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The Social Nature of Nature

In this show Dr. Biology starts off with a quick mystery animal guessing game and then sits down with ASU School of Life Sciences Professor Bert Hölldobler to learn more about the social animal that he has been researching and writing about for more than 40 years.

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Topic Time
Mystery animal guessing game. 00:10
What is the Pulitzer Prize? 01:58
Tells a little about writing the book, The Ants, and the collaboration process. 02:12
How much do all the ants on Earth weigh? 03:00
How many species of ants are on Earth? 03:30
How long did it take to write the book? 03:55
Tell us about the other book you collaborated with E. O. Wilson titled, Journey to the Ants. 04:18
What was it like growing up and what got you started in science? 05:33
Father was a classic naturalist. 06:04
Early memory of discovery while walking in the woods with your father. 07:16
Carpenter ants 08:00
Keeping all kinds of animals as pets 08:44
Crossing a fox with a dachshund 08:50
A simple experiment using ants. 10:35
Language of ants 12:12
Chemical communication 12:25
Pheromone (chemical) 14:36
Stereotypes of scientists 15:04
Cinematography -are cameras an important tool for your research? 15:28
Where do you do most  of your research? 17:40
What are you doing in that picture that looks like you are on an archeology dig? The fantastic underground nests of ants. 19:27
Let's talk about your movie documentary, "Ants Nature's Secret Power." 22:32
Did you you ever think your research would be featured in a film? 23:10
How much weight can ants hold? 25:17
When did you first know you wanted to be a scientist? 26:16
Advice for young scientists. 27:58

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The Social Nature of Nature

By Charles Kazilek

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