Zoo keeper Fleur Butcher talks with Natalie about orangutans, and one big favourite in particular! This big boy is 12 years old and acts like a teenager while being very' very intelligent. He'll make tools to reach for what the keeper has dropped on the ground outside his cage. He gets stimulated doing artwork either with a brush on a canvas held by keeper Fleur, or with a big, coloured chalk, drawing hieroglyphics on the wall inside his cage. This kind of artistic animal enrichment is extended
Our body has 600 muscles, and the young man we meet today uses them all a lot more than the average punter! Tim 'Livewire' Shieff is a professional free runner, and one of the few in the world who can control a onehanded handstand! His showplace is the deserted urban landscape of South London. Before he goes on one of these acrobatic, SpiderManlike runs, he checks the route for grippy walls, loose bricks, railings, etc with an eye also to respecting the environment and keeping it intact. We lea
David Lama is a quiet superhero, scaling any rock face he sets his mind to. Today he talks about the sinkhole in Samoa being a magical place, with its waterfall and three natural arches. We watch him rise to this steep challenge and marvel at this humble, natureembracing soul.
Today, Kellyn speaks with musicians and animal activists Lizzie and Linsey. She weaves the high notes into the music the calls of animals facing extinction while he uses a digital wind recorder connected to his iPad. With this setup he is able to modify Lizzie's notes to sound like the animal calls. Everyone who hears their exquisitely beautiful sounds, fall under their spell, and are receptive to increased awareness about the endangered animals' plight.
Today, Stacey meets farm caretaker chainsaw artist Matt George. In this video, we feel like we're walking with Matt and Stacey, breathing the fresh air, and quietly exploring the picturesque property. Wild animal sightings, interacting with the pastoral animals and harmonizing with nature is what it's about. If you or your students are going through a hectic time, share this video!
First of all, do you know your collarbone is the last part of your body to stop growing Secondly, when we meet recordholder Neil, we wonder if he's ever stopped growing This amiable bloke is the tallest man in the UK. Measuring half a metre taller than the average man there makes Neil popular, mingling and getting into photo ops wherever he goes! We learn it's the bones in your legs and their DNA that determine how tall you're destined to grow. The most special and wonderful lesson comes from
The vastly varied environments on each of the Galapagos islands has led to animals that not only look different, but also behave very differently. Some species of the same animal behave in such an alien way to those on other islands, that they can no longer interbreed.
Alex speaks with water quality educator Ellie Pobjoy, who explains about macroinvertebrates living just under the water surface, and how water quality matters. A Boy Scout troop helps by taking pH samples and spotting various species of water bugs and larvae. A final test for phosphates free pills thet conclusion!
Leela checks out a new dog being trained to protect zoo animals from foxes. Just three months old, 'Evie', a threemonthold Maremma Sheepdog, is a breed used to guarding sheep. Trained to patrol the whole zoo grounds, she will guard all the animals especially ducks and waterfowl.
Alex talks with Allison Wright, wildlife officer at Corroboree. This was set up to establish a healthy bilby population in captivity because they're not doing well in the wild. The ultimate goal is to repopulate the wilds of Queensland with these captivating creatures.
Duane hangs out with a Queensland ecologist who almost daily discovers new living creatures get remote wetlands. What was once rainforest in the Australian Outback just like on the coast is now desert, with one exception. The only, unique place in the whole world that provides this team of ecologists with new life form discoveries, is this one wetland area. This video says it all about evolution, survival, and hope for each precious species through education.
Today, we meet some burrowing animals and creatures and find out why they live this way. Stacey visits with a wombat to show us the cuddly kind, then talks about the creepy and slimy kind. That would be the cockroach and worm families, and your class will be fascinated to witness the underground abodes of all these creatures!
Duane has heaps of questions for tour guide Cat Davidson concerning a rare, local lamington legend. The pair hit the creek bed for some blue spiny crayfish hunting. Cat informs Duane of a few important facts. These crayfish are a 'keystone species', eating many things below them, and getting eaten by many things above them on the food chain. Also, as it's now winter, these elusive creatures are hiding their bright blue features under the rocks. A clue does pop up in the form of one bluetinged ca
Scott learns some new tricks from 15year veteran of street circus performing, Scott Griffin. Our man takes to the juggling sticks straightaway, and veteran performer Scott notes his good handeye coordination. The younger Scott is no slouch at plate spinning either at least starting out. The unicycle is another story though! This video is not only entertaining we can feel the zeal and sense of accomplishment these magical moves never fail to bring forth.
Meet John Farnworth, football freestyling genius, who unleashes his skills in a deserted urban playground. You have to have an amazing body to be able to pull off the tricks and reps this lad does. He holds five world records and can do 107 shin keepyuppies in a minute! John tells us concentration is everything, especially on the more difficult tricks, and it's true the brain is the source of his athletic sorcery. At the forefront, the cerebrum allows us to think, make decisions and learn. Withi
Neurologist David Szmulewicz explains how fluid in our ear canals tell the brain how the head is moving, how displaced otoconium crystals in the ear send incorrect messages to the brain, causing dizziness, and how vertigo is treated.
Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists - the spider-goat. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider's web. It is part of a new field of research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please.
Mark Evans, former chief vet at the RSPCA UK, is back with a second series investigating what it all means for the 21st-century dog owner. The series addresses the modern-day issues facing our cute and cuddly pets, including jealousy, bad behaviour and health issues.
Episode two follows the devils to an isolation centre in Hobart where scientists from the Save the Tasmanian Devil team select the final 15 and prepare to release them into the wild for the first time on Maria Island.
Discover why our dogs are getting fatter and investigate what can be done to help them. We reveal how dogs can manipulate us into feeding them and how weight problems can lead to far more serious health issues.
From the safety of captivity to the remote Tasmanian wilderness, 15 Tasmanian devils set off on an extraordinary adventure to save their species from extinction and change the course of Australian wildlife history during this documentary series.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program discusses regulation of genetic expression, and mutation.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program investigates the form in which they are packaged - the cell.
Richard Hammond concludes his look at miracles in the natural world by discovering some incredible animal super-powers. Creatures that can create slime as strong as steel, survive massive extremes of temperature or even turn invisible.
The baffling story of young lives imprisoned by silence. Red is eight years old - but her devoted grandparents haven't heard her utter a word since she was born. Ten-year-old Megan goes cheerleading every Thursday - but she doesn't ever cheer. And at the age of 14, Danielle was still using a whiteboard to communicate. Each of these young girls can speak, but with most people they don't. There is no rhyme or reason to their silence.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Energy transfer in nature : carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle
Science Bank is a series of programs that demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. Today: A combination of dissections, demonstrations and graphics offer an insight into the structure of key body parts that is almost impossible to achieve in the classroom.
This fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of the often-misunderstood species - cats. This episode, the world's top cat experts investigate the secret lives of cats to reveal how they communicate with friends, with foes and with us.
Wild Britain - January To March - The range of seasons in Britain are as extraordinary as the climate is unique. The splendour of the autumn colour change is as magnificent as anywhere on earth, while the animal migration is of planet-wide importance. Beautiful time-lapse photography illustrates how the landscape is changing minute by minute, day by day, month by month from a waterfall freezing solid to an entire hillside of heather bursting with colour. This enchanting series that reveals why Britains climate is so unique and why the countrys relationship with its wildlife is so enduring and so special. (Part 1 of 4) (From the UK) (Documentary) (Rpt) G CC
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program turns to human experimentation with DNA - moving genes around, recombinant DNA.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program looks at DNA fingerprinting and how DNA technology is probing the genome.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program considers genetic issues, discussing how genetics might play out in the future.
The third episode of Devil Island follows the 15 captive-reared Tasmanian devils on their first night of freedom on Maria Island off the coast of Tasmania. But how will the committed herbivores on the island cope with the new 15 hungry, carnivorous hunters?
While many of us wouldn't think that dogs suffer from mental health disorders, it seems some of our pooches may be struggling. Mark and his team of experts find out what could be at the root of their problems.
The Wonder of Dogs celebrates man's best friend in all its spectacularly different and unlikely forms, taking a snapshot of the dog population of a typical English village - Brightwell in Oxfordshire. Presenters Kate Humble and Steve Leonard, together with leading experts, put the village dogs through a range of tests and explore why there's so much variety within a single species. And historian Ruth Goodman unearths the extraordinary stories behind some of the world's most iconic breeds. The first episode looks at the special bond between humans and dogs.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program reveals the genetic code and how DNA expresses itself in the chemistry of life.
Atoms Alive is a series about DNA and genetics, which has been produced to support the biology curriculum for upper secondary students. Today's program considers the master molecule, and how it stores information and copies itself.
April to June - This documentary series showcases the dynamic nature of Britain over an entire year, revealing why Britains climate is so unique and why the countrys relationship with its wildlife is so enduring and so special. Late March signals the start of a battle for light. Time-lapse show billions of plants, shrubs and trees racing to be the first to make use of the suns life-giving energy. Bats and bees come out of hibernation and birds and animals begin their own perilous race; to breed. As spring becomes summer the rising temperatures trigger plankton blooms in the sea. Mayflies hatch in their millions attracting attacks from acrobatic brown trout in the rivers below and duckings leap from the water to pluck the mayflies from the air. (Part 2 of 4) (From the UK) (Documentary) (Rpt) G CC
We all know the word "Neanderthal" to be an unflattering qualifier for some of our more uncultured and dim-witted fellow humans. But was the real Neanderthal man truly such an intellectual dunce? The Real Neanderthal Man looks at modern scientific findings that reveal quite the opposite.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Animal cells, plant cells and cell divisions.
Between 1985 and 2005, the number of honey bee hives fell by about fifty percent, and that is far from the worst news. So what is killing our bees: the weather; a parasite (the varroa mite) - which has been here since 1992; the viruses that accompany the varroa; pesticides; or something else, like the nature of agriculture?