What if people could be the secret to transforming ocean deserts into rich forests filled with an abundance of life? Join two marine scientists as they explore how a hands-on approach to marine restoration is working to revive marine kelp forests in South Korea. During their trip, they witness how a deep connection with the ocean is inspiring change. In Korea, this connection runs across society, from a hundreds year old guild of female free divers to the Korea Fisheries Agency using the latest techniques to manage their kelp forests. By recognising that while people may take from the sea, people can also take care of the sea, they are charting a new course to thriving kelp forests all around the world. Show Less
Vicki, Dean, Rob and Maddie share a deep connection to the ocean. It connects them to the past, enriches the present and inspires their futures. Dean is an artist, scientist and custodian who turns to sea-country for inspiration in his work. Vicki creates sculptures from kelp—evolving a traditional artform into contemporary designs that depict the beauty and fragility of sea-country. Rob teaches his daughter Maddie the cultural importance of catching a feed—always mindful that sea-country is traditionally women’s country and she must learn when to turn back. This is their connection to sea country. Show Less
Experts discuss the importance of kelp forests and their role as the foundation of the Great Southern Reef in Australia. Dr Scott Bennett, Prof Adriana Verges, Dr Karen Filbee-Dexter and Aaron Eger explore the various ways in which we benefit from these pristine ecosystems and the potential consequences if we were to lose them. From economic value to cultural significance, this video sheds light on the immeasurable benefits we derive from nature and the need to value and protect it. Show Less
Mick Baron and Karen Gowlett-Holmes have been running the Eaglehawk Dive Centre on the iconic Tasman Peninsula since 1991. For decades one of the major attractions to the area has been the giant kelp forests. But over the years they have seen first hand the destruction of the giant kelp forests, a direct result of climate change. Dependent on Tasmania’s giant kelp forests more than anyone, Mick and Karen have been instrumental in the efforts to research and rehabilitate these critically endangered ecosystems. With word spreading about restoration efforts, now the dive centre is increasingly receiving requests for people interested in diving on the restored reefs. In this short film, Mick and Karen take you on a journey through the day in the life of these highly accomplished Tasmanian dive shop owners. The film explores their personal reflections on the dramatic changes observed in the giant kelp forests within their lifetimes and their ongoing efforts to raise awareness to the issue and gain traction in the rehabilitation of these reefs. Show Less
Native flat oysters were once abundant in the waters surrounding Kangaroo Island. These oysters, known as angasi oysters were once an important food source for the Indigenous people of the region, who harvested them using traditional methods for thousands of years. However, with the arrival of European settlers in the 19th century, the oyster populations began to decline rapidly due to overfishing, habitat destruction, and the introduction of non-native species. In the early 20th century, efforts were made to restore the native flat oyster populations of Kangaroo Island’s waters. Hatcheries were established to breed and grow juvenile oysters, which were then transplanted to suitable habitats in the surrounding waters. While these efforts were initially successful, the oyster populations continued to face numerous challenges, including disease outbreaks, predation, and environmental degradation. Today, the native flat oyster populations in Kangaroo Island’s waters remain low, and the oysters are considered a threatened species. But there is new hope for their survival and prosperity, as local marine scientists and oyster farmers have discovered an unlikely hero - razorfish. Show Less
One woman's journey from ecological despair to finding hope in the soil beneath her feet. Film director and actress Rachel Ward is not the first person you'd expect to join a farming revolution. In this triumphant film, Rachael voyages from wilful ignorance about the ecological impacts of conventional agriculture on her own rural property, to embracing a movement to restore the health of Australia's farmland, food and climate. Show Less
It’s no secret that smoking can reduce both your life expectancy and your quality of life. Exploring traditional cigarettes or tobacco products and newer e-cigarettes or vapes, this video is an in-depth look at what happens when nicotine enters the body, from the short-term physical sensations to the potential long-term consequences. Eye-opening and earnest, this is compelling viewing for teenagers in today’s world. Show Less
Your muscles are controlled by the decisions made in your central nervous system. These decisions are communicated to the muscles through motor neurons. Taking a deep dive into the crucial role of motor neurons and action potentials, this video looks at the all-or-nothing principle and Elwood Henneman’s size principle to understand muscle control. With outstanding graphics and clear explanations, this is vital viewing for students learning about the functions of the human body. Show Less
Muscles are built to be tough, but that doesn’t make them invincible. Strains, sprains and some diseases can affect how muscles grow and function. This video explores what happens when muscles stop working as they should, and how proper care, training, food and, in some cases, supplements can help. With outstanding graphics and clear explanations, this is vital viewing for students learning about the functions of the human body. Show Less
If you’ve done a big weights session or more sit-ups than you’re used to, you’ll know the feeling of a thumping heart, fatigue and muscle ache. This video looks at the physiological changes that happen to your muscles during times of pushing your body to its limits, followed by appropriate rest and repair. With outstanding graphics and clear explanations, this is vital viewing for students learning about the functions of the human body. Show Less
Whenever you move, from pointing to jumping, dozens of muscles work together to make it happen. How? With a focus on skeletal muscles, this video follows the series of events that coordinate movement, from motor neurons to muscle fibres and sarcomeres. With outstanding graphics and clear explanations, this is vital viewing for students learning about the functions of the human body. Show Less
Your musculoskeletal system is always at work, even while standing still. Looking into the mechanics of several different movements, this video delves into the role of partnered muscles and reciprocal inhibition, as well as movements that take place entirely involuntarily. With outstanding graphics and clear explanations, this is vital viewing for students learning about the functions of the human body. Show Less
Plankton are really important. The fish and almost everything else you can see in the ocean are only about ten percent of what is really there. Hordes of tiny organisms, so small it takes a microscope to see most of them, are the biggest biomass in the sea. Plankton contribute half the oxygen we breathe. They draw down carbon dioxide which helps keep our planet cool and they have created the oil which we still depend on. This video provides an important introduction to plankton. Show Less
No matter what space you have, you can give back to nature. Hear from Amy Bray, founder of environmental charity Another Way, and her friends who are sharing their tips on how you can rewild your home and local area.
Palm oil can be found in many things, from make-up to pizza, soap to chocolate. Rosette Ale, a sustainable fashion business owner, explains how the demand for palm oil is unfortunately leading to deforestation and impacting animals.
This is a timeline of the events in the life and work of English naturalist Charles Darwin, from 1831 to 1882. Darwin's study of the natural world showed how life developed through evolution. His book 'On the Origin of Species' would prove to be one of the most influential scientific works in history. Show Less