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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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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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25 Ratings
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Nicce

By Cufuchl - Oct 17 2010
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It is a pretty sweet podcast, very good and inspiring.

Awesome Show!

By Luke Tingle - Mar 02 2009
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Interesting and entertaining!

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
21
1
0
0
3

Nicce

By Cufuchl - Oct 17 2010
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It is a pretty sweet podcast, very good and inspiring.

Awesome Show!

By Luke Tingle - Mar 02 2009
Read more
Interesting and entertaining!

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Ecogeeks : Untamed Science Video Podcast

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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.

The Water Cycle

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The Water Cycle defines the flow of water through our lakes, streams, oceans, groundwater and in the air. In this episode we're taking a trip down the Colorado river in Canyonlands National Park as we show the path of water. Learn more about Untamed Science here.

Nov 10 2011

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The Chemistry of the Stinkiest Fruit Ever!

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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.

Dec 26 2012

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Dirt to Dinosaur: Paleontology 101

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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.

Dec 11 2012

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Wave Energy

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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.

Oct 03 2012

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Conservation in the Deep Sea

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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Lab Grown Meat?

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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.

Nov 11 2012

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DIY Solar Energy Generator

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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Asteroid Mining! Really?

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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Chemistry of Antibiotics

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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.

Oct 31 2011

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SpaceX - First Space Station Dock

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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Science Behind the Redbull Stratos Jump

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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.

Oct 23 2012

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What is Earth Day?

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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The Biology of Zombies

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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.

Oct 27 2012

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World Biomes: An Introduction to Climate

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The biomes of the world are determined by the dominant plants. Those plants are determined by the climate. This video is a short introduction to the causes of climate. What factors are involved in the different climates on Earth! Learn more about world biomes here.

Nov 30 2011

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Production Update: Cycling Across Europe - The Grind

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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.

Aug 28 2012

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Cooking up Chemistry

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We are all chemists! Every day we are doing chemistry in our own homes. When we eat and prepare food, we are actually doing chemistry. In the preparation of food, a lot of different chemical reactions are happening that create new and tasty molecules. We then eat these molecules and digestive reactions begin in our bodies. Yet, even before the food ends up in our kitchen, there is a lot of chemistry involved in the production and storage of the food. This month we investigated some of the different chemical reactions related to food. Learn more about the International Year of Chemistry and the chemistry of food here.

Dec 23 2011

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Basics of Fracking

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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.

Dec 02 2012

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Why do Athletes Train at Altitude

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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.

Aug 11 2012

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The Bugs in Your Home

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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.

Oct 26 2012

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Music Video - Simple Machines

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Simple Machines are a lot more fun to learn about when you have a music video. We put this short music video together as part of a longer series with Pearson Publishing. The idea is that music helps kids learn. While most of our pieces are for an older audience, we thought you might enjoy this short. Learn more about untamed science here.

Dec 09 2011

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Crazy Animal Births

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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.

Apr 09 2013

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When is Acceleration the Greatest in Skydiving?

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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.

Mar 26 2013

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World Water Day

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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.

Mar 22 2013

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Chemistry of Love

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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.

Mar 19 2013

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Hibernation: A Wintery Slumber

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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.

Mar 18 2013

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Why is the turkey called a turkey?

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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.

Jan 16 2013

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The Chemistry of the Stinkiest Fruit Ever!

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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.

Dec 26 2012

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Why do Animals Strand on Beaches

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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.

Dec 18 2012

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Dirt to Dinosaur: Paleontology 101

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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.

Dec 11 2012

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Sampling so it doesn't take FOREVER!

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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.

Dec 11 2012

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How Lakes Cycle

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In this short episode, Rob describes the basic zones of a lake. He also explains the diversity of lakes. Lakes you see, come in all shapes and sizes. There are tropical lakes and temperate lakes. Temperate lakes cycle year after year. If you want to learn more about the lake biome, you can read more about it on our lakes biome page here.

Dec 08 2012

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Basics of Fracking

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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.

Dec 02 2012

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Lab Grown Meat?

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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.

Nov 11 2012

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Why Leaves Change Color in the Fall

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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.

Nov 11 2012

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The Biology of Zombies

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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.

Oct 27 2012

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The Bugs in Your Home

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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.

Oct 26 2012

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Flu Vaccine 101

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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.

Oct 24 2012

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Science Behind the Redbull Stratos Jump

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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.

Oct 23 2012

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Wave Energy

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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.

Oct 03 2012

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Plant Nerdery

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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.

Oct 03 2012

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