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When Water Flows Uphill
 
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*** http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions *** In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer of its own vapor if heated to certain temperature. This common cooking phenomenon takes center stage in a series of playful experiments by physicists at the University of Bath, who discovered new and fun means to manipulate the movement of water. Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.
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Isn't this Octopus Adorabilis?
 
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*** http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions *** This video is part of Science Friday's #CephalopodWeek 2015! Join the cephaloparty starting Friday, June 19th. http://cephalopodweek.tumblr.com What do you call an tiny octopus with big eyes, gelatinous skin and is cute as a button? Nobody knows quite yet! Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute aims to classify and name this presently undescribed deep-sea cephalopod using preserved specimens and a clutch of eggs hatch housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. **DISCLAIMER** from Dr. Stephanie Bush: The Opisthoteuthis eggs depicted in this video are preserved specimens, not the eggs laid at the Monterey Bay Aquarium (which are still being lovingly incubated at MBARI's Cold Storage Facility!)
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Where's The Octopus?
 
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When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video, he started screaming. Hanlon studies camouflage in cephalopods -- squid, cuttlefish and octopus -- who are masters of optical illusion.
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Tiny Living
 
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Chris Tack made seven trips to Goodwill to get rid of his stuff, before moving into the 140-square-foot home he and his wife Malissa Tack designed and built. Constructed on a trailer bed and parked in Snohomish, Washington, the house is more than enough space for them, the couple says. And one advantage of a home on wheels, the 29-year-olds say, is that you can always move.
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Untangling The Hairy Physics Of Rapunzel
 
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The secret to animating hair? Physics. Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was responsible for bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's Tangled. The hair had to look realistic, but not too real -- otherwise Rapunzel would be dragging 80 pounds behind her.
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The Big Sort: An Insider's Tour of a Recycling Plant
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Every day at the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, roughly 800 tons of recyclables meander through a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. Mountains of discarded metals, glass, and plastic are sifted, sorted, and bundled into bails, eventually transforming into marketable commodities. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Video by Chittenden Solid Waste District - C.C. BY-NC 3.0 NY City Lens - C.C. BY-NC 3.0 Sims Recycling
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Diary of A Snakebite Death
 
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*** We're now on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions! *** In 1957 at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Dr. Karl P. Schmidt, famed snake expert and herpetologist, made a detailed scientific account of the effect of venom from a snake bite in the human body—his body. Schmidt made the record while he was dying. The newspapers called his notes a “death diary.”
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Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider
 
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*** http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions *** With their ornately-colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract the attention of spectating females as well as researchers. One such animal behavior specialist, Madeline Girard, collected more than 30 different peacock spider species from the wilds of Australia and brought them back to her lab at UC Berkeley. Under controlled conditions, she recorded their unique dances in the hopes of deciphering what these displays actual say to a female spider and how standards differ between species. All lab spider footage ©Madeline Girard
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Caring for Cuttlefish
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Raising cuttlefish in captivity from helpless eggs to full-grown predators can present daunting challenges for an aquarium. In order to ensure they have cuttlefish to exhibit, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's staff takes extra measures and provides these complex cephalopods a helping hand. Using recycled soda bottles, modified cradles, and deep knowledge of each species' husbandry, 95% of the cuttlefish spawned at Monterey Bay Aquarium survive into adulthood. Produced by Christian Baker Music by Audio Network Additional Footage Provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Candy Corn In Space
 
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Astronauts are allowed to bring special “crew preference” items when they go up in space. NASA astronaut Don Pettit chose candy corn for his five and a half month stint aboard the International Space Station. But these candy corn were more than a snack, Pettit used them for experimentation. Footage courtesy of Don Pettit. Music courtesy of Bardo Music/South Hill Project. Produced by Flora Lichtman
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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com With its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Video Courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium, Robyn Crook, Peter Godfrey Smith, Henrik Steenfeldt Neils Ulmer Gary Friesen The Aquarium of the Pacific, Prelinger Archives, Shutterstock
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Creating The Never-Ending Bloom
 
