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An electric eel can generate enough current to stun its prey. Johns Hopkins University neuroethologist Eric Fortune traveled to Ecuador to study electric knifefish in their native habitat. Back at Johns Hopkins University, research collaborator mechanical engineer Noah Cowan and the rest of the team use Fortune's field data to help with their observations and experiments in the lab. With support from the National Science Foundation, they are studying the knifefish to learn more about how the brains of animals work to control their behavior.
Part of "Show Me Science" series. Are animals intelligent? Bees communicate with each other. Monkeys use rocks and sticks to help them get food. Is this instinctual or is it evidence of thought? Some scientists believe that one measure of intelligence is self-awareness, and that an animal's reaction to its own image in a mirror can tell us whether or not it is self-aware. Looks at fish, birds, monkeys, and primates and their reactions to themselves in a mirror. Researchers look for signs of self-recognition as they observe, record, and interpret the reactions of these animals. Includes suggestions for careers in this field of study.
Do animals change their behavior when humans hike through the forest or move next door? Scientists looking to answer this question are relying on webcams. They are hoping to gather data to pinpoint adaptations in animal behavior related to human interaction.
What’s on the menu? Find out how aquarists feed some of the largest and smallest aquarium animals under their care. Understanding marine food webs, animal behavior, and nutrition are important skills needed for this science-based career. Part of the "Aquarist" series.
Juncos, also known as snowbirds, are readily observed in backyards, city parks, and forests. These little gray birds are so common they can be easily overlooked. But for scientists who study animal behavior, ecology, and evolutionary biology, the junco is a rock star. Part of Ordinary Extraordinary Junco (Intro).
How do biologists answer questions and solve problems? Within the context of answering this question, data collection, recording, and analysis are overviewed. Examines two animal behaviors: feeding and communication. Illustrates the different behaviors of lions, alligators, and chimpanzees, and then highlights the "waggle dance" used by bees. Supports the learning of these concepts in tandem with the textbooks also offered by the publisher.
The seemingly peaceful atmosphere in an organic garden on the University of Florida campus belies the battles happening among many of its tiniest inhabitants: the insects. For entomologist Christine Miller, there are endless opportunities here to study how insects compete and even fight for a mate. With support from the National Science Foundation, Miller and her team are researching mate selection and animal weapons as a key to better understanding animal behavior, diversity, and evolution. Understanding evolution is essential for figuring out solutions to modern problems such as antibiotic resistance, a major problem in medicine, and for understanding how life on the planet became so diverse and how it may change in the future. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Ann Childers, an animal behaviorist, shares her knowledge of cat development, diet, grooming, common behavior problems, training and exercising, and health. She also discusses special concerns for working owners, coping with grief following the death of a pet, and reactions (allergic, fearful) that visitors may have and how to deal with these.
With support from the National Science Foundation, wildlife ecologist Chris Wilmers and his team developed a collar to help them learn more about the behavior, metabolism and habitat preferences of mountain lions. In addition to its location, the animal’s behavior and physiology are recorded in unprecedented detail. They’re learning more about how the cats respond to different stimuli, such as climate, and interactions with other animals, and changes in the landscape created by development. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Students explore the features of amphibians. Concepts and terminology include cold-blooded, metamorphosis, frog, tadpole, toad, and salamander.
See the extraordinary life of the octopus as never before. Segment from Wild Chronicles Series.
Discusses how animals use their teeth and horns for protection and survival. From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.
Vivid, live-action footage of birds from throughout the world illustrate the lives of birds. Concepts and terminology include feathers, wings, skeleton, flight, and eggs.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly identify this bloodsucking insect. Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly guess this animal that likes to live underground? Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly guess this scavenging bird of prey? Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
This episode is all about bears. Grizzly bears, black bears, and polar bears are shown in their natural habitat. Part of the "Journey With Dylan Dreyer" series.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly guess the mystery gastropod in this episode? Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly guess the mystery bovine in this episode? Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
In each episode, viewers are given clues about a hidden animal inside a magic box. Can viewers use all the clues to correctly guess the mystery crustacean in this episode? Part of the "Zoobabu" series.
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