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  • Blurry city in background. Taste and Smell.

    Smelling is as natural as breathing. Sixteen times a minute, air passes through the nose to fill the lungs. Billions of molecules passing through the nasal cavities are captured by the cells of the olfactory organ. Scientists and others are presently working in the realms of taste and smell to understand their powers. They are bringing to light the mystery that, from conception to adulthood, reveals a fabulous potential. Is it possible that one day the nose will help uncover diseases, vanquish pain, and lower stress levels? Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a baby crawling toward a cloud of scent. Spanish captions.

    A community is surrounded by a special odor. Everyone sets off to discover what the aroma is. From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cartoon of a person pointing at glass containers with corks. Caption: Cinnamon, mint, skunk--

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. Flora Whiff, the famous expert on smell, comes to school to judge the First Annual Smell Search. Ms. Frizzle's class creates a unique smell which is bound to take first prize, but Arnold's cousin, Janet, determined to win by herself, changes their smell to an odor only a skunk could love. The kids discover the secret to what makes things smell. Now they have to make sure their creation doesn't make a big stink.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • The Senses

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    Close up of an eye. Caption: After light passes through your pupil, it hits your lens.

    Provides a short overview of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Explores the special relationship between taste and smell. Shows how our senses combine to help us more richly experience the world around us. Includes suggested classroom activity.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Mosquito on a person's skin. Caption: it would scare them away.

    Vanderbilt University researchers say they're working to unleash an insect repellent on mosquitoes that’s more powerful than DEET. The discovery could one day be effective in reducing the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria. It's based on a mosquito's sense of smell. With support from the National Science Foundation, Vanderbilt University biologist Laurence Zwiebel researched which mosquito genes are linked to odor reception. He discovered a separate odor sensor on a mosquito's antennae. According to Zwiebel, mosquitoes use odor sensors to sniff out humans and other tasty animals to bite. The new insect repellent compound takes advantage of his discovery by overwhelming the mosquito’s odor sensors to the point that they can't smell anything else and get scared away.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • People on the magic school bus wearing rain hats. Caption: Ahh. The sweet smell of swamp gas.

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. The debate is intense: Should Walkerville get rid of the swamp by the river and replace it with a fantastic new shopping mall? Carlos, representing his class, is given the task of persuading the town council to keep the smelly old swamp. The kids learn that the swamp is an important habitat and natural water filter, but the council's not convinced until a flood occurs.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Three people standing. One person is chewing something. Caption: Step 3. When you unplug your nose, you should experience the flavor of mint as it rushes through the olfactory nerve.

    Students demonstrate the relationship between taste and smell.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Diagram of a human head with the path from the nostril to the sinuses highlighted. Caption: To get the full benefit of the smell,

    Reviews appetite and hunger. Shows the actions of a salivary gland, the swallowing reflex, and the powerful churning of the stomach as food is broken down and processed.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Wired

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    Closeup of a human eye. Caption: of specialized cells called receptors

    As millions of receptors in the human nervous system respond automatically to light, sound, touch, and smell, and send information to the brain, the body acts. Explores a condition amputees experience known as "phantom pain" or "phantom limb." Also explains how the blind "see" words with the receptors in their hands.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Closeup of a person's face. Caption: This is pollution we don't see, smell, taste.

    Explores how POPs (persistent organic pollutants) contaminate the traditional food web of native peoples and are passed from one generation to another, causing cancer and other serious health problems. Addresses concerns such as what are government and industry doing about POPs, how do POPs affect indigenous peoples' relationship to nature, and how do POPs affect treaty rights.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Several ants, two carrying larvae. Caption: (narrator) Then the ants build a protective wall across the entrance.

    Looks at several types of ant species and explains their differences in building houses. Discusses why ant house building is dependent on teamwork. Observes ants building colonies and explores the jobs of different ants in a community. Outlines the life stages of ants. Describes how the lives of ants differ according to the sex of an ant. Explains how ants use the sense of smell to communicate.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • A bat puppet hanging upside down on stage holding a microphone. Spanish captions.