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Help support our video productions: http//www.patreon.com/scifri *Correction May 1, 2017: At 2:06, a graphic in the video incorrectly wrote the formula for the golden ratio. It should be B/A = A/(A+B). We regret the error. John Edmark's sculptures are both mesmerizing and mathematical. Using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns, and layers, Edmark's art explores the seemingly magical properties that are present in spiral geometries. In his most recent body of work, Edmark creates a series of animating “blooms” that endlessly unfold and animate as they spin beneath a strobe light. Produced by Luke Groskin Filmed by Christian Baker Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Video by John Edmark Charlie Nordstrom Shutterstock
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Engineering the Perfect Pop
 
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http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions! Using scissors, tape, and reams of creativity, Matthew Reinhart engineers paper to bend, fold, and transform into fantastic creatures, structures and locales. By adjusting the angles of folds and the depth of layers, Reinhart animates his subjects to tell dramatic stories that literally pop off the page. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Special Thanks to Matthew Reinhart
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The Fungi in Your Future
 
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http://www.patreon.com/scifri . Please Help Support our Video Productions! From bricks to furniture to leather, mushrooms can be made into a wide variety of materials. Philip Ross, of the San Fransisco based start-up, MycoWorks, explains how his company aims to fashion fungus into environmentally friendly clothing or structures in a fraction of the time and energy it takes when using traditional materials. Produced by Luke Groskin Filmed by Christian Baker Music by Audio Network and Podington Bear  (C.C. BY 3.0) Additional Photos and Videos by Shutterstock.com , Pond5, Philip Ross, Michael Pisano (C.C. BY 3.0), Phillip Klawitter (C.C. BY 3.0), Paloma Ricon (C.C. BY 3.0)
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Babies on the Brink
 
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Since the 1960s, developmental psychologists point to the "Visual Cliff"—an experiment that plops babies on a fake precipice—as proof that infants learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl. Yet, over the past 25 years, a series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab has shattered this myth, revealing that while babies can learn from experiences near high ledges or narrow bridges, it's not a phobia they acquire. Produced by Luke Groskin Starring Derek Hough, Tessa Rose Confessore, and Clarabelle Kaufman Music by Audio Network Footage Stills and Additional Footage provided by Karen Adolph and the NYU Infant Action Lab, Eleanor Gibson and R.D. Walk KTCA Twin Cities Public Television Ira Flatow Glacier National Park (C.C. 3.0)
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The Vampire Squid From Hell
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Its Latin name translates as "the vampire squid from hell." And while its crimson skin and glowing eyes support its title, deep sea ecologists like Bruce Robison of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have come to see the vampire squid as the antithesis of a bloodsucking predator. In fact, studies have shown that Vampyroteuthis infernalis is actually a gentle steward of the ocean's depths, gracefully foraging on marine detritus. Produced by Christian Baker Music by Audio Network Additional Footage Provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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Step Into an Optical Illusion
 
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In Demon Hill, the rules of gravity don't apply as you expect them to. Down is not down, exactly. The room, created by Los Angeles artist Julian Hoeber and on display at the Harris Lieberman Gallery in New York, is modelled on a stock roadside attraction, Hoeber says. It's based on a simple trick: the room is tilted on a compound angle. The result is disorienting and highly popular -- drawing about 20,000 people when it appeared in L.A. Michael Landy, professor of neural science and psychology at New York University, explains how the piece creates a battle between our senses.
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This Fish Sucks: The Northern Clingfish
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com The aptly named Northern clingfish uses its fins to suck onto the roughest and slimiest of marine surfaces. Where manmade suction cups consistently fail, the clingfish achieves suctorial glory. Dr. Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs, details how this bottom dweller takes the art of suction to new heights. Produced by Luke Groskin. Filmed by Ryan Hawk. Music by Audio Network. Additional stills and footage by University of Washington, Friday Harbor Labs, Central Michigan Department of Microscopy, Shutterstock.
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The Hard Science Behind Hard Cider
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com/cider How do you turn apples into a delicious hard cider? Just ask Alejandro del Peral, a cidermaker from upstate New York. It takes blending suitable apples, adding the right yeast, and experimenting with sourness to get the cider exactly right. As he puts it, the process is "about 50 percent chemistry, and the other 50 percent is art." Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Special Thanks to Chau Tu and Nine Pin Cider
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Birdie In Flight: The Science of Badminton
 
