Spider dances for his life!

4 minutes

Dance or die! A male spider must impress a female with his moves, or be eaten

Dancing is hardly a frivolous pastime for male peacock spiders, who must impress females with their brilliant colours and courtship moves, or be eaten if the lady is less than dazzled. This excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series chronicles one eager peacock spider’s (quite literal) dance with death.

Video/History

The amazing and awful outcome of releasing over a million balloons into the sky

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Was there any before, before the Big Bang?

6 minutes

Video/Physics

How the ‘identity agnostic’ neutrino exists in three states all at once

3 minutes

Essay/Physics

Operation: neutrino

How the neutrino went from ghost particle to vital physics tool – a tale of bombs, espionage and subtle flavours

David Kaiser

Idea/Astronomy

What high-speed astronomy can tell us about the galactic zoo

Christopher Kochanek

Video/History of Science

In 1938, a fish thought extinct for 65 million years resurfaced, nearly unchanged

7 minutes

Video/Physics

If life feels out of balance, don’t worry – there’s always symmetry below the surface

4 minutes

Idea/Anthropology

It’s not that your teeth are too big: your jaw is too small

Peter Ungar

Essay/Quantum Theory

Quantum common sense

Despite its confounding reputation, quantum mechanics both guides and helps explain human intuition

Philip Ball