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Track Name: Quantum Biology - Jim Al-Khalili
This is Jim Al-Khalili, I hope you all can hear me
I be a nuclear physicist here to bring out an emerging theory:
Quantum physics or mechanics, we often cite these properties
but Quantum Biology? what might it possibly be?

so as we understand it
if you expanded the zoom past the nano level to an atom,
To glance at electrons, the nucleus, all of its factors
that is the domain of Quantum Mechanics

And in this level of reality when we look at
the very smallest particles they move in ways we would intuit
that they shouldn’t …like behaving as waves or particles in the same Moment
Or not respecting a barrier, but just going through it

it’s almost like magic when we view it
It.s Like seeing a skier ski through a tree as if it were fluid,
and remaining intact, how'd he do it
In fact Neils Bohr put it
that if you’re not shocked by this, then you haven’t understood it

While Chemists and Physicists have almost got used to this analysis
Biologists still mostly model molecules as balls and plastic sticks
But Can this weird and wonderful and powerful theory
of subatomic physics also play a role in the cells of living beings?

Are there happenings in the cells of all this living matter
that can be accurately explained with the helping hand of Quantum Mechanics?
the latest experiments have evidenced via spectroscopy
that Quantum effects are seen in life constantly - Quantum Biology


Come with me as we seek the fine properties
inside all that we find on this odyssey
whole new worlds reside in all we see
on the tree of life... on the tree of life

Come with me as we seek the fine properties
inside all that we find on this odyssey
whole new worlds reside in all we see
peek inside with Quantum Biology

In the body, there’s times when Enzymes catalyse a reaction
between two molecules and protons go travelling
from one of them to the other one so rapidly
that it must be underpinned by a process called Quantum Tunneling

the puzzling ability of particles to go through, not over barriers
that stand in the way and still speculating, but we can say
Quantum Tunneling may even play a role in the way
that 2 protons change places with one another in DNA

Another trick that has appeared to us is quantum coherence
the manner individual particles travel multiple routes simultaneous
and with solar energies that's what the whole dope system is
when particles of light are shifted in living cells in photosynthesis

I'll finish with, another speculation: a Robin’s migration
which traces the Earth’s magnetic field as the basis for its navigation
this field is so faint, but the way the Robin is tracking it
may be cryptochrome in its eyes matched with Quantum Entanglement

so, imagine it, the principle that Einstein called Spooky Action at a Distance
Could be integral to one of life’s primary instincts
Watch this space, and watch what occurs
as science finds ways nature has evolved using tricks from the Quantum World


Come with me as we seek the fine properties
inside all that we find on this odyssey
whole new worlds reside in all we see
on the tree of life... on the tree of life

Come with me as we seek the fine properties
inside all that we find on this odyssey
whole new worlds reside in all we see
peek inside with Quantum Biology
Track Name: Coral Reefs - Kristen Marhaver
“What was the most difficult job you ever did?”

What's the hardest job you've ever done
Did you toil on a farm in the blazing sun
Did you create art and medicine to benefit everyone
well aware that the requisite respect and recognition might never come

All of this among other awesome feats
Are done by these creatures near to many a shore and beach
All we receive Is beyond belief
We owe it to ourselves to properly study these coral reefs


What’s the toughest job you’ve ever had?
Was it producing food to keep the community fed?
Or did you work night and day for national defense?
Or in a lab to create medicine, with no guarantee of success,

or respect? Or was it working hard to create a work of art?
The people who do those jobs deserve regards.
But humans aren’t the only ones to play these parts
These jobs are also done by animals plants

Including the ecosystems I study: coral reefs
When I explain these beings you'll alter beliefs
Coral reefs harvest larders of food like farmers
They protect our shores, filter water and guard us

They stock medicines like pharmacists
And they carve breathtaking living sculptures like artists
And because of all this, the work of the reefs is valued to be
worth hundreds of billions of dollars at least annually

“Think back to the most difficult job you ever did
Many of you would say it was being a parent”

What's the hardest job you've ever done
Did you toil on a farm in the blazing sun
Did you create art and medicine to benefit everyone
well aware that the requisite respect and recognition might never come

All of this among other awesome feats
Are done by these creatures near to many a shore and beach
All we receive Is beyond belief
We owe it to ourselves to properly study these coral reefs


And yet in spite of all this hard work from these species
It seems we've done our best to decrease it
We've overfished, polluted, added sewage, diseases
Acidified the seas, changed the seasons and each of these things

Acting together compound, like during a storm in Curacao,
Where the coral was thriving the island was safe and sound
But where it had been damaged around the town
The broken coral was picked up by the storm and smashed the rest down

So this damage has combined with the ravages of time
And our actions to turn coral to algae and slime
Now you’re probably expecting me to say Please Save the Coral Reef
But I gotta be honest that admonishment just bothers me

We've been saying save the reef all these years
But most people don't even know what a coral is
So why are they supposed to care or think about it
When they’re not aware and don’t know anything about it?

“Now I’ve been trying to help corals become parents
for over ten years now
And watching the wonder of life
has certainly filled me with amazement to the core of my soul”

What's the hardest job you've ever done
Did you toil on a farm in the blazing sun
Did you create art and medicine to benefit everyone
Well aware that the requisite respect and recognition might never come

All of this among other awesome feats
Are done by these creatures near to many a shore and beach
All we receive is beyond belief
We owe it to ourselves to properly study these coral reefs


Corals are mostly born from mass spawning
On one night a year all the eggs and sperm burst forth and
Go to the surface and try to find a match and combine
At that time, they divide and divide and begin life

As a tiny swimming larva, with a complete array of senses
Colour, light, texture, ph, wave pressure
And then it seeks a perfect place to dwell and reside
And keep feeding and dividing and growing the rest of its life

And its limestone skeleton is left behind
Creating massive structures as it grows in the direction of light
Providing habitat for millions of species to diversify
And in Curacao, this is what it still looks like,

While in many places it now looks like this
But we’ve discovered through analysis 3D printing and tests
The colours and textures of a baby corals preference
And that means that we can emulate these conditions

Whenever we construct something underwater to help them grow
Yet their birth process we’re only just beginning to know
Even so, while corals have had a hard time, many still survive
It’s time to thank them for their job and then help them to thrive

What's the hardest job you've ever done
Did you toil on a farm in the blazing sun
Did you create art and medicine to benefit everyone
Well aware that the requisite respect and recognition might never come

All of this among other awesome feats
Are done by these creatures near to many a shore and beach
All we receive Is beyond belief
We owe it to ourselves to properly study these coral reefs

“So never mind that they're worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Coral reefs are hardworking animals and plants and microbes and fungi. They're providing us with art and food and medicine. And we almost took out an entire generation of corals. But a few made it anyway, despite our best efforts, and now it's time for us to thank them for the work they did and give them every chance they have to raise the coral reefs of the future, their coral babies.
“Thank you so much”