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The badminton birdie many Americans hit around their backyards can fly faster than 200mph in professional games! The key to the birdie's speed is its unique aerodynamic shape and materials combined with a complicated kinetic chain of movements by players. Credits Produced by Emily V. Driscoll Filmed By Jon Foy Emily V. Driscoll Chris Colton Narrated by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Stills by Shutterstock Special Thanks The Boston Open sponsored by MIT Michele Cruz Alex Liu Kota Morikawa Nilay Nanavanti New York City Badminton Victor Ng Beth Sopka Peter Teuben Xun Wang Chibing & Vernoica Wu
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Choc Full of Science
 
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Crystal formation is essential in making smooth chocolate that's solid at room temperature and melts in your mouth. Richard Ludescher, professor of food science at Rutgers, and Rick and Michael Mast, of Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn, NY explain the science and art of chocolate making. Produced by Emily V. Driscoll Filmed by Stavros Basis, Ben Effinger, Jon Foy Lighting by Tony Sur Music by Audio Network Narration by Christopher Intagliata Additional Stills by Shutterstock Thanks to Ken Branson Robert Forman Luke Groskin Derek Herbster Julie Leibach Annie Minoff Ariel Zych
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How To Grow Coral
 
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http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions! Produced by Christian Baker Music by Audio Network Corals have long since been in the news for being at risk of bleaching. At Georgia Aquarium, a team of biologists are helping restore coral in the wild—by cultivating them in the lab. Additional footage courtesy Georgia Aquarium and Prelinger Archive
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Why Spiders Don't Stick To The Web
 
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www.sciencefriday.com Why Spiders Don't Stick to The Web William Eberhard, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the University of Costa Rica, and colleague Daniel Briceno film spiders in the lab, in the field and under a dissecting microscope to untangle this longstanding arachnological mystery. The secret to not getting stuck? Oily, hairy legs and delicate movements. Produced by Flora Lichtman Video footage: Daniel Briceno and William Eberhard. Additional: archive.org, prelinger archives
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Science Project: Coffee
 
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Here's the scoop on coffee's flavor: the taste comes from compounds locked into roasted coffee beans. Add hot water, and those flavors escape into your pot -- but not all flavors escape at the same time, says Harold McGee, food science writer and author of On Food and Cooking. For example, sour flavors, acids, come first and the plant carbohydrates responsible for coffee's body come later. Taste for yourself with this counter-top chemistry experiment.
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The Unlikely Tale of a Tenacious Snail
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com For over 70 years, no one had seen the oblong rocksnail. Declared extinct in 2000, the species was considered to be another native Alabaman mollusk gone and forgotten. But one day in the spring of 2011, biology grad student Nathan Whelan picked up a tiny rock and got a big surprise. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Photos by Shutterstock, Thomas Tarpley, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, Nathan Whelan, Boris Datnow, Alabama Power, Annals of Lyceum, Wild Side TV, Paul Johnson, Masood Lohar, Bermuda Conservation Services, Jefferson County Environmental Services
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Growing Snowflakes In A Bottle
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Try making your own winter wonderland. Ken Libbrecht, Caltech physicist and author of The Secret Life of a Snowflake, devised an experiment to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. Dry ice required. Or maybe you'd rather go on a Snowflake Safari?
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The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California (feat. GoatPro)
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Armed with appetites and attitudes, brush-clearing goats will mow down weeds and shrubs from even the steepest of Southern California's hillsides. Perfectly adapted to a life of constant browsing, these ruminants are being deployed as a shield against the region's rampant wildfires. We join Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4 Hire, and his "elite" herd of goats as they reduce the invasive plants and fuel that contributes to the fires. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Video Courtesy Henry the Goat, California Office of Emergency Management, U.S. Geological Survey, Youtube User "thatlocalsportsguy"
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No Strain, No Gain: Filter Feeding Mantas
 
