The bowerbird’s grand performance!

4 minutes

Dilating pupils, wheezes and head-butts: the male bowerbird’s tips for seduction

Endemic to the rainforests of New Guinea, flame bowerbirds possess one of Earth’s most distinctive courtship rituals. In this excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series, a brilliantly coloured male bowerbird builds, dilates his pupils, wheezes, dances like a matador and head-butts, all in the service of securing a mate.

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Melody, rhythm and piety: the rich forms and meanings of Indian classical music

17 minutes

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Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

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The queen does not rule

The ant colony has often served as a metaphor for human order and hierarchy. But real ant society is radical to its core

Deborah M Gordon

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How the mantis shrimp’s six-pupiled eyes put 20/20 vision to shame

4 minutes