Whale of a comeback, dancing cockatoos, sticky bees, and waltzing pond scum
Whalers killed tens of thousands of blue whales before their hunting was banned in 1966. Today, the largest animals on earth are showing encouraging signs of rebounding. Identifying individual blue whales in the Pacific Ocean since 1997, scientists from the Cascadia Research Collective and elsewhere found that the animals are once again migrating from California to British Columbia and Alaska.
Learn more about the blue whale at the Encyclopedia of Life.
Have you ever wondered how a simple shot can keep you from dying a horrible death? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian’s host, Eric Schulze, unravels how vaccines boot-camp our bodies into shape, getting us ready to fight off deadly diseases
The spectacular sights of the cosmos are now as easy to see as the stars above, with the 18 lavishly illustrated lectures of A Visual Guide to the Universe, produced in partnership with the Smithsonian. Orbit Saturn, search for water and life on Mars, and witness an armada of space telescopes uncovering the secrets of the cosmos.