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Archive for the category “It’s Nature’s Way”

Animals Key to Immortality

Want to live forever? The answers may be hidden in the animal kingdom, such as the life of lobsters. Unlike most animals, lobsters don’t get weaker and more vulnerable as they get older, they just get bigger. Find out why, and check out nine other animals who may hold the key to immortality in humans.

Why Leaves Change Color

Autumn can be called our transitional month, ushering in mild temperatures, the holidays and the magical transformation of our deciduous trees and shrubs. The splendor of gold- and russet-colored leaves as trees prepare to bare their branches, gives us a fall spectacle like no other, prompting Minute Earth host Henry Reich to say, “They are the world’s prettiest recycling plants.” But have you ever wondered why the leaves change color? Reich gives us a thorough scientific explanation.

Fossil Fuels to the Rescue

Every year on Earth Day we hear dire news on how the health of our planet is deteriorating with no real solutions readily available to solve the dilemma. Author and energy theorist Alex Epstein, founder and president of the Center for Industrial Progress, opines that we should spend more time reflecting on how human progress has made Mother Earth a better place to live. “The secret is energy,” Epstein says. “Specifically, energy derived from fossil fuels–oil, coal and natural gas.These fuels power machines that allow us to transform our naturally hazardous environment into a far healthier environment.” Epstein expanded his thoughts in a recent visit to Prager University.

The El Nino Phenomenon

Every so often, the waters of the eastern Pacific off the coast of South America get extraordinarily warm, producing trillions of joules of energy that wreak havoc with our weather. The phenomenon, of course, has come to be known as El Nino. Regions like the southwestern U.S., Mexico and South America are slammed with sometimes catastrophic rain, while other areas suffer through record drought. The phenomenon seemingly appears every two to seven years, but meteorologists still are handcuffed when it comes to accurately predicting its cycle. Host Joe Hanson takes a crack at explaining El Nino and why it remains so difficult to predict in this edition of “It’s Okay to be Smart” from PBS Digital Studios.

The First Animals On Land

More than 420 million years ago, ancient millipedes took their first steps onto land. Today, there are thousands of species of the myriapods (having many legs), many still unknown to science. Dr. Petra Sierwald, associate curator of The Field Museum in Chicago, arachnologist and millipede expert, is working to create a visual atlas to help with our understanding and identification of these creatures. Sierwald shared her ample knowledge of this mysterious animal with host Emily Graslie of The Brain Scoop.

Trees Are the Answer

The pragmatists say we should take advantage of the renewable material and energy that our trees provide. Not so fast, say the tree huggers. They contend that we should treat our forests as an ecosystem providing a protective habitat for threatened species. Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore untangles this knotty issue and offers an environmental solution in this edition of Prager University.

The Surprising Benefits Of CO2

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels constitute 85 percent of our energy use, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. But global warming alarmists proclaim that we must reduce that percentage to zero or face the dire consequences. Patrick Moore, Canadian scientist co-founder of Greenpeace, begs to differ. “How can something that makes life possible be bad?” he asks. Moore dissects this questions and provides some surprising benefits of CO2 not commonly part of the climate change debate in this edition of Prager University.

Mysteries Beneath the Sea

Although President Kennedy declared space the final frontier, that honor may well go to the eerie depths of our oceans and all their hidden mysteries. One such anomaly was found six miles off the coast of Point Dume, Malibu, California, where a strange formation was discovered 2,000 feet below the surface on a seabed floor. The structure is three miles wide with a flat top supported by what appears to be pillars leading into a dark entrance. Many researchers have written it off as a natural formation, but some claim it emits radio signals and is believed to be an alien base. Check out nine other anomalies beneath our pristine seas in this edition of Hybrid Librarian.

Dino Talk

Vsauce host Michael Stevens welcomes world-renowned paleontologist Jack Horner and Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt to talk dinosaurs. More specifically, to dispel long-held myths, how a branch of the species exists to this day and a possible return of the Jurassic giants in the distance future.

What’s Beneath Antartica?

The continent of Antartica is inhospitable, desolate and mysterious. Covered in ice for 35 million years, Antartica is the planet’s fifth-largest continent, yet holds 70 percent of its fresh water. But what would we find if all that ice melted? Host Ben Bowlin takes on the challenge of the question with some assumptions of his own in this revealing edition of How Stuff Works.

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