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A science video podcast that explains science topics in a fun and exciting way. Not only is it great for science teachers to download to show in the classroom, but its an ideal podcast for the nature lover. Videos are linked to informational pages on our new site untamedscience.com.
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Crazy Animal Births 04/09/13
It's spring and that means many animals are having babies. When most of us think of animals having and raising young though, what do we imagine? We raise this rhetorical question to help remind you that there is lots of diversity in the ways animals have and raise their young. In this Untamed Science weekly video we touch on a half dozen crazy animal births in the animal kingdom. For more information, check out our Youtube Page .
When is Acceleration the Greatest in Skydiving? 03/26/13
Think about this question for a second - when is acceleration the greatest in skydiving? Is it when you jump out, right before you open your shoot, after you open your shoot, or when you get to the ground? The concept seems simple enough but many people get it wrong. For more information, check out our Youtube Page .
World Water Day 03/22/13
Yep, that's right. It's time to think about water again. This video isn't about how to take shorter showers though. We're just here to celebrate the day. Last month we took a trip down the Colorado River - all 225 miles of it. It was a grueling trip and it made us think about water in a whole new way! For more information, check out our Youtube Page .
Chemistry of Love 03/19/13
With Valentines Day upon us once again, we decided it was a good time to bring up these famous love chemicals - dopamine, serotonine, and adrenaline. Jonas and Louise spent some time on this topic a few years back during their Chemistry Calendar work, and we thought it was worthy enough to touch on once more. For more information, check out our Youtube Page .
Hibernation: A Wintery Slumber 03/18/13
Did you know that bears don't hibernate like other animals? It's true. In fact, some bear biologists call them superhibernators. We're back to podcasting this spring, and wanted to start off with a nice winter theme for this first video. If you're having problems watching this video watch it on Youtube .
Why is the turkey called a turkey? 01/16/13
Did you know that the turkey was in fact named after the country Turkey? In Turkey though, the name refers to coming from India. In India, it refers to Peru. In Arabic, it’s called Greek Chicken. In French, it’s Indian Chicken.
So how did the turkey get it’s name? In this short Untamed Science video, the crew looks at not only the name, but also what Benjamin Franklin had to say about the bird, and the basics of turkey behavior. For more information, check out our web page on the wild turkey .
The Chemistry of the Stinkiest Fruit Ever! 12/26/12
Here in the United States we are accustomed to eating only a handful of fruits such as apples, oranges and bananas. Yet, there are a lot of fruits that are extremely common in other places of the world. In this weekly video, Jonas takes a look at durian, a fruit called the "king of fruits" in SE Asia. Durian has one of the strongest smells, and is actually illegal to carry on all forms of public transportation. To understand why, Jonas opens up some of the basic chemistry of this incredible fruit. For more information, check out our web page on the Durian fruit .
Why do Animals Strand on Beaches 12/18/12
In the news this year there have been a lot of animals that have ended up on beaches. In fact, this last month Massachusetts had nearly 100 turtles end up on beaches. New Zealand had several dozen whales strand. So why is it happening? Truth be told it's probably a result of a lot of factors. But, that's why we made this video! If you have a problem watching this video you can subscribe to our YouTube Channel here .
Dirt to Dinosaur: Paleontology 101 12/11/12
If you've ever watched a hollywood movie, like Jurrasic Park, you probably think paleontologists go out looking for beautifully preserved fossil skeletons. Truth be told, that's not exactly what paleontologists are likely to find in the field. In this video, Rob went to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to meet up with Dr. Lindsay Zanno. If you have a problem watching this video you can subscribe to our YouTube Channel here .
Sampling so it doesn't take FOREVER! 12/11/12
Sampling is a technique used by ecologists so they can get an understanding of a population without having to count every individual in the population. There are different methods of sampling. A common method used by ecologists involve quadrates. An advanced technique used by scientists that count deer is known as distance sampling. If you have a problem watching this video you can subscribe to our YouTube Channel here .
Basics of Fracking 12/02/12
I must admit, we're not making this video to champion fracking as an activity. Yet, we've found that both the anti-oil types and the pro-drilling types sometimes don't understand how it all works. They make their decisions without even a basic understanding of the processes at work. This video is an introduction, hopefully unbiased, about hydraulic fracturing. Watch the video on our YouTube Channel here and see links to the extended interviews.
Lab Grown Meat? 11/11/12
Did you know that with some high-tech lab techniques it is actually possible to grow muscle tissue in the lab – hence the topic “Lab Grown Meat”. As it turns out, later this year Mark Post and fellow Dutch researchers are planning a big release of their lab grown hamburger. It’s a bit like culturing yogurt – well, sort of. A few cells could go a long ways, but what does this mean? Will this technology help improve the environment? Will people want to eat meat grown in the lab? These are just a few questions you may find yourself asking. Fortunately, it’s the topic of this week’s Untamed Science video. Haley helps explain exactly what this is and how it’s done. Hopefully, it helps spur a great deal of conversation in the classroom and beyond. Watch the video on our YouTube Channel here .
Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall 11/11/12
Why do leaves change color in the fall. Turns out, not many people really know the answer to this. You might think it is simply because the green color of the chlorophyll masks the other pigments. That's only part of the story though. Turns out, anthocyanins are produced in the plant in the fall. Learn more about the science of leaf change here .
The Biology of Zombies 10/27/12
With Halloween right around the corner, we're all picking our costumes. Did you know that many of the creepy characters, like vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies likely all come from stories with a biological basis to them? Turns out, the Zombies we know from Hollywood horror films have a very real biological basis. It's all about the potions used by the witch doctors. In short, it all stems from the country of Haiti, where Zombies are ingrained in their cultural beliefs. Their mystery was finally unlocked by Wade Davis, an ethnobotanist in the early 1980's when he got his hands on a handful of "zombie potions". Learn more about the Biology of Zombies here .
The Bugs in Your Home 10/26/12
Did you know that your home likely has between 30 and 100 arthropod species living in it? This week, we went bug hunting with some researchers in Raleigh, NC. They are doing a project surveying the bugs in our homes. What they found might actually surprise you! If you're having a hard time viewing this video, visit it on our insect page .
Flu Vaccine 101 10/24/12
Every winter the flu, also known as influenza, starts to spread across the US. The CDC estimates that 35,000 people die each year from it in the US alone. While most of those have weakened immune systems, it is still a dangerous viral infection. This is just a small introduction to the Vaccines, during this flu season. If you're having a hard time viewing this video, visit it on Youtube .
Science Behind the Redbull Stratos Jump 10/23/12
Millions of people watched Felix Baumgartner on October 14th 2012, break a few very impressive skydiving records. One of the most impressive was breaking the sound barrier. I noticed upon watching it though, that they kept the science pretty minimal. We thought we'd explore the science in a bit more detail. If you're having a hard time viewing this video, visit it on Youtube .
Wave Energy 10/03/12
Ask anyone what alternative energy sources there are and they'll surely tell you about wind energy and solar energy. How many people would suggest energy from the ocean? Turns out, the first wave energy collection buoy was just deployed for commercial use in the US off the coast of Oregon. That's big news. But, what does this really mean for us? That's the topic for our weekly video! To learn more about this topic vista our basics of wave energy page .
Plant Nerdery 10/03/12
Today, I'm here to explain that plants are pretty cool. I'm not talking this time about how they'll kill you or how you can get high. In fact, I felt it was important to start off with some basics- monocots vs dicots. You learned it in school, but why did you learn it? I'll admit, this might seem like a nerdy video, but it's important, and if you're into plants, I think you'll like this short. To learn more about this topic visit our monocots vs dicots page .
Ticks with a Twist of Lyme disease 09/17/12
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochaete bacteria that is transferred to humans by ticks. Ticks aren't born with the pathogen, however. They have to take it up from an infected animal during one of their blood meals. To learn more about the disease visit our lyme disease page .
How to Track Baboons! 09/10/12
This isn't the start of a bad joke. In fact, it is a real question that researchers are figuring out at the Mpala research station in Kenya. We got the opportunity to visit the facility this summer with a group of researchers doing some cutting edge science. To learn more about the project visit our baboon research page .
Conservation in the Deep Sea 08/28/12
If you think about it for a second, the majority of livable space on the planet is actually found in the deep sea. Recently, Rob and Haley were able to take a trip to the lightless zones of the ocean in a home-made sub. On the trip, they passed a drifting fishing net which was the inspiration for this week’s video on ocean conservation. Learn more about the deep sea here .
DIY Solar Energy Generator 08/28/12
With all this talk of mining asteroids to get fuel from water, we want to show you a cool little experiment that’ll make you realize how easy this can be. Plus, it has a lot of practical applications. In this experiment, we’re going to hydrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen! You don’t even need high-tech equipment. All you need are a few simple products that you can get at the electronics store.
An Introduction to Invasive Plants: Weeds of Mass Destruction 08/28/12
Now that the weather has turned warmer and the days are getting longer, plants are starting to grow. The problem for us is that invasive plants often have a competitive edge over native plants. They’re growing out of control! Invasive plants like kudzu are overtaking the terrestrial environment while others like hydrila, water hyacinth, and giant salvinia threaten aquatic environments. In this video, Rob who has spent years documenting invasives, gives us a look at a few of the worst and explains the importance of really knowing your species so that you too can help fight these invaders.. Learn more about wicked plants and all that we're doing for the display here .
Asteroid Mining! Really? 08/28/12
Recently a company made of billionaires (including Google execs and James Cameron), have decided its going to be a good idea to mine asteroids for their precious metals and water. What? Haley gives a quick overview of what's going on.
What is Earth Day? 08/28/12
Earth day is one of the most popular holidays in the world. However, it seems that most people have little idea where it actually came from. To help us understand this holiday Rob gives us a 3 minute rundown. Learn more about earth day here .
