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The Brain Scoop

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Host Emily Graslie, Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum, explores the many collections at the museum. Each episode provides a behind-the-scenes look at research, species preservation, and new scientific developments. Experts in various scientific fields discuss their fieldwork and share stories about their collections.

Drawer containing thin, preserved cross sections of the human body. Caption: looking into the body, like you would an x-ray.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 51
14 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: The Brain Scoop: Can Peace be Purchased?
The Brain Scoop
Episode 52
10 minutes 17 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Person holding a fossil of a spiral shaped animal. Caption: Hildoceras bifrons is an extinct species of ammonite
The Brain Scoop
Episode 53
5 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Closeup of the front half of an ant. Camponotus nigriceps. Caption: They bore through wood, but don't eat it.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 54
7 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Two people looking at a computer screen. Caption: who has researched various aspects of hominid evolution.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 55
9 minutes 23 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Person standing next to a platform with two taxidermized elephants. Caption: (Emily Graslie) Carl and Delia Akeley's Fighting African Elephants
The Brain Scoop
Episode 56
6 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: The Brain Scoop: The Story of Berlin's Natural History Museum
The Brain Scoop
Episode 57
9 minutes 43 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Illustration of large mammals with curving tusks. Caption: and many of his paintings hung with the articulated skeletons
The Brain Scoop
Episode 58
8 minutes 2 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Person sitting in the bow of a canoe that is butted up against a riverbank. Dr. Lesley De Souza. Caption: She's a conversation scientist and ichthyologist.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 59
6 minutes 46 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A tock is placed on a table. In a close up, Emily Graslie halds the rock in her hand. Caption: I'm gonna go with, this is not a meterorite.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 60
13 minutes 42 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Emily Graslie is seated at her desk with the table lamps on. Caption: Field work is a great cover for gathering intelligence.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 61
1 minutes 35 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Litchens are found on a rusty car door. Caption: What caught their attention was the abundance of lichens,
The Brain Scoop
Episode 62
1 minutes 19 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
An illustration of carbon emitted from factories. Caption: Black carbon was spewed into the air from coal factories.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 63
1 minutes 37 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Specimens of worms are stacked in bottled jars. On screen text, 427,000 specimens. Caption: Philips, we have at least 427,000 specimens of worms,
The Brain Scoop
Episode 64
8 minutes 54 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
The skull of the bottleneck dolphins is displayed on a table. Caption: Bottlenose dolphins have echolocation as well,
The Brain Scoop
Episode 65
10 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A large ship is in the water piping fossil fuels. An expanded view from the ship depicts a man researching in a lab setup. Caption: What happens over the last 70 million years.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 66
12 minutes 59 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A photograph of Cetti's Warbler and its egg which measures 1 centimeter. On screen text, Cetti's Warbler, Cettia cetti. Caption: This is a Cetti's warbler from Southern Europe.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 67
12 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A man holds a transparent lid of a decorated container. Caption: That's actually quartz.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 68
13 minutes 52 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A pencil sketch of a fish with wing like fins, and a tail. On screen text, Jenny Hanivers. Caption: and became known as Jenny Hannivers,
The Brain Scoop
Episode 69
1 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A photo of a bird. An inner line is drawn tracing the shape of the bird's circular head. The line extends along the beak.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 70
10 minutes 47 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A diagram compares the population of the false water cobra and the cane toad. The population of poisonous cane toad is higher than that of the immune false water cobra.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 71
6 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
A diagram titled, ghost lineage, shows cars of different ages.
The Brain Scoop
Episode 72
12 minutes 12 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: The Brain Scoop: Carl Cotton--Chicago's Original Black Taxidermist
The Brain Scoop
Episode 73
9 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12