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Triumph of Life: Vol. 2 the Mating Game [electronic resource]

Sex is the key to the immortality of genes, and any tactic necessary will be deployed in the cause of reproduction - even if its suicidal to the participant. This episode explores many of the most ingenious, complex and dramatic methods of ensuring the continuation of a species.
2005; 2001

Sexual and Asexual Reproduction [electronic resource]

All forms of life, from the simple to the highly complex, possess not only the ability but the instinct to reproduce. This program gives an introduction to the basic biological concepts involved with sexual and asexual reproduction. Starting at the cellular level, the video distinguishes between reproduction that occurs sexually, in an exchange of genetic material between two organisms, and asexually, in which organisms produce offspring with a genetic makeup identical to the parent. Several plant and animal examples are included, as are clear explanations of meiosis and mitosis. The various evolutionary benefits and disadvantages of both types of reproduction are also examined.

Pregnancy and Childbirth [electronic resource]: The Real Story

The wonder and excitement of pregnancy and childbirth are unmistakable, but they also present a highly stressful experience for mothers as well as fathers. Covering the key developmental stages in each trimester, this insightful program addresses questions and anxieties that may be troubling new parents as it follows a new mother through the nine-month journey of pregnancy. Staying focused on the personal and practical elements of the story, the video presents medical information on fetal development, birthing options, the birthing process, and the emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy. On-camera experts include two experienced midwives and a respected obstetrician.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Annie Murphy Paul - What We Learn Before We're Born

Pop quiz: When does learning begin? Answer: Before we are born. In this TEDTalk, science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb - from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.

My Genes Speak for Me [electronic resource]: Reconciling Nature and Nurture

Conceived with the help of a Nobel Prize-winning sperm donor, a baby girl blossoms into a gifted, highly intelligent woman. Does her talent come solely from heredity? What about the case of female twins, separated at birth, who exhibit astonishing similarities in habit and behavior when they meet later in life? This film explores the possibility that genetics and environment are not diametrically opposed when it comes to human development - instead, the program asserts, they should be seen as complementary. Other case studies involve fatal nutritional disorders that are passed from one generation to the next, as well as Tay-Sachs disease, the genetic disorder notorious for its impact on one particular ethnic group, the Ashkenazi Jewish community. A timely analysis of lingering, probl [...]

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Frans de Waal - Moral Behavior in Animals

Empathy, cooperation, fairness, and reciprocity - caring about the well-being of others seems like a very human trait. But in this TEDTalk, primatologist Frans de Waal shares some surprising videos of behavioral tests on primates and other mammals that show how many of these moral traits all of us share.

Deserts to Grasslands [electronic resource]: Deadly Dozen

Explore remarkable terrain and wildlife found in deserts and grasslands, covering approximately half of our planet's total land area, in this fascinating program. These varied ecosystems are the perfect hunting grounds for some of the most dangerous animals on Earth. Desert sands conceal unique and venomous creatures while grassy plains provide an abundant food supply for large carnivores. In this video, 12 elite animals stand above the pack, armed with blinding speed, ingenious camouflage, venomous fangs, and bone-crushing jaws. Whether hunting or defending, their hard-core weaponry should be avoided at all costs! Take a journey into the dangerous domains where they reveal their full, lethal potential and see what happens if we get in their way. They're elusive, powerful-and dangerous.

Hawaii's Fatal Attraction [electronic resource]

They lure insects into death traps, then gorge on their flesh. Carnivorous plants deceive, then kill. Bugs are drawn to what look like dewdrops on a sundew, then find themselves entangled in sticky tentacles. A tropical pitcher plant smells sweet to bugs, but its slippery surfaces tumble victims into its open maw. A Venus flytrap snaps shut if its tiny hairs are brushed twice. Like figures in a shadow theater, silhouettes of prey show through a Philippine pitcher plant. And that's just what the plants are up to-travel beyond the white, sandy beaches and clear, blue seas for a look at Hawaii's rare and unique native plants and animals.

Deadly Encounters: 2 [electronic resource]

When people get too close to wild animals, the results can be fatal. Deadly Encounters discovers that dangerous confrontations are on the increase. Today, as more and more people trek off into national parks in search of nature, and housing suburbs expand into wildlife habitats, people and wild animals are being forced to compete for the same space. Canadian cyclist Pierre Richards escapes a grizzly bear attack, while Mary Daburi, the wife of an East African farmer, takes a month and a half to recover from an elephant attack. Deadly Encounters warns us that time is running out and that by coveting their homelands we may lose these animals forever-and with them, a part of ourselves.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Tyrone Hayes + Penelope Jagessar Chaffer - the Toxic Baby?

Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant; could they affect her unborn child? So she asked biologist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, an herbicide used on corn. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on frog development.) Onstage together at TEDWomen, Hayes and Chaffer tell their story.

Have More Sex, Live Longer? [electronic resource]

Men who have sex three time a week reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 percent. Women who have high-quality sex whenever they have sex look and feel two-to-eight years younger. This ABC News report discusses these finding with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen, authors of the book You Being Beautiful. Both doctors agree that we need to look at sex not as recreation, but as a health need.

Baby Quest [electronic resource]

After falling in love and settling down, the next step for most couples is raising a family. In this program, Dr. John Marsden follows three couples in their quest to have babies. One couple discover that how you treat your body can affect your fertility. Another couple have two girls and search for ways to boost their chances of conceiving a male child. After trying for five years to have their first baby, the third couple opt for in vitro fertilization. Dr. Marsden explains the ins and outs of the treatment and discusses whether or not IVF can be effective.

Beetlemania [electronic resource]

National Geographic delves into the alien world of beetles and reveals the secrets of their success, including their ingenious use of chemicals in love and war.

Lemurs [electronic resource]

Explorer and primatologist Mireya Mayor spends her summers in the rich and biodiverse rainforests of Madagascar tracking down lemurs - performing critical work on two species of highly endangered primates whose habits remain a mystery to biologists: the silky sifaka and the Perrier sifaka. These fascinating lemurs, the smallest of the primates, are known for their large, dark eyes and agile movements through the treetops, where they live, eat, and drink. But because they are geographically confined - and can fit into a teacup - they can be very hard to study. In this program, Mayor tries to confirm her discovery of the mouse lemur, the never-before identified primate species. Watch as she and her team discover this tiny creature in its treetop home and get close enough to study a mys [...]

What Makes Us Human? [electronic resource]

Professor Alice Roberts is making a new human being - she is pregnant with her second child. But before he is born, she wants to find out what makes a human, human? What separates us from our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees? We share 99% of our DNA with chimpanzees and yet from the moment of birth, our lives are completely different. So are we just another animal, or is there something special about being human? Before her new baby emerges into the world, Professor Roberts sets out to explore what it is about our bodies, our genes, and ultimately our brains that sets us apart from our furry cousins - what is it that truly makes us human? (52 minutes)

Birds of Hispaniola [electronic resource]

This documentary shows the diverse and mostly unknown wildlife of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), the second largest island of the Caribbean. More than 120 birds, including 30 endemic species, are shown in their natural environment. See special sites with higher diversity and animals of special interest that share these habitats, e.g. sea turtles, lizards, snakes; and two of the most endangered land mammals-the solenodon and the hutia-in their habitat.

Cell Division and Growth [electronic resource]

The cell cycle is a series of developmental and growth events that chart the normal life of a cell. This program uses easy-to-follow animation to illustrate the growth phases of the cell cycle and the processes of mitosis and cytokinesis that follow. The distinct phases of mitosis-including prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase-are described in detail. The program also explains meiosis, a variation of mitosis involving the formation of gametes in two stages. Apoptosis, or programmed cell death, is also covered, including the effects of uncontrolled cell division (cancer).

Ghosts of Madagascar [electronic resource]: Shane Untamed

So much about Madagascar seems otherworldly-from the haunting landscapes to the peculiar animals that you can find only here. Even though the razor-sharp Tsingy stone spires and the bat caves beneath them are enough to scare most, Shane O goes deeper into western Madagascar to become one of few Westerners to set foot in a sacred forest. He may even encounter the elusive fossa along the way. Travel with this episode of Shane Untamed to find out if there really is anything about Madagascar to fear at all.

Redemption Impossible [electronic resource]: In the Midst of Humans

In an overgrown former safari park, hermetically sealed off from the rest of the world, there live 40 chimpanzees from the former experimental laboratory of the pharmaceutical company Immuno. Infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses from Immuno pharmaceutical company laboratory experiments, they are traumatized and aggressive. Four female keepers, two of whom are their former jailers, manage the unique rehabilitation project that aims to get the chimpanzees out of isolation and into species-appropriate groups.

Why Do Guppies Jump Out of Fish Tanks? [electronic resource]

Suicidal move may actually be a survival instinct.