Crash Course Biology Season 1

Season 1

Crash Course Biology Season 1

First Air Date: January 30, 2012

First Aired on    :   2012
Episodes    :   40 episodes



Episodes

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1x40 Ecology - Rules for Living on Earth (October 29, 2012)


Hank introduces us to ecology - the study of the rules of engagement for all of us earthlings - which seeks to explain why the world looks and acts the way it does. The world is crammed with things, both animate and not, that have been interacting with each other all the time, every day, since life on this planet began, and these interactions depend mostly on just two things... Learn what they are as Crash Course Biology takes its final voyage outside the body and into the entire world.


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1x39 Fungi: Death Becomes Them (October 22, 2012)


Death is what fungi are all about. By feasting on the deceased remains of almost all organisms on the planet, converting the organic matter back into soil from which new life will spring, they perform perhaps the most vital function in the global food web. Fungi, which thrive on death, make all life possible.


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1x38 The Plants & The Bees: Plant Reproduction (October 15, 2012)


Hank gets into the dirty details about vascular plant reproduction: they use the basic alternation of generations developed by nonvascular plants 470 million years ago, but they've tricked it out so that it works a whole lot differently compared to the way it did back in the Ordovician swamps where it got its start. Here's how the vascular plants (ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms) do it.


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1x37 Vascular Plants = Winning! (October 08, 2012)


Hank introduces us to one of the most diverse and important families in the tree of life - the vascular plants. These plants have found tremendous success and the their secret is also their defining trait: conductive tissues that can take food and water from one part of a plant to another part. Though it sounds simple, the ability to move nutrients and water from one part of an organism to another was a evolutionary breakthrough for vascular plants, allowing them to grow exponentially larger, store food for lean times, and develop features that allowed them to spread farther and faster. Plants dominated the earth long before animals even showed up, and even today hold the world records for the largest, most massive, and oldest organisms on the planet.


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1x36 The Sex Lives of Nonvascular Plants: Alternation of Generations (October 01, 2012)


Hank introduces us to nonvascular plants - liverworts, hornworts & mosses - which have bizarre features, kooky habits, and strange sex lives. Nonvascular plants inherited their reproductive cycle from algae, but have perfected it to the point where it is now used by all plants in one way or another, and has even left traces in our own reproductive systems.


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1x35 Old & Odd: Archaea, Bacteria & Protists (September 24, 2012)


Hank veers away from human anatomy to teach us about the (mostly) single-celled organisms that make up two of the three taxonomic domains of life, and one of the four kingdoms: Archaea, Bacteria, and Protists. They are by far the most abundant organisms on Earth, and are our oldest, oddest relatives.


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1x34 The Reproductive System: How Gonads Go (September 17, 2012)



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1x33 Great Glands - Your Endocrine System (September 10, 2012)


Hank tells us about the team of deadly ninja assassins that is tasked with protecting our bodies from all the bad guys that want to kill us - also known as our immune system.


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1x32 Your Immune System: Natural Born Killer (September 03, 2012)


Hank tells us about the team of deadly ninja assassins that is tasked with protecting our bodies from all the bad guys that want to kill us - also known as our immune system.


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1x31 Big Guns: The Muscular System (August 27, 2012)


Hank tells us the story of the complicated chemical dance that allows our skeletal muscles to contract and relax.


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1x30 The Skeletal System: It's ALIVE! (August 20, 2012)


Hank introduces us to the framework of our bodies, our skeleton, which apart from being the support and protection for all our fleshy parts, is involved in many other vital processes that help our bodies to function properly.


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1x29 The Excretory System: From Your Heart to the Toilet (August 13, 2012)


Hank takes us on the fascinating journey through our excretory system to learn how our kidneys make pee.


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1x28 The Digestive System (August 13, 2012)


Hank takes us on the fascinating journey through our excretory system to learn how our kidneys make pee.


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1x27 Circulatory & Respiratory Systems (July 30, 2012)


Hank takes us on a trip around the body - we follow the circulatory and respiratory systems as they deliver oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from cells, and help make it possible for our bodies to function.


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1x26 The Nervous System (July 23, 2012)


Hank and his cat Cameo help teach us about animal behavior and how we can discover why animals do the things they do.


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1x25 Animal Behavior (July 16, 2012)


Hank and his cat Cameo help teach us about animal behavior and how we can discover why animals do the things they do.


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1x24 Chordates (July 09, 2012)


Hank introduces us to ourselves by taking us on a journey through the fascinatingly diverse phyla known as chordata. And the next time someone asks you who you are, you can give them the facts: you're a mammalian amniotic tetrapodal sarcopterygian osteichthyen gnathostomal vertebrate cranial chordate.


