The Evolution Documentary channel (autoplays video)
has collected documentaries and clips about evolution available on youtube, including documentaries from BBC
, and National Geographic
. [more inside]
"Once every 48 years, forests of the bamboo known as Melocanna baccifera
go into exuberant flower in parts of northeast India [a process called Mautam]
. And then, like clockwork, the event is invariably followed by a plague of black rats that spring from nowhere to spread destruction and famine in their wake. For the first time on film, NOVA and National Geographic capture this massive rat population explosion
in the kind of vivid detail not possible in 1959, when the last invasion occurred." Airing tonight at 8PM on your local PBS station, or catch it online here beginning tomorrow.
The elegant universe.
A 3 hour PBS NOVA documentary on string theory [in 24 ~5-10 minute chunks of real player or quick time video]. Welcome to the 11th dimension.
Why the towers fell.
PBS is airing a special episode of Nova
about the science behind while the World Trade Center towers collapse. Nova's reputation for converting esoteric science & engineering into understandable explanations for the layman should make the show something to watch. 7PM EDT/PDT on most PBS stations. Set your Tivos.
Last week I was watching a Nova program on PBS called 'Cracking the Code of Life'
, which brought to my attention a disturbing fact about the process of mapping the Human Genome; private companies have applied for patents for gene sequences that they've mapped. Many of these patents were applied for before the government began the Human Genome Project
. Although the patent office has put these applications on hold until it figures out what to do with them, many drug companies an researchers won't work with a gene sequence
if there is a patent application outstanding. You can get involved yourself by petitioning against patents on life