Production Update: Cycling Across Europe - The Grind 08/28/12
Every so often the Untamed Science team gets together to do something kind of crazy. This year, we decided to cycle across Europe from Italy to Sweden. In doing so, we were able to see some amazing places. We also endured some difficulties. This is one of many trip updates we did for the trip that we thought you'd enjoy. To read more about the trip and see all the video updates visit our Cycling Europe page .
SpaceX - First Space Station Dock 08/28/12
The first SpaceX mission to dock with the international space station, summarized in 3 minutes by Haley. Watch the video of about SpaceX on our Youtube Channel .
Wild Cabbage - A Cycling Adventure 08/28/12
Brassica oleracea is a small plant known by many as kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, and kohlrabi. While known by many names, they are all the same species. All of these came from a wild form - wild cabbage. In this episode, Rob and the Untamed Science crew head out to look for this wild form as they cycle across Europe. Learn more about wild cabbage here .
The Pacific Garbage Patch 08/27/12
In this Untamed Science video, Rob Nelson explores the claims by looking to the researchers. He was able to get footage from a research expedition into the “Pacific Garbage Patch” to see just how much trash is out there. While it isn’t a thick floating mat of trash, what the researchers found will amaze you. Learn more about the garbage patch here .
Tornado Damage Levels: F0-F5 08/27/12
Did you know that no other country in the world gets more tornadoes than we do right here in the United States of America? Because the cold air that comes over the Rockies meets the warm air in the plains, we have the perfect conditions for monster tornadoes. In fact, we get anywhere from 800 to 1,000 tornadoes a year! Very few of them are as devastating as the Joplin, MO tornado of last year. Others, like the small tornado that Rob and Haley got stuck in for this video, do minimal damage. So how do scientists classify tornadoes? If you guessed wind speed, you’re not exactly correct. Watch this week’s science video to find out! Learn more about Rob and Haley's tornado adventure here .
How do Olympic Kayakers use Buoyancy? 08/12/12
In this short video, Rob visits the US kayaking facility in Charlotte, NC to watch the kayaking team trials. His goal was to figure out how the kayakers use buoyancy to their advantage. Learn more about kayaking and buoyancy here .
The Three Main Cloud Types 08/11/12
Clouds are fun to look at, especially if you know what it is in the sky. While there are several ways to classify clouds, we've made it very simple and started with cirrus, stratus and cumulus. Learn more about the clue types here .
Why do Athletes Train at Altitude 08/11/12
Have you ever wondered why certain athletes train at altitude? Is it because it helps their lungs, or their heart? Does altitude training really help all athletes? Learn more about about altitude training here .
Chemistry of Antibiotics 10/31/11
Chemistry and our health . That statement should go hand in hand. Almost all of the drugs we've ever used are a result of breakthroughs in Chemistry. In this episode, Jonas and Louise are exploring the role of antibiotics, chemistry and health. Learn more about the International Year of Chemistry and the chemistry of health here .
Current Science: Why is Texas Burning? 09/21/11
This summer Texas burnt because of a La Nina event. However, many people don't really know what a La Nina event really is and how it affects global climate patterns. In this current events podcast we attempt to answer just that. Learn more about this La Nina event .
Chemistry of Sports 09/06/11
The Chemistry of Sports is a story of the chemistry of our bodies. How can we use our knowledge in chemistry to help us do better in sports? In this episode, Jonas and Louise did a small experiment. They contrasted a period of inactivity with a period of high activity. They used chemistry to help them calculate exactly how much energy they will be using during that time. Learn more about the International Year of Chemistry topics here .
Sustainable Development and Chemistry 08/15/11
What is sustainable development anyhow? We hear the term a lot in today's society. In this episode, Jonas and Louise explore the new field of green chemistry and how it relates to sustainable development. Learn more about the International Year of Chemistry topics here .
Chemistry of the Water Cycle 06/27/11
The Chemistry of Water is interesting. Did you know that water is one of the few molecules that is its most dense not as a solid, but as a liquid at 4 degrees C! Jonas and Louise skydive and kayak to present this month's IYoC video. Learn more about the International Year of Chemistry topics here .
Black Bear Biology Introduction 06/22/11
The American Black Bear is one of America's most misunderstood animals. It is largely vegetarian, and generally quite scared of humans. Recently we went to the Eastern Black Bear conference in NC to talk to the experts about the black bear! Learn more about Black Bear Biology here .
International Year of Chemistry - Chemistry of Love 06/02/11
Did you know that falling in love has everything to do with Chemistry? In this episode we bring you the Chemistry of Love by explaining how the chemistry of your brain changes during the phases of love. After watching this video you might realize why it's not wise to make big decisions when under the influence of "love drugs". Learn more about the Chemistry of Love here .
Ways to Save the Ocean 05/21/11
There are lots of ways to save the ocean . We're just suggesting a few right here to help get you started. Recycle, use less plastic, eat sustainable fish, use less fertilizer - the list goes on and on. Learn more about saving the ocean here .
Cells Alive! A Music Video by Untamed Science 05/11/11
Cell Biology told via a music video? That's right. This segment of Untamed Science comes from our elementary series. It is one of 80 videos we created for this age group with Pearson Publishing. The videos will be available this fall and we're really excited about it. This is a small taste of what you can get with this program. To learn more about cell organelles and cell biology go here .