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Effortlessly, manta rays glide through the ocean gulping down plankton and fish eggs by the mouthful. However, until recently, it wasn't clear how they managed to do so without clogging the filters that surround their gills. Marine biologist and biomechanist, Dr. Misty Paig-Tran details her research into these graceful giants and reveals the multiple methods of filtration they use to sift a meal from the water. Produced by Luke Groskin Filmed by Luke Groskin, Ryan Hawk, Christian Baker Music by Audio Network Footage by Misty Paig-Tran, Shutterstock, Anita Ong (C.C. 3.0) Dirk Hondhel (C.C. 3.0), Kimberly Forbragd (C.C. 3.0), Patrick Yeo Ho Yoon (C.C.3.0)
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PaleoArt -  New Visions of Ancient Creatures
 
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http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions! Paleoartist and scientific illustrator Gabriel Ugueto has a golden rule for his work: Accuracy. In order to resurrect the dinosaurs, Ugueto begins with a single bone and works his way from inside out. He researches whether there are any related animals alive today, or existing fossils that may shed light on how the bone fragment fits into a larger piece, and reconstructs the entire skeletal system. He then sketches in muscle groups, and adds skin and color considering where the animal lived and during what period of time. But his resulting illustrations often don’t match the Jurassic Park-inspired dinosaurs that we’re used to. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Illustrations by Gabriel Ugueto Additional Images by Shutterstock and E. Frey
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Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Biomechanists use many high-tech tools such as MRI or CT scanning to visualize the connective tissues of specimens. But for Dr. Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs - none of these methods provide the inspiration of clearing and staining. Using a cocktail of chemicals, clearing and staining turns soft tissues transparent while tinting bones and cartilage bright red and blue. Preparing gobies, stingrays, and sharks in this manner has revealed to Dr. Adam Summers critical data while allowing him, and us, to appreciate the beauty of each fish's form. Produced by Luke Groskin Filmed by Ryan Hawk Music by Audio Network Additional Photos by Adam Summers and Shutterstock
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Desktop Diaries: Michio Kaku
 
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Many of us spend more time at our desks than anywhere else. Theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku takes us on a tour of his office, where he writes his bestsellers and records his radio shows. The futuristic 1950s TV show Flash Gordon jump-started his interest in science. Watching it as a kid, Kaku realized that it was the problem-solving scientist, not the chiseled crimefighter Flash, who was really the hero. Originally published May 20, 2011.
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The Bouba-Kiki Effect
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com If you were looking at two shapes—specifically, a pointy, jagged polygon and an amoeboid-like splotch—which would you name "bouba," and which would you name "kiki"? In most scientific research, upwards of 90 percent of people will associate the pointy one with "kiki" and and the rounded one with "bouba." This worldwide phenomenon is known as the "Bouba-Kiki Effect" and has been recorded in many languages, and even with toddlers. Why most of us share the same tendency to link certain nonsensical visual and auditory stimuli isn't clear, but cognitive psychologists like Kelly McCormick have several compelling theories.
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How to Make Quark Soup
 
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You don't need a time machine to marvel at the hot broth of quarks and gluons that made up all matter a microsecond after the Big Bang. You just need a ticket on the Long Island Railroad. Using massive feats of engineering, Brookhaven National Laboratory has devised a recipe for cooking up tiny ephemeral batches of this quark-gluon soup, a fluid which physicists Paul Sorensen say is the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered. Produced by Luke Groskin, Music by Audio Network, Additional Footage and Stills by Brookhaven National Laboratory NASA and Shutterstock
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The Maestro of Mozzarella
 
