This video traces the history of what most people think they know about snowflakes: that is, that a typical snowflake is a perfectly symmetrical six-pointed star. A new high-speed camera has acquired the clearest pictures ever taken of free-falling snowflakes, showing that our iconic notion of snowflakes as perfectly symmetrical isn’t correct. This camera is now being designed to help keep winter travelers safer.
A quadcopter drone was used to capture this amazing video a year ago. If you watch it all, you’ll see thousands of common dolphins stampeding off Dana Point, California, three gray whales migrating together down the coast off San Clemente, California, plus, toward the end, close-ups from Maui of a newborn Humpback whale calf snuggling and playing with its mom, as an escort whale stands guard nearby. Definitely worth five minutes!
You might be able to see the newly-discovered comet – named C/2015 D1 (SOHO) – in your evening skies. Maybe.
Short answer: Yes, it’s possible. Newest video by the AsapSCIENCE guys.
Filmmakers Josh Zeman and Adrian Grenier are trying to raise funds toward bringing a whale known as 52 – sometimes called the world’s loneliest whale – to a movie theater near you. They want to mount a small oceanographic expedition to the North Pacific to find, track, tag and follow 52, last heard in 2012 but still thought to be out there.
David Dickinson created this dramatic video photo essay of a great blue heron spearing and swallowing a huge carp in the floodplain of the Rio Grande in New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on October 29, 2013.
He said the whole thing – from soup to nuts, if you will – took 11 minutes.
Today’s Friday FAQ: Why do we kiss? Well, duh, because it feels good. But why does it feel good?
The coolest space launch ever! Watch what happened when a spacecraft launch destroyed a sundog, in the process bringing to light a new form of ice halo. Full story inside.
A newly released video shows the fiery re-entry in November, 2013 of ESA’s space freighter ATV Albert Einstein. ESA released the video, which had been captured by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), in early February 2015. This week (February 9, 2015), ESA is installing a video infrared camera inside another of its Automated Transfer Vehicles, ATV Georges Lemaitre – which is currently docked with ISS – to capture that vehicle’s re-entry from the inside.
What would happen to our planet if all us humans – for some reason – suddenly vanished? Here’s AsapSCIENCE’s take on it.