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Host Peter Tonge visits with Robert Almquist of Almquist Flowerland who offers tips on raising and caring for houseplants. Covers the following topics: watering during winter months; combating pests; buying houseplants; repotting and pruning; determining types of soil; and using a granular soil additive to help the soil retain moisture. Originally aired as an episode of "The Good Green Earth."
Host Peter Tonge visits with Paul Rogers of Stonehedge Nursery who offers tips on growing culinary herbs from seeds indoors on a windowsill. Also shows how to identify soil type with a basic 10-minute test. Looks at some of the organic additives you can use to improve your soil. Originally aired as an episode of "The Good Green Earth."
Host Peter Tonge visits the Weston Maple Sugar Project in Weston, Massachusetts. Shows the process of making maple syrup from tapping a maple sugar tree to boiling sap in a sugar shack. The second part of the program focuses on the basics of planning a garden in late winter. Also explains how to mix and apply liquid fertilizers. Originally aired as an episode of "The Good Green Earth."
Host Peter Tonge visits with Wayne Schoech of New England Bonsai Gardens who offers suggestions on how to care for bonsai (ancient Oriental art form of miniaturizing trees and shrubs) when you bring it home. Mark Heinlein, also from the Gardens, transforms a three-year-old juniper into an ancient, windswept tree in 25 minutes. Originally aired as an episode of "The Good Green Earth."
Host Emily Graslie interviews Peter Makovicky, Associate Curator of Paleontology, about a new species of dinosaur he discovered: the Siats meekerorum. Based on the skeletal remains, evidence points to this being a newly discovered meat-eating dinosaur. Part of "The Brain Scoop" series.
A little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. Based on the book by Peter Brown.
Lucy, a young bear, meets a little boy in the forest. When she brings him home, her mother cautions her "children make terrible pets." Can Lucy prove her mother wrong? Based on the book by Peter Brown.
Meet Peter Kachenko, director of operations at Third Sun Solar, and find out how to prepare for a career as an energy analyst. Math, accounting, and science are key topics to focus on when preparing to enter this profession. Part of the "Career Connections" series.
Peter Pritchard has seen each of the world's 300 species of turtles, but has a real affinity for the giant leatherback sea turtles on a Guyana beach. His conservation efforts with a local community insure that children learn about the turtles' habitats, behaviors, and characteristics. Watch a turtle lay her eggs and see the newly hatched babies race for the sea. Gives additional pertinent facts about this ancient species.
Over the past four decades, evolutionary biologists Rosemary and Peter Grant have documented the evolution of the famous Galápagos finches. They track changes in body traits directly tied to survival, such as beak length, and identify behavioral characteristics that prevent different species from breeding with one another. Their pioneering studies have revealed clues as to how 13 distinct finch species arose from a single ancestral population that migrated from the mainland 2 million to 3 million years ago.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, Peter Ungar is revealing more details about the lives of human ancestors, and he’s doing it through dentistry. The University of Arkansas anthropologist uses high tech dental scans to find out more about the diets of hominids, a technique that sometimes leads to new and very different conclusions. While anthropologists traditionally determine the diets of our ancestors by examining the size and shape of teeth and jaws, Ungar's powerful microscopes paint a more detailed picture by looking at wear patterns on teeth.
University of Pennsylvania ecologist Peter Petraitis, California State Northridge biologist Steve Dudgeon, and their team have been returning to Maine’s rocky intertidal zone every spring and summer for nearly two decades. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they survey a network of 60 experimental plots. The big question that brings them back year after year: Is an ecosystem like this a stable and permanent fixture, or, under harsh conditions, could it reach a tipping point? The idea is that changes in conditions could cause a switch from one community to another, such as from mussel beds to rockweed, and then back again. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Many viewers enjoy three-dimensional technology, but a few feel the need to look away. A number of neurological and visual conditions can cause someone to experience nausea. It's a type of motion sickness without the motion. Fred Bonato of St. Peter's College in Jersey City has spent years steadily tracking what he calls "cyber sickness.”