These simulated zero-gravity experiments were done by the United States Air Force in 1947.
This is the song of the last male Kauaʻi ʻōʻō, recorded in the Alaka’i Wilderness Preserve on Kauaʻi in 1987. Rats, pigs, hurricanes, and disease-carrying mosquitoes had reduced the species to a single pair by 1981, and the female was not found after Hurricane Iwa in 1982. The male was last seen in 1985. This appears to be his song, overheard two years later, the last trace of a vanishing species.
A great short video from the British Museum about exploring a collection of Palestinian textiles, and what they can tell us today.
A video treatment of Tapputi-Belatekallim, a perfumer who is believed to be the first known and named chemist, or pharmacist, or chemical engineer. (If any of this sounds familiar, that is because I first posted a text-only summary about her in December 2020.)
A video made by the Lumiere brothers showing a snowball fight. Recently, the video was colorized by YouTuber Dmitriy Badin. Sorry about the terrible quality -- the video is just so cool it just has to be shared. Here is the original post where you can watch it full-sized
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