Why is the Ocean Blue? 04/26/11
Why is the Ocean Blue? Several students have submitted this question to Untamed Science, so we've decided to take on the challenge of answering it. It all has to do with physics and the way light reflects off of objects and the way light is absorbed by water. Basically long red wavelengths are absorbed first in the water column. Learn more about why the ocean appears blue and watch more of our videos .
The Bony-Tongued Fishes - Taxonomic Update 04/26/11
The Bony-tongued fishes in the order Osteoglossiformes are a primitive group of ray-finned fishes. Several members of this group breath air; this includes the largest freshwater fish in the world, the arapaima. Learn more about the Osteoglossiformes here .
International Year of Chemistry - Paper Crazy! 04/18/11
The Chemistry of Paper is as interesting as it is useful. Imagine the difference between the toilet paper designed to dissolve in our septic tanks and the paper in milk cartons designed to hold liquids! It all comes from trees. The only difference is in the chemicals used in the formation. Learn more about the Chemistry of Paper here .
Wii Sharks 04/12/11
After a visit to Mote Marine Laboratories we stopped by the office of Nick Whitney to learn how he is using high tech accelerometers to study shark behavior. We were really surprised at how much you can learn from a shark just by tracking the data on one of these little devices. Learn more about Nicks research and Mote Marine Laboratory here .
Shooting Update: Mote Aquarium 04/09/11
Recently we visited the Mote Marine Laboratory to learn how Nick Whitney is studying sharks. While we were there we made a short montage of the aquarium. We thought you'd enjoy this short episode. Learn more about Mote Marine Laboratory here .
Music Video - Electricity 03/31/11
Untamed Science has been producing cool science videos now for 6 years. In the last 4 years we have been working with Pearson publishing to get our videos into the hands of teachers around the country. This video is a snippet from our larger series of about 80 elementary science videos. Learn more about our elementary science videos here .
International Year of Chemistry - Climate Change 03/22/11
The chemistry of climate change shows us that climates have been changing for a long time. Chemists know this in part because they have studied ice cores in polar regions. This video looks at some of the cutting edge research chemists are doing to understand our changing climate. Learn more about the chemistry of climate change here .
Plant Biology - Form and Function 02/21/11
Plant Biologists study plants and how they interact with the environment. In this episode we look at the different types of plants and how they are specially adapted for the habitat they live. Learn more about plant biology here .
International Year of Chemistry - Why Gortex Works! 02/15/11
The Chemistry of Fabrics is an interesting area of Chemistry that is involved in improving and designing the products that we use every day. In this video we start with a material we've all seen before - Gortex. What is this material and why does it work? Learn more about the Chemistry of fabrics here .
Chemistry Profile - Louise 02/15/11
Louise Fornander is a Chemist and on-camera host for Untamed Science. She works with Chalmer's University in Sweden as a physical chemist. Louise with Jonas are creating the Chemistry Portal for Untamed Science and leading the outreach projects in that field. Watch this video to learn more about Louise.
International Year of Chemistry - Chemistry of Color 02/03/11
The Chemistry of Color has everything to do with the arrangement of chemical bonds in each molecule. In the case of indigo, it comes originally from a plant. People used this plant for ages to create the blue color in fabrics. Now it is synthesized. Learn more about this color in our new Chemistry of color video .
Remote Sensing - Studying Animals 01/23/11
Ecology is the study of life and how it interacts with its surroundings. Many ecologists study animals, including how animals move in their environment. In this episode we look at how scientists might use remote sensing to study animal movement. Learn more about various Ecology topics here - through our Untamed Science biology guides .
Genetics with Gregor Mendel 01/17/11
Genetics is a field of biology that was founded in part by the work of monk, Gregor Mendel. This comical look at the life of Gregor Mendel is portrayed by actor, Jerome Yorke. Its a fun look at some of the findings that Mendel came up with during his work with peas. Learn more about Genetics here - through our Untamed Science biology guides .
The Nervous System - Cone Snail Toxins 01/10/11
The Nervous System is how we sense the world around us. In this video we look at animals that release venom into humans, altering the functionality of our nervous system. In particular we look at cone snails, snake venom, spider venom and ant venom. Learn more about the Nervous System here - through our Untamed Science biology guides .
Music Video - Gravity 01/03/11
The Untamed Science Gravity Music Video was produced for our elementary school series to be included in elementary school textbooks. This video is one of about 48 music videos we have created to help complement the educational material. We're trying to make science learning fun. Learn more about our science videos here .
Ecogeek Update: Amazing Summer Rainforest Field Course for Teachers 12/24/10
A Costa Rican Rainforest Field Course will happen this July and every summer for two weeks to help teachers get excited again about their love for biology. The course is taught by Joe Levine and Barbara Bentely. Untamed Science will now be a part of the course for teachers. Learn more about the rainforest course here .
