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The Biology of Protists (2003)

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The term "protist" covers a wide range of microscopic organisms formerly clumped into "Kingdom Protista." New molecular analyses show that the protistan lines of evolution go so far back in time they can be considered as different kingdoms of life.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:20

Cell Movement and Transport (2001)

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Topics: Structure and Behavior of the Plasma Membrane, Osmosis, Transport Proteins, Phagocytosis, Pinocytosis, Receptor Mediated Endocytosis, Golgi Function, Lysosomes and Hydrolytic Digestion, Microtubules, Cilia, Actin, and Myosin Motor Proteins.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:15

The Genetic Code and Its Translation (2001)

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Topics: The Protein Nature of Life, Protein Structure, Transcription, Translation and Protein Synthesis, Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes, Exons and Introns, Mutations, Renegade DNA—The Viruses.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:15

DNA Replication, Mitosis and Cell Reproduction (2001)

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Topics: Chromosome Condensation, Mitosis Stages, Cytokinesis, Meiosis, Nucleotide Structure and Bonding, Replication Enzymes, Replicating the Strands, Topoisomerase and the Twisting Problem, Proofreading and Repair, Replication Review.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:15

Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration (2001)

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Photosynthesis Topics: Chloroplast Structure, Light Trapping by Chlorophyll, The Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis, The Light-Independent Reactions of Photosynthesis.
Cellular Respiration Topics: Glycolysis and Fermentation, Mitochondrion Structure, Aerobic Respiration, Krebs Cycle, Electron Transport Chain, ATP Synthesis.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:17

Cells and Molecules (2001)

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Topics: A Variety of Cells, Cell Organization, Overview of Organic Molecules, Prokaryotic Cells, The Evolution of Eukaryotic Cells.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:15

Plant Minders, Earth Movers (2004)

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• Plant Minders – takes a peek at the vibrant ecosystem of the domestic garden and the part played by pollinators, predators, and scavengers, including bees and butterflies, aphids, soldier beetles and ladybird beetles, and the reproductive structures of flowering plants.

Grade Level: 
Middle
Length: 
00:12

Forest Floor Expedition (2004)

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• The Living Humous – studies the living component of soil, where dead organic material is broken down through the efforts of decomposer bacteria, sow bugs, millipedes, centipedes, and fungi.
• The Rotting Log – looks at how dead wood returns to the soil with the help of termites and the symbiotic microorganisms living in the termite gut.

Grade Level: 
Middle
Length: 
00:08

Down the Rapids and Over the Falls (2004)

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• Down the Rapids – a survey of insect larvae adapted for surviving in fast-moving water, including mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, and water tigers (diving beetle larva).
• Over the Falls – living in the violent torrent of waterfalls are the larvae of blackflies, a fly larva with suckers, and the mysterious water penny.

Grade Level: 
Middle
Length: 
00:08

The Great Pond Exploration (2004)

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• Open Water – examining the freely suspended plankton, including copepods, Volvox, and Daphnia.
• Weedy Shallows – studies Planaria, Hydra, Paramecium, Vorticella, colonial algae, and a host of ciliates, flagellates, diatoms, and filamentous algae.

Grade Level: 
Middle
Length: 
00:23

The Domains of Life (2006)

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The Domains of Life updates the five kingdoms classification scheme with the latest understanding of life’s organization based on DNA, fossil, and biochemical evidence. Concise animations and superb microscope footage of primitive cells show events that shaped life as we know it today.

Grade Level: 
High
Length: 
00:35

The Biology of Rotifers and Nematodes (2007)

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The diversity of rotifers is stunning, and this program shows many different species. Planktonic rotifers have special adaptations for open water life. Nematodes (round worms) include a number of important human parasites, seldom seen but easily found. Thirteen common rotifer species illustrated this diverse group. Tree moss, leaf litter, and compost piles swarm with nematodes.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:15

The Biology of Flatworms (2007)

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This program shows the structure, behavior, and life cycles of planarians and their free-living relatives (class Turbellaria). It illustrates the bizarre life cycles of flukes (class Trematoda) and tapeworms (class Cestoda) with detailed animations and revealing images of these parasites in action.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:16

The Biology of Lakes, Ponds, Streams, and Wetlands (2006)

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The Weedy Shallows: This unit places many of the organisms studied in biology into an ecological perspective: hydras, planarians, annelids, aquatic insects, rotifers, and protists, all interesting organisms that provide food for fish and other vertebrates.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:45

The Biology of Arthropods (2006)

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Phylum Arthropoda is the most luxuriant branch on the tree of life. This program covers phylum characteristic and three major arthropod classes: Crustaceans (copepods, waterfleas, branchiopods, decapods, and barnacles), Chelicerates (scorpions, pseudoscorpions, spiders, ticks, and mites), Uniramians (centipedes, millipedes, and insects).

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:25

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