Nature Connection ft. Jon Young

Phil interviews Jon Young, author of What The Robin Knows, mentor on the lost art of bird & animal language, communication, and nature connection.

Check out the book, What The Robin Knows:
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via Thought Café.

Gentle giants of the Cambrian

More than 500 million years ago in the Cambrian period there was an explosion of animal life. The top predators were from a group called the Anomalocarids, the largest animals of their day. But now, a new fossil suggests that not all the Anomalocarids were the fearsome killing machines scientists once thought. At least one, it seems, evolved into a gentle giant.

Read the paper:

Cambrian animations:

via Nature Video Channel.

Photographing a Mother Tiger and Her Cub

During National Geographic’s Big Cat Google+ Hangout, Steve Winter conveyed his emotional experience photographing a mother tiger and her cub. The photo was so evocative, it became the cover of Steve’s new book, Tigers Forever. Check out Tigers Forever here:

via National Geographic.

The Brain Scoop: Carl Akeley’s Fighting African Elephants

via thebrainscoop:

The first time I remember being stunned by a museum exhibit was when I was a high school junior on a school trip to Washington, D.C. We were given an afternoon to explore and I somehow ended up at the National Museum of Natural History. Not only was it a formative experience because I had never entertained the idea of not having to pay admission to enter a museum (seriously, that fact blew my mind, I thought they were joking when they said it was “free”), but upon entering the rotunda visitors are immediately greeted by the Fényköv Elephant, which happens to be the largest elephant in a museum today. I couldn’t tell if it was real. Was it real? If it wasn’t, why would someone fabricate a humongous elephant for this hall? Wouldn’t it be incredible if it was real? If it is, how did they do that? I don’t think I got very far in the NMNH that day, stunned by what I was staring at in the entrance. 

I’ve never forgotten that feeling of wonder, and it never ceases to amaze me when I look at our Fighting African Elephants here at The Field Museum. It’s a joy to walk by them every day, and continue to marvel at the unlikelihood of their existence, both as living creatures and now forever frozen in time, leaving not only the legacy of their natural selves but also an impression of those unique individuals responsible for their preservation.

A Close Encounter With a Walrus

Getting the perfect shot of a walrus can be a cold, exhausting task. On assignment in a Greenland fjord, photographer Paul Nicklen explains why—then dives in for a close encounter.

Read the article online in National Geographic magazine:

via National Geographic.

TERRA 824: Life on Ice

Escape into spectacular Hyalite Canyon and discover the uniquely human activity of ice climbing. LIFE ON ICE is an adventure to remember; an adventure of impossible jumps through space and time; an adventure that blends art, science, and sport in a way that’s never been seen before. Official Selection Big Bear Lake International Film Festival. Official Selection & Honourable Mention Wild Talk Africa International Film Festival. Produced by Refah Seyed Mahmoud.

via Life On TERRA Videos.


The fury of a flying V. The intimidating honks of a bustling gaggle. Geese are the turkeys of the skies and Geese Hate You!

via Nature Hates You.

Photographing Lions With Technology

National Geographic photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson used a remote-controlled helicopter and a small robot tank to capture unique images of Serengeti lions.

via National Geographic.

Put a value on nature! - Pavan Sukhdev

Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us more careful about what we use and what we waste? Think of Pavan Sukhdev as nature’s banker — assessing the value of the Earth’s assets. Eye-opening charts will make you think differently about the cost of air, water, trees …

via TED Education.

Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

via TED Talks Director.

Updating the “Moon Shadow” in Wolf Diorama

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How do you re-create the moon shadows seen on a snowy December night? That was the challenge artist Stephen C. Quinn faced when new energy-efficient lights were installed in the wolf diorama, creating new shadows that weren’t consistent with the scene.

Here, Quinn adds various pigments to the “snow” to re-create the illusion of shadows that would result from the Moon casting its eerie blue light on the wolves and surrounding trees. 

Seychelles Night Dive

A plunge into the murky depths of a Seychelles reef after dark reveals a surreal wonderland of nocturnal ocean life. From soft corals and a mucous-enveloped parrrotfish, to an unusual shrimp and an unidentifiable scorpionfish, the Earth Touch crew films some of the unique species that dwell in this gloomy planktonic soup.

via Earth Touch.

Postcards from Palau Ep4 - Nautilus encounter

How do you improve a dive in some of the world’s most pristine waters, amidst elaborate coral formations inhabited by sharks and other amazing underwater species? Throw in a lucky sighting of the rare and mysterious nautilus, a living fossil whose ancestors go back millions of years!

via Earth Touch.

Structural Colour, Soap Films, & Nanotech Security From Butterflies

Scientists are being inspired by nature to design the next generation of security devices. Arrays of nanoscale holes create beautiful reflected colours that are almost impossible to forge. This video was supported by TechNyou - check out their series on logical fallacies:

Soon these nanoscale security devices could replace holograms. They are many times more reflective than holograms, and although the structures are smaller scale, they are lower aspect ratio and therefore easy to manufacture in bulk.

The electron wiggle simulation is from PhET, the best physics simulations ever:

Special thanks to Thomas from Copenhagen who showed me around the city including the science museum where he assisted with the soap bubble demonstration.

Clint Landrock is the Chief Technology Officer for Nanotech Securities:

Music is “Firefly in a Fairytale” by Gareth Coker

by Veritasium.