Quirks & Quarks Ancient Plague Identified

Eight hundred years before the notorious Black Death plague, another pandemic devastated Europe. The Justinian plague wiped out up to half the population and is thought to have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire. But not that much had been known about it — until now. Dr. Hendrik Poinar, an evolutionary geneticist at McMaster University, analysed the teeth ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:10
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/06/2014

Brain Games Anger

What makes you angry? Is it that woman texting in traffic? What about that kid who screwed up your coffee order? Or perhaps it's that email from your boss? Whether it's full blown road rage or just the constant frustration at life's little inconveniences, we all feel a little bit of anger every day. But what if getting angry in ...
  • 2014
  • 00:21:45
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/04/2016

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The Nature of Things Antibiotics: Growing Resistance

Researchers are concerned that certain diseases may have evolved into meaner, drug-resistant forms. Antibiotics: Growing Resistance explains how antibiotics work and why bacteria become immune to them. It also shows how the transmission of bacteria in high-risk areas such as hospitals and day care centres can be reduced. Doctors and researchers discuss the problems associated with over-prescribing and they stress the importance ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Apocalypse Cow: The Mad Cow Story

A cautionary two-part tale about mad cow disease from how it began as a brain disorder of cattle to how it jumped to humans. The show maps the origin of the disease from when it first appeared in cattle in Britain in the 1980s to becoming an epidemic that has reached 80 countries and infected hundreds of people. Part One, ...
  • 2004
  • 01:30:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Arctic Refuge: The Struggle Continues

Arctic Refuge visits the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, a desolate and beautiful landscape where oil development continues to threaten the livelihood of a people and a species. Native people of the area explain that development will be destructive to their traditional way of life which relies on the integrity of this vast wilderness. Oil lobbyists say there is ...
  • 1995
  • 00:45:38
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Lion Ranger Attack of the Teens

Financial troubles mount at the park while Kevin juggles the daily challenges of keeping his lions and hyenas happy, and a trip to Botswana helps conserve wild lions.
  • 2010
  • 00:45:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 03/29/2016

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The National Baby Sign Language

Canadian parents are discovering a new way to talk to their babies – with their hands. Witness how toddlers are being taught to "speak" with their hands and discover the wondrous communication between parent and child that unfolds before the camera. This feature is full of parent testimonials, expert advice and new information about the minds of babies.
  • 2004
  • 00:09:22
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Quirks & Quarks Bacteria that Breathe Antimony

Most organisms breathe oxygen and use it to turn their food into usable energy, through the process of respiration. But some bacteria can respire other elements instead of oxygen, including many that are toxic to us. Chris Abin, a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, has found what may be the first microbe ever discovered that can breathe a ...
  • 2014
  • 00:08:16
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/10/2014

The Nature of Things Bald Eagle: Searching for Home

On the Pacific Coast, the arrival of salmon sparks the return of thousands of bald eagles from across half a continent. But in many places they are returning to find their habitat occupied and their food supply gone. This program explains how commercial fishing, logging and urban sprawl have destroyed salmon stocks, which in turn affects bald eagles who feed ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Bat and Man: Unlocking the Secrets of Bats

Bats have been around since the time of the dinosaurs and they have adapted and thrived in virtually every corner of the planet. In this fascinating documentary, renowned researcher Dr. Brock Fenton and other scientists help us make sense of these strange and astonishing mammals. More than merely a hardy and adaptable species, they are scientifically extraordinary creatures — in ...
  • 2009
  • 00:43:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013