Tag Archive: Nature Video

Aug 03 2015

Nature Video: Graphene Kirigami

Graphene is a one-atom thick ‘supermaterial’ with incredible strength and resilience. Kirigami is the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting. Combined, they could lead to a future of tiny mechanical parts and even mini machines…  

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Aug 03 2015

Nature Video: Neuroscience: Crammed with connections

In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections. Researchers from Harvard University in Boston, MA have mapped them all in a new study appearing in Cell. They find some unexpected insights about how the cells talk to each other.  

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Jun 28 2015

Nature Video: Hallucigenia: The worm with the missing head

Two centimeters tall, with giant thorns sticking out from its body. Hallucigenia has been described one of the most bizarre animals that ever lived in the sea. The remains of an ancient worm species called ‘Hallucigenia’ were so bizarre looking that scientists originally reconstructed it upside down and back to front. Now Martin Smith reveals …

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May 31 2015

Nature: Injured robots learn to limp

Like most computers, robots are highly efficient… until something goes wrong. But could they learn to adapt to mechanical faults? Scientists have been deliberately sabotaging walking robots to see how fast they learn to cope.     ‘Instinctive’ robot recovers from injury fast

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May 14 2015

Nature: A new dinosaur | Flying without feathers

Birds evolved from dinosaurs – but it wasn’t a smooth transition. Plenty of creatures tried different ways to get into the air – like this newly discovered dinosaur species, Yi qi, unearthed in China. This pigeon-sized creature had elongated fingers that held a membrane wing, more like a bat than a bird. In this Nature …

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Apr 25 2015

Nature Video: Robert Kirshner | Hubble moments

Robert Kirshner was part of the supernova team that used Hubble to discover the accelerating expansion of the universe which led to a 2011 Nobel Prize for his students. Iin this Nature Video, Kirshner tells us his favourite Hubble moment: a particular supernova which sparked his imagination, 1987A.  

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Feb 18 2015

Nature Video: Epigenome | The symphony in your cells

Almost every cell in your body has the same DNA sequence. So how come a heart cell is different from a brain cell? Cells use their DNA code in different ways, depending on their jobs. Just like orchestras can perform one piece of music in many different ways. A cell’s combined set of changes in …

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Feb 04 2015

Nature Video: Tiny treasure | The future of nano-gold

Lumps of gold moulded into rings, coins and ingots have been highly prized for millennia. But recently, scientists have realised that tiny pieces of this precious metal – far too small to be seen by the naked eye – could also become a valued commodity. In labs around the world, gold nanoparticles are being tested …

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Dec 25 2014

Nature Video: Depression and its treatment

Around one in every 10 people will suffer from depression. Brain regions that control mood are often disrupted in depression. Antidepressant drugs or behavioral therapy can offer some relief. By understanding the brain better, our ability to treat depression should also get a boost.  

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Dec 22 2014

Nature Video: Top 10 Cutest Animals in Science 2014

From TV-watching marmosets to pretend baby penguins, this is Nature’s pick of the cutest animal stories in science this year.  

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Aug 10 2014

Max Smith: A Sense of Place

Max Smith has filmed this beautiful short film in Argyll Forest Park in Scotland. He writtes; The First in a series of short films, aiming to give viewers an intimate view of wild habitats across the U.K, without the use of narration or a definitive plot, allowing viewers to take what they want from the …

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Aug 04 2014

Nature Video: Charting culture

This animation distils hundreds of years of culture into just five minutes. A team of historians and scientists wanted to map cultural mobility, so they tracked the births and deaths of notable individuals like David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, from 600 BC to the present day. Using them as a proxy for …

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Jun 01 2014

Tanguy Louvigny: Hdr skies

A short film by Tanguy Louvigny of nature at its best with amazing skies and landscapes.  

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May 09 2014

Nature: A virtual Universe

Scientists at MIT have traced 13 billion years of galaxy evolution, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present day. Their simulation, named Illustris, captures both the massive scale of the Universe and the intriguing variety of galaxies — something previous modelers have struggled to do. It produces a Universe that looks remarkably similar …

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Jan 21 2014

Nature: Leonardo – Anatomist

Nature Video was invited to Windsor Castle to see some of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. The drawings show that Leonardo did more than dabble in the sciences; he carried out experiments and made staggering medical discoveries which could have transformed the study of anatomy in Europe — had they not languished unpublished for centuries. …

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