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Hawk Moths Hold Steady When Faced with Turbulence

Hawk moths hover while they feed, but they recover surprisingly quickly when knocked off-balance. Scientists use high-speed video and mini-cannons made of plastic toy parts to understand how hawk moths respond to disturbances midair. "Lens of Time: The Art of Staying Stable" was first published on bioGraphic © 2018 California Academy of Science.

September 6, 2018 — bioGraphic

Better Beef

Can a remade cattle industry save the Amazon rainforest?

February 15, 2018 — Christina Selby and bioGraphic

Life on the Rocks

Scientists are probing deep beneath the ocean’s surface to learn how life on Earth began

February 12, 2018 — James Nestor and bioGraphic

Scientists Learn from a Fish School

Researchers train high-speed video on schooling fish to track the motion of each individual, revealing how information and decisions travel through the group. "Lens of Time: Secrets of Schooling" was first published on bioGraphic ©2016 California Academy of Sciences  

September 26, 2017 — bioGraphic

How a Mushroom Could Solve the Honeybee Crisis

Honeybee populations have decreased at an alarming rate worldwide in the past decade. Watch how one team of researchers is using compounds extracted from a common mushroom to combat the parasitic mite capable of decimating honeybee colonies.

August 1, 2017 — bioGraphic

How to Build a Butterfly Wing

Iridescent butterfly wings get their brilliance from structures smaller than a wavelength of light. Scientists are now peeking inside the chrysalis to watch these structural colors form as a living butterfly develops. "Lens of Time: Building a Butterfly Wing” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016, California Academy of Sciences.

March 7, 2017 — bioGraphic

Watch Velvet Worms Fire Their Slime Cannons

These deceptively cute purple worms are in fact fearsome predators, launching a net of sticky slime from tiny hoses to capture prey. Scientists are using high-speed cameras to understand how the fluid forces the worm's flexible tubes to oscillate and spray the goo over unlucky insects.   "Lens of Time: Velvet Worms—Secret of the Slime” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016, California Academy of Sciences.

February 23, 2017 — bioGraphic

Spiders Perform a Spooky Seduction Dance

Male jumping spiders accompany their mating dance with a drum routine, sending vibrations through the ground to tempt a female. "Lens of Time: Spider Seduction” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016, California Academy of Sciences.

October 28, 2016 — bioGraphic

Watch a Sunset Bat Ballet

When a bat emerges from its cave, it engages in a delicate dance with hundreds of its neighbors. High speed videography reveals twirls and collisions as the bats maneuver. “Lens of Time: Bat Ballet” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016 California Academy of Sciences.

October 11, 2016 — bioGraphic

Life Blooms in the Clouds

Microbes in the atmosphere influence life on the planet's surface. "Invisible Nature: Life in the Clouds" was first published on bioGraphic. ©2016 California Academy of Sciences.

September 19, 2016 — bioGraphic

Corals Clash on the Ocean Floor

They may seem stationary to us, but corals are dynamic animals. In this film, researchers use time-lapse video to watch corals move along the ocean floor, unearth themselves when buried, and even attack each other for more real estate. “Lens of Time: Corals in Motion” was first published on bioGraphic and reproduced with permission. © 2016 California Academy of Sciences

August 26, 2016 — bioGraphic

Bumblebees Collide Midair Like Bumper Cars

Slow-motion footage of bees reveals their high-speed collisions and in-flight recovery systems. “Lens of Time: Bumper Bees” was first published on bioGraphic © 2016, California Academy of Sciences.

July 18, 2016 — bioGraphic

How Slime Molds Make Decisions

Slime molds have no brains, yet they make complex decisions. In this film scientists use time-lapse video to figure out how slime molds make those decisions. "Lens of Time: Slime Lapse" was first published on bioGraphic and reproduced with permission. © 2016 California Academy of Sciences

June 22, 2016 — bioGraphic

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