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How We See What We Can't See (Microscopes): Crash Course Biology #22

There’s an immense world of tiny stuff within us and around us—but how do we know about it? In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we’ll discover how we see what we can’t see, thanks to the help of centuries-old tools and more recent technology. Along the way, we’ll learn about the major types of microscopes and how to use a typical light microscope....

Tue Dec 5, 2023 19:03
A Love Letter to H2O: Water & pH: Crash Course Biology #21

This is a love letter to water, life’s solvent, and one of the most wonderful molecules around. In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we’ll learn about how water’s polarity and hydrogen bonding help it sustain life on a larger scale. We’ll see how some water-based solutions can be acidic or basic, and examine how our bodies maintain the narrow pH...

Tue Nov 28, 2023 19:44
What is Life Made of? (Carbon & Biological Molecules): Crash Course Biology #20

Despite the diverse appearance and characteristics of organisms on Earth, the chemicals that make up living things are remarkably similar, often identical. In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we’ll look at the building blocks of the four major classes of biomolecules, how those join up to form macromolecules, and how a team of six atoms forms the...

Tue Nov 14, 2023 19:07
Humans Didn't Evolve From Chimps (Human Evolution): Crash Course Biology #19

What’s a human? And how did we become humans, anyway? In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we’ll meet some of our closest relatives and trace how we evolved into the brainy, inventive, complex species we are today. Chapters: The First Humans 00:00 What is a Human? 1:18 Hominins 2:31 Dr. Xinzhi Wu 4:09 Hominin Interbreeding 5:32...

Tue Nov 7, 2023 19:23
The Tree of Life: Crash Course Biology #18

Everywhere you look on Earth, you’ll find wonderful and diverse living things, from tiny tardigrades to soaring sequoias. And incredibly, everything alive today, and everything that’s ever lived, is related. In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we reveal how the evolutionary relationships between living things define their place on a single, great...

Tue Oct 31, 2023 18:37
How We're All Related (Phylogeny): Crash Course Biology #17

Crocodiles, and birds, and dinosaurs—oh my! While classifying organisms is nothing new, phylogeny— or, grouping organisms by their evolutionary relationships—is helping us see life in a whole new light. In this episode of Crash Course Biology, we’ll learn why this kingdom-phylum stuff is going out of style and why phylogenetic trees are in. Chapters:...

Tue Oct 24, 2023 19:15

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