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Biology Uniformity and Diversity: Track 1

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This is both a theoretical and highly practical course covering a wide variety of topics across the whole field of modern biology. Its approach emphasizes areas where research is developing rapidly, and students are actively encouraged to evaluate conflicting or controversial theories, and carry out their own experiments. The main theme of the course is the astonishing diversity of forms that develop from just a few basic life processes. The first half of the course deals mainly with those uniform processes and how diversity arises from them, while the second half examines examples in the kingdoms of microbes, plants and animals. This material is taken from The Open University Course S204 Biology Uniformity and Diversity.

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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Spiders' webs    Biologist Fritz Vollrath disentangles the science of spidersÂ’ webs Play now Spiders' webs
2 Spiders: Boating spiders    Bio-physicist Bob Suter shows how some spiders can move over a water surface Play now Spiders: Boating spiders
3 Spiders: Galloping spiders    Bio-physicist Bob Suter explains how some spiders gallop across the surface of water Play now Spiders: Galloping spiders
4 Microbes: Investigating flaggellates    Isolating flagellates from samples and the different variants. Play now Microbes: Investigating flaggellates
5 Microbes: Investigating plankton    How phytoplankton lives in the sea and some examples of how it travels and survives. Play now Microbes: Investigating plankton
6 Spiders: Ballooning spiders    Bio-physicist Bob Suter goes spider hunting in a hot air balloon Play now Spiders: Ballooning spiders
7 Spiders: Theseus the virtual spider    Computer scientist Thiemo Krink explores the rules of web spinning Play now Spiders: Theseus the virtual spider
8 Microbes: Locating Phytoplankton    Using a CTD to test for phytoplankton and its movements with the tide. Play now Microbes: Locating Phytoplankton

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