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D-Day: As it Happens (1)
Did Darwin kill God
Corruption
The Mastery of Flight
JFK: To the Brink
Clash of the Gods:Thor
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Land of Hope and Glory
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
What the Health
Just Do It
Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
The True Cost
Flight of the Butterflies
The Roof of the World
Addicted to Sexting
Africa the Greatest Show on Earth
The Last Reef
The Turning Point
WWII In 3D
Ocean Predators
Dawn Of Humanity
Top Science Stories of 2017
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court (I)
Bernini
Tales by Light Himalaya
Ancient Rome: Nero
Beyond the Big Bang
Hiding in the Light
The Lives of the Stars
The Wehrmacht The Blitzkrieg
Dirty Wars
Roving Mars
Zeitgeist The Movie
Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason

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The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling 1994

Sir David Attenborough reveals plants as they have never been seen before - on the move and dangerously devious. About the major problems of life - growing, finding food, reproduction - and the varied ways plants have evolved to solve it. Filmed from the plant's point of view, using computer animations, fibre-optics and unique time-lapse photography. The first episode looks at how plants are able to move". The bramble is an aggressive example: it advances forcefully from side to side and, once settled on its course, there is little that can stand in its way. An altogether faster species is the birdcage plant, which inhabits Californian sand dunes. When its location becomes exposed, it shifts at great speed to another one with the assistance of wind — and it is this that allows many forms of vegetation to distribute their seeds. While not strictly a plant, the spores of fungi are also spread in a similar fashion. One of the most successful (and intricate) flowers to use the wind is the dandelion, whose seeds travel with the aid of 'parachutes'. They are needed to travel miles away from their parents, who are too densely packed to allow any new arrivals. Trees have the advantage of height to send their seeds further, and the cottonwood is shown as a specialist in this regard. The humidity of the tropical rainforest creates transportation problems, and the liana-species Alsomitra macrocarpa is one plant whose seeds are aerodynamic 'gliders'. Some, such as those of the sycamore, take the form of 'helicopters', while others, such as the squirting cucumber release their seeds by 'exploding'. Water is also a widely used method of propulsion. The tropical sea bean Entada gigas has one of the biggest fruits of all plants and is dispersed by water streams. However, most plants use living couriers, whether they be dogs, humans and other primates, ants or birds, etc., and to that end, they use colour and smell to signify when they are ripe for picking.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

Adaptation
Adaptation 2013

Once life arrived in the Galapagos, it exploded into unique and spectacular forms. David Attenborough investigates the driving forces behind such evolutionary innovations. We learn that life must be able to adapt quickly in these ever-changing volcanic landscapes. It has resulted in species found nowhere else in the world, such as giant whale sharks and marine iguanas that can spit sea-salt from their noses, dandelion seeds that grow into tree-sized plants and spiders that can blend perfectly into the darkness. Adaptation has been the key to survival in these islands so far, but the story of life in the Galapagos doesn’t end here. The catalyst that triggers these explosions of life remains in place.

Category:Nature  Duration:52:05      Series: Galapagos with David Attenborough

 
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