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    QH 31 .D2 C43 2005

    Charles Darwin : Evolution’s Voice


    Discusses the life, accomplishments, and impact of the great naturalist, Charles Darwin, from his historic voyage on the Beagle to his personal anguish over publicizing his finding.

    QH 31 .D2 D37 2009

    Darwin’s Secret Notebooks

    (National Geographic)

    Evolutionary biologist Armand Leroi goes on a journey to uncover the evidence behind Darwin's Theory of Evolution. Beyond the Galapagos, he explores forgotten shores to witness the very creatures, fossils and places that captivated the young naturalist's imagination

    QH 31 .D2 K48 2009


    Based on the book, Annie's Box, by Randal Keynes.  Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.  Gives viewers a unique inside look at Charles Darwin, his family, and his love for his deeply religious wife, as he is torn between faith and science.  Darwin struggles to finish his legendary book, On the Origin of Species, which goes on to become the foundation for evolutionary biology.

    QH 45.5 .P53 2007

    Planet Earth : The Complete Series


    5-disc series


    Disc 1 (176 min.). From pole to pole (59 min.) ; Mountains (58 min.) ; Fresh water (59 min.) -- Disc 2 (174 min.). Caves (57 min.) ; Deserts (58 min.) ; Ice worlds (59 min.) -- Disc 3 (177 min.). Great plains (59 min.) ; Jungles (59 min.) ; Shallow seas (59 min.) -- Disc 4 (118 min.). Seasonal forests (59 min.) ; Ocean deep (59 min.). Special feature (Disc 5, 177 min.): "Planet Earth : the future" 3-part documentary, consisting of Saving species (59 min.), Into the wilderness (59 min.), Living together (59 min.).

    QH 75 .F73 2008

    Fragile Ecosystems

    Looks at three fragile ecosystems, all in danger of destruction from human activity: marshes, the implication of whose destruction on wildlife, water tables, and an increasing number of other aspects of the entire biosphere is only beginning to be understood; soils, where greater understanding is contributing to more protection; and the atmosphere, which we have already managed to alter to a significant extent

    QH 76 .A56 2005

    America’s Wetlands

    Discusses what wetlands can do for the environment, including purifying wastewater and lessening the impact of droughts and floods. Also discusses the effect of draining wetlands.

    QH 78 .L54 2008

    Life After People

    What will the world be like when mankind is extinct? The pyramids may stand forever, but the cities will disappear. Our greatest masterpieces will fade and crumble. Journey to locations around the globe already going through the processes of a lack of human intervention. See the changes wrought in just decades in ghostly settlements like Chernobyl, which was abandoned since only 1986, and island towns off the coast of Maine. How long would it take before the last remnants of mankind completely disappeared?

    QH 83

    .B7301 through .B7315 2004


    Branches on the Tree of Life : The Biology of …

     (BioMEDIA Associates)


    14-disc series

    The Biology of... series of core curriculum programs explores the "deep branches" on the tree of life to reveal a modern view of the classification and phylogeny of each group studied in biology Titles : (.B7301) Algae – (.B7302) Annelids – (.B7303) Arthropods – (.B7304) Chordates – (.B7305)Cnidarians – (.B7306) Echinoderms – (.B7307)Flatworms – (.B7308) Fungi – (.B7309) Molluscs – (.B7311) Plants – (.B7312) Protists – (.B7313) Rotifers & Nematodes – (.B7314) Sponges – (.B7315) Viruses and Bacteria

    QH 91 .E974 1998

    Experience the Deep

    Underwater images with relaxing sound track

    QH 91 O332 1993

    Ocean Drifters

    (National Geographic)

    Focuses on marine life that spends its life drifting in the ocean currents.

    QH 91 .V57 2009

    Visions of the Sea

    Al Giddings underwater photography capturing everything from single-celled organisms to massive mammals

    QH 95.55 .G7 T732 2006

    Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef

    Explores the brilliant colors and extraordinary creatures of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia.

    QH 95.8 .F73 2003

    Fragile Coral Reef in Peril

    Examines the fragile ecology of reefs in Chumbe Island Coral Park, Zanzibar; Mafia Island Marine Park, Tanzania; and Ras Mohammed National Park in Egypt

    QH 104.5 .G7 W384 2010


    Examines the beauty and complex toxicity of the Great Lakes. Follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.  Contents : Sick belugas -- The great journey -- Aboriginal lake -- Factory water -- Toxic mud -- Ships & critters -- The water walker -- Living shoreline -- Nostalgic port -- Chicago -- Carp attack -- The dead shoreline -- Bioaccumulation -- Cleaning the fox -- Water walking -- The nursery -- Killer mussels -- Stocking fish -- Disappearing water -- Farms & condos -- Muck Beach -- Chemical City -- Dark synergies -- Sewer overload -- Subsistence fishing -- Killer mussels 2 -- Apathy -- Return to Love Canal -- Commerce trumps science -- Future generations.

    QH 211 .L54 2008

    Light Microscope Window on the Microcosm

    Some easily applied techniques that are particularly useful for viewing living organisms. This program illustrates how to manipulate the lens and lighting systems of simple and compound microscopes for the best possible viewing of living organisms and prepared slides

    QH 307.2 .C673 2007e



    Core Biology


    4-disc series

    Presents the principles of biology by way of a timeline featuring the historic milestones of the respective fields. Contents : [v. 1] Plant sciences (34 min.) -- [v. 2] Animal sciences (38 min.) -- [v. 3] Environmental sciences (29 min.) -- [v. 4] Microbiology and genetics (36 min.)

