Watch This: Saving 10 stranded whales, exploring a forgotten Soviet arcade, and more

Watch This: Saving 10 stranded whales, exploring a forgotten Soviet arcade, and more





Rescuers help these 45-ton sperm whales back to sea. Plus, meet the protectors of the world's last northern white rhinos.  | 
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What, Exactly, Is a Supermoon?
This Sunday, the year's brightest supermoon will be on full display. But what is a supermoon? How did it get its (unofficial) name? Is it actually any different from a regular moon? After you watch this 101 video short, you'll be able to impress your friends with your ability to explain what a "perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system" actually means.
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See the Struggle to Save 10 Beached Whales
If you ever need an affirmation of the goodness of humanity, watch this video showing a group of people banding together to save a pod of beached whales. When ten 45-ton sperm whales stranded on a shore in Indonesia, locals and animal welfare groups quickly helped them back to sea, even using boats to pull them.

It's unclear why whales beach themselves, but this heartbreaking theory stands out: if one member of the pod becomes stranded, the rest of the group follows as an act of solidarity.
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Meet the Heroes Who Protect the World's Last Northern White Rhinos
"Want to know what extinction looks like?"

This was the caption that went viral this month underneath a heartbreaking photo of Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino. Although the near-certain extinction of this species is heartbreaking, the brave rangers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in this film give me reason to be hopeful for the future. Watching them care for the animals like they would members of their own family is a reminder of the behind-the-scenes people that are forces for good in the world.
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Explore the Forgotten Arcade Games of the Soviet Union
Around the same time that American kids were saving fairy-tale princesses and shooting down alien invaders, kids in Soviet arcades were testing their strength on turnip-pulling simulators and launching torpedoes at ship convoys. After the fall of the Soviet Union, however, games like these were relegated to dusty basements and fell into disrepair— until a few students decided to resurrect the games of their youth.
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Watch This Guy Balance Rocks in Water in the Most Mesmerizing Way
Need to find your inner equilibrium? Artist Manu Topic, with his incredible balancing act, might be able to help. Filmmaker Patrick Foch captured his process as he gathers rocks from the Arros River in France and starts to stack them until a remarkable, gravity-defying sculpture emerges. A moment 47 seconds in, when the stones tumble and he must start over, is a good reminder of the work it takes to be truly balanced.
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