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As the owner of Casa Della Mozarella, a world-famous Italian deli on New York City's Arthur Avenue, Orazio Carciotto has been making mozzarella for over 30 years. During that time, Orazio has learned that mastering the flavor and texture of this silky smooth cheese requires a deft (and burn-resistant) hand and a mastery of milk curd chemistry. Now, he bestows the tricks of his trade upon you! Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Production Assistance and Cheese Slicing by Rachel Bouton Additional Video by Xochitl Garcia
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Behind-the-Scenes at the Explorers Club
 
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Tour the unique artifacts, including a yeti scalp and 4-tusked elephant, collected by Explorers Club members during research expeditions over the last century. Executive Director Will Roseman reveals the remarkable science and stories of the collection at the Club Headquarters in New York City.
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Desktop Diaries: Neil deGrasse Tyson
 
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Many of us spend more time at our desks than anywhere else. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes us into his office at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City for a tour of his office, in the fourth of Science Friday's Desktop Diaries series. From a Saturn lamp Tyson made as a kid to his van Gogh pillow, Tyson has a lot of universe-themed paraphernalia. Tyson highlights some of his collection, and talks about what his journey to science stardom has been like.
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A Cure for The Colorblindness Blues
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com As the most common genetic disorder worldwide, colorblindness affects roughly 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women, the overwhelming majority of whom have trouble perceiving red and green. While this may be a minor inconvenience to some, being severely colorblind can taint seemingly ordinary experiences such as a enjoying a vivid sunset or picking out fresh produce. Colorblindness can even prevent some people from pursuing jobs where color vision is critical. With these grievances in mind, visionary researchers Maureen and Jay Neitz have spent over a decade researching and developing a cure. Using a virus-based gene therapy and a group of highly trained monkeys, the Neitzes may have finally created a cure for the colorblindness blues.
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tiny turtle bridges
 
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Michael Musnick is a citizen scientist who studies wood turtles in the Great Swamp -- a stretch of wetland about 60 miles north of New York City. He found turtles dying in the railroad tracks and proposed a solution to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority: tiny turtle bridges.
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Camouflage Based on How Deer See
 
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*** We're now on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/scifri - Please Help Support Our Video Productions! *** A new line of camouflage was designed with deer eyes in mind.
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Getting a Leg Up: High Jump Explained
 
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Jesus Dapena studies how humans reach great heights, biomechanically. The world record for the high jump -- the event in which a person propels him- or herself over a horizontal bar -- is just over eight feet. To understand how this is possible, Dapena, a professor in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University, has filmed athletes and analyzed their movements to better understand the biomechanics of the leap. Dapena explains the basic ingredients of the high jump.
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Tying Water in a Knot
 
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Reporting in the journal Nature Physics, William Irvine and Dustin Kleckner, physicists at the University of Chicago, describe the knotted fluid vortex they created in the lab -- a scientific first, they say. The knots resemble smoke rings -- except these are made of water, and they're shaped like pretzels, not donuts. Understanding knottiness has extra-large applications, including untangling dynamics of the sun. More SciFri videos Untangling the Hairy Physics of Rapunzel: http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/04/20/2012/untangling-the-hairy-physics-of-rapunzel.html Dive Into the Physics of Splashing: http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/02/06/2009/dive-into-the-physics-of-splashing.html Cracking the Egg Sprinkler Mystery: http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/05/04/2012/cracking-the-egg-sprinkler-mystery.html
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The Road Best Traveled: A Tale of Ants, Slime Mold and the New Jersey Turnpike
 
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For most people, getting stuck in a traffic jam on the New Jersey Turnpike is a grueling lesson in futility. But if you're Simon Garnier of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, you often view it as an opportunity to examine our collective behavior and ponder how we became so inefficient compared to other species. Having studied the expansive food trails of army ants and the seemingly mindless exploration of slime mold, Garnier hopes to model the systems of their behavior in order to understand how and why relatively simple organisms organize themselves so dynamically. Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network Additional Stills and Video Provided by: Sean McCann, Matthew Lutz, Simon Garnier, Aladin Casino (C.C. 3.0), Phy Chip (C.C. 2.0), Un Poco Del Choco (C.C. 3.0), Jeff Gerber PD (C.C. 3.0), Vimeo User Implicate Order (C.C. 3.0), Murray Gans (C.C. 3.0) S.P Sullivan (C.C. 3.0)
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Coffee's Natural Creamer
 
