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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 03/21/2010

Tonight watch Discover's new 'Life' series

By Valerie Strauss

Did you ever watch the Discovery Channel’s “Planet Earth,” a series with footage so spectacular that it made cynics I know marvel? Each episode was a great science lesson.

Tonight begins Discovery's terrific follow-up natural history series, “Life,” an 11-part wonder narrated by Oprah Winfrey.

Watch killer whales working as a team to hunt seals in Antarctica. See a star-nosed mole hunt underwater using bubbles to smell its prey. Marvel as millions of fruit bats darken the Zambian sky--a huge colony only recently discovered by scientists. Witness the spatule-tail hummingbird courtship display, filmed in super high-speed.

There is, too, gross stuff kids will like: Giant starfish eating a dead giant Pacific octopus, filmed in time lapse. Polar bears munching on a huge whale carcass.

And who won’t enjoy watching two 400-strong Hamadryas baboon troops locked in battle?

The series, produced in partnership with the BBC, starts tonight. It then runs every Sunday through April 18, with two hour-long episodes each night, starting at 8 p.m. At 10 pm. on April 18, The Making of Life will be aired.

The series is divided up like this:

Challenges of Life, Birds, Creatures of the Deep, Fish, Hunters and Hunted, Insects, Mammals, Plants, Primates, Reptiles and Amphibians, and the Making of Life.

I've seen some footage and I'll say this to science teachers and parents: Find a way to get kids to tune in. Make it an assignment. Bribe 'em. Enjoy it with them. Whatever. Just watch. It's a great way to get kids who don't like science to see the light.


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By Valerie Strauss  | March 21, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
Categories:  Science  | Tags:  Discovery Channel, Life series, Planet Earth  
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