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Science and Technology (Weekly New Titles)


Science and Technology (Weekly New Titles)




Astronomy - The Very Large Array Telescope

The Very Large Array, or VLA, telescope was built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to investigate radio waves from a variety of astronomical objects. This enormous array includes 27 antennas that look into deep space to see quasars, pulsars, remnants of supernova, gamma ray bursts, radio-emitting stars, the sun and planets, black holes, and the hydrogen gas that constitutes a large portion of the Milky Way galaxy.

DVD / 2015 / 12 minutes

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Chemistry - Periodic Table of Elements Part III

As we continue our history of the Periodic Table organizational system and discovery of the elements, this program examines the elements lithium and beryllium.

DVD / 2015 / 9 minutes

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Physics - Fusion Energy Discoveries

The U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) is a collaborative national center for fusion energy research. The Laboratory advances the coupled fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research, and is developing the scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source.

DVD / 2015 / 9 minutes

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Properties of Water

Over seventy percent of the Earth is covered with water around 326 million trillion gallons! Water is essential for life it gives plants ability to create sugar for food and it helps humans regulate temperatures and nourishes and protects the brain, spinal cord and other tissues.

DVD / 2015 / 12 minutes

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Environment: The Everglades Ecosystem

Southern Florida is covered by 734 square miles of sub-tropical wetlands known as the Everglades. In this program we explore the history and ecology of this delicately balanced ecosystem as environmentalists walk us through some of the new projects that will improve the health of this unique ecological community. s

DVD / 2015 / 13 minutes

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Mining: Smelting & Refining Aluminum

Metal and stone mining dates back to prehistoric times. These processes are required to obtain materials that cannot be grown agriculturally or created artificially in a laboratory. Modern mining often focuses on ores, including metals, coal, oil shale, gemstones, limestone, and many more.

DVD / 2015 / 11 minutes

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Energy - Battery Power Innovations

The battery has been in use since the early 1800s but it is the last twenty years that has seen the most incredible growth in portable energy storage technology. Today, batteries provide power and on-demand energy to much of our modern, high tech world from the small back-up battery in your computer to units large enough to power cars, trucks, and space stations.

DVD / 2015 / 9 minutes

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Engineering: Transforming Lives With Prosthetics

Scientists and engineers have made great strides in recent years with prosthetics and orthotics. In this program we discuss how designers are striving to simulate the anatomy and physiology of missing limbs.

DVD / 2015 / 11 minutes

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Astronomy: Discover The Alma Telescope

The ALMA or Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array is a powerful radio telescope observatory. The large array probes the first stars and galaxies and directly images the formation of planets.

DVD / 2015 / 13 minutes

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Marine Biology: The Waters of Southeast Asia

The waters off the eastern cape of South Africa are teeming with life. Scientists study the behavior of fish in these waters to get a better understanding of their place in the food web. Massive schools of sardines travel over a thousand kilometers from Durban, South Africa, up the coast to Mozambique followed by hungry predators such as gannets, dolphins, and sharks.

DVD / 2015 / 13 minutes

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Audiology - Cochlear Implants

Approximately 12,000 babies are born annually in the United States with a hearing impairment. With impressive advancements in technology, cochlear implants are giving these children the ability to hear. A cochlear implant is a small, complex electronic device that can provide the sense of hearing to patients who are profoundly deaf or are severely hard of hearing.

DVD / 2015 / 14 minutes

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Agriculture: Sustainable Farming

Farmers use a variety of advanced technologies, mechanized equipment, science based data, as well as fertilizers and pesticides to ensure a profitable harvest. More recently, advances in science has improved agricultural production by leaps and bounds in developing better products and processes that increase harvests while decreasing the negative impact on health and the environment.

DVD / 2015 / 11 minutes

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Engineering: Careers of Engineers

An engineer is one who practices ingenuity. Through the study, experience and application of the STEM curriculum, these professionals solve a multitude of humankind's problems. This program reveals many of the technological advances and innovations, as well as the myriad of career opportunities in a variety of engineering fields.

DVD / 2015 / 9 minutes

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Robotics: Challenges For The Future

New innovations in robotics are presented while highlighting two very unique and effective robotics challenges. For elementary school students, the KISS Institute for Practical Robotics uses hands-on robotics programs to communicate the excitement, knowledge and practical understanding of science.

DVD / 2015 / 10 minutes

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Transportation: Automotive Innovations

This program examines how automobile manufacturers are striving to improve fuel economy, reliability, handling, and comfort. Impressive new designs focus on improving safety with the emergence of intelligent transportation systems, involving advanced processes and technologies that pave the way for safer and more environmentally sustainable travel.

DVD / 2015 / 12 minutes

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Engineering: Fueling a Greener Planet

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the automobile industry. The standard petroleum gasoline fueled engine has some new competition from gas-electric hybrids, electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, natural gas vehicles and even some automobiles that get some of their power from the Sun.

DVD / 2014 / 15 minutes

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Glass: 21st Century Technology

Telecommunication systems - semiconductors and optical fibers - require speed, accuracy and high quality. Glass is the key. Newly developed glass is both durable and scratch resistant. It is also used for terrestrial and extra-terrestrial telescopes.

DVD / 2014 / 12 minutes

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