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Awesome Nature

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Syllabus

How turtle shells evolved... twice - Judy Cebra Thomas.
Why are fish fish-shaped? - Lauren Sallan.
The surprising reasons animals play dead - Tierney Thys.
Why isn't the world covered in poop? - Eleanor Slade and Paul Manning.
Why are sloths so slow? - Kenny Coogan.
The evolution of animal genitalia - Menno Schilthuizen.
Meet the tardigrade, the toughest animal on Earth - Thomas Boothby.
Why do we harvest horseshoe crab blood? - Elizabeth Cox.
How do birds learn to sing? - Partha P. Mitra.
The weird and wonderful metamorphosis of the butterfly - Franziska Bauer.
Cannibalism in the animal kingdom - Bill Schutt.
A simple way to tell insects apart - Anika Hazra.
Why do animals form swarms? - Maria R. D'Orsogna.
The amazing ways plants defend themselves - Valentin Hammoudi.
The ferocious predatory dinosaurs of Cretaceous Sahara - Nizar Ibrahim.
The three different ways mammals give birth - Kate Slabosky.
Why do animals have such different lifespans? - Joao Pedro de Magalhaes.
How do animals experience pain? - Robyn J. Crook.
What’s so great about the Great Lakes? - Cheri Dobbs and Jennifer Gabrys.
Why do we kiss under mistletoe? - Carlos Reif.
Do we really need pesticides? - Fernan Pérez-Gálvez.
Why are there so many types of apples? - Theresa Doud.
How smart are orangutans? - Lu Gao.
How do animals see in the dark? - Anna Stöckl.
What is the biggest single-celled organism? - Murry Gans.
How a single-celled organism almost wiped out life on Earth - Anusuya Willis.
How North America got its shape - Peter J. Haproff.
The threat of invasive species - Jennifer Klos.
Can plants talk to each other? - Richard Karban.
Why do cats act so weird? - Tony Buffington.
Why is Mount Everest so tall? - Michele Koppes.
How do schools of fish swim in harmony? - Nathan S. Jacobs.
Why are there so many insects? - Murry Gans.
Why certain naturally occurring wildfires are necessary - Jim Schulz.
The most lightning-struck place on Earth - Graeme Anderson.
When will the next mass extinction occur? - Borths, D'Emic, and Pritchard.
How do we know what color dinosaurs were? - Len Bloch.
The science of snowflakes - Maruša Bradač.
Do animals have language? - Michele Bishop.
How smart are dolphins? - Lori Marino.
What happens when continents collide? - Juan D. Carrillo.
How does a jellyfish sting? - Neosha S Kashef.
How plants tell time - Dasha Savage.
Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff.
The science of static electricity - Anuradha Bhagwat.
How do geckos defy gravity? - Eleanor Nelsen.
Where did Earth’s water come from? - Zachary Metz.
How parasites change their host's behavior - Jaap de Roode.
How we think complex cells evolved - Adam Jacobson.
How do dogs "see" with their noses? - Alexandra Horowitz.
The truth about bats - Amy Wray.
The hidden worlds within natural history museums - Joshua Drew.
Why elephants never forget - Alex Gendler.
Where do genes come from? - Carl Zimmer.
Feedback loops: How nature gets its rhythms - Anje-Margriet Neutel.
How do tornadoes form? - James Spann.
What's hidden among the tallest trees on Earth? - Wendell Oshiro.
The coelacanth: A living fossil of a fish - Erin Eastwood.
Inside the ant colony - Deborah M. Gordon.
A guide to the energy of the Earth - Joshua M. Sneideman.
How to speak monkey: The language of cotton-top tamarins - Anne Savage.
Attack of the killer algae - Eric Noel Muñoz.
How bees help plants have sex - Fernanda S. Valdovinos.
The colossal consequences of supervolcanoes - Alex Gendler.
The science of symmetry - Colm Kelleher.
How tsunamis work - Alex Gendler.
Nature's smallest factory: The Calvin cycle - Cathy Symington.
From the top of the food chain down: Rewilding our world - George Monbiot.
Poison vs. venom: What's the difference? - Rose Eveleth.
The Pangaea Pop-up - Michael Molina.
How to fossilize...yourself - Phoebe A. Cohen.
The popularity, plight and poop of penguins - Dyan deNapoli.
The loathsome, lethal mosquito - Rose Eveleth.
Bird migration, a perilous journey - Alyssa Klavans.
Cicadas: The dormant army beneath your feet - Rose Eveleth.
The Arctic vs. the Antarctic - Camille Seaman.
What's below the tip of the iceberg? - Camille Seaman.
Got seeds? Just add bleach, acid and sandpaper - Mary Koga.
Myths and misconceptions about evolution - Alex Gendler.
Vermicomposting: How worms can reduce our waste - Matthew Ross.
The game-changing amniotic egg - April Tucker.
Tracking grizzly bears from space - David Laskin.
Reasons for the seasons - Rebecca Kaplan.
Pruney fingers: A gripping story - Mark Changizi.
The brilliance of bioluminescence - Leslie Kenna.
How did feathers evolve? - Carl Zimmer.
Making sense of how life fits together - Bobbi Seleski.
How Mendel's pea plants helped us understand genetics - Hortensia Jiménez Díaz.
The simple story of photosynthesis and food - Amanda Ooten.
Where we get our fresh water - Christiana Z. Peppard.
Curiosity, discovery and gecko feet - Robert Full.
How life came to land - Tierney Thys.
Five fingers of evolution - Paul Andersen.
The Cockroach Beatbox.
Evolution in a Big City.
Symbiosis: A surprising tale of species cooperation - David Gonzales.
Sex Determination: More Complicated Than You Thought.
How a fly flies - Michael Dickinson.
The case of the vanishing honeybees - Emma Bryce.
Dead stuff: The secret ingredient in our food chain - John C. Moore.
What is dust made of? - Michael Marder.
Why don’t poisonous animals poison themselves? - Rebecca D. Tarvin.
What would happen if every human suddenly disappeared? - Dan Kwartler.
History through the eyes of a chicken - Chris A. Kniesly.
Why can't some birds fly? - Gillian Gibb.
Is fire a solid, a liquid, or a gas? - Elizabeth Cox.
Inside the killer whale matriarchy - Darren Croft.
Can animals be deceptive? - Eldridge Adams.
The sexual deception of orchids - Anne Gaskett.
How tall can a tree grow? - Valentin Hammoudi.
A brief history of dogs - David Ian Howe.
Why are earthquakes so hard to predict? - Jean-Baptiste P. Koehl.
The wild world of carnivorous plants - Kenny Coogan.
Turbulence: One of the great unsolved mysteries of physics - Tomás Chor.
The lovable (and lethal) sea lion - Claire Simeone.
How do crystals work? - Graham Baird.
The secret language of trees - Camille Defrenne and Suzanne Simard.
The mysterious origins of life on Earth - Luka Seamus Wright.
Mating frenzies, sperm hoards, and brood raids: The life of a fire ant queen - Walter R. Tschinkel.
Licking bees and pulping trees: The reign of a wasp queen - Kenny Coogan.
The bug that poops candy - George Zaidan.
No one can figure out how eels have sex - Lucy Cooke.
The big-beaked, rock-munching fish that protect coral reefs - Mike Gil.
Can the ocean run out of oxygen? - Kate Slabosky.
The fish that walk on land - Noah R. Bressman.
Who owns the "wilderness"? - Elyse Cox.
The most colorful gemstones on Earth - Jeff Dekofsky.
The world’s largest organism - Alex Rosenthal.
Why didn’t this 2,000 year old body decompose? - Carolyn Marshall.

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