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Why Are There So Many Species Near the Equator?

[Intro music] Tropical rain forests are known for being super biologically diverse. They’re full of different species From colorful birds and insects to plants and fungi. We haven’t even come close to cataloging everything that’s there. If your a biologist heading for the arctic tundra though… well… I hope you love lichen. This pattern of …

5 amazing plants win our Big Picture Plant Awards

5 amazing plants win our Big Picture Plant Awards

We’re here at the Eden Project in Cornwall to meet some fabulous flora for the first ever BiPPAs, – the Big Picture Plant Awards. These awards showcase the glitzy glamour goddesses, clever communicators, ultimate achievers and vile villains of the plant kingdom. Let’s roll out the red carpet! First up is our award for the …

7 Species That Were Saved From Extinction

7 Species That Were Saved From Extinction

Humans have had a pretty big influence on planet Earth and on the things that live on it. And not all of that influence has been positive. Extinction rates, for example, are thought to be a thousand times higher with humans around than they would be without us. But not all endangered species are headed …

Exporting Earth

Exporting Earth

Throughout our history we have brought pieces of the unknown into our home as a reminder of what we experienced. Our future, however, will require us to bring pieces of our home out into the unknown with us. So today we will be continuing our look at Interstellar Colonization and Generation Ships with a look …

Biodiversity Research at Cedar Creek

Biodiversity Research at Cedar Creek

We had this long-term experiment at Cedar Creek where we’ve been growing prairie grasses by themselves and then in various combinations – it’s a biodiversity experiment. We’re trying to find out do changes in the number of species living in an ecosystem, which are changes in biological diversity, do those affect how that ecosystem functions? …

Science Bulletins: Invasive Species

Science Bulletins: Invasive Species

[MUSIC PLAYING] ANTHONY RICCIARDI: This is the St. Lawrence River at Montreal. It’s the gateway to the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem, the Great Lakes. You wouldn’t know it, but right beneath these waters there’s an ecological battlefield. Wars are being fought– wars for space, wars for resources, wars between exotic and native species. And we’re …