    QH 308.2 .L55 2010


    (BBC/Discovery Channel)


    4-disc series

    Four years in the making, and filmed over 3000 days across every continent and in every habitat, see 130 incredible stories from frontiers of the natural world. Discover the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action: individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment.

    Contents: Disc 1. Challenges of life -- Reptiles and amphibians -- Mammals -- Disc 2. Fish -- Birds -- Disc 3. Insects -- Hunters and hunted -- Disc 4. Creatures of the deep -- Plants -- Primates.

    QH 325 .O75 2005

    Ocean Origins

    Invites viewers to an extraordinary adventure: 4 billion years in the ocean, from the beginning of life until that incredible moment when the first vertebrate emerged onto dry land and opened the path to the conquest of the continents.

    QH 367 .E96 2001



    7-part series on 4 discs

    Beginning with Darwin's revolutionary theory, this seven-part series explores all facets of evolution.  Contents : Darwin's dangerous idea (ca. 120 min.) -- Great transformations (ca. 60 min.) -- Extinction! (ca. 60 min.) -- The evolutionary arms race (ca. 60 min.) -- Why sex? (ca. 60 min.) -- The mind's big bang (ca. 60 min.) -- What about God? (ca. 60 min.).

    QH 442.2 .C54 2002


    (National Geographic)

    Explores the benefits and controversy surrounding cloning.

    QH 442.2 .C583 2003

    Why Not Clone a Human?

    Robert Krulwich talks with Princeton University's Lee Silver about cloning. Features Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard University discussing Siamese twins; Jane Curtin and Buck Henry in the role of evil parents; video artists Josh and Adam explaining how to clone sheep DNA; plus, the Jody Oberfelder Dance Project performing a dancing baby ballet, "Rock Me Mama"; and, the photographs of American artist Roni Horn.

    QH 442.2 .F73 2006

    Frankenstein Science : Human Cloning

    Examines the ethical and technical issues surrounding cloning, including interviews with researchers, scientists, theologians, legal experts and biotechnology authorities.

    QH 442.2 .P53 2004

    Playing God : Human Cloning

    Will human cloning provide a panacea for ailments and diseases or usher in a nightmarish world of eugenics and designer people? Presents an in-depth exploration of the ethical concerns regarding human cloning.  A variety of perspectives are canvassed from the theological, legal, and scientific fields, including interviews with Dr. Ian Wilmut, the first scientist to successfully clone a mammal--Dolly, a sheep

    QH 447 .A44 2002

    All About Us

    Genetically speaking, only half a percent's difference separates any two human beings in the world, less of a difference than that between any two chimpanzees or gorillas. Provides a concise look at the results of the Human Genome Project, a fascinating roundup of discoveries that truly puts the human race in perspective. Using graphics, scientists involved discuss the genetic record of the race carried by every person and how many of these genes are dormant--or not even inherently human.

    Natural History - Biology (continued)

    QH 541.5 .C65 S56 2005

    Shoreline Habitats

    (Science Screen Reports)

    Shows  how human interests and the needs of aquatic life can be balanced. It describes efforts of scientists, engineers, farmers and fishermen to identify shoreline habitat problems and support endangered species. Citing some of their successess - for example, rehabilitating gray seal populations, redesigning dikes to aid migratory birds, and protecting seabeds during cockle harvests

    QH 541.5 C7 E3 2003

    Ecology of the Coral Reef

    Examines the most diversified of all marine ecosystems in its many varieties -- the fringe reef, the barrier reef and the atoll -- and discusses the conditions necessary for a reef's survival and the symbiosis between polyps and algae. It emphasizes the fragility of the reef and its endangerment by marine predators, pollution, defoliation, oil spills, tourists, urban development and other reef-destroyers.

    QH 541.5 D35 D44 2007

    Deep Sea

    Adventure format lets the viewer swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet. Among them are Green Sea Turtles, a predatory Humboldt Squid, and a Mantis Shrimp

    QH 541.5 .I8 .G35 2007


    The inspiration for Darwin's theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals.

    QH 541.5 .S3 D447 2006

    Deep Blue

    Twenty specialized camera teams shot over 7,000 hours of footage in more than 200 locations around the world and descended as far as 5,000 meters in the most powerful submersible crafts to bring the audience this spectacle of underwater exploration into the secret lives of sea creatures.

    QH 545 .P4 C38 2008

    Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

    Witness the life of passionate biologist and environmentalist, Rachel Carson, and how she exposed the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides by the federal government, and sparked a revolution in environmental policy.

    QH 573 .C4 2004


    Get a larger than life look at human and plant cells and watch these tiny building blocks in action.

    QH 581.2 .C452 2005


    Cells : The Building Blocks of Life

    Takes a close-up look at the lowest common denominator of all life: the cell. It illustrates essential cellular processes - transportation of materials, communication, energy transfer, protein-building, waste disposal, movement, and the all-important mitosis and meiosis -- as well as key cellular landmarks like the nucleus, ribosomes, mitochondria, the Golgi complex, the endoplasmic reticulum, and lysosomes. Special attention is given to recent advances in biotechnology.

    QH 581.2 .M55 2005

    Mitosis and Meiosis

    Uses microscopic images and animated sequences to show the processes of mitosis and meiosis. Part 1 is devoted to the subjects of the interphase state, DNA replication, and chromosome structure, and offers a detailed look at each stage of mitosis. Part 2 looks at the diploid and haploid states, at fertilization, and at the various stages of meiosis