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  • A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    A Wasp Mom’s Gift: Blankets of Bacteria

    Feature Films

    (9 min 10 sec) You don’t want to be a honeybee when the beewolf is on the prowl.

  • Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Mosquitoes Might SAVE Lives, Thanks To Bacteria

    Feature Films

    (9 min 4 sec) Dengue fever is a deadly mosquito-borne virus that plagues the earth, but science is inching closer to an unlikely solution: bacteria.

  • How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    How Giant Tube Worms Survive at Hydrothermal Vents

    Feature Films

    (10 min 20 sec) Deep at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, an amazing bacterial discovery reshaped our view of life on earth.

  • Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Termites Digest Wood Thanks To Microbes

    Feature Films

    (7 min 11 sec) The next time you spot a termite chomping down on wood, know that they’re not dining alone.

  • How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    How Lizards Find Their Way Home

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 33 sec) When Dr. Manuel Leal removed lizards from an area in the forest, he noticed an interesting phenomenon: all the lizards seemed to be back the next day. Watch as he sets up an experiment to study how these lizards navigate home. Also available in Spanish.

  • Studying Elephant Communication

    Studying Elephant Communication

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 43 sec) Elephants can communicate over long distances using low-frequency sounds that travel both in the air and through the ground. Scientists are studying whether elephants can “hear” and interpret these ground vibrations.

  • Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Selection for Tuskless Elephants

    Scientists at Work

    (6 min 39 sec) Working in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Dr. Joyce Poole and colleagues made a striking observation: many female elephants lack tusks.

  • Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Termite Activity Enhances Ecosystem Productivity and Stability

    Animations

    Termite activity increases soil moisture and nutrient accumulation, strengthening African savanna ecosystems.

  • Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 1 sec) Field research on coral bleaching suggests possibilities for saving threatened reefs.

  • Coral Bleaching

    Coral Bleaching

    Animations

    (3 min 48 sec) Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells. Reef-building corals rely on these symbionts for their survival.

  • Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

    Animated Shorts

    (6 min 31 sec) This animated feature celebrates 17th-century citizen-scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, whose discoveries of microbes changed our view of the biological world. Also available in Spanish.

  • Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

    Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

    Clips

    (7 min 46 sec) Charles Runckel, a graduate student in the DeRisi lab, uses the Virochip to examine the mystery of bee colony collapse disorder.

  • Cone Snails: Versatile Hunters

    Cone Snails: Versatile Hunters

    Clips

    (13 min 39 sec) Dr. Jason Biggs of the University of Guam Marine Laboratory discusses the anatomy of cone snails and introduces us to a variety of cone snail species with different tactics to hunt and capture their prey.

  • Conus catus strikes a fish

    Conus catus strikes a fish

    Clips

    (1 min 11 sec) A fish-hunting cone snail strikes its prey with a venomous harpoon, causes paralysis, and eats it.

  • Bobtail squid swimming and burrowing

    Bobtail squid swimming and burrowing

    Clips

    (1 min 3 sec) The bobtail squid swims during the night to hunt. During the day, it burrows to hide from predators.

  • Aplysia's gill-withdrawal reflex and sensitization

    Aplysia's gill-withdrawal reflex and sensitization

    Clips

    (1 min 25 sec) A touch to the Aplysia's siphon causes a gill withdrawal, a simple reflex for studying memory.

  • Stickleback Environment

    Stickleback Environment

    Clips

    (1 min 27 sec) At the end of the ice age, the retreating ice sheet created many new lakes, some of which were colonized by sticklebacks.

  • Fruit Fly Courtship

    Fruit Fly Courtship

    Clips

    (55 sec) Male courtship dances in two fruit fly species show that the wing spots play a prominent role.

  • Dog Breeding

    Dog Breeding

    Clips

    (1 min 53 sec) The many forms of dogs that exist today were all created through selective breeding from the dog's ancestor, the wolf. In a span of less than 10,000 years, breeders have changed traits and body shapes of dogs by artificial selection-for example, emphasizing different aspects of hunting and herding behavior.

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