Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air

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We all have preconceived ideas about what hummingbirds' lives are like, but so much of their world is imperceptible to the human eye. Filmmaker Ann Prum describes the breakthrough science and latest technologies that allowed her and the crew to reveal incredible new insights about these aerial athletes.

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The Mystery of the Family That Walks on All Fours

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This fascinating video is a complete episode of the American science program, Nova. This episode is about a Turkish family where all the children -- who are adults -- walk on all fours. This episode, which started out as an exploration of the neurobiology and genetics behind this curious behavior turned into a touching human story about a family trying to deal with a devastating disability.
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Webby Nominee: NOVA's The Secret Life of Scientists

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Okay, my peeps, I need your help. PBS is airing a NOVA series called "The Secret Life of Scientists." This miniseries has been nominated for a Webby Award for the Best Documentary Series, and is almost tied with a David Lynch film. We need your help to push this one over the top and give it the support of the people! I've embedded a clip below that I know you will enjoy (interestingly, I know several of these scientists in real life, too). So watch the video, laugh and then VOTE!

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Cosmic Quandaries with Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sep 19 2009 Published by under Education, Streaming videos, Teaching

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An out of this world event, Cosmic Quandaries, held at The Palladium in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26th drew in an audience of nearly 800! With a one in a million chance of meeting one of only 6,000 astrophysicists in the world, audience members were lined up in order to have the opportunity to ask Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson a question on any and all galactic wonders they may have. This is, without a doubt, the most fascinating hour-and-a-half I've spent watching a youtube video.

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Indonesian Megavolcano Provides Rare Peek into Global Warming

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Sixty-two-mile-long Lake Toba, seen in the center of this satellite image,
was created by the largest explosive volcanic eruption of the past
100,000 years -- an eruption whose aftermath holds important clues for us
today about rapid climate change, Drew Shindell says.
Image: NASA.

Wow, there are days when I wish I had a television, and today is one of them. Why? Tonight, PBS is showing a really fascinating program; a NOVA show entitled Mystery of the Megavolcano that I really really want to see [it shows tonight; Tuesday, September 8 at 8 pm ET/PT on PBS]. This program discusses the latest data regarding the Indonesian (Sumatra) volcano, Mount Toba, that gave rise to the greatest volcanic eruption to occur on Earth in the last 100,000 years. I've included several video clips for you below the jump (with Indonesian subtitles!!);

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The Lord of the Ants

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Because I do not own a television, I was thrilled to find that Lord of the Ants, the Nova program that aired on PBS tonight, is freely available as a streaming video. This program describes some of EO Wilson's amazing discoveries about ant communication, behavioral ecology and evolution [52:23]

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Wild Parrots of Australia, Part 2

Oct 23 2008 Published by under Ornithology, Streaming videos

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Okay, if you are like me, you were not able to see the Nature program, Parrots in the Land of Oz, which aired on PBS on 19, 20 and 21 October. So I have dug up a few videos that give you a glimpse of what you did not see. This is a second video includes lots of footage of huge squadrons of flying budgerigars, and several species of stunningly colored rosellas and lories (which I've bred in captivity) [9:24]

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Australia's Wild Parrots, Part One

Oct 22 2008 Published by under Biology, Ornithology, Streaming videos

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Okay, if you are like me, you were not able to see the Nature program, Parrots in the Land of Oz, which aired on PBS on 19, 20 and 21 October. So I have dug up a few videos that give you a glimpse of what you did not see. This video includes a close look at fig parrots and eclectus parrots (both of which were included in my research), along with several species of cockatoos -- black white and pink species [9:40]

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Parrots in the Land of Oz

Oct 19 2008 Published by under Ornithology, Streaming videos

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There are rare days when I wish I had a TV, but today is certainly one of those days. This is a trailer from the Nature program Parrots in the Land of Oz, which airs on PBS on 19, 20 and 21 October -- that's TONIGHT! I guarantee you will enjoy this program [0:31]

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