Student Video: Giant Garter Snake - Thamnophis gigas 12/14/10
The Giant Garter Snake is one of the largest garter snake in the world and its found in the central valley of California. This short ecofact is a video sent to us by Enzoology. You have to check out what Enzo is doing with his work. They have some really amazing lesson plans about habitats to go with this video. But this isn't the only thing they've done. They have all sorts of other stuff on their website . Learn more about the The Giant Garter Snake here .
Ecofact: American Green Tree Frog - Hyla cinerea 10/25/10
The American Green Tree Frog is one of the most common tree frogs in the United States. It can easily be found on overcast nights in the spring and summer. They have distinctive mating calls. These frogs are easily identified by the white line that runs from their mouth to their groin. Learn more about the American Green Tree Frog here .
Ecofact: African Bush Elephant 06/30/10
The African Bush Elephant is one subspecies of the African elephant. In this particular episode, Jonas is looking for the species in the backcountry of Ghana (a country made famous by this years world cup success). Its hard to imagine that an elephant that can weigh 6,000 kg can be so difficult to find. Learn more about the African Elephant here .
Ecogeek update: Costa Rica Field Course 06/30/10
A Costa Rican Rainforest Field Course will happen this July and every summer. Untamed Science will now be a part of the course for teachers. Learn more about the rainforest course here .
Ecogeeks Behind the Scenes 05/17/10
We're recording Music in a studio in Charleston SC. Its a lot of fun, but its not exactly what we expected our recording time to be. When we finally got in to Charleston, we were happy to see that the setup was just as Untamed as the crew ... check it out this behind the scenes clip .
Earth Day 2010: What's Your Place 04/21/10
It's Earth Day 2010 and I'm sure you're all excited to celebrate this amazing planet we live on. We're all here to give back to the planet in one form or another and we want to know what your place is? What are you doing to help protect this amazing planet? Is it as simple as recycling or are you a pioneer and educator? Let us know at our Untamed Science Earth Day Page!
Student Video: Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle 11/23/09
Monarch Butterflies have an amazing life cycle. 4th Grade students from Lafayette Regional School made a short video about the life cycles of these toxic butterflies. It was so good that we had to share it with everyone. I hope you enjoy. Good job and keep the videos coming.
Ecofact: Where do Vampires Come From? - Corn? 10/28/09
The origin of vampires may have come from a misunderstanding of human biology. One theory is that vampires arose from the pellagra - a vitamin deficiency which happens when people have a diet consisting solely of corn! We hope you enjoy our Halloween special about vampires!
Intertidal Biome 10/05/09
The Intertidal Zone is the zone from the high tide mark to the low tide mark. Animals must be able to withstand extreme temperature changes and desiccation when they live here. Some intertidal zones are narrow and some are very wide. Learn more as Jonas and Suze head out to explore this aquatic zone.
Coral Reef Biome 09/27/09
Coral Reefs are formed from small coral polyps. These small coral polyps, when they grow together, make amazing physical structures. Examples include the Great Barrier Reef and the barrier reefs of the Florida Keys. Jonas explains the basics of corals, coral reefs, and coral reef conservation.
Ecogeeks Giveaway - Raw Nature DVDs from Animal Planet 09/22/09
Untamed Science is giving away 5 Raw Nature DVDs this fall. All you have to do is help us test the beta site by signing up on the website and becoming an ecogeek. Users with the best profile will win! We'll notify winners on October 5th, 2009!
The Lake Biome 09/15/09
Lakes and Ponds represent important freshwater aquatic biomes. In this episode, Haley Chamberlain describes the difference between tropical and temperate lakes, lake zonation and how lakes can cycle throughout the year as surface temperatures fluxuate.
Estuaries Biome 09/15/09
Estuaries are important aquatic biomes. They are the transition between fresh and saltwater. Because of this salt gradient, it creates a difficult solution for animals in this habitat. Estuaries include Mangroves, salt marshes, and river deltas.
Discovering the Wetlands Biome in Style! 09/01/09
Wetlands have been reported to be the most threatened habitat on earth. This ecogeeks episode explores the types of wetlands, where wetlands are found, and what kind of plants are found in them. It also helps answer the question - What is a Wetland? If for nothing else, this is a great episode to watch Haley and Rob get down and dirty with style.
Bluntnosed Sixgill Shark Ecofact 08/26/09
In this species profile we look at an animal found in the deep sea , the bluntnosed sixgill shark . To do that we went down in Karl Stanley’s homemade submarine to 2000 feet. Sixgill sharks belong in the order Hexacanthiformes along with 5 other species of primitive shark. As a teacher, this episode is great for teaching about taxonomy and the classification of animals.
Shooting Update: Iceland 08/26/09
Jonas just finished filming a short piece in Iceland where he dove in freshwater lakes on the mid-ocean ridge. Along the way he found glaciers, hot springs and geysers. To fill us in on the scenery, Jonas posted this short update.
Shooting Update: Flipped Raft and Gear in Rapids - Cataract Canyon 06/30/09
In this short shooting update we show how we flipped our raft in Cataract Canyon . It was a scary experience, but we managed to get it all on film. Luckily no one was badly hurt, but the raft behind us had someone that needed to be airlifted out.
