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Ion Drive: The First Flight

Researchers from MIT have flown a plane with no moving parts for the first time. It is powered by an "ion drive" which uses high powered electrodes to ionise and accelerate air particles, creating an "ionic wind." This wind drove a five-meter-wide craft across a sports hall. Unlike the ion drives which have powered space craft for decades, this new drive uses air as the accelerant. The researchers say it could power silent drones. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on November 21, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

November 26, 2018 — Nature Video

Transforming Robot Changes Shape at Will

Researchers have created a 'modular' robot which can analyze its environment and reconfigure itself to overcome obstacles and achieve tasks. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 31, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

November 5, 2018 — Nature Video

The Koala Code: Secrets of the Koala Genome

From their diet to their diseases, koalas are pretty special. Now researchers have sequenced the koala’s genome, unlocking the secrets that make these fuzzy fellas so unique. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on July 2, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

July 2, 2018 — Nature Video

IDs for Bees: Tracking Bumble Bee Behavior

ID tags for bumble bees allow a computer to track the behavior of individual bees, revealing insights into their daily routines and decisions. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on April 3, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

April 4, 2018 — Nature Video

Blood, Rats and Anticoagulants: The Story of Warfarin

The history of Warfarin is a surprisingly bloody one. Find out how this anticoagulant drug went from cow-killer to life-saver in this Nature Video animation. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 13, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

March 16, 2018 — Nature Video

Stephen Hawking: 3 Publications That Shaped His Career

A pop culture icon and ground-breaking physicist, Stephen Hawking is one of the most prominent figures in modern science. Nature Video explores three of the publications that shaped his career and his legacy. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 13, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

March 14, 2018 — Nature Video

Adolescent Risk-Takers: The Power of Peers

Teenagers are often thought of as reckless risk-takers. Nature Video asks a neuroscientist and a group of adolescents ​what's really behind risky behaviour. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on February 21, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

February 21, 2018 — Nature Video

Anatomy of a Hunt: Speed, Strategy and Survival

In the race for survival, predators can achieve impressive strengths and speeds—but research reveals that when it comes to strategy, their prey may have the upper hand. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 24, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

January 26, 2018 — Nature Video

Pictures in the Air: 3-D Printing with Light

Suspended in midair like science fiction holograms, a new technology can create high-resolution 3-D light displays. Nature Video finds out how it works. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on January 24, 2018. It is a Nature Video production.

January 24, 2018 — Nature Video

Axolotls: Saving a Strange Salamander

Axolotls are used to study cancer development and organ regeneration, but their numbers in the wild are dwindling. Conserving wild salamanders could be vital for research—and the future of this special species.  This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on November 24, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

November 29, 2017 — Nature Video

Using CRISPR to Do More Than Cut

Using the CRISPR–Cas9 system, scientists can do much more than gene editing—they can boost gene transcription or use fluorescent proteins to paint and track a chromosome. In this Nature Video animation, several innovative uses for CRISPR are outlined and explained.  This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on October 31, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

November 10, 2017 — Nature Video

Smooth Surfaces Are a Bat Blind Spot

Glass and metal surfaces temporarily "blind" a bat by bouncing sound waves in the wrong direction, which sometimes results in a collision. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on September 7, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

September 8, 2017 — Nature Video

Science in a Moon Shadow

The rare spectacle of a total solar eclipse has given scientists throughout history fleeting opportunities to delve into everything from the sun’s chemistry to Einsteinian relativity to Earth’s place in the solar system. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on August 16, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

August 16, 2017 — Nature Video

How Cats Leapt from the Wild to Our Sofas

Tamed cats spread across the globe beginning almost 10,000 years ago, becoming the rodent-killing helpers of early farmers, mariners and Vikings. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on June 19, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.  

June 19, 2017 — Nature Video

Tour Venice with a Virtual Time Machine

A thousand years of Venetian records, maps and images could digitally reconstruct this city's deep history, giving researchers insight into urban life, from disease patterns to trade trends.  This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on June 14, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

June 14, 2017 — Nature Video

Broken Bones Hint at Earlier Human Arrival in the Americas

Mastodon bones and shattered stones suggest humans were migrating to the Americas some 100,000 years earlier than currently thought. Nature Video explores this controversial find. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on April 26, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

April 26, 2017 — Nature Video

Printing Glass

A new technique lets 3D printers create objects made of glass, which has optical and material advantages over traditional polymer. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on April 19, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

April 19, 2017 — Nature Video

Double Vortices Give Mosquitoes a Boost

Our understanding of how insects fly didn’t explain how mosquitoes managed to stay on the wing. It took eight slow-motion cameras to help researchers reveal how mosquito wing beats shape the air to give the insect extra lift. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 29, 2017. It is a Nature Video production.

April 3, 2017 — Nature Video

Calculating Imponderable Complexity with Quantum Supercomputers

Large quantum computers are difficult to build, but they can answer questions too complicated for conventional computation, unlocking new research possibilities in fields like protein modeling and data encryption. This video was reproduced with permission and was first published on March 22, 2017. It is a Nature Video production. Nature has full responsibility for all editorial content, including Nature Video content. This content is editorially independent of sponsors.

March 28, 2017 — Nature Video

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