Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
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Top 3 Worst Animal Parents
Some animal parents are real jerks. They will pick their favorite offspring while the others are left to die and sometimes they even eat their young!
Animals Thrive on Pristine Russian Island
Wrangel Island is one of Russia’s coldest, most remote areas of protected wilderness. Sheltered from human development, the island is home to an abundance of hardy Arctic animal species, from polar bears to foxes and snowy owls.
Explore Wrangel Island online in National Geographic magazine:
VIDEOGRAPHY: Sergey Gorshkov
PRODUCER: Spencer Millsap
via National Geographic.
Baby assassin bug lures deadly ants with a wave
The nymphs of feather-legged assassin bugs are the only predators known that encourage their prey to physically attack them first.
via New Scientist Video.
Bite Sci-zed - Blue Eggs?!
Why are blue eggs blue, and what does a retrovirus do?
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Chimps Beat Humans at Video Games
A recent study has shown that certain chimpanzees can play a video as well as, or better than humans!
Weirdest Animal Sex
Some animals have the weirdest mating rituals that include vomiting, biting the male’s penis off, and even dying right after fertilization!
Why Do Whales Breach?
We take a look at why real whales breach. Surprisingly, it may be for the same reason we imitate it!
The case of the vanishing honeybees
In the past decade, the US honeybee population has been decreasing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. While this is obviously bad news for honeypots everywhere, bees also help feed us in a bigger way — by pollinating our nation’s crops. Emma Bryce investigates potential causes for this widespread colony collapse disorder.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-case-of-the-vanishing-honeybees-emma-bryce
Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Lillian Chan.
via TED Education.
Elusive Baby Dwarf Octopuses Hatch in Captivity
We don’t know that much about young Caribbean Dwarf octopuses, due to their fragility (they frequently die in captivity) and their elusiveness.. Now, scientists’ knowledge of the cephalopods should get a shot in the arm, because 50 baby octopuses hatched in an aquarium…fully formed. Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) discuss the unusual octopods.
via Nerd Alert.
Why Are There No Snakes In Ireland?
Saint Patrick was actually the saint who banished all snakes from Ireland. There are no wild snakes in Ireland to this day!
3 Weird Frog Discoveries!
Frogs can vary in size, shape, and color. These fascinating creatures are also extremely important to the biosphere of our planet! From birthing offspring in their stomach to finding a frog smaller than a dime, join Trace as he discusses three recent weird frog discoveries!
via DNews Channel.
Did you know a fly can taste through it’s feet?
Micro-Science takes you beyond the reach of your very own eyes to reveal the tiny details you won’t believe are there.
The Science of Dancing Animals
Yes, really. You’ve seen animals swaying and rocking to music in online videos, but can they truly dance on their own to different kinds of music? This means no human intervention, training, or mimicry- the rhythmic moving must be autonomous. The list gets narrowed down by a lot, but experiments showed that 2 species seem to be able to dance. Why? What purpose does dancing even actually serve? Kim Horcher and Christina Ochoa (Scirens and Chaotic Awesome) discuss!
via Nerd Alert.
Take a Journey Inside The Mind of An Animal
Virginia Morell’s new book Animal Wise takes you on a journey inside the mind of all different kinds of animals. The research in the book shows that animals are conscious, have emotions, and can even plan for the future!
via Animalist Network.
Turtle surgery, octopus births & a monster croc
Good news: no more orangutan shows at Universal Studios. Bad news: Cincinatti Zoo has lost a rare Sumatran rhino. Add monster croc relocations, pioneering tumour treatments for turtles and a death-defying pigeon and that’s your roundup of the week’s nature news.
via Earth Touch.