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Life Sciences

18 Ways to Make a Baby (NOVA)

Presents an in-depth look at scientific breakthroughs in reproductive science, including cytoplasmic transfer, in vitro fertilization, and the impact on human lives of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs in human reproduction presented by doctors and biologists on the leading edge. Also looks into a future where parents might one day be able to design their child for its sex and other traits. c2001. 56 min.

A Naturalist in the Rainforest.

Tells the story of Alexander Skutch and reveals the splendors of tropical nature that have captivated him for over half a century. One of the great naturalists of our time, Skutch travelled around Central America for years uncovering the secrets of tropical birdlife. His later efforts to live and farm in harmony with the rainforest in Costa Rica, make Skutch's remarkable story especially relevant today. 54 min.
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Accidents of Creation

(Secret of Life ; 2). This program explores a fundamental paradox: Life exists because DNA is so good at replicating itself, yet it is the errors of replication--random mutations--that are responsible for life as we know it. 60 min.

After Darwin

Traces the history of genomic research and its dark offspring: behavioral genetics, eugenics, and the commodification of children. Investigates such topics as the Human Genome Project, gene patenting, cloning, fertility clinics, genetic testing, and the discriminatory practices of insurance companies. 1999. 98 min.

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Leap into the fascinating world of frogs, toads, and salamanders, and get a close-up look at the amazing variety of colors, shapes, and sizes in the amphibian family. Presented with state-of-the art special effects with stunning graphics which bring the natural world to life. 1994. 35 min.

An Animal's World: Chimpanzees

Focuses on one troop of chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Among the behaviors shown are eating, foraging, self-grooming and social grooming, object manipulation including carrying, tool using to hunt termites for food and night and day nest building. Also shows such social behaviors as fighting, inter-species killing and flight, embracing, hand holding, sexual behavior and parenting behavior. c1999. 52 min.

Animal Research Laboratory.

University of California, Berkeley part 1. KRON-TV special report, January 27, 1983. 3/4" UMATIC

Ants: Little Creatures Who Run the World

Unselfishness is the rule. Everything ants do is for their colony's good. Ant colonies can be found almost everywhere on the planet, and have existed in some form back almost to the time of the earliest living things. Dr. Edward O. Wilson argues that the instinctive behavior of ants, particularly their tendency to live in large colonies, have made it possible for ants to survive in most conditions. The program compares ant behavior with human social structures, and makes the case that human societies may not be as well organized as ant colonies. Nova series.

At the Threshold of Eternity (1977).

Protection and survival of endangered species are illustrated through current recovery program for peregrine falcons, greenback cutthroat trout, river otters and white pelicans. 3/4" UMATIC. 27 min.

Baboon Ecology

Demonstrates the adaptation of baboons to the grasslands of Kenya. Live photography and animation illustrate some of the ecological principles at work among the average baboon troop. Produced by Aline Evans and C. Cameron Macauley. 1962. 21 min.