An Untamed Science Overview 06/30/09
In this podcast we discuss what Untamed Science is all about. We're here to help start a revolution. We can't do it alone though. We need your help. Join us now as we begin building a group of dedicated ecogeeks!
Manatee Ecofact 06/15/09
The Florida Manatee is a subspecies of West Indian Manatee . In this Ecofact, Jonas visits Homosassa Springs State Park in Western Florida to get an up-close and personal encounter with some 3,000 pound manatees! We give a few quick facts about the West Indian Manatees.
Fossil Reefs Ecofact 06/08/09
In 1965, a hurricane exposed a remarkable fossil reef just outside of Miami Florida . In this Ecofact, Danni explores this unusual site and learns how a 2000 year old mangrove forest became a fossilized intertidal zone. Visit UntamedScience.com to discover more!
Danni Washington - New Ecogeek 06/08/09
Danni Washington is the newest member of the Untamed Science team and an amazing science educator. After earning a bachelors in Marine Science from the University of Miami, Danni joined the Untamed Science team in an effort to change the way students learn about their world. In this short video she describes the essence of what we do.
Red Mangroves Ecofact 04/29/09
Red Mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) inhabit the shallow waters of estuaries in tropical and subtropical countries. In this short ecofact, Haley and Rob visit a patch of red mangroves and explain some of the benefits these habitats have. They also share the unique adaptations of red mangroves to this salty habitat. Learn more about red mangroves at UntamedScience.com .
Austin Bats: Mexican Free-tailed Bat Ecofact 04/17/09
Mexican Free-tailed bats visit the Congress avenue bridge in large numbers during the spring and summer months in Austin, TX. In this particular ecofact we happen to hook up with Katy Dougharty on Lady bird lake who gave us a brief glimpse of this amazing bat spectacle. Learn more about Austin's Bats at UntamedScience.com .
Plant Biology Ecofact - Its Springtime 04/07/09
Plant Biology is the study of all aspects of plants and how they interact with their environment. In this podcast we explore the unique processes that are happening all around us in spring. How have trees prepared for this? What hormones are involved? How does Global warming effect this process? Learn more about plant biology at UntamedScience.com .
The Deep Sea Biome 04/02/09
The Deep Sea is by far one of the last truly unexplored places on our Earth. It is the largest habitat in the ocean, yet remains the least explored. Only one submarine has ever probed the deepest ocean trench. Today we descend in Karl Stanley's Idabel to explore the mesopelagic zone and bathypelagic zone. Read more about the deep sea at UntamedScience.com .
Bears Ecofact: Brown, Polar, and Black Bears of North America 03/25/09
The genus Ursus contains 4 species of bear, the polar bear, the brown bear, the american black bear and the asiatic black bear. All but the asiatic black bear can be found in one special place in Alaska - the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Find out more about the bears in the genus Ursus at UntamedScience.com .
Untamed Science Promo: Who are Biologists 03/17/09
In this podcast we wanted to give you a sneak peek of our new video series. This is the first of 35 episodes that we’ve produced to accompany the new Miller and Levine High School Biology textbooks. We found that high school lessons can be enhanced if teachers are able to share short videos before the lesson. This is our attempt to help increase students’ ability to learn about biology. Let us know what you think of our introductory video for the series. Find out more at UntamedScience.com or Biology.com.
Meet Dr. Fish - Ecofact 03/11/09
Gara rufa are freshwater fish that are native to the middle east. Today they are used to help patients with psoriasis and eczema as they eat off the dead skin! Jonas explored these fish while in Borneo on expedition! If you want to see more iguana videos then go to UntamedScience.com .
Green Iguana Facts: An Untamed Science Ecofact 03/05/09
Green Iguanas are prehistoric creatures of the Central and South American rainforests. They can grow to almost 7 feet in length, get to approximately 20 pounds and live for almost 30 years. Not all green iguanas are green though. Many will start green and end up a dull grey and have males that turn a brilliant orange color. If you want to see more iguana videos then go to UntamedScience.com .
Ice Fishing 02/12/09
Ice fishing is a sport that allows you to fish in the middle of the winter on a frozen lake. Hazen decided to go out with a local wildlife agency and a high school class to observe this unique fishing technique.
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Camera Review: Canon Mark II 5D - HF11 - Panasonic HVX200 02/11/09
In this short episode we wanted to show you a selection of clips taken from three different cameras. This camera review covers the Canon Mark II, the Canon HF11, and the Panasonic HVX200.
Ecofact: Brassica oleracea 02/09/09
In this ecofact we explore quickly a small plant that has played an important part in our history. Brassica oleracea or wild cabbage is a species that has been domesticated over the centuries by farmers to create several varieties that we know and love today. These include cabbage, brussels sprouts, kohlrabbi and kahl to name a few. Check out some of the cultivars we grabbed for the grocery store for this episode and watch more with Untamed Science .
Geocaching Explained: An outdoor treasure hunt! 02/03/09
We here with Untamed Science have recently found an exciting outdoor treasure hunt that involves hidden caches in your home town. Its called geocaching and all you need is a map or GPS unit and the ability to download waypoints from geocaching.com. Then you can let the excitement begin.
