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(1992– )

Episode List



7 Oct. 1995
Seeds, Beakmania and Bridges
In response to a viewer inquiry about how seeds become plants and trees, Beakman focuses on how they are spread by wind, water and other animals, including birds. However, worried the discussion won't be entertaining enough, Lester introduces a trio of clowns to liven up the show. Undaunted by the interruption, Beakman continues by explaining that some seeds can weigh as much as forty pounds before turning to germination: the sprouting of a plant or tree from a seed. Then, claiming they will do almost anything to grow towards light, he enlists Liza and Lester in ...
4 Nov. 1995
Balance, Beakmania & Camouflage
After revealing that there are five hundred different species of meat?eating plants, Beakman gets some help from Professor Boring to answer a question about balance. After the professor dryly defines as it "a state of equilibrium or parity characterized by cancellation of all forces by equal opposing forces," Beakman becomes Balance Man, a strange visitor whose mission is to remind us that people and nature must stay in balance. Explaining that it is all about a relationship with gravity, Balance Man uses Lester, Liza and a seesaw to illustrate the center of gravity ...
28 Oct. 1995
Carbon, Beakmania & Inventions
After claiming that the average hurricane contains enough energy to power the United States for three years, a question about diamonds allows Beakman to discuss the special properties of one of the Earth's most plentiful and useful elements ?? carbon. However, after Professor Boring provides another boring definition, Liza asks that Beakman first explain the terms "element", "compound" and "carbon" before going any further. Then, after noting that carbon's versatility allows it to be present in gasoline, pencils and even people, he uses a beaker of sugar and some ...
23 Sep. 1995
Gyroscopes, Beakmania & the Heart
Asked why it is easy to stay balanced on a moving bicycle, Beakman uses the opportunity to explain the workings of the gyroscope. After calling on Professor Boring for a definition, Beakman simplifies matters by revealing that a gyroscope is something that spins on an axis, such as a spinning ice skater or the planet Earth. Although he uses a spinning coin to illustrate how a gyroscope resists having its axis tipped, Lester still refuses to believe, forcing Beakman into a pair of more powerful demonstrations using bicycle wheels which, he explains, are really just ...
2 Dec. 1995
Steel, Beakmania & Developing Film
Asked "who invented metal?", Beakman explains that while tin, copper and iron are occur naturally, steel is one which is man?made. Noting that efficient steel?making became possible in the 1800's, he then introduces steel magnate Andrew Carnegie to explain. After flaunting his enormous wealth, Carnegie shows how iron ore is melted to remove its oxygen and the remaining molten iron is used to make various kinds of steel. For "Beakmania," Beakman reveals the reason dogs walk in circles before lying down (watching for predators); the number of rivets in the Eiffel Tower ...
18 Nov. 1995
The Sun, Beakmania & Metamorphosis
Responding to several questions about the Sun, Beakman gives Lester a try at an answer until his feral friend gets the facts wrong. Stepping in to save the day, Beakman notes that the sun is the source of all the Earth's energy and that, without it, the planet we live on would probably not exist. Explaining how the solar system works, he then demonstrates how the Earth's rotation produces day and night and reveals that the interior harbors a thermonuclear reaction which generates temperatures of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit! The "Beakmania" segment begins with ...
14 Oct. 1995
Vacuums, Beakmania & Weaving
When asked to explain how a vacuum cleaner works, Beakman begins by correcting Lester's misconception, noting that dirt is pushed, not sucked, inside. After Professor Boring defines a vacuum as "a space relatively empty of matter," Beakman uses a bell jar device and a marshmallow in a messy demonstration of how a difference in pressure causes air to move from the area of higher pressure to where it is lower. He then points out that, as a result of this pressure difference, the moving air pushes material along with it, just like what happens with a household vacuum ...
9 Dec. 1995
Snow, Beakmania & Natural Selection
Asked about snow, Beakman uses a large block of ice and a pitcher of water to demonstrate water's three states ?? solid, liquid and gas ?? before explaining how they work together in the rain cycle. Noting that snow forms when water vapor in very cold clouds gathers around microscopic ice nuclei, he claims that no two snowflakes are alike. To demonstrate this fact, Beakman and his friends catch some snowflakes on a piece of black paper for closer examination with a magnifying glass. For "Beakmania," Beakman notes that the yo?yo was invented in the Philippine Islands; ...
21 Oct. 1995
Crustaceans, Beakmania & Bernoulli
After receiving a number of questions regarding crabs and lobsters, Beakman begins with the fact that they are both crustaceans. Noting that there are more then 30,000 varieties, including barnacles and shrimp, Beakman says that their skeletons, located on the outside of their bodies, are made of chitin, a material similar to finger and toenails. He then goes on to explain how, in addition to shedding these skeleton for new ones as they grow, crustaceans can also grow new limbs after losing one. Finally, Beakman explains that crustaceans range in size from the giant ...

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