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  1. Becoming (2018)

    Director
    Jan van Ijken
    Subject
    Biology

    A short film about the genesis of animal life. In great microscopic detail, we see the ‘making of’ an Alpine Newt in its transparant egg from the first cell division to hatching. A single cell is...

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  2. Creeping Garden, The (2017)

    Director
    Tim Grabham; Jasper Sharp
    Subject
    Biology; Technology
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 81 minutes), £17.99

    This documentary explores the world of the plasmodial slime mould as revealed through the eyes of the fringe scientists, mycologists and artists who work with them. Long overlooked by biologists, in recent...

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  3. Sensory Structures (2017)

    Subject
    Biology; Natural history

    Podcast. Professor Kenneth Catania, of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, discusses some of the ways in which some vertebrates sense their environment, beyond the five senses of touch, taste,...

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  4. Aflatoxins (2017)

    aka: Aflatoxins: Chemistry in Its Element

    Subject
    Biology; Chemistry

    Why did thousands of turkeys drop dead across England in 1961? Why is eating peanut butter on a stick of celery better for you than spreading it on toast? This podcast answers both questions by investigating...

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  5. Plastic Whale, A (2017)

    aka: A Plastic Whale: The Documentary

    Subject
    Biology; Environmental science
    Distribution
    Film

    This Sky News documentary shows the devastating effects of plastic on ocean life by following the case of a post-mortem examination of a Cuvier’s beaked whale. The procedure confirmed that its intestines...

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  6. Making Fish Oil in Plants (2016)

    Subject
    Biology

    This short film demonstrates the genetic modification process of Camelina sativa, used to produce seeds packed with omega-3 oils. [5 minutes]

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  7. Forty Years of Selfishness (2016)

    Subject
    Biology

    Podcast marking the fortieth anniversary of the publication of Richard Dawkins’ ‘The Selfish Gene’, exploring how the book changed the way many people think about genetics. Features contributions from...

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  8. Secret Science: Chemical and Biological Weapons (2016)

    Director
    Tim Usborne
    Subject
    Biology; Chemistry
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 50 minutes), £195.00

    Documentary film about Porton Down, the British military and scientific base that specialises in chemical and biological warfare and the fight against global terrorism. The top-secret British military unit...

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  9. Stem Cells: The Future (2015)

    Subject
    Biology; Chemistry
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 16 minutes), £6.60

    In this compelling and clear 16 minute video, leading scientists tell the story of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). This extraordinary scientific discovery changed the way we think about human...

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  10. Fascination for Fungi, A (2015)

    aka: A Fascination for Fungi: A Celebration of the Weird and Wonderful World of Fungi

    Subject
    Biology
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 25 minutes), £7.19

    Narrated by David Hollis (from the ‘A Black Country Lad’ series’), this documentary looks at British mushrooms in all their glory and splendour. The varieties studied include: Death Caps, Dapperlings,...

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