Bats Eating With Nectar-Pumping Tongues Are Weirdly Cool

Most nectar-eating bats hover in front of flowers and lap like crazy to shovel high-calorie goodness down their throats. But when some species of South American leaf-nosed bats cozy up to a flower, they just stick their tongues in and leave them there. They’re eating, but their tongues don’t seem to be moving at all.… »9/25/15 2:30pm9/25/15 2:30pm

These Tiny Little Robots Are Helping Us Understand the Science of Swarms

Have you met the Kilobot? It’s small, simple, inexpensive—not the most impressive robot, on its own. But the Kilobot wasn’t made to work alone, or even in twos or threes. No, where the Kilobot really thrives is in groups. Since 2010, the size of the group in which it cooperates has steadily grown, and with it the… »7/22/15 9:00pm7/22/15 9:00pm

This Video of a Giant Vortex Awakened Fears in Me I Didn't Know I Had

My thoughts, in order, upon viewing this drone footage of a “giant intake vortex” in an Oklahoma waterway: Hey, cool, a vortex! Wow, it is, indeed, giant looking. Big enough to swallow a person, surely. What would that be like? Dreadful, I bet. Wait, why am I sweating? Oh god. Oh god, it’s looking at me. »6/24/15 3:02pm6/24/15 3:02pm

Time-Lapse Footage Of April's Calbuco Eruption Is Otherworldly

On April 22, 2015, a stratovolcano in southern Chile called Calbuco erupted for the first time in 42 years. Filmmaker Martin Heck was in the area shooting a neighboring volcano, when Calbuco came alive. He fixed his cameras on its undulating plumes of ash. This gobstopping time-lapse is the fruit of the images he… »6/23/15 8:09pm6/23/15 8:09pm

Can We All Agree That Ants Are Just The Awesomest?

KQED’s excellent science series Deep Look (previously here, here, and here—can you tell we’re fans?) just kicked off a new run of videos with an episode about how ants use leaves to harvest fungus. Which, sure, fungus harvesting is fascinating in its own right, but wait until you find out what the ants are harvesting… »6/12/15 8:35pm6/12/15 8:35pm