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1x23 Complex Animals: Annelids & Arthropods (July 02, 2012)


Hank continues our exploration of animal phyla with the more complexly organized annelida and arthropoda, and a biolography on insects.


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1x22 Simple Animals: Sponges, Jellies, & Octopuses (June 25, 2012)


Hank introduces us to the "simplest" of the animals, complexity-wise: beginning with sponges (whose very inclusion in the list as "animals" has been called into question because they are so simple) and finishing with the most complex molluscs, octopuses and squid. We differentiate them by the number of tissue layers they have, and by the complexity of those layers.


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1x21 Comparative Anatomy: What Makes Us Animals (June 18, 2012)


Hank introduces us to comparative anatomy, which studies the similarities and differences in animal anatomy to support the theory of evolution and the shared ancestry of living things.


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1x20 Evolution: It's a Thing (June 11, 2012)


Hank gets real with us in a discussion of evolution - it's a thing, not a debate. Gene distribution changes over time, across successive generations, to give rise to diversity at every level of biological organization.


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1x19 Taxonomy: Life's Filing System (June 04, 2012)


Hank tells us the background story and explains the importance of the science of classifying living things, also known as taxonomy.


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1x18 Population Genetics: When Darwin Met Mendel (May 28, 2012)


Hank talks about population genetics, which helps to explain the evolution of populations over time by combing the principles of Mendel and Darwin, and by means of the Hardy-Weinberg equation.


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1x17 Evolutionary Development: Chicken Teeth (May 21, 2012)


Hank introduces us to the relatively new field of evolutionary developmental biology, which compares the developmental processes of different organisms to determine their ancestral relationship, and to discover how those processes evolved.


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1x16 Animal Development: We're Just Tubes (May 14, 2012)


Hank discusses the process by which organisms grow and develop, maintaining that, in the end, we're all just tubes.


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1x15 Speciation: Of Ligers & Men (May 07, 2012)


Hank explains speciation - the evolutionary process by which new biological species arise - in terms of finches, ligers, mules, and dogs.


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1x14 Natural Selection (April 30, 2012)


Hank guides us through the process of natural selection, the key mechanism of evolution.


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1x13 Meiosis: Where the Sex Starts (April 23, 2012)


Hank gets down to the nitty gritty about meiosis, the special type of cell division that is necessary for sexual reproduction in eukaryotic organisms.


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1x12 Mitosis: Splitting Up is Complicated (April 16, 2012)


Hank describes mitosis and cytokinesis - the series of processes our cells go through to divide into two identical copies.


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1x11 DNA, Hot Pockets, & The Longest Word Ever (April 09, 2012)


Hank imagines himself breaking into the Hot Pockets factory to steal their secret recipes and instruction manuals in order to help us understand how the processes known as DNA transcription and translation allow our cells to build proteins.


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1x10 DNA Structure and Replication (April 02, 2012)


Hank introduces us to that wondrous molecule deoxyribonucleic acid - also known as DNA - and explains how it replicates itself in our cells.


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1x09 Heredity (March 26, 2012)


Hank and his brother John discuss heredity via the gross example of relative ear wax moistness.


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1x08 Photosynthesis (March 19, 2012)


Hank explains the extremely complex series of reactions whereby plants feed themselves on sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and also create some by products we're pretty fond of as well.


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1x07 ATP & Respiration (March 12, 2012)


In which Hank does some push ups for science and describes the "economy" of cellular respiration and the various processes whereby our bodies create energy in the form of ATP.


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1x06 Plant Cells (March 05, 2012)


Hank describes why plants are so freaking amazing - discussing their evolution, and how their cells are both similar to & different from animal cells.


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1x05 In Da Club - Membranes & Transport (February 27, 2012)


Hank describes how cells regulate their contents and communicate with one another via mechanisms within the cell membrane.


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1x04 Eukaryopolis - The City of Animal Cells (February 20, 2012)


Hank tells us about the city of Eukaryopolis - the animal cell that is responsible for all the cool things that happen in our bodies.


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1x03 Biological Molecules - You Are What You Eat (February 13, 2012)


Hank talks about the molecules that make up every living thing - carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins - and how we find them in our environment and in the food that we eat.


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1x02 Water - Liquid Awesome (February 06, 2012)


Hank teaches us why water is one of the most fascinating and important substances in the universe.


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1x01 That's Why Carbon Is A Tramp (January 30, 2012)


And thus begins the most revolutionary biology course in history. Come and learn about covalent, ionic, and hydrogen bonds. What about electron orbitals, the octet rule, and what does it all have to do with a mad man named Gilbert Lewis? It's all contained within.




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