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  • 25 years studying the Big Bang’s afterglow

    This week marks the 25th anniversary of a Nobel Prize winning discovery: the first image of the cosmic microwave background.

  • The first Americans: Clues to an ancient migration

    New evidence hints that humans could have arrived in the Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. Nature Video explores the controversial new find.

  • Printing glass

    3D printers normally print using polymers. But now researchers have found a way to 3D print with glass, which has all sorts of advantages.

  • Quantum computers: Computing the impossible

    Quantum computers could crack problems that are impossible for conventional computers. But first researchers have to build one that's big enough to be useful.

  • Portraits of a planet: Earth from space

    In 1946, scientists sent German V-2 rockets into near-Earth orbit, capturing the first images of our planet from space. These became the first in a series of iconic portraits that changed our relationship with Earth.

  • How do you get to an exoplanet?

    Laser-propelled probes could make the interstellar journey to exoplanet Proxima b within fifty years. Nature Video finds out how.

  • Digital doctor: AI singles out skin cancer from photos

    Can a computer help patients recognise skin cancer? A neural network has been trained to classify skin lesions from a single photo.

  • What makes rats ticklish?

    Researchers have been tickling rats to find the brain areas involved in ticklishness.

  • Is a scientific career predictable?

    A new study suggests that your next paper could be your best one! That's because a scientist has an equally good chance of stumbling across a big discovery at any point in their career.

  • Scientists’ guide to the US election

    How do Trump and Clinton feel about science? And which other contested seats in the Congress could influence the future of science in the US?

  • Monkeys can make stone tools too

    Monkey-made stone flakes look remarkably similar to tools made by early humans, 2-3 million years ago.

  • Acoustic holograms

    Researchers can create complex patterns in air and water using ultrasonic waves.

  • 'Try Catch Throw': a science fiction motion comic

    Nature presents an illustrated science fiction story as part of a Science Fiction Special.

  • Skeleton uncovered at ancient Antikythera shipwreck

    Nature Video shows the moment underwater archaeologists discover a skull and other bones.

  • Rare crow shows a talent for tool use

    The Hawaiian crow could be an expert tool-user, just like its famous cousin the New Caledonian crow.

  • The exoplanet next door

    Astronomers have discovered evidence of a small, rocky planet orbiting our nearest star – and it may even be a bit like Earth.

  • Glaciers lost in time

    Nature Video explores how recreating old photographs is helping to reveal the secrets of Greenland’s disappearing glaciers.

  • Shape-shifting materials

    Scientists can design metamaterials that have peculiar mechanical properties. Nature Video checks out the latest.

  • The ultimate brain map

    A newly updated map of the human brain may be the most accurate yet, helping solve over 100 years of arguments.

  • Coral close-ups

    A portable underwater microscope lets researchers spy on tiny coral polyps in their natural ocean habitat.

  • Creating Dolly

    Dolly the sheep was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. Twenty years later, Nature Video meets two of the embryologists who created her.

  • Hobbit histories: the origins of Homo floresiensis

    New fossils shed light on the origin of the unusual human relative known as ‘the hobbit’.

  • The Neanderthal sculpture garden

    In a cave in France archaeologists have found some of the oldest human constructions – but no-one knows what they are. Nature Video takes a look.

  • The physics of the sneeze

    One lab is using slow motion footage of people sneezing to study the physics of these disease-spreading expulsions.

  • Is there a reproducibility crisis in science?

    A Nature survey sheds light on the ‘crisis’ rocking research.

  • From the depths: Egypt’s lost cities

    For centuries, two fabled Egyptian cities lay hidden in the Nile delta – until underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio found them. A new exhibition explores their treasures.

  • The Brain Dictionary

    Scientists have created an interactive brain map showing which areas respond to different words. Nature Video explores how our brains organise the thousands of words in our heads.

  • The nerve bypass: how to move a paralysed hand

    A computer plugged into Ian’s brain allows him to move his paralysed hand, years after a broken neck left him quadriplegic.

  • 24 hours in a synchrotron

    A synchrotron produces X-rays 24 hours a day and researchers need to make full use of their allotted time. Nature Video spends a day and a night at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility to reveal the science that never sleeps.

  • Ten years of DNA origami

    DNA origami – the art of folding DNA - has expanded hugely in the ten years since its conception. Nature Video finds out how you can fold DNA into robots.

