KQED’s New Deep Look Video Collection Uncovers More Hidden Realms

Contact: Sevda Eris, seris@kqed.org, 415.553.2835

Deep Look, KQED’s YouTube series exploring big scientific mysteries by revealing the unseen at the edge of our visible world, is back with new releases this week on the PBS Digital Studios channel.  To illuminate rarely seen wonders, all of Deep Look’s videos are shot in ultra-HD using macro cinematography and microscope video. Deep Look will roll out two new videos per month through March 2016, taking viewers from the forest floor to the depths of the ocean.


The latest video, Where Are the Ants Carrying All Those Leaves?, takes you deep inside the nests of leafcutter ants, some of the world’s oldest farmers, which use leaves to grow white tufts of nutritious fungus to feed their offspring. Their success as farmers has made leafcutter ants into fungus tycoons, and Deep Look’s video shows their hidden world up-close, complete with underground cities and huge half-inch soldiers to patrol them.

Other topics in the new collection include the following:

  • “Resurrection plants,” which can spring back to life with the rain after decades of lying dormant without a drop of water
  • Kilobots, tiny self-organizing robots inspired by the behavior of swarming insects and flocking birds
  • 500-year-old coral samples being studied by climate scientists
  • Ampullae of Lorenzini, the electroreceptors in sharks and rays
  • Chameleon skin and a look at color-changing technology.

Deep Look is produced by KQED’s award-winning science team and is presented in collaboration with PBS Digital StudiosDeep Look launched its first video collection of 12 videos in October 2014 exploring wide-ranging topics from the pygmy seahorse’s amazing act of camouflage to the hummingbird’s slow-motion aerial acrobatics in a wind tunnel.  Deep Look’s YouTube channel now has more than 10,000 subscribers and more than 1 million views. The entire short-video collection with accompanying articles can be accessed at KQED.org/deeplook.


Fans of Deep Look will have a chance to meet the producers and talk more about the art of filming in ultra-HD at the Exploratorium's Saturday Cinema: Science on Screen series, Saturday, July 18, at 2pm, in San Francisco.

Funding for Deep Look is provided in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deep Look is a project of KQED Science, which is supported by HopeLab; The David B. Gold Foundation; S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation; The Dirk and Charlene Kabcenell Foundation; The Vadasz Family Foundation; Smart Family Foundation and the members of KQED.

About PBS Digital Studios
PBS has long brought the public original, thought-provoking programming. PBS Digital Studios takes that same mission and applies it to the Internet age. Working with creators from across the web, its network of short-form video series showcases the best of the Internet while also celebrating the best parts of public television.

About KQED
KQED, an NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, serves the people of Northern California and beyond with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. Home to the most listened-to public radio station in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program, and as a leader and innovator in interactive media and technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.