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See the unseen at the very edge of our visible world. Get a new perspective on our place in the universe and meet extraordinary new friends. Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small with Deep Look, a new ultra-HD (4K) short video series.

  • Mating Habits of Newts | Deep Look

    Every winter, California newts leave the safety of their forest burrows and travel as far as three miles to mate in the pond where they were born. Their mating ritual involves bulked-up males and a little cannibalism.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel? | Deep Look

    Scientists have used a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They can see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Banana Slugs: Secret of the Slime | Deep Look

    Beneath the towering redwoods lives one of the most peculiar creatures in California: the banana slug. They're coated with a liquid crystal ooze that solves many problems slugs face in the forest--and maybe some of our own.

    Grades: 6-12
  • From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton | Deep Look

    Most plankton are tiny drifters, wandering in a vast ocean. But where wind and currents converge they become part of a grander story--an explosion of vitality that affects all life on Earth, including our own.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Electric Light Changed the Night | Deep Look

    Artificial light makes the modern world possible. But not all kinds of light are good for us. Electric light has fundamentally altered our lives, our bodies and the very nature of our sleep.

    Grades: 6-12
  • In the Race for Life, Which Human Embryos Make It? | Deep Look

    Every one of us started out as an embryo, but only a few early embryos--about one in three--grow into a baby. Researchers are unlocking the mysteries of our embryonic clock and helping patients who are struggling to get pregnant.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Hidden Perils of Permafrost | Deep Look

    For thousands of years, mysterious bacteria have remained dormant in the Arctic permafrost. Now, a warming climate threatens to bring them back to life. What does that mean for the rest of us?

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Fantastic Fur of Sea Otters | Deep Look

    Sea otters aren't just cute--they're a vivid example of life on the edge. Unlike whales and other ocean mammals, sea otters have no blubber. Yet they're still able to keep warm in the frigid Pacific waters. The secret to their survival? A fur coat like no other.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Amazing Life of Sand | Deep Look

    There's a story in every grain of sand: tales of life and death, fire and water. If you scooped up a handful of sand from every beach, you'd have a history of the world sifting through your fingers. From mountain boulders to the shells of tiny ocean creatures, follow the journey that sand takes through thousands of years across entire continents to wind up stuck between your toes.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Pygmy Seahorses: Masters of Camouflage | Deep Look

    Tiny and delicate, pygmy seahorses survive by attaching to vibrant corals where they become nearly invisible to both predators and researchers. Now, biologists at the California Academy of Sciences have successfully bred them in captivity for the first time. Finally, they're able to study the seahorses' amazing act of camouflage up close. Visit kqed.org/deeplook to learn more about the series and pygmy seahorses at the California Academy of Sciences.

    Grades: 6-12
  • What Gall! The Crazy Cribs of Parasitic Wasps | Deep Look

    Plenty of animals build their homes in oak trees. But some very teeny, tricky wasps make the tree do all the work. The wasps are called gall-inducers. And each miniature mansion that the trees build for the wasps’ larvae is weirder and more flamboyant than the next.

    Grades: 6-12