  • Network Earth

    In a world filled with complex networks, can mathematical tools bring order and predictability to the chaos? Nature Video finds out.

  • Attack by the lake: a prehistoric massacre

    Archaeologists uncover the remains of a community brutally murdered, ten thousand years ago. The bones of men, women and children have emerged from the bed of an ancient lake, providing evidence of a violent massacre in prehistoric Kenya.

  • Paris Climate talks – COP21

    Nature Video’s coverage of the historic COP21 climate talks - filmed as they happened, on location in Paris.

  • Ovarian cancer: beyond resistance

    Nature Video investigates new treatments for ovarian cancer, in particular those designed to combat resistance to the leading existing treatment - platinum-based chemotherapy.

  • Paris climate talks: Global problem, global deal

    The Paris climate talks are nearly upon us, and the world’s nations are gathering to hammer out a deal. But how do you get an agreement that everyone will sign up to?

  • Paris climate talks: Consequences of climate change

    What will a world that is a few degrees hotter look like? As negotiators gather in Paris, reporter Adam Levy investigates some of the effects that temperature changes will have on our planet.

  • Paris climate talks: The two degree limit

    World leaders will soon meet in Paris, tasked with stopping the world from heating up by more than two degrees. Nature Video investigates the basis of this limit, and how much carbon we can burn before we reach it.

  • Three things Rosetta taught us about Comet 67P

    Nature Video reveals three facts we now know about Comet 67P and three mysteries we have yet to solve…

  • The Mesa Verde mystery

    An ancient society in the American Southwest performed one of the greatest vanishing acts in human history. Nature Video finds out why.

  • Ultrasonic levitation

    Nature Video finds out how scientists can levitate objects using sound waves.

  • Quantum ‘spookiness' explained

    A new version of a famous quantum experiment shows that ‘spooky action at distance’ is a real phenomenon.

  • Laureates in their own words

    Nature Video presents a series of short animations, featuring Nobel prize-winning scientists - and their stories - as you’ve never seen them before. Plus, three films capturing the exchange of ideas between young researchers and the Laureates they seek to emulate.

  • Smelly Seeds Fool Dung Beetles

    When you’re a plant, it’s not easy to make sure your seeds are spread far and wide and safely buried. Unless you can trick a dung beetle into doing it for you…

  • Walking with chimps

    What can we learn from chimps swinging their hips? In this Nature Video, we investigate the walking style of our primate cousins, and see what they can teach us about our ambling ancestors.

  • Diary lab: A day in the life

    In this Nature Video, editor Helen Pearson takes us through a day in her shoes, and reveals what she learned about how time use is changing in the modern world.

  • Building the sphere of Archimedes

    Michael Wright, an engineer of ancient mechanisms, shows Nature Video his latest contraption - the sphere of Archimedes.

  • Drinking Problems

    Getting nectar from the depths of a flower is no easy task. Slow motion video reveals how two kinds of bats have evolved two very different methods, using two very different tongues…

  • Trailer: Nature Video

    From the minuscule to the massive, Nature Video brings you the best science news and research.

  • How many trees are there in the world?

    Explore the Earth as you’ve never seen it before as Nature Video finds out exactly how many trees there are in the world.

  • Computing Cancer

    Scientists model cancerous tumour in three dimensions.

  • Plant Invaders

    Should we be worried about invasion by plants? Experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew tell Nature Video about their ongoing battle with the leafy interlopers.

  • Octopus Genome: Suckers and smarts

    Nature Video delves into the octopus genome to explore the genetic basis of their unique abilities.

  • Jungle Genetics

    How do you map the DNA of an entire tropical mountain? Nature Video finds out how modern techniques are being combined with the methods of Victorian naturalists…

  • Neuroscience: Crammed with connections

    In a piece of brain tissue smaller than a dust mite, there are thousands of brain cell branches and connections - and some unexpected insights about how the brain works. Find out more in this Nature Video.

  • Graphene Kirigami

    Nature Video finds out how the Japanese art of paper cutting can give 'supermaterial' graphene even more incredible properties.

  • Prepare for Pluto: the New Horizons fly-by

    Nature Video breaks down what will happen as New Horizons passes Pluto – a fly-by that will be over in a matter of hours.

  • Go green, go driverless!

    Nature Video uses lego to explore how driverless taxis could help the environment

  • Why Pluto?

    As the New Horizons spacecraft approaches Pluto, Nature Video looks at our enduring fascination with this famous 'non-planet'.

  • Addiction: Learning to forget

    Scientists could treat addiction by selectively modifying memories, using a technique already being trialed to treat phobias. Find out more in this Nature Video.

  • Hallucigenia: The worm with the missing head

    Nature Video discovers the story of a back to front and upside down marine worm.

  • Injured robots learn to limp

    Like most computers, robots are highly efficient... until something goes wrong. But could they learn to adapt to mechanical faults? Scientists have been deliberately sabotaging walking robots to see how fast they learn to cope.

  • Five Reasons To Thank Plankton

    Nature Video finds out why we should all be saying: Thanks Plankton!

  • Clever fish: Cooperation on the reef

    Nature Video discovers some surprisingly smart fish.

  • Colorectal cancer: A disease of development

    Nature Video investigates the link between economic development and the incidence of colorectal cancer.

  • A new dinosaur: Flying without feathers

    This pigeon-sized dinosaur had elongated fingers that held a membrane wing, more like a bat than a bird. In this Nature Video, we look at what makes this fossil so special, and consider what this dinosaur may have looked like.

  • Hubble moments

    To celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary, Nature Video asked five scientists to tell us about their favourite Hubble moment.

  • The soil sleuth

    Nature Video visits a mock crime scene, where soil scientists are testing new forensic techniques.

  • Fights in the forest

    Nature reporter Jeff Tollefson explores the human conflicts which arise from deforestation in the Amazon.

  • Inside DeepMind

    Nature Video gets a rare glimpse inside Google's AI lab, DeepMind. Here, the quest for artificial intelligence starts with Space Invaders.

  • Epigenome: The symphony in your cells

    Nature Video teams up with musicians to explain how the packaging of DNA affects gene expression – and how this could contribute to disease.

  • Tiny treasure: The future of nano-gold

    See how gold nanoparticles could be used to kill cancer cells, improve the efficiency of solar cells and catalyse chemical reactions.

  • Ebola: A cultural challenge

    Nature reporter Erika Check Hayden travels to Sierra Leone to meet the officials fighting the spread of Ebola.

  • Top 10 Cutest Animals in Science 2014

    From TV-watching marmosets to pretend baby penguins, this is Nature's pick of the cutest animal stories in science this year.

  • Rockstars and flying cars

    In this Nature Video Zak, a teenager with haemophilia, gives us an insight into his life – the ups, downs, misconceptions and realities. And how this might change as cutting edge research hints at a cure on the horizon.

  • Theoretical physics in Nepal

    In Kathmandu, power cuts are a daily problem and Internet connectivity is patchy. But at the heart of Nepal's capital, one ambitious scientist has been trying to boost the country's physics research.

  • Rosetta: Prepare to land

    Nature Video explains ESA's daring mission to land a robotic probe on a comet: the sequence of events and what could go wrong.

  • A picture of health

    Nature Video presents four films, tackling big questions in medical science. Filmed at the 2014 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, reporter Lorna Stewart gets to grips with an ageing population, ponders drugs without side effects, wades through 40 years of cancer research, and gets a reality check on the battle against HIV.

  • Cave art in the tropics

    Hand stencils and paintings of animals found in caves in Indonesia are among the oldest in the world – at least as old as similar artwork in Europe.

  • Healing through song

    Geneticist Pardis Sabeti talks about the song she wrote in memory of colleagues who died in the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

  • Laniakea: Our home supercluster

    Scientists show that our home, the Milky Way, is part of a much larger system of galaxies; A supercluster named Laniakea.

  • Fish out of water

    In this Nature Video, find out why scientists raised fish out of water to better understand our ancestors transition onto land over 400 million years ago.

  • Under the ice

    Douglas Fox recounts his trip to Antarctica with a team of scientists, and their attempt to drill down to a subglacial lake buried deep below the ice, on the search for life.

  • The Neanderthal survival game

    Nature Video re-winds to 50,000 years ago and re-plays the Neanderthals survival game. Find out when the Neandethals disappeared and how our species came to dominate Europe.

  • A story of blue

    The colour blue has long proved a problem for artists. In this Nature Video we hear how chemistry enabled a rare and prized blue pigment to be artificially manufactured.

  • Charting culture

    Nature Video takes you on a 5-minute tour of humanity's cultural history, charting the rise and fall of cultural centres over two millennia.

  • A vote for stem cells

    California is home to an unusual stem cell agency; it’s funded by the state. We asked baseball fans if they’d vote for more funding.

  • Handing on a sustainable future

    How can we maintain resources for future generations? Harvard scientists devised a game to test whether individuals would cooperate with future 'generations' of players. See what happened in this handy, candy-filled Nature Video.

  • Living Symphonies

    Nature Video delves into the science behind Living Symphonies, a sound installation which aims to represent a forest ecosystem, in real time, as a dynamic, ever changing symphony.

  • Supersize sperm from the past

    Scientists have found the oldest sperm ever discovered, and they are whoppers. They belong to a type of tiny crustacean called an Ostracod. The finding suggests that Ostracods evolved their gargantuan gametes far earlier than their rivals in the supersize sperm leagues, the fruit flies.

  • Lost in migration

    A study on robins shows that man-made electromagnetic noise interferes with birds' magnetic compass, which they use to help them migrate.

  • A virtual Universe

    A computer simulation that traces 13 billion years of galaxy evolution produces a Universe that's remarkably similar to what we see through our telescopes.

  • What's in my head?

    In this film, artist Sue Morgan expresses her experiences of schizophrenia through drawing, while Dr Sukhi Shergill uses MRI scanners to peer inside the brains of patients.

  • Gentle giants of the Cambrian

    The largest and most fearsome predators of the Cambrian period, 520 million years ago, were from a group called the anomalocarids. Now a new fossil discovery suggests that one anomalocarid was in fact a gentle giant.

  • The beginning of everything

    Scientists from the Centre for Astrophysics have found evidence of gravitational waves created mere moments after the dawn of the Universe. These waves were created in a period of rapid expansion called cosmic inflation.

  • Vaccine delivery

    The last mile of a vaccine's journey from factory to child in Africa is the most difficult. A reliable vehicle is essential, as we learn in this Nature Video.

  • Science is Beautiful

    In a new exhibition, the British Library pays homage to the important role data visualisation plays in the scientific process. In this Nature Video, curator Johanna Kieniewicz explores some beautiful examples of visualisations, past and present.

  • Come fly with me

    People have long been intrigued by birds that fly in a 'V' shape. Now researchers show ibises position themselves and their wings to take advantage of the airflow created by the bird in front.

  • Stronger, not sicker

    Carley Rutledge is taking part in a trial for a cancer vaccine. She talks about her experience, while her doctors explain how the personalised vaccine works.

  • Creating Gollum

    Gollum is one of J.R.R. Tolkien's most well-known characters. His digital character was created by visual effects company Weta Digital. We hear how they made Gollum look believable on screen.

  • Stay dry with a bounce

    Scientists engineer tiny ridges on super-hydrophobic surfaces to make water drops bounce off them more quickly.

  • The fireball on film

    Scientists use YouTube videos to study the asteroid which hit Chelyabinsk in Russia in February 2013.

  • Reading minds

    Neuroscientists use scanning techniques to tell which areas of the brain are active during different tasks. Now by looking deeper into these blobs, they can decode what a person is seeing, remembering and even dreaming.

  • Better living through chemistry

    Nature Video presents four debates, asking how chemistry can solve pressing world problems. Filmed at the 2013 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, the films tackle the future of fuels, the dwindling supplies of rare catalysts, drug development and science’s role in the developing world.

  • Supervolcanoes on Mars

    Scientists find evidence for volcanic eruptions of unprecedented scale on the surface of the red planet.

  • Revving up brain skills

    A custom-designed computer game can boost cognitive function in older adults. The game, called NeuroRacer, improves players' short-term memory and attention, skills which decline with age.

  • Singing stars

    Scientists have turned light signals from distant stars into sound. Find out why a dwarf star sounds different from a red giant.

  • How brains see

    The 3D maps in this video show the brain at its most detailed and messy. The maps – or connectomes – provide new insights into how the brain processes visual information.

  • The heart makers

    Nature Video visits Massachusetts General Hospital with Brendan Maher, where scientists are harvesting dead hearts to engineer parts for transplant.

  • Why chimps don't play baseball

    Compared with chimpanzees and other animals, we're very good at throwing. This video shows how our skill is down to the anatomy of our shoulders.

  • When blood goes bad

    Nature Video looks at the blood factories inside our bones, to see what goes awry in the main forms of leukaemia, or cancer of the blood.

  • Crouching turkey, hidden dragon

    Nature Video finds out how birds evolved to stand on crouched legs. The answer lies in dinosaur bones...

  • Polio's moving target

    Nature Video travels to Northern Nigeria with reporter Ewen Callaway in search of one of the last remaining strongholds of the polio virus.

  • See-through brains

    To create the stunning 3D visualisations in this video, Karl Deisseroth and team had to make the brain transparent. Nature Video explains how they did it and marvels at the results.

  • Have you ever seen an atom?

    Scientists are now able to create highly accurate three dimensional reconstructions of materials at the most fundamental scale: the atomic.

  • Hurricane Sandy: After the storm

    Nature reporter Jeff Tollefson heads out into the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. His photographs document this journey.

  • Ice Age art

    Nature Video takes a look at the earliest known sculptures and musical instruments, made by our ancestors in Europe up to 40,000 years ago.

  • LOL cats like stroking too

    Scientists have identified a group of neurons that respond to stroking, but not other kinds of touching, in mice. Nature Video teamed up with a feline Internet phenomenon to learn more...

  • A fish in the matrix

    See how virtual reality experiments with zebrafish are teaching us about the brain.

  • Inside Fukushima's empty villages

    Nature Video takes a look inside the exclusion zone which surrounds the Fukushima power plant in Japan.

  • The buzz about pesticides

    Bees are the most important pollinators of our crops, but their numbers are decreasing. In this video, buzzy researchers Nigel Raine and Richard Gill explain how two commonly used pesticides harm bumblebee colonies.

  • Confronting the Universe

    Nature Video presents five debates on issues that matter to the current generation of physicists. Recorded at the 2012 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, the films deal with dark matter, the looming energy crisis, science education and the relationship between theory and experiment.

  • ENCODE: The story of you

    Ever since a monk called Mendel started breeding pea plants we've been learning about our genomes. This animation shows how the ENCODE Project, represented by a robot superhero, is the culmination of two centuries of learning.

  • Voices of ENCODE

    ENCODE's lead coordinator, Ewan Birney, and Nature editor Magdalena Skipper talk about the challenges of managing a colossal genetics project and what we've learnt about the human genome.

  • Curiosity's first look at Mars

    Since landing on Mars, the Curiosity rover has captured some striking images. Two NASA scientists talk about what we've seen so far, and what we might encounter.

  • Scientists do the wet-dog shake

    Researchers in Atlanta filmed wet mammals as they shook themselves dry. Watch their slow-motion footage and find out how fast different species need to shake.

  • Aquarius: The undersea laboratory

    Come with us, as we dive 17 metres below the surface of the Atlantic to visit the world's only operating undersea lab. This unique research base could be decommissioned later this year if the US Congress cuts its funding.

  • Extreme conservation

    Freelance journalist Henry Nicholls travels to Borneo to meet 'Stumpy', the three-legged Sumatran rhino. Conservationists are going to extreme lengths to conserve this highly endangered species, but some question whether it's worthwhile.

  • Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind

    Cathy Hutchinson has been unable to move her arms or legs for 15 years. But using the most advanced brain-machine interface ever developed, she can steer a robotic arm towards a bottle and drink her morning coffee. See how Cathy does it and hear from the team behind this pioneering clinical trial.

  • Leonardo: Anatomist

    Nature Video was invited to Windsor Castle to see some of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings. The drawings show that Leonardo did more than dabble in the sciences; he carried out experiments, made staggering medical discoveries and almost transformed the study of anatomy in Europe...

  • One foot in the past

    A new foot fossil has surprised researchers who study the evolution of bipedalism. The foot is roughly the same age as 'Lucy' and her species, Australopithecus afarensis. But the shape of its bones suggest it was moving around in a rather different way from Lucy and it could represent a new species of hominin.

  • A year at Fukushima

    A year ago, three nuclear reactors melted down at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. Nature Video takes a look at the ongoing efforts to stabilize the reactors and prevent the spread of further contamination.

  • Leaping lizards!

    High-speed video footage of leaping lizards supports a 40-year-old hypothesis about how theropod dinosaurs, like the velociraptors of Jurassic Park fame, adjusted the angle of their tails to stay stable when jumping.

  • Secrets of the Black Death

    The Black Death swept across Europe in the mid-14th century killing about half the population. It was caused by a bacterium called Yersinia pestis. This strain of bacteria is still around today, but intriguingly it causes far fewer deaths. To find out why, researchers reconstructed a medieval Yersinia pestis genome - and compared it to the genomes of contemporary strains.

  • Strands of life

    Nature Video presents five short films on physiology and medicine, recorded at the 2011 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau. Listen in to conversations ranging from cancer and ageing to how to write a grant application and have a successful collaboration.

  • Fukushima nuclear crisis, six months later

    The meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant has led to an ongoing crisis in Japan. Nature Video provides an update on efforts to stabilize the reactors, and the consequences of the emergency for Japan and nuclear power worldwide.

  • Supergene controls butterfly mimicry

    The colorful Amazonian butterfly Heliconius Numata increases its odds of survival by mimicking the wing patterns of other closely-related species. Researchers led by French scientist Mathieu Joron show that supergenes are behind its varied wing patterns.

  • The great ape program

    As populations of chimpanzees dwindle in the wild, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary anthropology are studying them before it's too late.

    They've set up the 'Pan Africa Great Ape Program'. Using motion-sensitive cameras, they have collected video footage of the chimps in Sapo national park in Liberia, which is already providing valuable insights into chimp behaviour. The project will eventually cover 15 African nations.

  • The coffee-ring effect - intriguing microscopic video

    In this video supplied by the authors, a team from the University of Pennsylvania show that simply changing particle shape can eliminate the so-called coffee-ring effect: the phenomenon whereby a ring-shaped stain is left behind when drops of certain liquids dry.

  • Virtual environments for health

    Reporter Daniel Cressey takes a trip to the University of Birmingham for a walk through a virtual world. By recreating the positive effects of spending time in natural environments, Bob Stone and his team hope to help those who can't get out and about by bringing these environments to them.

  • Space Shuttle: The complete missions

    NASA's 30-year Space Transportation System (STS) program came to an end on 21st July 2011. The Space Shuttle fleet delivered the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and dozens of satellites, space probes, crew and supplies. Two Shuttles were lost: Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003. The touchdown of Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center marked the end of an era, after 135 missions. This video shows all of them in chronological order.

  • Fukushima's nuclear emergency

    The partial meltdown of nuclear fuel at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has created a crisis in Japan. Nature Video provides a brief summary of events at the plant, and what lies ahead for the damaged reactors.

  • Untangling the brain

    Figuring out the brain's wiring diagram is the aim of 'connectomics'. It's done at many scales: from the 'super highways' linking brain areas down to individual cells and their connections. This video shows how, for the first time, scientists have reconstructed the wiring of tiny pieces of the mouse brain and related it to the function of individual cells.

  • Penguins: the flip side of flipper bands

    Scientists often study penguins to see how climate change is affecting the marine ecosystem. To keep track of individual birds they use flipper bands. But a new study shows that these bands reduce the penguins' breeding success and survival, thus biasing the data.

  • Thought projection by neurons in the human brain

    In this video supplied by the authors, a team from California have shown that it's possible to control images on a screen using just the power of thought. Working with patients who had electrodes implanted for surgery, they fed signals from the patient's brains into a computer, and then watched as they learnt how to use these signals to fade in an image of Marilyn Monroe, or fade out Michael Jackson.

  • Nuclear exchange: uranium hits the road

    In late September 2010, Nature reporter Geoff Brumfiel watched a United States operation to move bomb-grade uranium fuel out of a research reactor in Poland.

  • Turning the Tables

    Nobel laureates question a panel of young scientists about the challenges they face today and what they think about the future. Filmed at the 2010 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in association with Nature Outlooks.

  • A meeting of minds

    Nature Video presents five short films from the 2010 Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. Brace yourself as we contemplate the origin of life on earth, imagine microsurgeons traveling in our bloodstream, quiz a systems biology sceptic, and talk to one of the few women to win a Nobel Prize.

  • Foldit: Biology for gamers

    Guessing how a protein will fold up based on its DNA sequence is often too difficult for even the most advanced computer programs. Now, scientists have created Foldit, an online game that lets human players do the work.

  • A piece in the monkey puzzle

    The discovery of the fossilized remains of a previously unknown primate from Saudi Arabia could bring us one step closer to dating the divergence between hominoids and Old World monkeys.

  • The first Britons

    A haul of stone tools unearthed from a beach in England hints that humans were living in northern Europe far earlier than we thought - and in a cold climate. The finding suggests that the first Britons were a hardy bunch, able to thrive in Scandinavian-like conditions.

  • The jaws of the Leviathan

    The fossilised skull and jaw of a giant, 12-13 million-year-old sperm whale have been discovered off the coast of Peru. The creature belongs to a previously unknown genus of sperm whale and has been named to honour Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick.

  • Computational challenges to large-scale data management

    It is becoming increasingly difficult to harness the computer power required to process large-scale biological data. Eric Schadt guides users through the possibilities offered by new computational environments, such as cloud-based and heterogeneous computing.

  • Male pregnancy: The dark side

    Male pregnancy occurs only in seahorses, pipefish and seadragons. The female deposits her eggs in the male's brood pouch, and the male protects and feeds the developing offspring. But new research shows that male pipefish selectively abort embryos from less attractive females, revealing a dark side to this rare phenomenon.

  • The Barefoot Professor

    Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman has ditched his trainers and started running barefoot. His research shows that barefoot runners, who tend to land on their fore-foot, generate less impact shock than runners in sports shoes who land heel first. This makes barefoot running comfortable and could minimize running-related injuries.

  • Walking with tetrapods

    The fossilized remains of 395-million-year-old footprints in Poland have turned back the clock on the evolution of four-legged creatures, or tetrapods. The finds are 18 million years older than the earliest confirmed tetrapod fossils.

  • Erasing fear memories

    A drug free, non-invasive method for semi-permanently blocking the return of fear memories in humans is reported in this week's Nature. The finding may have important implications for the clinical treatment of fear-related disorders.

  • A flash from the early Universe

    Light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago has reached Earth, setting a new record for the most distant astronomical object yet observed. The characteristics of the explosion show that massive stars were already forming only 630 million years after the Big Bang. The researchers discuss their Nature paper here.

  • Nobel Reactions

    Every summer an extraordinary meeting between Nobel Laureates and young scientists takes place on Lindau Island in Germany. In 2009 it was the turn of the chemists and we were there to capture moments of this unique meeting of minds on film. Nature Video presents five short films on chemistry plus a special film feature on climate change.

  • An Indian hot spot

    Analysis of satellite data and land-surface models reveals that groundwater in northwestern India is being depleted at an unsustainable rate. Hear the researchers discuss their findings, and what this means for India's water supply.

  • Prehistoric pin-up

    A carved female figurine dating to at least 35,000 years ago has been recovered from caves in the Hohle Fels region of Germany. The figure represents the oldest figurative art yet discovered. In this film the authors describe the importance of their find.

  • Attenborough

    British broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough presents his views on Charles Darwin, natural selection, and how the Bible has put the natural world in peril in this exclusive interview for Nature Video.

  • Lovelock

    James Lovelock is best known as the father of Gaia theory; the idea that all parts of our planet form a complex interacting system, like a single organism. His new book depicts Gaia in trouble. In this interview Lovelock sounds a final warning for planet earth and enthuses about his upcoming space trip.

  • The mother fish

    Evidence of reproduction by internal fertilization has been discovered in a large group of ancient jawed fish. Embryos discovered within fossils of these animals confirm that live birth in prehistoric times was much more widespread than previously thought. Watch the researchers talk about the fossils and techniques used to find them.

  • Ancient tsunamis

    The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was not the first of its kind, according to research in Nature. Two groups of scientists have found sedimentary evidence for possible predecessors to the 2004 event in Thailand and Sumatra. They discuss their findings here.

  • X-rays

    New research provides evidence for an observation first described over 50 years ago - that peeling sticky tape emits x-rays. Hear the authors discuss their work and see the phenomenon in action.

  • Missions in Space-Time

    Nature Video presents five short films on the future of physics. Recorded at the 2008 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, these films capture the conversations between young researchers and physics Laureates. The five short films can be seen on nature.com and iTunes.

  • Antikythera Mechanism

    New interpretations of the Antikythera Mechanism reveal that it could be used to predict eclipses, and that it had a dial recording the dates of the ancient Olympiads. The 2,000-year-old box of intricate gearwork provides a glimpse of the engineering prowess of the Hellenic world. The team discuss their results here.

  • Voyager

    A series of papers in Nature analyse recent observations from the outer limits of the Solar System, and help build up a picture of how the Sun interacts with the rest of the Galaxy. Watch researchers discuss the Voyager mission here.

