Meet the movers and shakers of the pollination biz

Pollination is vital to life on earth, but most pollinators are so nimble and quick that we never quite see them in action. In his visually stunning TED Talk, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us a close-up view of the intricate world of pollen and pollinators. 

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Awwww, we can’t stop watching that li’l bee do its li’l wiggle. Go, bee, go!

For even more stunning images of our natural world, watch Louie’s TEDxSF talk, “Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.” here.

Our favorite moment:

Photographer George Kourounis travels the globe looking for the angriest parts of our world.

His ambition to document the most strange, dangerous, and rare natural phenomena has led him to chase tornadoes, trudge through ice storms, and even get married on the side of an erupting volcano.

In a talk at TEDxAthens, George explains his obsession, and tells some stories from a quest to share the beauty in the scary parts of nature.

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(All photos: George Kourounis / Angry Planet)

Beautiful, bizarre images of Earth taken by the European Space Agency’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites.

These pictures are more than just cool: In a talk at TEDxBarcelona, Stephen Briggs — head of Earth Observation science at the ESA’s European Space Research Institute — tells the fascinating tale behind the satellite and explains how these uncommon images of Earth are more valuable than you think.

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1. Aragon and Catalonia, Spain
2. The Okavango River Delta, Botswana
3. Sand dunes, Namibia
4. The Great Salt Desert, Iran
5. Palouse Region, United States
6. Rural Kansas, United States

(Images via ESA)

How to live with grizzly bears without getting eaten

The object of TEDxCanmore speaker Steve Michel’s affection is a rather unusual choice — one of the most notoriously feared animals in the natural world. He calls her grizzly bear number 64, and she lives with her cubs in Banff National Park where Michel is leading a team to educate people about living in harmony with wildlife. 

What we interpret as aggression, he says at TEDxCanmore, is often self-protection. For example, grizzly bear number 64 brings her cubs to the edge of a golf course not to scare us (as we might assume), but to keep her cubs safe from stronger, meaner bears (as any good mother would). In this fascinating talk, Michel explains how a little understanding can make these feared creatures seem as a sweet as the Berenstain bears. 

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