• Recreating a Cockroach’s Natural Habitat
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    Recreating a Cockroach’s Natural Habitat

    Over the past few months, our quest to improve the quality of life for the millions of ants hailing from the different beloved colonies on this channel, saw extravagant and beautiful makeovers to the worlds in which the ant colonies live, breathe, and die. But there was still one important colony that patiently awaited its turn for a home and lifestyle upgrade, and AC Family, this time, it wasn’t a colony of ants. No, today, we’re going to be setting up the stage for a very big intrusion. It’s finally time to upgrade the home, of our ants’ livestock, and if this channel has successfully perked your intrigue for insects…

  • How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman
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    How to take a picture of a black hole | Katie Bouman

    In the movie “Interstellar,” we get an up-close look at a supermassive black hole. Set against a backdrop of bright gas, the black hole’s massive gravitational pull bends light into a ring. However, this isn’t a real photograph, but a computer graphic rendering — an artistic interpretation of what a black hole might look like. A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein first published his theory of general relativity. In the years since then, scientists have provided a lot of evidence in support of it. But one thing predicted from this theory, black holes, still have not been directly observed. Although we have some idea as to what a black hole…

  • Night of the Deadly Creatures
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    Night of the Deadly Creatures

    – Wooo, look at that. – [Mark] Whoah man, that is a long snake. – [Coyote] Now this is a nocturnal and an arboreal species, which means that they’re out in the trees at night hunting for their prey. Now they (vinyl record scratching) Oh man. – Oh jeez. (tropical adventurous music) – What’s going on Coyote pack? Right now, we are on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, and for the past two weeks, we’ve been staying at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center Reserve. Just across this bridge right here is the rainforest. And every single night we’ve been out there looking for animals. Now the one thing…

  • The Largest Black Holes in the Universe
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    The Largest Black Holes in the Universe

    We’ve never seen them directly, yet we know they are there, lurking within dense star clusters or wandering the dust lanes of the galaxy, where they prey on stars or swallow planets whole. Our Milky Way may harbor millions of black holes, the ultra dense remnants of dead stars. But now, in the universe far beyond our galaxy, there’s evidence of something far more ominous, a breed of black holes that has reached incomprehensible size and destructive power. Just how large, and violent, and strange can they get? A new era in astronomy has revealed a universe long hidden to us. High-tech instruments sent into space have been tuned to…

  • How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood  |  Deep Look
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    How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood | Deep Look

    This is the deadliest animal in the world. Mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands of people each year… the most vulnerable people: children, pregnant women… No other bite kills more humans… or makes more of us sick. So what makes a mosquito’s bite so effective? For starters, they’re motivated. Only females bite us. They need blood to make eggs… And a pool of water for their babies to hatch in. Even a piece of trash can hold enough. At first glance, it looks simple — this mosquito digging her proboscis into us. But the tools she’s using here are sophisticated. First, a protective sheath retracts – see it bending back? If…

  • So … Sometimes Fireflies Eat Other Fireflies | Deep Look
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    So … Sometimes Fireflies Eat Other Fireflies | Deep Look

    If you think there’s something romantic about fireflies glowing on a warm summer night… You’d be right. But what you don’t see, is the dark side of this luminous display. Firefly flashes are a secret code, a language of light. The light comes from a masterful bit of chemistry. A bioluminescent reaction that generates light but no heat. So what are they saying? Well, males on the wing are advertising themselves to females with a bit of sexy skywriting. Take the common Eastern firefly. His signature move? A fishhook-shaped maneuver. Which is why his species is sometimes called the “Big Dipper.” Her reply is more subtle: a single, slow pulse…

  • Flat Earth vs. Round Earth | Explorer
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    Flat Earth vs. Round Earth | Explorer

    you think that with the beautiful photographs that we have of our round blue planet it would convince any doubters but there are still some who insist that the world is flat correspondent Mariana van Zeller discovers more about this fast growing movement in California I’m Mariana van Zeller and I’m in Southern California to look into a growing movement in America people who claim the earth is flat they call themselves the flat earthers and we’re here to try to understand what’s behind this unconventional view and how it can affect the rest of us so what’s happening here today why are you here this matters to me flattered…

  • A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose
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    A beginner’s guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose

    Let’s play a game. Imagine that you are in Las Vegas, in a casino, and you decide to play a game on one of the casino’s computers, just like you might play solitaire or chess. The computer can make moves in the game, just like a human player. This is a coin game. It starts with a coin showing heads, and the computer will play first. It can choose to flip the coin or not, but you don’t get to see the outcome. Next, it’s your turn. You can also choose to flip the coin or not, and your move will not be revealed to your opponent, the computer. Finally,…

  • The next step in nanotechnology | George Tulevski
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    The next step in nanotechnology | George Tulevski

    Translator: Leslie Gauthier Reviewer: Joanna Pietrulewicz Let’s imagine a sculptor building a statue, just chipping away with his chisel. Michelangelo had this elegant way of describing it when he said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside of it, and it’s the task of the sculptor to discover it.” But what if he worked in the opposite direction? Not from a solid block of stone, but from a pile of dust, somehow gluing millions of these particles together to form a statue. I know that’s an absurd notion. It’s probably impossible. The only way you get a statue from a pile of dust is if the statue built itself…