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Within this master I’m doing the Biodiversity and Sustainability specialization. I’m from India. My specialization in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. And I found out that Leiden University’s program is structured for someone like me who is keen to work in a lab, who is keen to work on research projects. The institute of Biology in

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The bombardier beetle is one of nature’s most improbable creatures. For some, it throws a monkey wrench into the whole idea of evolution. This beetle is a walking powder keg. That cloud you see is the result of a lightning fast chemical reaction inside his body. When attacked, the beetle sets off the explosion. Releasing

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The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. Between 1347 and 1351, it wiped out 30% to 50% of the entire population of Europe. And if there’s one animal to blame, it’s likely infected fleas, making them one of the deadliest insects in history. Now, of course, fleas no longer

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[MUSIC] Awake my children Our day is nigh. We have waited long enough, crawling beneath the world. Rise, and meet your destiny. Sing your song! EMERGE!” They may look weird and scary, crawling out of the ground with their red, beady eyes, but this is no zombie plague. It’s the rise of the periodical cicadas.

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There’s a good chance that there’s a killer lurking in your home right now. She’s probably watching you from some shadowy corner of your house even as you watch this video. Don’t bother looking over your shoulder, she’s far too stealthy, and in fact- she’s probably already struck. Without you even knowing it she’s already

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(Hissing) (Relaxing music) – Tada! It’s not a thing. – [Justin] We just fed her so she’s kind of fat and sassy. She had a nice big juicy caterpillar off a cabbage plant. She was very happy with that. – This is that bait I was telling you about that these collectors have been using

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Can you see the bug? Probably can’t, can you? Doing its job. Hey everybody, it’s Maddie Sofia from NPR and Joe’s Big Idea, and I’m here at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History hanging out with some bugs. These critters are truly nature’s masters of disguise. Hannah Wood has joined us. Hannah is an arachnologist

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(frenetic woodwind orchestral music) (quick oboe and plucked strings) (whining string music) – [Voiceover] This is Justin Schmidt. – Yeah, my name is Justin Schmidt. – [Voiceover] He’s an entomologist. – And I’m an entomologist. I basically study stinging insects. – [Voiceover] He’s been stung by a lot of insects. – I’ve probably been stung

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What would you do for the power to fly? How about shedding your skin and dissolving your own muscles? Now, believe it or not, that gruesome process is how caterpillars earn their wings. Here’s what you might not know about what’s inside a caterpillar’s “cocoon.” Contrary to popular belief, this is not a cocoon. Only

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Hey there and welcome to Life Noggin. Wait, that wasn’t my voice? Who was that? I don’t know about you, but mosquitoes are the bane of my digital existence. My animator thought it would be a good idea to simulate a bunch of real-world problems down here in the Life Noggin world in order to

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