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Japan's Secret Garden

Welcome to the companion Web site to "Japan's Secret Garden," originally broadcast on December 18, 2000. The program chronicles a year in the life of wildlife and people around Lake Biwa, Japan, a cycle that has continued unchanged for thousands of years. Here's what you'll find online:
  • Animal Transformations
    Every spring, the most extraordinary metamorphoses of insects take place by the million-fold around the world. In five clips from the NOVA program "Japan's Secret Garden," watch five insect species transform into something utterly new.

  • Miracle of Rice
    You've probably never stopped to consider rice for any longer than it takes to trap a piece of sushi between your chopsticks. But this humble grain is truly remarkable, and new advances are bringing it into the realm of the miraculous.

  • Secrets of Hibernation
    Slumbering black bears may hold physiological clues that could benefit everything from organ preservation to kidney disorders, human hibernation to long-distance space travel.

  • Build a Rice Paddy (Hot Science)
    Terraced rice paddies may look like they're carved out of hillsides, with the dug-up rock used to build the retaining walls. But looks can be deceiving. Learn why as you follow the evolution of a new paddy.
Plus Resources and a Teacher's Guide.

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