  • Mega-impact on Mars

    Scientists have identified what could be the largest impact structure in the Solar System, created on Mars at about the same time as the Moon-forming impact on Earth. Watch them discuss their results here.

  • Platypus genome

    The duck-billed platypus is a truly unique animal; a monotreme with almost no close relatives alive on earth. Scientists just had to take a look at that genome and here they discuss their findings.

  • Smoking and lung cancer genes

    Some of the strongest evidence that lung cancer risk variants are common in the general population appears in Nature and Nature Genetics, although the three papers differ on whether the association is direct or mediated through nicotine dependence. Watch the research being discussed here.

  • Self-healing rubber

    A remarkable material that heals once broken is presented in Nature. The material displays rubber-like behaviour, but, unlike a rubber band, once snapped, all is not lost. To create it, Ludwik Leibler and colleagues use different groups of molecules that link together via hydrogen bonds.

  • Ancient whale

    The marine mammals known as cetaceans originated about 50 million years ago in south Asia, but their terrestrial ancestor is something of a mystery. Hans Thewissen and colleagues now provide the missing Eocene piece of the jigsaw.

  • Cell architecture

    The gateway to the nucleus is described in detail in a coup for computational biology, published in two papers in Nature. The new computational method can illustrate the structure of large complexes containing many proteins, and is used to describe the structure of the nuclear pore complex - the largest protein complex in the cell.

  • Language evolution

    Why do some words evolve rapidly through time whilst others stay the same? Mark Pagel and Quentin Atkinson explain that the frequency with which words are used affects how quickly they evolve. They find that similar relationships exist across all Indo-European languages.

  • History of Nature

    Since 1869 Nature has published many of the world's greatest scientific discoveries. This video features interviews with several key players including former editors of Nature. For more on the history of science such as essays, the timeline and interactive forum, visit History of the Journal Nature.

  • Jaws

    A top predator of many reef systems, the moray eel's feeding mechanism remained poorly understood... Until now. Rita Mehta and Peter Wainwright report in Nature that they have an extremely mobile set of jaws in their throat, that project forward into the mouth and grasp their prey before taking it back into the throat.

  • Deep sea

    Hundreds of new species and unexpected biodiversity have been found in the depths of the Southern Ocean. Hear the researchers discuss their voyages and why the results are so unexpected.

  • Brain cell on-off switch

    In these videos scientists explain how light can be used to manipulate brain cell activity with high precision. Hear them explain how this research brings the fields of bioengineering and medicine together, and what the implications might be.

  • Mechanically morphing molecules

    Mechanical forces can activate reactions by 'tugging' on reactant bonds, but usually this just ruptures the molecules. Here researchers show force-sensitive units called 'mechanophores' transforming into new products when a mechanical force is applied.

  • Trick of the light

    Researchers demonstrate how light can be slowed to a halt in one box before being ejected into an entirely separate one. In these videos researcher Lene Vestergaard Hau explains how it works and why it is an exciting development.

  • Human gut microbes

    Obese humans and mice have different intestinal bacteria to leaner individuals. Hear scientists explain how our gut flora are involved in how we regulate body weight and may even be a factor in the obesity epidemic with our exclusive video.

  • Neanderthal DNA

    Enjoy interviews with leading researchers and Nature's Dr Henry Gee as they reveal what the search for Neanderthal DNA tells us about our relationship with our closest hominin cousin. Additional resources are available in the web focus.

  • Honeybee genome

    Hear scientists describe what the gene sequences of the honeybee revealed so far tell us about the complex lives and behaviours of these fascinating social insects. See the accompanying web focus for more.

  • Hominid evolution and development

    From the moment of the 'Baby Lucy' discovery to the growing realisation of its significance, enjoy the history and excitement of this incredible and uncover what more we now know about ancient human origins and development. See the web focus for more.

  • Brain - machine interfaces

    Hear how brain-machine interfaces promise to aid paralyzed patients in these videos. The Nature web focus also contains film of the experiments.

  • The human genome

    Nature presents interviews with leading scientists behind one of the biggest scientific projects ever undertaken - the Human Genome Project. See our Collection for the complete resource.

  • Two new moons for Pluto

    Find our how two new moons were found using the Hubble Space Telescope -- and how a giant impact could explain their origin.

  • Early humans in Europe

    In this video, scientists discuss the evidence suggesting early humans were living in Britain as much as 700,000 years ago.