Human ecology

The Garbology Project

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Graduate student Mallory K. Messersmith’s group project was a Garbology study. Mallory discusses the composition of Fijian garbage and how it may be changing as Fijians purchase and use more imported western items, particularly food items.

Peru’s Indigenous People Demand Action on Environmental Threats

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Learn how Peruvian indigenous tribes are fighting the effects of climate change with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from December 11, 2014.

The First States | The Greeks

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The Mycenaeans tried and ultimately failed to govern their people and stave off invasion through their early state systems. By 1200 BC, drought, famine, and earthquakes had ravaged and destroyed much of the vibrant civilization. It was out of these ashes that the Greeks as we now know them would rise.

Raising the Roof | Time Scanners: Colosseum

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See how a team of engineers uses technology to reimagine a roof covering Rome's Colosseum in this clip from Time Scanners. For evidence and clues to the past, the team takes to the sky to see how vertical masts dotted around the stadium may have created an awning system.

From Cavemen to Kings: Chapter 2 | The Greeks

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Explore ancient Greece as it developed from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age. Follow along as archeologists explain how much they have learned about the dawn of Greek agriculture through investigating the remains in the Alepotrypa cave. Find out how the Greeks overcame poor soil and a lack of freshwater to develop a society dependent on the Aegean Sea.

Great States | Minnesota

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Explore the history of how Minnesota became a state, and the people who have made this state their home. Learn about the economic patterns and government structures of the past and present, and delve into the geographical regions of the "Star of the North.”

Colosseum | Time Scanners

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Learn the secrets of Rome's Colosseum in this episode of Time Scanners. A feat of engineering in ancient Rome, the team uses cutting edge, 3D laser scanning technology and clues from centuries-old coins to understand the Colosseum's architectural features. Uncover how the Romans staged elaborate gladiator games with wild animals and find out if there was a mobile awning to shade the Emperor from the hot Sun.

From Cavemen to Kings: Chapter 3 | The Greeks

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Learn about the Greek international trade by going under the sea and exploring the wreck of the Uluburun. Find out more about the trade of Greeks on Crete and the rise of the Minoans.

Al Otro Lado: To the Other Side

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The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music—captured in the performances of Mexican band Los Tigres del Norte and the late Chalino Sanchez—provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border. Al Otro Lado follows Magdiel, an aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico, as he faces two difficult choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States.

History of the Roman Colosseum | Time Scanners: Colosseum: Chapter 1

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Explore the mysteries of the ancient gladiators' fighting grounds at the Colosseum of Rome in this segment from Time Scanners. Built in the first century AD, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world. The team uses modern laser technology to create a digital image of the inside and deep underground rooms beneath the arena.

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