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David Attenborough Wildlife Specials

A collection of six television wildlife documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, each on a different animal, covering: crocodiles, eagles, leopards, polar bears, humpback whales, and wolves.
2008; 1994
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Multicellular Organisms and Their Nervous Systems [electronic resource]

This engaging program explains the level of organization necessary for the structure and functioning of multicellular organisms, including cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. Focusing on the nervous system of multicellular organisms, the video features dissections of a cane toad and a worm to illustrate the different forms and functions of both vertebrate and invertebrate nervous systems.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Robert Full, Secrets of Movement From Geckos and Roaches

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Full is fascinated with cockroach legs that allow them to scuttle at full speed across loose mesh and gecko feet that have billions of nano-bristles to run straight up walls. In this TEDTalk, Full discusses his research on the biomechanics of animal locomotion and his efforts to design the perfect robotic "distributed foot." "Dr Full cheerfully admits that some of his real-life critters can be disgusting," says The Economist, "but they offer valuable insights into how to conquer challenging terrain."

Bees [electronic resource]

What can we learn from the humble honeybee? A lot more than you might expect! This episode explains how bees are helping scientists get closer to understanding genetic links to obesity and diabetes and even unlocking some of the mysteries of the human mind. Also covered is the role people play in ensuring that bees will continue to be around to help pollinate the planet and propel us all into new areas of scientific discovery.

What Is Life? [electronic resource]

In this episode Brian Cox visits South East Asia's 'Ring of Fire'. Attending the annual Day of the Dead in the Philippine highlands, he explores the thin line between life and death, and raises the question: what is life? Brian explains the laws governing energy and reveals life to be a conduit through which energy passes. Visiting a volcano, he demonstrates how the first spark of life may have arisen through a source of energy created by chemical changes. He explains how the order of life can be possible given the second law of thermodynamics. So life is a chemical process. Far from demanding a mystical explanation, the emergence of life might be a consequence of the laws of physics.

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)

Allergy Drops for Dogs Train Immune System [electronic resource]

Oral medication reduces allergic reactions in man's best friend.

Better Test for Lyme Disease in Pets [electronic resource]

A new test for Lyme disease in horses and dogs can better determine the stage of infection, and can increase the effectiveness of treatment.

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.

Birdsongs Can Shed Light on Autism, Speech [electronic resource]

Singing-related genes may provide clues on human disorders.

Butterfly-Inspired Flying Robots [electronic resource]

Mechanical engineers study the planet's prettiest bugs for flight insights.

Cow Power [electronic resource]

Cow power turns manure into fuel for a small electric power plant. Reporter Stacey Delikat visits one Vermont farm to learn how cow power affects its energy bills.

Expanding Universe [electronic resource]

Amidst the rich natural history of the United States, Professor Brian Cox encounters the astonishing creatures that reveal how the senses evolved. Every animal on Earth experiences the world in a different way, using a unique suite of senses to detect its physical environment. Tracing the evolution of these mechanisms is a story that takes us through life's journey-from single-celled organisms to more complex, sentient beings. Brian finds that over the course of 3.8 billion years, the senses have driven life in new directions and may, ultimately, have led to our own curiosity and intelligence.

Insect Dissection [electronic resource]: How Insects Work

Insects outnumber us by 200 million to one. They thrive in environments where humans cannot and without insects, entire ecosystems would collapse, crops would disappear and waste would pile high. The secret of their success? Their incredible alien anatomy. To reveal this extraordinary hidden world, entomologists Dr. James Logan and Brendan Dunphy carry out a complete insect dissection. Cutting-edge imaging technology shows us the beauty and precision of the natural engineering inside even the simplest insects. Stripping back the layers, they uncover ingenious body systems and finely-tuned senses - a bug body plan that is the hidden blueprint behind insects' 'global domination'. They also discover how science is now using the secrets of insect anatomy to inspire technology that could [...]

Metamorphosis [electronic resource]: The Science of Change

Metamorphosis seems like the ultimate evolutionary magic trick. From Ovid to Kafka to X-Men, tales of metamorphosis richly permeate human culture. The myth of transformation is so common that it seems almost pre-programmed into our imagination. But is the scientific fact of metamorphosis just as strange as fiction or...even stranger? Filmmaker David Malone explores the science behind metamorphosis.

Piranha-Proof Armor Inspires Tough Materials [electronic resource]

Arapaima fish's scales provide lessons for synthetic products.

Stealing the Secrets of Spider Silk [electronic resource]

Biochemists are tricking spiders for their silk to develop a mending "treat.

The Worm Hunters [electronic resource]

In a Turkish headquarters the world's top earthworm scientists concoct a plan to find and name their ultimate discovery. Nothing will stop them as they travel to all corners of the world with spades, GPS worm locators, and secret worm outing fluids to unearth their prize. But love turns savage when things don't go as planned and the worm gets the upper hand. An epic adventure into an underground science and an unstoppable passion.

Venom [electronic resource]: Nature's Killer

Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extreme toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. It took millions of years to perfect these ultimate brews of proteins and peptides and we have only just begun to discover their potential. Now, the race is on to collect and study them before the animals that produce them disappear. But how does venom do its deadly work? NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably, and limbs to go black and die. But nature's most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Venom follows two scientists on their expe [...]