human evolution

Forensics Identification

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In this video from QUEST produced by KQED, students learn why Chelsey Juarez developed the new technique to identify the remains of migrant workers; how teeth are prepared and examined to provide information about where we come from; and the important role forensic anthropologists play in forensic science.

Does Smiling Make You Happy? | BrainCraft

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Joy and happiness makes us genuinely smile, but can forcing a smile make us genuinely happy? Say cheese!

Museum of the Earth

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Created in 2003 by the Paleontological Research Institute, Museum of the Earth takes its guests on a tour through history spanning four billion years. The museum contains multiple exhibits including a reconstructed whale skeleton and interactive discovery labs to provide fun for all visitors while learning about the history of life on Earth.

Do You Know This Voice? | BrainCraft

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How our brains are able to recognize familiar voices and faces is a distinct ability. In this episode, we explore how the brain uses sensory information to recognize voices we know and distinguish between voices we hear.

Why Do We Love Sugar? | Braincraft

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What does sugar really do inside our bodies?

Can We Make a Pet Dinosaur? | The Good Stuff

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Can Dinosaurs be brought back from extinction? Would a Dinosaur make a good pet? Renowned Paleontologist and Jurassic World adviser Jack Horner seems to think so. It turns out that the key to reviving these long gone creatures might be hiding in the DNA of their living relatives: birds.

The Human Spark | Talk of Life

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In this video segment from The Human Spark, Alan Alda goes to the Oxford University lab of Simon Fischer where the language gene FOXP2 was discovered, and to the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, where it is studied in mice. The FOXP2 gene is of special interest to scientists for several reasons – language may be what sets us apart from our earlier hominin ancestors, and has allowed us to communicate and organize as a society – but it is not certain yet if the gene is essential to “the human spark.”

Why Do We Have to Sleep | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Why do we sleep? We spend a third of our lives in slumber, but science has yet to determine exactly why we have do it. Here’s a look at how sleep works, why we’re not getting enough sleep, what happens if you DON’T sleep, and an idea about where sleep came from in the first place.

SciGirls | Digging Archaeology 03: Data Collection 1

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The SciGirls excavate part of an archaeological dig site. They learn about the process of excavation and the necessity of documenting what you find where you find it.

Can Evolution Make an Eye? - 12 Days of Evolution #4 | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Some of the biggest evolution questions finally answered.

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