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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Speaking with Light: Tackling Pollution with Bioluminescent Indicators (2014)

    Director
    Alex Gibney
    Subject
    Biology; Environmental science

    Many marine organisms have evolved to exhibit bioluminescence putting on incredible deep sea displays of flashing lights, sparkling blooms and smoke-like clouds of shimmering blue. Inspired by this, marine...

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  8. Synthetic Biology in Europe (2014)

    Subject
    Biology; Technology

    Synthetic biology is an emerging field in at the intersection of biotechnology, information technology and biochemistry with the aim to make biology easier to engineer. But what exactly are synthetic...

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  9. Double Helix (2014)

    Subject
    Biology

    James Watson and Francis Crick collected and interpreted key evidence to determine that DNA molecules take the shape of a twisted ladder: a double helix. The film presents the challenges, false starts, and...

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  10. Cell Fate: Journeys to Specialisation - Dna Proteins and Stem Cells (2014)

    Subject
    Biology; Medical sciences; Science
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 0 PAL, 22 mins), £6.60

    Stem cell scientist Thomas Graf and his team explain how blood, skin and muscle cells acquire such different abilities and shapes and what controls this process.

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