Features the most insightful and informative videos on all areas of the sciences, history, philosophy, and the arts, with an additional focus on the values of Humanism, Freethought and methodological Skepticism.
If there are any freely available programs or shows which you know of that I missed, please let me know about them.
Love Letter to Food
MinuteEarth provides an energetic and entertaining view of trends in earth’s environment — in just a few minutes!
Animals Thrive on Pristine Russian Island
Wrangel Island is one of Russia’s coldest, most remote areas of protected wilderness. Sheltered from human development, the island is home to an abundance of hardy Arctic animal species, from polar bears to foxes and snowy owls.
Explore Wrangel Island online in National Geographic magazine:
VIDEOGRAPHY: Sergey Gorshkov
PRODUCER: Spencer Millsap
via National Geographic.
Screening Room - Is Eating Sushi Irresponsible?
Sushi might’ve originated a simple food sold by Japanese street venders, but it is now enjoyed across the globe. This however comes at a cost. Anthony took time to watch the documentary “Sushi: The Global Catch” and tells you why your love for sushi is becoming a serious problem.
via DNews Channel.
Ancestor’s Trail 2013: Eleanor Chubb - Tortoise and Reptile Conservation
Eleanor Chubb is from Tortoise Welfare UK http://www.tortoisewelfare.co.uk
This talk was part of the Ancestor’s Trail 2013 http://ancestorstrail.net/
The Ancestor’s Trail is an annual event combining walking, evolution and art. Based on Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The Ancestor’s Tale’, the Trail guides its walkers along a time line from the present day back 3.8 billion years to the origins of life.
The 2013 event celebrated the life of Alfred Russel Wallace, and helped raise funds for the statue of Wallace which was unveiled by Sir David Attenborough in November 2013.
via British Humanists.
Healthy Fish = Healthy People
The health of our communities is interconnected with the health of our planet. This is readily apparent at the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, Southeast Asia’s largest lake and home to more than three million people.
David Emmett, Senior Vice President at Conservation International, takes us to the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia to explain the importance of fish to the health and sustainability of the local communities.
Breaking Bio №58 - From farm to fork with Dan Gillis!
We’re joined by Dan Gillis, Assistant Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. We had a great talk about his work as an ecological modeller for the Saugeen Ojibway First Nations and about an innovative project with his students that is helping to deliver fresh food to food donors and emergency food providers!
via Breaking Bio.
TERRA 906: WildFIRE PIRE: Faces of Fire: Tasmania 2013
On January 4th, 2013 a catastrophic bushfire ripped through Tasmania. In the aftermath, scientists and residents are struggling to figure out if events like this are likely to happen more frequently in the coming years with climate change. Produced by WildFIRE PIRE.
via Life On TERRA.
Reblogged from jtotheizzoe:
Coral is actually a living creature, but the human eye rarely catches it moving. This incredibly slow-motion video lets you see the ocean life you don’t notice, before it’s destroyed by climate change.
This is an amazing deep dive into the psychedelic world of fluorescent coral from marine biologist and photographer Daniel Stoupin.
Coral are not dead skeletons or rocky statues. They are living structures that move, swell, and slurp daily, just not on time scales that we can recognize with our eyes. Thankfully, Stoupin and his timelapse morphs our perception of time so we can.
Check out the stunning video below:
This work of ocean art leaves one question unanswered. Why would a coral be fluorescent in the first place? They have no ability to “see”, at least as far as we know. What evolutionary gift could glowing give?
Luckily, this isn’t the first time that Daniel Stoupin has landed on IOTBS, and we might be able to shed some (wavelength filtered) light on that question. Check out this previous gallery of his fluorescent photography to discover the fishy reason why these coral might glow.
Adventures in Biology: Coral Reef Rehab
The last video in my series from Moorea, French Polynesia looks at how coral reefs are being restored at micro scales. In addition, we look at the awesome energy saving techniques utilized at the Hilton Moorea.
via Carin Bondar.
Marching for lions, venom painkillers & a gorilla c-section
This week we tracked the global protest marches against canned lion hunting, feasted our eyes on some awesome discoveries, cheered the US’s first wilderness law since 2009 and lost our hearts to a baby gorilla born by C-section at the San Diego Zoo. Here’s your wildlife news all wrapped up in just two minutes.
via Earth Touch.
To Save Tigers, India Turns to Kids
Protected tiger habitats can also serve as a haven for many other types of animal and plant life. That’s the message “Kids for Tigers” is spreading to India’s young people as the program works to connect their love for tigers to a broader passion and respect for the environment.
Learn more about “Kids for Tigers” and its work:
via National Geographic.
How Wolves Change Rivers
I watched this 4 minute video about how reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone park literally changed everything about the park and just sat there for another two minutes, mouth open and teary eyed and amazed. Definitely worth a watch.
it’s amazing how the earth itself changed in response to wildlife…
High Resolution Climate Models to Benefit Avian Conservation
This webinar, “Application of High Resolution Climate Models to Benefit Avian Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains”, was conducted by Susan Skagen and John Stamm as a part of the Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series. This series is held in partnership by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the FWS National Conservation Training Center.
Deep-sea finds, baby turtles & a wildlife fatwa
From the creepy creatures found in the depths of the Pacific’s New Hebrides trench, to mass turtle hatchings, dolphin superpods and an epic reptilian wrestling match (and more!), here are some of the week’s headline-grabbing stories from the world of nature.
via Earth Touch.
Planet Earth Is In Our Hands: And We’re Destroying It
Planet Earth. Dominated by over 1 quadrillion litres of water, 8 million species of animals and orbiting one of the 400 billion stars in the Milky Way. We are about twelve seconds into this video and in those last twelve seconds we have killed over 60,000 animals to feed humans, it is now over 100,000 and continues to rise rapidly.
For every ten humans that die, 47,560 animals will be killed at the same time for human consumption. Over 150 billion animals will be slaughtered this year which equates to about 500 million animals a day. For comparison of numbers, about 100 billion humans have lived on Earth at some point.
The cruelty doesn’t end here, if you’re squeamish look away but continue listening. In China and many places around the world, animals are killed, tortured or skinned alive for their fur, with them getting electrocuted to death, having their skin peeled off while still alive and being dumped on piles of skinned bodies, while still alive. This happens millions of times a year and is so cruel that it can take these skinned animals hours to die, leaving them suffering for all that time. This is used to help make those fur coats which people wear and with tens of millions being killed a year, it’s one of the cruellest things which humans do to animals tens of millions of times a year.