    The parakeet starts with a monologue about the importance of teamwork. The first guest, the skunk, is complaining because his teammates from the sports cheering team have unfairly kicked him out, but his teammates explained that whenever the skunk got mad he would smell like fish. The fleas present a documentary on anger in humans. The celebrity guest, a well-known politician and academic, has learned how to manage anger in the classroom.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a human skull with the eyeballs still present. Caption: The human eye is an organ -- an exquisite sensory organ --

    Touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight: the human body's five major senses. They are senses that have evolved independently over millions of years but are brought together by our marvelous central nervous system into the most refined way of interacting with the environment of any species on the planet. Join Dr. Mark Reisman as he provides you with a look at the anatomy and physiology of each of these sensory systems and shows how the brain uses them to produce what we call being human.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • My Kitten

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    Close up of the head and shoulders of a small black kitten. Caption: Cats can live well into their teens

    Provides an overview of all the stages to ensure a kitten grows up to become a happy, healthy, and much-loved addition to a family. Cats have an extra sense organ, and they can actually "taste" smell. In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal. The cat's grace and beauty have inspired artists since ancient times. By Victorian times they became pampered pets. Cats are loving and affectionate but have an independent character that guarantees them a special place in the hearts of their caregivers. NOTE: Bonus material follows main feature.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Illustration of a cat. Caption: Have you smelled the air? It's unbreathable!

    Olli has a sore throat caused by pollution, and meets a crazy alley cat with vertigo who cannot stop coughing. Suzie explains how redesigning the town could help clean the air. Part of "My Little Planet" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Blurry city in background. Orchestra of the senses.

    Sight, touch, hearing, taste, and smell send sensory messages to the brain at a speed of 430km/hr. The brain deals with 11 million information signals per second, and this continual flow of information is sorted and analyzed by the brain, which directs the senses, organizes them, and improves them. The brain’s plasticity allows it to continually adapt. If and individual loses one sense, the brain reorganizes and compensates by increasing the power of the other senses. This episode highlights an artist who is blind and uses his fingers to feel the color of the paint before applying it to the canvas. Part of the “Human + The Future of Our Senses” series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Cartoon of a person's face on a fish body. Caption: Eat and grow. Eat and grow.

    The Magic School Bus is an award winning animated children’s television series based on the book series of the same title by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. It is notable for its use of celebrity talent and being both highly entertaining and educational. Ralphie wants to catch salmon to serve at the annual school picnic, but he can't find any at his favorite fishing spot. Where could all the salmon have gone? The kids are soon "Frizzled" inside a salmon bus that has an uncontrollable urge to head upriver. Using its sense of taste and smell, it swims the long journey to a shallow freshwater stream mile away. Why has the bus, which thinks it's a salmon, gone to all this trouble?

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Child in a field smelling flowers. Caption: People breath air to get the oxygen they need.

    Part of a series that features a wide variety of video footage, photographs, diagrams and colorful, animated graphics and labels. Begins with a simple definition of the term and concludes with a critical thinking question. For this particular video, students will focus on the term air. Part of the Science Video Vocab Series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Large grizzly bear on all fours with its nose to the snowy ground. Caption: The bat, he's smelling the air.

    Wildlife expert Casey Anderson travels over 1,000 miles to rescue two grizzly bears that are facing certain death. These 2-year-old captive bears have never set foot out of their cage, and Casey will attempt to integrate them into life at a Montana grizzly sanctuary. Part of the "Expedition Wild" series.

    (Source: DCMP)

  • Tongue

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    Image consists of a two separate images. Image on the left is a sketch of a tongue labelling the Foliate papillae, Circumvallate papillae, Fungiform papillae and Filiform papillae. Right side image shows a closeup view of the tongue with a centimeter representing approximately 100um.

    Tongue taste areas The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth of most vertebrates that manipulates food for mastication, and is used in the act of swallowing. It is of importance in the digestive system and is the primary organ of taste in the gustatory system. The tongue's upper surface (dorsum) is covered in taste buds housed in numerous lingual papillae. It is sensitive and kept moist by saliva, and is richly supplied with nerves and blood vessels. The tongue also serves as a natural means of cleaning the teeth. A major function of the tongue is the enabling of speech in humans and vocalization in other animals. The human tongue is divided into two parts, an oral part at the front and a pharyngeal part at the back. The left and right sides are also separated along most of its length by a vertical section of fibrous tissue (the lingual septum) that results in a groove, the median sulcus on the tongue's surface. There are two groups of muscles of the tongue. The four intrinsic muscles alter the shape of the tongue and are not attached to bone. The four paired extrinsic muscles change the position of the tongue and are anchored to bone. Do you have good taste? In this video segment, Dr. Linda Bartoshuk explores the sense of taste in humans - why we have it, and what happens when we lose it. Learn why the sense of smell is also important to our experience of food. Footage from NOVA: "Mystery of the Senses: Taste".

    (Source: OpenStax)



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  • Anatomy

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    Collection of anatomy resources

    A collection containing 21 resources, curated by Benetech

  • Animals

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    Resources to teach younger students about animals

    A collection containing 58 resources, curated by DIAGRAM Center