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The insatiable hairy frogfish

4 minutes

Don’t be fooled by its shaggy charm: the hairy frogfish eats prey its own size

A long, close look at the striated frogfish, also know as the hairy frogfish, will surely leave you happy you live on land. Despite a rotund, shaggy figure that makes it appear rather cartoonish, this ocean-dweller is a voracious predator, with pectoral fins used to glide along the ocean floor and firmly plant when prey is near, and an extendable mouth that allows it to swallow whole creatures as large as itself. The Insatiable Hairy Frogfish shows the strange creature on the hunt as it pursues prey small and large.

Director: Jose Lachat

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

Ramin Skibba

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Video/Cosmology

We are born of supernovas – our spectacular and totally ordinary origin story

4 minutes

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson

Essay/Evolution

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox