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  • Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond (2005) episode 1

    Guns, Germs and Steel – Jared Diamond (2005) episode 1

    Guns, Germs and Steel is a landmark Pulitzer prize winning book by Jared Diamond published in 1997. It is a very successful non-racist whirlwind tour of human history. Throughout the book historical and geographical roots of global inequality and resource distribution is explored. This first episode is dedicated to plant and animal domestication in different geographical settings. You can find a great encapsulation of this episode published in Nature Magazine in 2002. There’s also a simplified narrative of the book […]

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  • Harvest of the Seasons – Jacob Bronowski (1973)

    Harvest of the Seasons – Jacob Bronowski (1973)

    Harvest of the Seasons is the second episode of a thirteen-part documentary series called The Ascent of Man written and presented by Jacob Bronowski. The series reached wide audiences for Bronowski’s highly intellectual but simple and convincing analysis. Much of his long monologues were unscripted and were a source of inspiration for creating a template for Carl Sagan’s hugely sucessful Cosmos series. The motto used by Bronowski “A personal view” became “A personal voyage” in Sagan’s. The episode provides an […]

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  • Phoebe Allens Cam – Nesting Hummingbird in California (offline)

    Phoebe Allens Cam – Nesting Hummingbird in California (offline)

    Welcome to the busy and productive nest of the famous hummingbird known as Phoebe Allens from Orange County, southern California. UNFORTUNATELY, PHOEBE DISAPPEARED on APRIL 12th 2014. CHICKS were TAKEN UNDER REHABILITATION. This nestcam page is now maintained as a memorial for this most industrious hummingbird. You can watch other active webcams here. Since 2007 this nesting location has created a web-frenzy of natural history lovers from all over the world and formed a community of citizen scientists. Real-time observations […]

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  • Predator Avoidance Strategy of the European Click Beetle

    Predator Avoidance Strategy of the European Click Beetle

    Pascal Schneider from Mainz, central Germany recorded this interesting predator avoidance behavior on the night of May 23rd 2012. He heard a curious clicking sound coming from a corner of terrace next to his kitchen. He quickly realized that a Pholcid spider was attacking a beetle and didn’t hesitate to record the event. The beetle Athous haemorrhoidalis (Elateridae family) is species strictly found in europe. As in most insects, females are always larger than males. Larvae develop in soil and […]

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  • Is Picture Wing Fly a Predatory Jumping Spider Mimic?

    Is Picture Wing Fly a Predatory Jumping Spider Mimic?

    The video of this picture wing fly (Delphinia picta) was recorded on April 24th 2011 in Athens, GA. It has a curious wing pattern which resembles a jumping spider but is it really? Mimicry is a type of species interaction that evolves in response to prey, predators and parasites. Examples of mimicry is abundant in nature and provide compelling cases for natural selection. A classic example is Heliconius butterflies living in tropical America. Some Heliconius species show Batesian mimicry. Wing […]

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  • Mega Impact on Mars (2008)

    Mega Impact on Mars (2008)

    Mars, Moon and the Earth share a common planetary history. At about 4 billion years ago they were all bombarded by meteorites during a time known as the Late Heavy Bombardment period. Because of tectonic movements the traces of Late Heavy Bombardment is almost completely erased from the face of the Earth. However craters are still intact on Moon and Mars. There are about 30 very large impact craters on Mars that are larger than 1000 km in diameter and […]

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  • Evolution and a Tour of the Moon

    Evolution and a Tour of the Moon

    Moon, Mars and the Earth share a common planetary history. At about 4 billion years ago they were all bombarded by meteorites during a time known as the Late Heavy Bombardment period. Because of tectonic movements the effects of Late Heavy Bombardment is almost completely erased from the face of the Earth. However craters are still intact on Moon and Mars. Evolution of the Earth and Moon have started from very similar origins due to the collision of Earth with […]

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