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Ecofact: Cotton 02/02/09
In this episode we're in the panhandle of Texas looking at upland cotton . Did you know that Upland Cotton is native to the Americas but is not the only species that is used in the industry! In fact, there are four other cotton species that have varying degrees of use.
Ecofact: Polar Ice Caps 01/29/09
Over the past 40 years sea ice has been decreasing in the polar ice caps . In this short Ecofact we're reposting an old feed whereby we decided to look at the facts behind sea ice melting. What we found was that there is now a northern passage because there is no longer sea ice! How interesting is that!
Most Dangerous Snakes 01/29/09
Have you ever noticed that the television nature networks like to list the TOP DEADLY this or the MOST DANGEROUS that? However, when it comes to snakes, so many shows claim different snakes as the world's deadliest . We decided to probe this issue a bit more and make a short video about what we found.
Timelapse: Welcome to Untamed Science 01/28/09
Time-lapses are basically just snapshots in time that give the impression of time speeding up. Here at Untamed Science we create a lot of great timelapses. Most of them are taken with a simple SLR still camera and focused on plants, clouds, or decaying animals. Check out our new Wildlife Filmmaking page for more information about shooting time-lapse photography .
Ecofact: Sharks 08/06/08
TV shows portray sharks as dangerous but they're really not all that bad. Sharks are not programed to eat humans. For more information visit our Sharks and Rays page .
Filmmaking: Cameraflying: How to shoot skydiving videos! 06/26/08
Ever wondered how they shoot skydiving videos ? Skydivers call these people camera flyers. For one of our future episodes explaining the science of gravity we decided we should pick up skydiving and in the meantime we thought we'd show you what it takes to fly with a camera! For a better description of camera flying and becoming a skydiving cameraman visit our site :
NSTA Meeting in Boston 04/01/08
We were at this year's NSTA meeting in Boston and we wanted to ask science teachers one important question: "What inspires you to teach science?" Its also the first introduction we gave to the science community to the new Untamed Science .
Ecofact: Fungi 02/26/08
The Kingdom Fungia represents one of our least understood taxa. They are all around us, yet we rarely see them. In fact, the only time we see them is when they send up their fruiting bodies. Imagine only seeing a plant if it was in flower!
Ecofact: Global Warming and Melting Sea Ice 02/26/08
It is true! Global Warming is causing sea ice to melt in the polar ice caps . But, have you ever seen the actual images? Rob and Jonas bring you this short EcoFact on a recent trip to Svalbard.
Halloween special ... Pumpkins and the Cucurbitaceae 10/31/07
The Cucurbitaceae family is also known as the pumpkin family, squash family or gourd family. There are around 825 species in almost 120 genera. This video talks specifically about the pumpkins and squash that are grouped in the genus Cucurbita.
We're Finalists in Jackson Hole! 10/25/07
The Ecogeeks at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival! This year we were officially selected as finalists in the New Media category. The festival is the top wildlife filmmaking festival of the year and we feel extremely honored to have been chosen this time around. We are also extremely grateful to everyone who has subscribed to our podcasts. Big things are happening with us and because of that we'll be able to expand and provide more great content to everyone who has told us they want more.
As always, log on to www.thewildclassroom.com, and never stop exploring!
Crew Bio Jonas Stenstrom 09/13/07
Jonas Stenstrom has been with us since the beginning ... since that first trip to Mexico. Actually almost 10 years ago, it was Jonas and Rob, who in Australia studying Marine Biology, dreamed of traveling the world. This dream finally materialized into what we now call Untamed Science.
Biodiversity of Mexico Preview 09/07/07
It seems like so long ago now that we had our first real filmmaking expedition. When we filmed this documentary in 2003, most of the crew had never actually met, but we had something big planned. This is the preview to our first video ever! We make no excuses for our cheesy graphics or our lack of decent podcasting clothes. What can we say, it was the start of a great journey for us all.
Z is for Zebra: Extinction in Black and White 07/21/07
Did you know there are 4 species of zebra? Did you know that more than one species is endangered? Join Ecogeek Rich Blundell as he travels to Kenya on assignment to help unravel the mystery of the declining Grevy's Zebra population.
Temperate Coastal Oceans Biome 07/19/07
The Ecogeeks bring you another lighthearted biology video. This time they're in Sweden visiting crew member, and marine biologist Jonas Stenstrom. They've also managed to convince Stephanie Schneider to come along as they all hunt for something different in the ocean.
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Barro Colorado Island - Video Tour 06/24/07
This spring the ecogeeks crew have been doing research and filming the plants and animals on Barro Colorado Island . We wanted to share this place with you and explain why it is so unique.
Crew Bio Hazen Audel 06/04/07
Hazen Audel is an Ecogeek with Untamed Science (and co-creator of thewildclassroom.com). In many ways, Hazen is the epitome of being young at heart. When the crew travels to film our podcasts you can be assured that Hazen is probably missing from the shoot - off finding a critter to bring back and talk about. Its his boyish enthusiasm that we love the most.
