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From the Exploratorium, San Francisco, Las Cuevas Research Station, Belize & the Natural History Museum, London. October 26-November 10, 2002.

Meet bats in their natural habitat, find out how jaguars live in the jungle, and watch as scientists use a scanning electron microscope to reveal the intricate patterns of Belize's pollen for the first time.

Our webcasts will introduce you to researchers in both London and Las Cuevas, and discuss the unsolved mysteries that drive the quest for knowledge about biodiversity.You'll see the most modern scientific instruments in action, and be escorted through the museum's extensive collection of over 70 million biological and mineralogical specimens.

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Special Halloween Webcast:

Live from Belize and London
Oct. 31, 2002, 11 a.m. PST

Bat curator Richard Harbord and photographer Frank Greenaway explore questions about our furry flying friends in Belize. There are also have bat experts on hand in both London and at the Exploratorium. Find out more.
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Webcasts Live from Belize:

Welcome to the Jungle
Oct. 26 & 27, 2002, 1 p.m. PST
(weather permitting)
See why science in the remote jungle of the Chaquibul forest of Belize can feel like an adventure movie.
October 26, 2002
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October 27, 2002
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The Wonder of Warblers
Oct. 30, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
Ornithologists tell us about tagging and following the Hooded Warbler by radio through the rainforest of Belize.
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Jungle Jaguars
Nov. 7, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
Zoologist Marcella Kelly from Virginia Tech University shares what she's learned about jaguars in Belize and what they tell us about the health of the forest.
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The City Beneath the Jungle
Nov. 8, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
In a special surprise treat, we strap our satellite dish to the Landrover and take you twenty miles from Las Cuevas to Caracol, the remains of an ancient Mayan city that rivals any discovered in Central America to date. Found in 1981, Caracol has been the site of a major archeological excavation. We talk with scientist Jaime Alwe and find out what has been uncovered, and how the Mayans influenced and were influenced by the forest.
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Local Knowledge
Nov. 9, 2002, 1 p.m. PST

Science at Las Cuevas would be impossible without the locals who can steer researchers to the right plants and animals and away from the wrong ones. Meet the people who've spent their lives in the jungle and without whom science at Las Cuevas wouldn't happen.


The Forest's Future
Nov. 10, 2002, 1 p.m. PST
Our closing Webcast explores the fate of this beautiful forest with station manager Chris Minty.
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Webcasts Live from London:

Smiling Whiteflies
Nov. 1, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
Find out what white flies have to smile about with entomologist Andrew Polaszek.
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History in a Jar
Nov. 2, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
We explore behind the scenes in the "tank room" of the Darwin Centre, where thousands of biological specimens up to 300 years old are kept.
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The Lab's Most Powerful Eye
Nov. 3, 2002, 1 p.m. PST
Watch with the scientists as biologist Peter Stafford and microscopist Chris Jones operate the museum's scanning electron microscope (SEM). You'll even see a live feed as the researchers look at details from pollen grains collected in Las Cuevas just a few weeks before the Webcast. Find out more.
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Tour the DNA Lab
Nov. 6, 2002, 11 a.m. PST
Geneticist David Johnston shows us the intricate tools used to analyze DNA, from high-tech machines that separate the chemicals of genes to a collection of living snails specially maintained to provide genetic specimens. He'll explain how his DNA work provides clues to a disease that affects 10 million people.
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