it was the other way … Continue reading

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Wednesday fave

Hippo fart

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Lightning shreds lumber at building site

A bolt of lightning struck a house under construction. One of the workers traces the path of the voltage down through the wood. There are a lot a lot of nails at the top plate there.

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How to never get a poison ivy rash again

Urushiol oil in poison sumac, poison oak, and poison ivy may produce a severe skin rash. Timely urushiol removal can prevent poison ivy skin reaction. The key is to understand how poison ivy works. [5:13] Read the YouTube description to … Continue reading

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Pollinating philodendrons

Don Burke explains the unique lengths that Australian seed propagators must go to in order to pollinate philodendrons in the absence of their natural pollinator, moths in their native Central America. Better than watching a woman eat a banana. Not … Continue reading

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Queen bee mates in flight

This is the bees’ version of the Mile High Club.

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Mosquitoes use six needles to suck

Seen up close, the anatomy of a mosquito bite is terrifying. The most dangerous animal in the world uses six needle-like mouthparts to saw into our skin, tap a blood vessel and sometimes leave a dangerous parting gift. Another reason … Continue reading

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Mount St. Helens morph

The most important photographs turned video of Mt. St. Helen’s explosion was taken by an amateur photographer, and helped geologists determine the strength and power of the explosion. Computer morphing programs helped visualize the event.

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The silence of an owl in flight

Using sensitive sound equipment the team tries to find out how an owl can fly so silently compared to other birds.

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Fave of the day

Wasp army rallies after explosion clears the highway.

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True Facts about the frog

Another old episode of True Facts from Ze Frank. (Not me.) [4:03]

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Drone sacrifice

Video technology and science converge on an active volcano in Vanuatu, where explorer Sam Cossman operated camera-mounted drones to capture high-definition images of the spectacular yet dangerous Marum Crater. Cossman and his team piloted the drones over the 7.5-mile-wide (12-kilometer) … Continue reading

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