Watch This: A baby bat haven, the world's largest underwater cave, and more

Watch This: A baby bat haven, the world's largest underwater cave, and more





This woman rescues about 400 bats a year. Plus, next week's lunar eclipse, the world's largest underwater cave, and more. | 
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Before This Month's Show, Brush Up on Lunar Eclipse Basics
Unlike August's much-hyped total solar eclipse, which could only be seen from within a narrow path across the U.S., the January 31 total lunar eclipse will be visible from half of Earth. And it won't just be an eclipse, but also a supermoon and blue moon. "Blue" is just the name for a second full moon in a calendar month—as with all total lunar eclipses, the moon will appear red. Learn why in this video—and then find out how you can see next Wednesday's eclipse.
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See Rescued Baby Bats Swaddled in Blankets
Volunteer bat rescuer Denise Wade—aka Batzilla—shares videos on social media of her swaddling baby flying foxes in blankets, feeding them bottles of milk, and bandaging their broken limbs. The videos are famously cute, but what you don't see is just how gruesome her work is. In the decade she's been doing it, she's rescued thousands—but even more, she says, have been euthanized. Denise knows she can't save all of Australia's injured bats, but she hopes her videos can at least help people understand the species.
Sarah Gibbens, online writer
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Haunting Words From One of the Most Daring Antarctic Adventures of All Time
The words of explorer Ernest Shackleton set a foreboding tone for this piece recounting his ill-fated 1914 expedition to Antarctica. After their ship sank, the crew survived for 18 months in one of the harshest environments imaginable. To re-create some of the scenes described in Shackleton's journal, filmmaker Glen Milner captures striking imagery of the South Pole as actor Dominic West narrates Shackleton's harried text. Immerse yourself in this cold world for the next two minutes; be glad it wasn't 18 months.
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Explore the Largest Underwater Cave in the World
If you're claustrophobic, don't watch this video. Explorers in Mexico found a connection between two previously unknown underwater caves, making it the world's largest at 215 miles long. Underwater cave footage is transfixing, and somewhat relaxing to watch, until you realize how dangerous it can be. The cave isn't just notable for its length: Important archaeological finds lurk in the deep, including artifacts from the first settlers of the Americas.
Nick Lunn, producer/editor
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How Mapmakers Used to Chart U.S. Roads by Hand
Charmingly titled "Caught Mapping," this 1940 video proudly describes the "modern, streamlined" efforts of mapmakers to keep up with rapidly changing highways. To maintain accurate information, road scouts worked in teams—one driver, one draftsman—bumping around detours and unfinished roads while taking precise measurements and notes. What a road trip: hours a day in a hot car with no AC or power steering, all for a love of maps.
Rachel Brown, associate producer
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