Image: Electric eel in a beautiful aquarium habitat

9 minutes

How is an Eel Like a Taser?

What could we learn from the “outliers”? Here’s a way to start down the path of finding something to respect and even learn from the un-lovables.

Image: Dragula orchid Black with teeth-like parts

4 minutes

Orchids: The World’s Most Beautiful Liars?

How did orchids become some of the most unique and beautiful plants on the planet? It turns out these remarkable plants have used some very nefarious tactics over the years to make homes in some of the planet’s most fascinating niches.

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8 minutes

Pygmy Seahorses: Small Wonders of the Sea

We don’t have to write about the world’s largest natural wonders to celebrate Nature’s most spectacular creations. Let us introduce you to the pygmy seahorse, one of the planet’s smallest marvels.

Image: Two fish with legs like birds

7 minutes

Get a Backbone!

What if life on earth never evolved a solid scaffolding: bones? Can we imagine a planet where soft bodies like worms and octopus evolved big brains? Our backbone seems to have changed everything and the story of it’s evolution is fascinating.

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5 minutes

Plants Can Talk to Each Other?

It isn’t crazy science fiction, in fact, plants are able to communicate to warn each other of danger. You might not smell a freshly mown lawn the same again!

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25 minutes

Preserving the Legacy of A Species

Lonesome George was the last of his species, but his legacy lives on with the help of the American Museum of Natural History. His story illustrates the importance of conservation and the potential for a brighter future for all endangered species.

Image: a man in a canoe on the edge of a stormy lake

12 minutes

Weall Mayk Misteaks [We All Make Mistakes]

Is making a MISTAKE really such a bad thing? Many of our best innovations are the result of “happy accidents” and most innovator fail repeatedly before their Ah-ha moments. Could we learn to embrace mistakes? Take a look…

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How Much Do We Know About Sleep?

We all know what it looks like when we are without sleep, but why is it so important? It turns out that up until the 1950’s nobody had studied this question scientifically! Check out the story behind the science!

Shark Facts

6 minutes

Fintastic Shark Facts

Our fascination with sharks might seem like a little much at times, but these incredible examples of evolution might deserve some of the attention we give them. Leave today a little smarter with a few amazing shark facts!

Dino-chicken

12 minutes

Turning Birds Into Dinosaurs

Is turning birds into dinosaurs possible? Creating the dino-chicken isn’t just a scientific dream. The science behind the project is already a reality!

Image: Rewilding with Megafauna from North America

7 minutes

Rewilding: What if we had the giants back?

Have you heard much about “megafauna,” the other giants that roamed the earth after the dinosaurs. It turns out they can teach us a lot about rewilding, a process to recover balance in the natural world.

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130 minutes

New Light on the Dawn of Humanity

As scientists continue to uncover the origins of our humanity, this discovery in an unlikely place by an unlikely team may be the missing link to our ancient ancestors.

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18 minutes

One Teenager, Changing the World for Many

At age 14, Easton LaChappelle met a 7 year old girl who had a prosthetic arm. The limb could only open and close, and yet it cost $80,000. He thought he could do better, and do it for under $1,000. He set to work in his bedroom, and later the family garage.

brown girl surf

7 minutes

The Brown Girl Surf Organization

When I think of the “surfing community”, the story of Southeast Asia’s first surfer girls does not jump to mind! This is great fun, real progress and insight!

Image: Arctic Tern in Fligh

45 minutes

The Evolution of Flight

Only 4 times in the history of animal evolution did creatures take to a completely new element. After water and land,… they took to the air! The evolution of how and why is amazing, and the photography breathtaking!

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22 minutes

7 Billion and Counting

Fascinating – maybe positive – math on the subject of population growth, and now I have one less unknowable subject! Enjoy!

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12 minutes

How Cooking Made us Human

Why do we cook? Is it just to satisfy our senses or stave off disease? Today we find out how cooking made us into modern humans with large brains and time on our hands! Fascinating!