How to play like polar bears!

4 minutes

How do polar bears find their love match? Flirty play in the snow till they drop

Polar bears are natural loners, but they transform into social, playful creatures when it comes time to find a mate. In this excerpt from the BBC’s ‘Life Story’ series, a male polar bear tracks the scent of a female over several weeks before she engages him in a rigorous test of fitness. The test, it turns out, is all about play – rolling in the snow, clambering up steep, slippery slopes and chasing each other about. When the male tires, the female has a few flirty tricks left to entice him back to his feet.

Narrator: David Attenborough

Video/Subcultures

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp

23 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry

6 minutes

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice

Thea Bechshøft

Essay/Epidemiology

Who names diseases?

Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?

Laura Spinney

Video/Evolution

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time

10 minutes

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Idea/Space Exploration

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

Earle Kyle

Video/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

How a tiny group of insects escaped extinction by hiding in a bush for 80 years

20 minutes

volume_up
play_arrow
pause
Essay/History of Science

The cosmology of Poe

Drawing on intuition, Edgar Allan Poe offered some remarkably prescient ideas about the universe in his poem 'Eureka'

Paul Halpern