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2015 Lincoln Awards | Medical & Science | Dean Kamen

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The Lincoln Awards
PBS


Get to know Dean Kamen, recipient of the 2015 Medical & Science Lincoln Award. Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. After eight years of research, Kamen has developed a prosthetic arm with near-natural control to improve quality of life for amputees. Narrated by Alec Baldwin Continue


An Impossible Task

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First Peoples
PBS


Scientists from the Max Planck Institute, a leader in the study of ancient DNA, were the first to crack the genetic code of a Neanderthal. On First Peoples: Europe, Swedish geneticist Svante Paabo describes the challenges faced in reconstructing DNA from millions of degraded genome fragments found in a Neanderthal bone. Continue


The First Modern European

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First Peoples
PBS


Deep inside a Romanian cave, archaeologist Joao Zilhao and his team uncover a modern human, amongst the bones of prehistoric bears. On First Peoples: Europe, Zilhao describes the "extreme archeaology" needed to examine the cave. Continue


My Ancestors

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First Peoples
PBS


There is a close cultural and genetic link between early Australians and modern-day Aborigines; here the ancient and modern story intersect as nowhere else. Continue


When Shark Fetuses Attack

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Gross Science
PBS


Sand tiger shark fetuses eat their siblings in the womb. Continue


The Curious Species

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First Peoples
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On First Peoples: Asia, scientists explore Homo sapien migration out of Africa and into Asia. Much like modern humans, it was curiosity that drove them to explore new river valleys and make their way into a new continent. Continue


Omo 1 - The World's First Modern Human

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First Peoples
PBS


Omo-1 died while still in his twenties, but he is the oldest member of our species found anywhere in the world. His remains are 195,000 years old, yet he looked like a modern human. Continue


Behind the Scenes | Waking Up with the Greater-Sage Grouse

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Nature
PBS


Cinematographer and producer Eric Liner talks about the challenges of filming greater sage-grouse for NATURE "The Sagebrush Sea". Continue


Eva of Naharon - The First American?

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First Peoples
PBS


Eva of Naharon was discovered by archaeologists on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Her remains, which are far older than any others found in the Americas, have changed what we know about the arrival of the first people on the double continent. Continue


Sage-Grouse Display Lekking Behavior

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Nature
PBS


In the springtime, male greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) gather in groups, called leks, to compete for females. Males guard a territory a few meters in size (on average) and try to attract a mate by ruffling feathers and making a distinctive noise produced by air sacks in the chest. Continue


The Sagebrush Sea

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Nature
PBS


It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America. Yet it’s far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. Continue


A Human Hybrid?

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First Peoples
PBS


When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough – intellectually and culturally - to interbreed. Continue


Fences Create Problems for Pronghorn

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Nature
PBS


The pronghorn is the fastest land animal in North America. However, an increasingly fragmented landscape, divided by ranchers' fences, is creating problems for the fleet-footed creature. Continue


The Dangers of Genetic Isolation

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First Peoples
PBS


Witness the dangers of genetic isolation exemplified by the duck-billed platypus. Continue


The Denisovans – A New Type of Human Discovered by Genetics

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First Peoples
PBS


On First Peoples: Asia, geneticist Svante Paabo uncovers a new branch of the human family tree; the Denisovans. Named after the Siberian cave where the single finger bone was found, these early humans were previously undiscovered. Continue


The Secret to Our Success - Connectivity

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First Peoples
PBS


200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have long imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. Continue


Behind the Scenes | Filming the Ferruginous Hawk

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Nature
PBS


Cinematographer Gerrit Vyn talks about the challenges of filming the ferruginous hawk. Continue


The Clovis Point - The First American Invention

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First Peoples
PBS


It has long been thought that the first Americans were Clovis people, who arrived 13,000 years ago. The Clovis point is an amazing piece of Stone Age technology used to hunt animals. In a lot of ways, the Clovis point can be considered the first American invention. On First Peoples: Americas, watch a demonstration of how the invention was used for ancient hunting. Continue


Can Cocaine Make Your Ears Rot?

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Gross Science
PBS


Cocaine is being mixed with a dangerous drug called levamisole. Continue


Lethal Seas

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NOVA
PBS


A unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea shows what the future may hold as oceans acidify. Airing May 13, 2015 at 9 pm on PBS Continue


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