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The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The rock pocket mouse can easily blend in in the white sandy deserts of the American southwest. But in New Mexico’s Valley of Fires, where volcanoes have left patches of scorched black land, the rodents’ light-colored coats put them at a disadvantage by making them more vulnerable to predators. In this Howard Hughes Medical Institute film, University of Arizona evolutionary biologist Michael Nachman explores how random mutations have given rise to rock pocket mice with darker coats that are better suited for life on the volcanic rock.
The Secret Lives of Honeybees
Using forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras, Barrett Klein from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has peered through the transparent windows of observation hives to observe the thermal behavior of honey bees building comb, heating the brood, and communicating the direction and distance of desirable destinations to sisters by performing "waggle" dances. Most interestingly, Barrett has caught rare glimpses of honey bees thermally slaughtering invaders (in this case, the wasp Vespula germanica). Observe as the invader is mobbed by honey bees, raising their individual body temperatures to bake the wasp alive.
Nanoplanet: An Expedition to the Cell
This animated movie, created by the Scientific Visualization Unit of the National Research Council Department of Medicine in Italy, takes viewers on a journey inside the cell—where all kinds of proteins and other small molecules are hard at work receiving and transmitting signals from the extracellular environment, as well as building a complex network of cytoskeletal proteins inside the cytoplasm.
Embryogenesis in Living Color
Using a novel type of microscope developed by researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Imagining and Bioengineering, Hari Shroff and his team filmed worm embryos with an unprecedented resolution as they developed over 14 hours. By tracking the movement of neurons through the embryo in real time, the team hopes to gain a better understanding of the development of the nervous system.
Diabetes: Progress and Promise in Stem Cell Research
For patients with type 1 diabetes, surviving means engaging in a day-to-day balancing act between dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. Produced by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, this video follows the personal struggles of two type 1 diabetes patients, as well as the groundbreaking research of stem cell scientists who aim to develop an embryonic stem cell therapy for the chronic disease.