Maron and Fleur. Two Pretty Stylish Poodles.
Watch this Kiwi chick hatch from an egg at Auckland Zoo. This is the season’s second hatchling for BNZ Operation Nest Egg, a program that collects the eggs of endangered and critically endangered wild kiwi. Hatched and protected until they are big enough to return to their native populations, this process has increased their chance of surviving to adulthood to 65%, up from just 5% in the wild.
An animal that can push with 40x their bodyweight, the hairy-tailed mole for example, is definitely something to better understand, and scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University are trying to do just that. So how exactly do moles move so much dirt around as they tunnel underground?
From The New York Times’ ScienceTake: Uncovering the Secrets of Mole Motion.
We’ve posted quite a few videos about bees and honey — it’s one of our favorite subjects — but none have explained it start-to-finish. These two harvest videos come close, but this How It’s Made: Honey episode covers the rest.
Watch more than 160 videos about how things are made.
The next time that you’re in your local natural history museum, don’t just look at the large animals in the dioramas — really look for those hidden small animals, too: a brown-headed cowbird near a bison, a Botta’s pocket gopher peeking from a burrow, or a Blue Echo Butterfly on a flower. These smaller details in scenes get as much attention from museum staff as the central figures.
Above, the American Museum of Natural History's Conservation Fellow Bethany Palumbo describes how she studied museum specimens of the Blue Echo to recreate it using a mix of photocopying, hand painting, and sculpting with layers of glue.
Every detail was studied for accuracy, down to the cougar’s whisker texture:
Even the shadows, background paintings, and native grasses demand proper attention to detail. After new, energy-efficient lights were installed, museum artist Stephen C. Quinn even altered the slight color variations of the crushed marble dust “snow” to better represent the moon shadows in the Wolf Diorama:
h/t Sagan Sense.
While the deep sea Magnapinna or Big Fin Squid has only been captured on video a few times, you might have already seen it in this rather stunning viral video from an oil drilling site in 2007. It’s long tentacles have been witnesses to be 20x the length of its body, possibly around 23-26 feet long in total.
In this time lapse video, nature history and prehistoric life modeler Gary Staab studies, welds, sculpts, and paints to create a large crocodile sculpture with his team. Staab has worked for clients like National Geographic, the American Museum of Natural History, Walt Disney Animation, and the Smithsonian. This sculpture will tour the United States in an exhibition called “Crocs — Ancient Predators in a Modern World.”
Related watching: paleo-artist John Gurche, Florentijn Hofman’s Feestaardvarken (Partyaardvark), and The Secret Story of Toys.
Watch the flight paths of starlings as they make computer-assisted trails across the sky above the Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts. Artist Dennis Hlynsky filmed them (and others) with a Lumix GH2 and then used After Effects to make their paths more visible from their own visually-echoed image. A time-lapse of sorts…
Related watching: swarms.
A crab finds a small video camera set up outside of its hole in Fiji. The crab decides to take the camera home…
"It might look kind of scary to a casual observer," (keeper Becca) Van Beek said. “She’ll grab Mo by the scruff of the neck and dunk him in the water. But that’s a very natural behavior. Baby otters are extremely buoyant, so Mo has built-in water wings for his swim lessons. This is how baby otters learn to swim, and it’s exactly what we’ve been hoping to see.”
The Difference Between Bioluminescence and Fluorescence, an animated explainer from the Vancouver Aquarium team.
This is Durian, the world’s smelliest fruit, as introduced by The New York Times.
In the archives: more videos with fruit.
It is very, very nasty. I really cannot understand why anyone would want to eat it unless they were starving.
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