Canadian Museum of Nature Algae in the ice and climate change

Biologist Michel Poulin describes the importance of the “lungs of the ocean” – tiny algae and phytoplankton that drive the food chain in the Arctic.
  • 2019
  • 00:01:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/13/2019

Land and Sea Algae, Fuel of the Future

Algae, Fuel of the Future is a half-hour documentary that reveals the global search underway to develop a renewable energy source from algae. The film explores the groundbreaking research being done by the National Research Council in Halifax, Nova Scotia and explains why algae fuel isn't that far-fetched. It could be a commercially viable option since the crude oil we currently ...
  • 2011
  • 00:22:31
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At

Allergies, the result of an auto-immune condition caused by a defective gene, cost North America's health care systems billions of dollars annually. This program examines research in genetic engineering and molecular biology that may point to the possible cause and cure of allergies. It also profiles a patient who has been forced to live in virtual isolation in order to ...
  • 1994
  • 00:45:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Monster Fish Alligator Gar

In this episode, we follow Zeb as he goes in search of one of North America’s most misunderstood monster fish: the alligator gar. These bizarre creatures reach lengths of 10 feet and have a mouthful of razor–sharp teeth.
  • 2010
  • 00:47:06
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/11/2016

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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

Li'l Doc Appendicitis

Geeko pretends to have a really bad stomach ache. Li'l Doc explains the role of the digestive system when bacteria cause an inflammation of the appendix.
  • 2019
  • 00:02:31
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/14/2020

Canadian Museum of Nature Arctic fossil forest of 50 million years ago

Fossil sites in the Arctic from about 50 million years ago provide a glimpse of life that evolved in the tropical forest under extreme greenhouse conditions. The Arctic was a warm, wet, swampy, forested place 50 million years ago. Ellesmere Island is a key fossil site in Canada's High Arctic, where the remains of unique mammal species can tell us ...
  • 2011
  • 00:03:36
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/13/2019