Here's What's Going on Inside a Mermaid's Purse

Reef-dwelling catsharks wrap their fertilized eggs in leathery box-shaped cases commonly called “mermaid’s purses.” The tough, collagenous wall of the purse protects the developing young until it’s ready to hatch—anywhere from a month to a year after it’s laid, depending on its species. » 6/29/15 4:00pm Monday 4:00pm

DJI Phantom 3 Review: Stunning Video + Easier Controls = Hell Yes

DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+ really upped the ante for a consumer-friendly all-in-one aerial photography drone. It shot solid 1080p video, and its built-in stabilized camera kept the shot super smooth. Well, the Phantom 3 is here—and while it isn’t perfect, it blows the doors off the 2 Vision+. It’s a mighty sweet birdie. » 6/28/15 1:30pm Sunday 1:30pm

First Full-Color HD Videos Of Earth Taken From Space Are Amazing

Satellite imagery has become a part of our daily digital lives; we use stills of our planet to navigate to the mall, for goodness sake. But when those images are moving, the result is so stunning that it’s almost magical. UrtheCast has released the first full-color HD video of Earth shot from the International Space… » 6/18/15 2:58pm 6/18/15 2:58pm

Can We All Agree That Ants Are Just The Awesomest?

KQED’s excellent science series Deep Look (previously here, here, and here—can you tell we’re fans?) just kicked off a new run of videos with an episode about how ants use leaves to harvest fungus. Which, sure, fungus harvesting is fascinating in its own right, but wait until you find out what the ants are harvesting… » 6/13/15 11:45am 6/13/15 11:45am

How to Take Better Photos Using Your Camera's Mode Dial

Switching your camera out of Auto mode can be daunting, but it’s the only path toward taking control of how your photos look. Of course, it helps to know what things like f-stop and shutter speed do, but just as important are the various modes that appear on almost every camera’s dial. We made this handy video… » 5/29/15 10:40am 5/29/15 10:40am

Google's Immersive 360 Action Flick Is So Realistic It's Not Believable

Google released a new 360-degree immersive video on its Spotlight Stories app yesterday—the first featuring real human actors instead of animation. It’s an action-packed short directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. I downloaded the 1GB 360 video and took it for a literal spin (I was sitting in a swivel… » 5/28/15 9:48am 5/28/15 9:48am