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Wolf Research | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek shows the process a research biologist goes through to trap, measure and put a radio collar on wolves.

A - Z Overview

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Watch and learn how to explore career options from A to Z with the Lab Squad kids as they meet and interview career professionals.

Glass Frog | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Q: What do the GLASS FROG and the GLASS ARMONICA have in common? A: They're both in this video from Songs for Unusual Creatures in association with PBS Digital Studios! The glass frog is called so because it has see-through skin on its stomach! How crazy is that? You can see just about all of its inner organs, including its beating heart. The glass armonica, on the other hand, is one of the rarest and most exotic musical instruments and it was invented by Benjamin Franklin! Join Michael on a visit to the "Frog Pod" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and then check out Michael Hearst's friend Cecilia Brauer play a tune for the glass frog on a glass armonica.

 

The Incredible True Story of the Blobfish | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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The blobfish was recently declared "The World's Ugliest Animal!", but is that really fair? Even if the blobfish is less attractive that some of its fishy cohorts, does that make it any less lovable? Let's take a closer look at how this unusual creature became an overnight celebrity. While we're at it, how about a musical boxing match performed on two of the lowest-pitched instruments -- tubax and contrabassoon?

Giant Anteater | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he travels to the Nashville Zoo to visit the largest giant gnteater breeding facility in the United States. He might even get to feed an anteater named Mochila while he's there. By the way, did you know that giant anteaters walk on their knuckles to keep their claws sharp? 

A Song for the Sea Pig with The Kronos Quartet | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Who loves the Kronos Quartet? Who loves a sea pig? Now's your chance to see them BOTH in one video. It's a dream come true! But, wait, what in the world is a sea pig? Linda Kuhnz at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute can tell you all about it.

Magnapinna Squid | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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"We were doing a dive with our remote vehicle off of Hawaii at about 4,000 meters ... and saw what looked like a rope hanging in front of the camera," says David Clague of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). "It turned out to be one of the arms of this gigantic squid! None of us had seen anything like it." Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits David at MBARI in Moss Landing, CA to discuss the Magnapinna Squid. Then undulate along to spectacular footage of this unusual creature while music is performed on trumpet, trombone, and tuba.

Elephant Shrew | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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It's true; it's true; there's an elephant shrew! Surprisingly, it's not related to the shrew at all. In fact, it's more closely related to manatees, aardvarks, tenrecs, and -- you guessed it -- elephants! Join Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures as he visits the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Then check out his band performing the song he came up with for these unusual creatures. 

Jesus Christ Lizard | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Behold the Jesus Christ Lizard! People have given the common basilisk this name because of its amazing ability to run on water. This unusual creature inspired Michael Hearst from Songs for Unusual Creatures to compose a song for the toy piano and his friend Margaret Leng Tan was kind enough to play it.

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Dinosaur GPS

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A paleontologist experiments with using Landsat spectral signatures to find fossils.

STEM Alive | OVERVIEW

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STEM ALIVE is a series of educator training videos focused on STEM topics. Each video invites educators to explore a new STEM-based hands-on activity guaranteed to spark student interest and motivate further scientific inquiry.

Digestive System | Science Trek

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Your body needs food for energy, vitamins and minerals. But food needs to be broken down into a substance your body can use. That’s the job of your digestive system. Find out more on this episode of Science Trek.  Host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests, gastroenterologists Drs. Matt Sericati and Brian Story answer students’ questions.

The Heart: Blood Basics | Science Trek

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The heart’s job is to pump blood, so it’s important to know more about blood. Blood does more than just carry oxygen to your cells. The body’s circulatory system keeps you warm, carries away waste and helps you stay healthy. There's more to blood than you think.

Five Senses | Science Trek

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How do your five senses all work? What do they have in common? What happens when something goes wrong? In this Science Trek, host Joan Cartan-Hansen and her guests will answer students’ questions about our five senses.

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