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Flesh-eating beetles strip bodies to the bone

3 minutes

A museum’s uneasy alliance between scientists and flesh-eating beetles

The ironic name of the ‘library of life’ at The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley in California won’t be lost on the team of scientists who work there, cataloguing and preserving animal specimens for generations to come. Apart from scientists, the only living things you’ll find in the library are dermestid beetles that, since 1924, have helped researchers strip thousands of animal carcasses to the bone.

Producer: Jason Black

Website: Deep Look

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

How did the 20th century’s most glamorous intellectual friendship go wrong?

3 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

Ramin Skibba

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

2 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Video/Cosmology

We are born of supernovas – our spectacular and totally ordinary origin story

4 minutes

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson

Essay/Evolution

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox