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Celebrate Tau Day with an Extra Slice of Pi

To understand tau, you need to understand pi. Watch how mathematicians from Archimedes on have wrapped their heads around the math of circles.

June 28, 2018 — Shelley Sandiford, Lydia Chain and Deboki Chakravarti

An Agile Robotic Fish Swims into New Waters

For a robot to help scientists truly understand marine life it must engage underwater environments without disturbing them. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers report in Science Robotics this week their agile, undulating soft robotic fish does just that, having observed and recorded aquatic life along coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean at depths of up to 18 meters. A product of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the robot exchanges information with human divers via an acoustic communication modem and propels itself using a motor-powered water pump rather than more disruptive and less agile water jets or propellers that chase away the fish researchers want to study.

March 21, 2018

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

What Is the Bystander Effect?

If you suffer a heart attack in a crowd, you would be less likely to get help than if there were only one or two people around you.

February 16, 2018 — Tim Palmieri

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

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

New Frizzy-Haired Orangutan Species

An isolated group of orangutans in Sumatra is the first new great ape species described since the 1920s, and could be the most critically endangered. 

November 3, 2017 — Lydia Chain