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  • Preserving Lonesome George – AMNH (2015)

    Preserving Lonesome George – AMNH (2015)

    Lonesome George was the last male individual of the Pinta Island tortoise. He sadly passed away in his corral at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galápagos Islands on the morning of June 24 2012. He died from natural causes. Lonesome George became a worldwide icon of conservation. Efforts to breed him at the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station concluded with no success. Thus he became “a living dead” member of his species doomed for extinction. Lonesome […]

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  • Bella – Hummingbird Nest Cam – Live from La Verne, CA

    Bella – Hummingbird Nest Cam – Live from La Verne, CA

    IF YOU SEE a BLACK SCREEN please WAIT until SUNRISE in CALIFORNIA! Bella is sleeping Welcome to the busy and productive nest of the hummingbird called Bella from La Verne, southern California located on a branch of a fig tree. Bella has started her breeding season 2015! On Feb 12th 2015, Bella had a new companion. Though Bella was sitting on her 6 day old babies, she has been consistently “visited” by this other adult female for 2 full days. […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 1: One Small Step For Man (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 1: One Small Step For Man (2009)

    Beagle: In Darwin’s Wake is a commemoration of 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s book “On The Origin of Species”. Almost 180 years after Charles Darwin’s journey circumnavigating the world, a crew of authors, artists, and scientists follow in his footsteps. Journalist and presenter Lex Runderkamp, biologists Dirk Draulans and Sarah Darwin (who is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin), the artist Anthony Smith and the writer Redmond O’Hanlon are accompanied by a number of invited guests whose backgrounds are […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 2: Low Life on the Ladder of God (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 2: Low Life on the Ladder of God (2009)

    When Darwin set foot in Rio de Janerio he witnessed the brutality of slavery. Brazil is a melting pot of genetic diversity. All fossil and genetic evidence points that Africa is the home continent where modern Humans originated about 200 thousand years ago. As Humans spread and colonized new continents genetic diversity eroded gradually proportional to the distance away from Africa. Loss of genetic diversity was because of joint effects of two well understood genetic phenomena known as population bottleneck […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 3: The Last Frontier (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 3: The Last Frontier (2009)

    Fish are cold blooded animals and this property make them very efficient in terms of biomass. For this reason ecological trophic levels in aquatic systems can be much higher than terrestrial systems. The documentary film The End of the Line by Charles Clover for drawing attention to overfishing problem. About 400 million years ago, the Falkland Islands were part of the supercontinent of Gondwana, located between southern Africa and what is now Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. When Gondwana broke apart, […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 4: The Final Countdown (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 4: The Final Countdown (2009)

    “In the wake of Beagle” series brings back the adventure/science mix documentary programs reminiscent of those of Cousteau. Expeditions carried out on a ship and underwater filming was a signature in Cousteau’s filmmaking. This episode prepares the audience for the ultimate adventure in the Galapagos Islands in the next episode. Darwin developed his insight towards evolving species in that volcanic archipelago largely affected by long-term seasonal fluctuations that now know as El Nino/La Nina cycle. A few prerequisite events Darwin […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 5: The Paradise of Competition (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 5: The Paradise of Competition (2009)

    The Galapagos islands has been a pivotal single location where everything came together in Darwin’s mind. The geology of the archipelago and almost every species (Tortoises, iguanas, finches) he observed on each island showed significant variation. The Galapagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador are about 1000 km (620 miles) west of South America. As the three craters on the largest island (Isabela Island) suggest, the archipelago was created by volcanic eruptions. Each year roughly 60,000 tourists visit these islands. […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 6: Toolbox of Survival (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 6: Toolbox of Survival (2009)

    In Australia the arrival of Europeans profoundly effected the biology of the continent through introduction of non-native species that are reproducing and invading at an unprecedented rate. Australian biologists call it “extinction calamity” since the continent has lost one in ten of its native mammals species in the past 200 years. The effects of climate change is also evident with severe droughts and wild fires. A large fraction of Australian vegetation is serotinous that is adapted to disperse their seeds […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 7: Adapt or Die! (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 7: Adapt or Die! (2009)

    In this leg of the journey in Australia the theme “On the Future of Species” dominates the episode. Darwin absolutely had no clue on how genetic information from parents were transmitted to the offspring and he was perfectly aware of his situation. On the other hand, while he was writing his book battling with hereditary questions, an Augustinian friar with a scientific mind was carrying out his experimental crosses in a monastery which was going to lay the foundations of […]

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  • Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 8: The Ruins of Progress (2009)

    Voyage of Darwin’s Beagle – Episode 8: The Ruins of Progress (2009)

    In this last episode of the series the crew of Stad Amsterdam visits Mauritius island before making a final stop in South Africa where the journey of modern Human ancestors began 200 thousand years ago. San culture in South Africa is the most ancestral Human population finding Like many island ecosystems Mauritius has been impacted by introduced species such as macaques. Species evolved on island systems are more prone to extinction. The flightless bird the Dodo is the icon of […]

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  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans – Rob Whittlesey – HHMI (2014)

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans – Rob Whittlesey – HHMI (2014)

    What did the common ancestor of Humans and chimpanzees looked like? This is not something we can triangulate simply by looking at a modern chimpanzee and Human. All the evidence points that Africa is the home continent for primates. Paleontologists are working hard to find the fossils that help us understand the key stages in Human evolution. Molecular genetic analysis of modern Human and chimpanzee revealed a very high degree of similarity. Through DNA hybridization experiments it was estimated that […]

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  • Chasing El Niño – Carol L. Fleisher – PBS NOVA (1998)

    Chasing El Niño – Carol L. Fleisher – PBS NOVA (1998)

    Can we predict El Niño? Moreover can we calculate it’s severity and effects on different parts of the world? On board the research ship Ka’imimoana scientists carry out measurements and then build computer models to understand the climate cycle that produces El Niño. The documentary “Chasing El Niño” was released by the aftermath of an intense El nino event observed during 1997/1998 measured. Peru has been the location where the first signs of the cycle become noticeable especially by the […]

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  • Bluefish – Prince of The Bosphorus

    Bluefish – Prince of The Bosphorus

    LÜFER (Bluefish) is a glitter in people’s eyes, big time money for the small & big fisherman. When the seasonal migration starts lüfer fishing becomes an addictive daily routine for the retired, unemployed and off time employer/hobbyists across Bosporus. If you have a chance to travel around Istanbul’s coastline on a day in October, you can count close to ten thousand active fishing rods, day & night. It forms a social occasion for gathering families & friends, for table conversations […]

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  • Robin L. Chazdon – Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) interview (2014)

    Robin L. Chazdon – Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) interview (2014)

    Robin L. Chazdon is a professor of tropical ecology in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. She has been studying natural regeneration in second-growth tropical forest using long term monitoring plots within the landscape matrix surrounding La Selva Biological Field Station in Heredia province of Northeast Costa Rica. She is a palm specialist and has investigated many aspects of this important plant group including physiology and genetics within the context of forest regeneration. The Bosques Project […]

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  • Salmon Confidential – Twyla Roscovich (2013)

    Salmon Confidential – Twyla Roscovich (2013)

    Fish are cold-blooded animals and this property make them very efficient in terms of biomass accumulation. For this reason ecological trophic levels in aquatic systems can be more than terrestrial systems. Compared to fish, a warm-blooded cow is a furnace burning 90% of the food intake. Fish is a very valuable food. The global demand for seafood is so large that wild fisheries can’t meet that anymore. How are we going to feed fish to humanity? Two-thirds of the salmon […]

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