Category Archives: Evolution (Core and Options)

I Contain Multitudes: Antibiotic Resistance

The wonderful Ed Yong now has a YouTube channel, I Contain Multitudes, that builds on his book of the same name. With PBS Digital support and great visuals, this is going to be a treasure trove for IBBio learners.

Here’s your gateway video: on superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Check out the experimental design and explanation about half way in. Thanks Ed!

#SharkWeek Fail. Some Sharky Remedies*.

Over the last couple of years, Discovery’s #SharkWeek event has taken a beating for producing pseudoscience and spectacle over actual educational output that will help shark conservation. From CGI-lame Megalodon junk (they’re extinct already) to ‘Voodoo Sharks’, serious shark-science educators are getting annoyed. Sadly it seems that some of the scientists who appear in the “documentaries” have been duped into taking part, or misquoted: see this piece by David Schiffman (@WhySharksMatter). 

Fortunately, there is a lot of actually good content out there. This year, Emily Graslie (@ehmee, scientist, YouTuber and focus of perhaps one of Cosmo’s only proper articles ever), has created a series of five shark videos to entertain… and educate! 

*Remedies for bad science. Not remedies made of sharks. That would be is bad

The Great Debate: What is Life?

Birds of Paradise Project [Cornell Ornithology Lab]

Thanks to Celia, our librarian (@CeliaSchatzky) for sending me this!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology (@CornellBirds) and National Geographic have been working on this documentary on the Birds of Paradise. A great connection to E6 Further Studies of Behaviour and the importance of protecting habitats.

Check it out (and then spend the rest of your day on their YouTube channel)

While we’re at it, here are the Lyre birds again, from BBC Worldwide.

Three World-Changing Biology Experiments

A quick overview of three experiments that helped advance Biology:

Evolution – it’s a thing. [Crash Course Biology]

Hank explains why evolution is true. A nice link to the ‘evidence for evolution’ and our TOK lesson “Just a theory?

Animal Development: We’re All Just Tubes! [CrashCourse Biology]

CrashCourseAnother enterucational video from Crash Course Biology, which links nicely to section 5.5 Classification (and a wee bit on embryonic development). Check it out:

This is the kind of content that would be useful as a flipped lesson on TED-ED.

New Symphony of Science | Evolution: The Greatest Show on Earth!

Attenborough, Dawkins and Bill Nye star in this great new Symphony of Science video – along with some wonderful visuals from the natural world.

The Incredible Human Journey

A great recent series from the BBC – The Incredible Human Journey. Dr Alice Roberts investigates the evolution of humans from origins in Africa to our spread and diversification across the globe.

Perfect viewing for a typhoon day!

You can see parts 1-5 on WhyEvolutionIsTrue‘s YouTube Channel.

Evolution: Right Here, Right Now

Let’s resurrect a Fatboy Slim classic:

Although a technically fun video (and great track), does it paint a clear picture of human evolution?

Find out more about where we came from here:

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