Biology resources for South African teachers
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Rhinos, DNA, biomimicry and more-bringing the richness of the Net to your class, courtesy of the Reeler Centre at Pinelands High School  (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at avanzyl@phs.org.za)
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Why Do Scientists Keep Finding New Organs? I Seeker

Published on Nov 6, 2018
This long ignored connective tissue now serves a more important role and may act as a shock absorber, keeps our organs in place, and even plays a major role in the spread of cancer. But is it an organ?

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The Painful Science Behind Jellyfish I Animal Planet

Published on Nov 12, 2018
The jellyfish is beautiful and moves with ease. It also happens to be the most venomous animal in the world. Dave Salmoni takes a deep dive (literally!) with jellyfish and tells us what we should do to treat a sting

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Iguanas and Sea Lions Have Surprising Animal Allies | BBC Earth

Published on Nov 8, 2018
In Galapagos, crabs and smaller lizards have a special relationship with iguanas and sea lions that benefits all involved

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How the Flying Squirrel Soars I Nature on PBS

Published on Nov 8, 2018
See how this magical little creature is perfectly designed to soar through the air.

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Spiders, cetaceans and skeletons | The Natural History Museum

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In our November edition of #NHM_Live we’ll hear from our experts on some recent natural history news before venturing into one of the Museum’s lesser-seen spaces to discover some striking skeletal specimens.

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How Sea Cucumbers save the ecosystem | DW Feature

Published on Nov 14, 2018
In Madagascar, fishermen started farming sea cucumbers in 2009. Before aquaculturing sea cucumbers began, hardly any fish were left in the lagoons. Today there's a greater variety of fish, snails and crabs. That's because sea cucumbers act like natural filters. By ingesting sand, they purify it --removing organic waste, microalgae and bacteria. In Asia and elswhere, dried sea cucumbers are a delicacy. Cultivating them benefits not only the farmers, but the entire bay and all its marine life.

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Caffeine 101 | National Geographic

Published on Nov 9, 2018
Nearly 90% of the United States population has at least one caffeinated beverage every day. Learn about the chemistry of caffeine, how it causes increased alertness and focus, and how caffeine is capable of causing overdoses.

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Mycelia Timelapse I francischeefilms

Published on Nov 7, 2018
Wood decomposers and "toxic waste eaters", are just 2 of a multitude of things fungi can do. Unseen by the human eye, fungi are so important organisms as global garbage disposal systems. Here we see the fungal hyphae "searching" for new territory and something to "eat'. These fine filaments are called hyphae.

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Seven Million Years of Human Evolution I American Museum of Natural History

Published on Nov 3, 2018
Scientists use fossils to reconstruct the evolutionary history of hominins—the group that includes modern humans, our immediate ancestors, and other extinct relatives. Today, our closest living relatives are chimpanzees, but extinct hominins are even closer. Where and when did they live? What can we learn about their lives? Why did they go extinct? Scientists look to fossils for clues.

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How Wildlife Overcame South Georgia's Haunting Past I National Geographic

Published on Nov 1, 2018
The crew sailed for six days through some of the roughest ocean on the planet to reach the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean.

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The Fabulous Fossa: Madagascar's Greatest Predator I Animal Planet

Published on Oct 6, 2018
The fossa may be Madagascar's most revered predator, but it is also the one of the most elusive animals in the local ecosystem. Dave Salmoni breaks down the little things we do know about this unique species.

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Which Animals Have Night Vision? | National Geographic

Published on Oct 26, 2018
When many humans are sleeping, some animals are wide-awake. This is because of their unique ability to see in the dark.

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Taking on a Scourge of the Seas: Ghost Nets I Conservation International

Published on Nov 2, 2018
Throughout the world’s oceans, a silent plague is snaring marine life and smothering seafloors. Ghost nets — commercial fishing nets that are left behind or lost — can drift for thousands of miles, injuring or killing fish or whales that get tangled in them.

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Vaccine research offers fresh hope against Ebola I Euronews

Published on Nov 12, 2018
In this Futuris, Euronews' Julian Lopez travels to Sierra Leone to see how survivors, scientists and medics are joining forces in an effort to develop a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus

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Things to Know About Chimps | BBC Earth

Published on Nov 7, 2018
Chimp behaviour can be surprisingly advanced, and sometimes incredibly violent: discover some of their impressive features with the best clip from our Natural History archive.

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Penguins' Amazing Survival Skills | BBC Earth

Published on Nov 14, 2018
Not only do penguins need to be tough to endure extreme temperatures, they also have a set of unexpected skills that help them ensure their survival against all odds.

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Squirrel Obstacle Course I Nature

Published on Nov 12, 2018
Squirrel intelligence and agility get put to the test in this obstacle course.

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Whack! Jab! Crack! It's a Blackback Land Crab Smackdown | Deep Look

Published on Nov 6, 2018
It's an all-out brawl for prime beach real estate! These Caribbean crabs will tear each other limb from limb to get the best burrow. Luckily, they molt and regrow lost legs in a matter of weeks, and live to fight another day.

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Harnessing the Power of Gecko Feet | ScienceTake

Published on Nov 13, 2018
For ages, humanity has envied the gecko – at least its feet – which enable it to climb just about anything. A team at Stanford brought gecko power to the world with a climbing rig built around synthetic gecko-inspired adhesive pads.

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The Unique Wildlife of The Scottish Highlands | Short Film Showcase

Published on Nov 12, 2018
Be transported to the frozen tundra of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park in this stunning short by filmmaker Max Smith. Watch reindeer forage for food and mountain hares seemingly vanish into a snowy backdrop.

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Why does nature matter? I WWF

Published on Oct 29, 2018
From the insects that pollinate the crops of the food we eat, to the many medical treatments we’ve derived from nature, to the water we drink and rely on for everything we produce, nature sustains us and everything around us.

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What causes heartburn? I TED-Ed

Published on Nov 1, 2018
Humans have been battling heartburn for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. But recently the incidence has risen, making it a common complaint worldwide. What causes this problem, and how can it be stopped? Rusha Modi details the causes and treatments of heartburn.

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The Weird and Wonderful Wildlife of Mexico I Animal Planet

Published on Nov 2, 2018
Take a look at the hugely diverse wildlife which inhabits Mexico, from the deadly bat-hunting Mexican night snake, to lightless underground pools full of ghostly white sea creatures. On the beach, new-born turtles emerge from the sand, avoiding predators to reach the sea, where huge whale sharks and giant manta ray feast on masses of plankton.

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How Marine Iguanas are Surviving Climate Change | BBC Earth

Published on Oct 27, 2018
Marine Iguana of the Galapagos can change in size in order to survive the El Niño hurricane.

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Which Animals Carry Their Babies? | National Geographic

Published on Nov 2, 2018
Animals tote their offspring around in all sorts of ways. We take a look at some of the more interesting ways members of the animal kingdom carry their babies.

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