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Ecogeeks : Untamed Science Video Podcast

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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Conservation in the Deep Sea

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.

28 Aug 2012

Rank #1

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The Water Cycle

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.

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10 Nov 2011

Rank #2

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The Chemistry of the Stinkiest Fruit Ever!

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.

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26 Dec 2012

Rank #3

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Chemistry of Antibiotics

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.

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31 Oct 2011

Rank #4

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Dirt to Dinosaur: Paleontology 101

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.

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11 Dec 2012

Rank #5

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Asteroid Mining! Really?

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.

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28 Aug 2012

Rank #6

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Science Behind the Redbull Stratos Jump

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.

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23 Oct 2012

Rank #7

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Basics of Fracking

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.

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2 Dec 2012

Rank #8

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Wave Energy

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.

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3 Oct 2012

Rank #9

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World Biomes: An Introduction to Climate

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.

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30 Nov 2011

Rank #10

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SpaceX - First Space Station Dock

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.

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28 Aug 2012

Rank #11

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Lab Grown Meat?

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.

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11 Nov 2012

Rank #12

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What is Earth Day?

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.

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28 Aug 2012

Rank #13

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The Bugs in Your Home

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.

3mins

26 Oct 2012

Rank #14

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Cooking up Chemistry

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.

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23 Dec 2011

Rank #15

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Production Update: Cycling Across Europe - The Grind

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.

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28 Aug 2012

Rank #16

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Why do Athletes Train at Altitude

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.

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11 Aug 2012

Rank #17

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Sampling so it doesn't take FOREVER!

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.

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11 Dec 2012

Rank #18

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Music Video - Simple Machines

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.

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9 Dec 2011

Rank #19

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Flu Vaccine 101

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.

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24 Oct 2012

Rank #20