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Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

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We all have preconceived ideas about what hummingbirds' lives are like, but so much of their world is imperceptible to the human eye. Filmmaker Ann Prum describes the breakthrough science and latest technologies that allowed her and the crew to reveal incredible new insights about these aerial athletes.

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The Mystery of the Family That Walks on All Fours

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This fascinating video is a complete episode of the American science program, Nova. This episode is about a Turkish family where all the children -- who are adults -- walk on all fours. This episode, which started out as an exploration of the neurobiology and genetics behind this curious behavior turned into a touching human story about a family trying to deal with a devastating disability.
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Chemists Playing with Fluorine

Aug 23 2010 Published by under Employment, Streaming videos, Teaching

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I never realized that chemists can be like ornithologists: traveling the world to see a particular element. But in this video, we accompany a mad chemist as he visits a fluorine expert to finally show you this incredibly reactive element in action.

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The Cult of Christ

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The following video is an instructional parody on the program, "How to be a cult leader." This video is interlaced with real footage of Christians engaging in behavior that is identical to brainwashed cult members.

Although the vast majority of Christians do not engage in the extreme behavior depicted in this video, the kinds of abuse propagated in the name of Christianity must be brought to the attention of moderate Christians everywhere.
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Apparently, God Lives Somewhere in London

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God-mocking Sunday and silly Saturday collide in this strange video that is sure to give you a smile before you sit down to watch sports on the TV, or go to the pub to watch sports on the TV, or go to the gym to watch sports on the TV ...
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the Diversity Edition

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This girl is hilarious. She sweetly imitates numerous people in her life as they perform the nursery school song, "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." She has a future in comedy, for sure.
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Salvador Dali on "What's My Line?"

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This ten minute video clip is drawn from the famous 1950s game show, and like the artist's work, it's quite surreal.
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This Scientific Life swag!

Aug 20 2010 Published by under Art & Photography

Yes, it's here. Thanks to the generosity of Joseph Hewitt, we now have lots of lovely stuff for you to buy to show your support for us (and provide financial support for Scientopia).

(click on the pictures to go to the site and BUY BUY BUY!!!)

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Mercury Fountain

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Speaking of Spain, here's something I never in my life thought I'd see: a fountain that sends pure mercury streaming down a chute into a pool of .. more pure mercury. You know the mercury that I am talking about, right? The amazingly heavy metal that's liquid at room temperature? The silvery-colored stuff that's in old thermometers? The liquid that, when you break a thermometer, falls on the floor to make dozens of shiny silvery beads and releases poisonous vapors that results in the entire lab being evacuated while it is cleaned up? Yeah, that stuff.
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The Bull That Didn't Know the Rules

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Yesterday morning while I was in the gym, I saw this footage over and over and over again on the national news. Even with my language barrier, it's not difficult to figure out what was happening nor what the eventual outcome would be.
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