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Pygmy seahorses: masters of camouflage

2 minutes

Pygmy seahorses survive by disappearing into the world around them

Pygmy seahorses have long been a mystery to scientists: how do these fragile creatures, just two centimetres in length, blend so perfectly with the brightly coloured coral around them? Is their short lifespan a quest to find coral that perfectly matches their skin, or do they adapt to fit their surroundings? This short film chronicles the first time scientists were able to successfully observe the lifecycle of a pygmy seahorse, and uncover the secret to its incredible camouflage.

Producer: Josh Cassidy

Website: Deep Look

Video/History

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

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating life?

6 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