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Coffee beans are filled with oils that emerge from coffee grounds under high pressure. These oils form the crema—the frothy stuff on top of an espresso. In the last installment of Science Friday's series on coffee, food-science writer Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking, explains the chemistry of crema. Video by Jenny Woodward
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The Agony and Ecstasy of Capsaicin
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com Like many spice junkies, Dr. Marco Tizzano once believed he could develop a tolerance to the burning, painful sensations generated by eating chilis. But as a chef and researcher in chemosensory sensations, he now knows better. Dr. Tizzano explains how capsaicin creates a chemical cascade inside your body and why emotions might make chili lovers think they can handle the heat.
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Study Finds Snowball Can Really Dance
 
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A couple of neuroscientists saw Snowball, the dancing sulphur-crested cockatoo, on YouTube and decided to do a study on him.
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Run, Octopus, Run!
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com This video is part of Science Friday's #CephalopodWeek 2015! Join the cephaloparty starting Friday, June 19th. http://cephalopodweek.tumblr.com Crawling, swimming, squeezing, jetting—the range of movement available to an octopus is impressive. Yet some species occasionally choose to stand up on two arms and "run" backwards. Chrissy Huffard, a Senior Researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, explains the pros and cons of this seemingly silly behavior and why an octopus might find looking foolish useful.
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DIY Robotic Gripper: Give Yourself A Hand
 
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What high-tech materials are required to make a robotic hand that can pick up almost anything? Coffee grounds and a latex balloon. The design comes from a team of researchers including Heinrich Jaeger of The University of Chicago and John Amend, who is now trying to sell these grippers through Empire Robotics. But you can make your own version at home with some simple materials. The only tricky-to-find object you'll need is a vacuum pump (I got mine from here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10398, where you can also find an excellent instructional video).
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Superbloom: How Death Valley Springs to Life
 
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http://www.sciencefriday.com When it rains, it blooms. Beneath Death Valley lies a massive seed bank of desert wildflowers, and when heavy winter rains soak deep into the soil, these hidden wonders spring to life. Some call this growing spree a "beautiful revolution against the tyranny of the desert," while others simply refer to it as a "superbloom." Produced and Directed by Christian Baker Edited by Brian McAllister Music by Audio Network
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Plunge Into the Science of BASE Jumping
 
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BASE stands for the objects the practitioners of the sport jump from: buildings, antennas, spans, earth. Wingsuits are sometimes involved; parachutes, always. Luke Hively, who has racked up 2500 skydives and more than 150 BASE jumps, wondered about the physics of wingsuits. Physicists Leif Ristroph and David Hu weigh in. We wondered about the brain science of jumping off cliffs, and asked neuroscientist Chess Stetson about why time seems to slow down when we're scared.
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Your Very Special Bacterial Cloud
 
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It's floating all around you, all the time—a wafting cloud formed by billions of bacteria that slough off your body with every movement you make. At the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon, researchers have revealed that not only can they detect and catalog this personal microbial cloud, but each person's cloud is unique. More Microbe Week videos! (Click "show more" for links) BrainCraft: Good Sleep = Good Gut? https://youtu.be/jkjqQXX47KE Gross Science: What Really Causes Cavities? https://youtu.be/WU05zZJKSdE AMNH: Microbes of New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTdeZU_8cLI Science Friday: Your Very Special Bacterial Cloud https://youtu.be/2_ib7Z4bmrg Inspired by the Secret World Inside You exhibition http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/the-secret-world-inside-you Produced by Luke Groskin Music by Audio Network and Ego Plum's Live Performance of Raymond Scott's "In the Hall of the Mountain Queen" Additional Video by The American Museum of Natural History Microbe Stills by B. Peterson © AMNH Special Thanks to Roxana Hickey, Jessica Green, Ashley Bateman, Clarisse Betancourt and Erin Chapman
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