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  1. 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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  2. What we Learned from 5 Million Books (2011)

    Subject
    Social Studies; Technology

    The research in this 14-minute video was made possible by Google’s book digitization efforts. Researchers Jean-Baptiste Michel and Erez Lieberman Aiden show in a light-hearted way that reading isn’t the...

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  3. Who Lives? Who Dies? (2011)

    Subject
    Biology

    Why do only certain species survive? How can our growing knowledge of genomes reveal a deeper understanding of life’s cycles and secrets? These are among the topics discussed in this video recording of a...

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  4. Debate, A: Who was the Hobbit (2011)

    Subject
    Anthropology; Archaeology; Biology

    Found on an obscure island, the tiny, small-brained, big-footed, "Homo florensiencsis," or "the hobbit," is unlike any other discovery. Where did this being come from, and who are its ancestors? In this...

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  5. Khumi Lives (2010)

    Director
    Ittukgula Changma
    Subject
    Anthropology; Development studies

    Khumi is the smallest of the indigenous groups in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeastern Bangladesh. In today’s age of globalization, changes are occurring in the animist Khumi peoples’ religion,...

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  6. Extinct (2010)

    Director
    Russell Barnes
    Producer
    Alex West
    Subject
    Biology

    A series of six 25-minute television programmes in which palaeontologist Julian Hume and archaeologist Peter Floore search for evidence as to why certain animals became extinct. Using scientific research,...

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  7. Sue Hartley - The 300 Million Year War - Plants V Herbivores (2010)

    Subject
    Biology; Environmental science
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL), £6.00

    The 2009 Royal Institution Christmas lectures given by Sue Hartley, Professor of Ecology at Susssex University. She tells us some interesting facts about plant biomass and their success in surviving...

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  8. Is Human Evolution over? (2009)

    Subject
    Biology

    Audio recording from the Darwin College Lecture Series 2009 by Steve Jones. Many people - Darwin included - have claimed that the human species will continue to evolve in the future, as it has in the past....

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  9. Darwin and the Ancient Earth: Dinosaurs and the ‘Deep Past’ In the 19th-Century Imagination (2009)

    Subject
    Geology; Natural history

    Why was the young Charles Darwin’s fascination with geology so important for his later work and why was prehistory so popular in early nineteenth-century Britain? This podcast with Professor Jim Secord,...

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  10. Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language (5 Parts) (2009)

    Subject
    Languages; Linguistics
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1 NTSC, 250 minutes ), $599.95 (set)

    Currently there are more than 6,000 languages spoken around the world. This five-part series traces the history and evolution of language and attendant theories and controversies, while evaluating the scope...

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