Rainforests Biome 05/07/07
Grab your flipflops, your blue suitcase, your portable drill and come with us as we travel to the rainforests biome . Join Ecogeeks, Rob, Hazen and Suze as they explore the rainforest biome in Panama.
Derby Day - Cane Toad Racing 04/28/07
See the humorous festivities as a bunch of researchers similate the Kentucky Derby with a bunch of Cane Toads . Who said you cann't have fun doing science? On Barro Colorado Island, within one of the most studied tropical islands in the world, we proved that most scientists are really just young at heart - especially when their once a year derby day event roles around. As always, for more information visit TheWildClassroom.com
Blue Suitcase Rap - by Hazen 04/13/07
Our very own Crazy Hazen gives you a preview to the next podcast with a funny rap about his blue suitcase. You don't need all the gear to explore the forests (or your own backyard for that matter). All you need is a pair of flip-flops and a sexy blue suitcase. We’re in the rainforests of Panama right now and we’ve got a lot in store for our next episode. But, until next time, remember, “Never Stop Exploring”.
Who are the ECOGEEKS? 03/09/07
Who are the Ecogeeks? While we're going to introduce each of us one at a time throughout our podcasts, we thought we'd give you a short, quick reminder of our ties to one another. There are six of us that work on most episodes (Rob, Hazen, Jonas, and Suze, Haley, and Danni). A large group of other biologists, and filmmakers act as field reporters and hosts for other episodes. Find out more about the Ecogeeks
Biodiversity is all around us! In this video we introduce you to the concept of biodiversity . It is more than just the total number of species, however. It describes diversity at all levels from genetic diversity to ecosystem diversity. Yet we are loosing biodiversity. We pose the question, "What can each of us do to help save what is left?"
Tailless Whip Scorpions - Amblypigids 02/03/07
In this EcoGeeks episode we followed researcher Eben Gering's work on Tailless Whip Scorpions (also known as Amblypigids). We wanted to learn more about this tropical species that is commonly misunderstood. We weren't sure if it was a dangerous animal or not until we found an expert and did some of our own research.
Ecogeeks Announcement: A new season from Panama 01/21/07
This is a brief announcement to let you know that we have not stopped podcasting, but have only been in the process of moving our operations to the Republic of Panama. A great deal of research is conducted each year from Barro Colorado Island , a rainforest research station run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research institute. It is from this island and the surrounding forests that we will be podcasting from over the next 6 months. Please stay tuned as we prepare to release new episodes every week or two about interesting science concepts from the Ecogeeks new tropical home.
Ecogeeks Email Question: Part2- Oahu Tree Snails 11/08/06
This is the second part to our Hawaiian Island email question: In this episode we look at the endangered Oahu Tree Snails . This group of snails is found nowhere else in the world but on the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian islands. These snails are really unique. They give birth to live young, but only after they are 6 or 7 years old. Find out more and watch the video.
Ecogeeks Email Question: Hawaii Part 1 11/08/06
This is the first of our email questions: "How did plants and animals make it to the Hawaiian Islands." Hawaii is nearly 2,400 miles from the closest land mass and that means it would be very difficult for any critter to get here. Three ways animals could have made it here however, are from the Wind, in the Waves (rafting), and via the Birds (Wing). Its the three W's. But, how come most animals in Hawaii are not found anywhere else if they came across the ocean from somewhere else? Thats next weeks question
Ecogeeks Species Profile: #1 Alligator Snapping Turtle 10/01/06
The alligator snapping turtles are the largest freshwater turtles in North America. They can grow to 250 pounds and nearly 3 feet in length. They live a long time too. They believe these turtles can live for over 100 years!
Streams and Rivers Biome 09/30/06
Streams and Rivers flow through every major inhabited continent in the world. Do you know about the river near you? If not, join us as we explore the Smith River in Montana!
Crew Bio: Rob Nelson 09/28/06
This is a special episode for Ecogeeks. We thought it is important that you know who is behind these science documentary shorts. We have a young diverse crew from all over the world. In this episode producer Rob Nelson explains about his background as a marine biologist, dive-master, tour guide and how a near tragic boat accident helped lead him to become a wildlife filmmaker.
Alpine Tundra Biome 08/27/06
High above our civilized world are lands unfamiliar to most. The alpine tundra is a land devoid of trees where only hardy plants adapted to the cold, intense sunlight, and short growing season can survive. In this video we sent Jonas to Hawaii, Joseph to Alaska and Mexico, and Rob and Suzi to the alpine slopes of Colorado.
Temperate Grasslands and Prairies Biome 07/28/06
EcoGeeks has decided to start off the podcast series with several short videos on the biomes of the world. The first is about temperate grasslands and was filmed in the tall grass prairies of northern Minnesota. We feel it is important for students to get a good understanding of what a biome is, what it looks like, and what factors combine to make this zone unique.
World's Deadliest Snakes 06/28/06
What is the world's deadliest snake? The Ecogeeks first video examines the myths and rumors that have been aired in other nature documentaries. For more info visit our page on Deadly snakes .