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Moveable Museums Make Trip to D.C.
A group of New York City schoolchildren and American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) officials launched two Moveable Museums as they left on their first trip to Washington, D.C. The Moveable Museums, 37-foot-long customized recreational vehicles outfitted as exhibition spaces with specimens, videos, and interactive activities, will represented the Museum at the first-ever USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall on October 23-24. The Moveable Museum fleet consists of four v
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Astronaut Shannon Walker Sponsors Video Contest for Greater Houston Area Students
Post Video Response—NASA astronaut Shannon Walker is hosting a video competition for students in the greater Houston area. The competition will begin Thursday, April 1, and continue through Friday, May 14, 2010. Students participating in this unique competition must answer Walkers question, Why should the United States explore space? The answer must be recorded on video and posted to YouTube at the following link, www.youtube.com/reelnasa. Walker is asking students to be as creative as pos
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"Tortilla Flat - excerpt" by John Steinbeck (short story reading)
This chapter seems to me one of the best short stories ever written. Everything that happens, happens as the logical consequence of the nature of the characters. Steinbeck believed in the essential goodness of humanity and he was relentlessly optimistic. It's a pity there are so few like him - or few that can pull it off so convincingly. These traits make the story intensely satisfying: we are not defrauded by some Deus Ex Machina nor by people doing things which are preposterous or inexpli
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2010 Urban Advantage Science Expo
The 2010 Urban Advantage Science Expo, which was held at the American Museum of Natural History on June 12, provided a grand finale to an extraordinary sixth year for the Urban Advantage Middle School Science Initiative. More than 700 students brought 310 science projects (a 56 percent increase over last year) to exhibit in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, the Grand Gallery, and the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. Visitor numbers also rose more than 50 percent from 2009, with 2,230 attending th
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Trailer: The Search For Life: Are We Alone? (Narrated by Harrison Ford)
The American Museum of Natural History is launching a double feature of the Museum's space shows as part of the year-long celebration commemorating the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. The double feature includes the Museum's first two space shows: "Passport to the Universe" (narrated by Tom Hanks), which launches visitors on a thrilling trip through space and time; and "The Search For Life: Are We Alone?" (narrated by H
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AMNH: Cosmic Discoveries iPhone App
The American Museum of Natural History proudly presents American Museum of Natural History: Cosmic Discoveries, the next in its series of innovative apps. Cosmic Discoveries takes you on a ride with the museum's astrophysicists through our Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and beyond. Cosmic Discoveries is being launched as part of a year-long series of events to help commemorate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the museum's Rose Center for Earth and Space, a New York City icon and one
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SAP figures level expectations
SAP shares fell 3.4 per cent as the German software maker stuck to its full year targets despite investor hopes they could exceed predictions, making them biggest losers in German blue chip index.
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Robot learns like a toddler
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19470 A robot models the way a two-year old learns.
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The Silicon Engine
[Recorded May 1, 2009] The powerful and ubiquitous silicon chips that run the computers, smart phones and even the cars and appliances we use daily all spring from the transistor. That breakthrough invention later became the building blocks of the integrated circuit (IC), which later still blossomed into the semiconductors and microprocessors that have reshaped our modern lives. This video presents an overview of the 60-year history of innovation, invention and development that took us from vacu
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Sun Microsystems Founders Panel
[Recorded Jan 11, 2006] Scott McNealy, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Joy and Vinod Khosla, with moderator John Gage share their personal stories of the early days at Sun. 

When Xerox PARC loaned the Stanford Engineering Department an entire Alto Ethernet network with a laser printer, then-graduate student Andy Bechtolsheim redesigned it into a prototype and attached it to Stanford Universitys computer network. Sun Microsystems grew out of this prototype, and the companys name came from the acrony
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Foot and Mouth (1955) - extract
By the time he made 'This Sporting Life' in 1963, Lindsay Anderson had already had a 15-year documentary career, his output including the Oscar-winning 'Thursday's Children' (1954) and the Free Cinema classic 'Every Day Except Christmas' (1957). Sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the lesser-known 'Foot and Mouth' is a briskly efficient, devastatingly effective cautionary tale of how foot and mouth disease, the farmer's worst nightmare, can easily break out thanks to a
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The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 6
On Day 6 of the 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast, director Julian Schnabel spoke to us about his film Miral, a story of one woman's experience of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Based on a true story by journalist Rula Jebreal, the Film On The Square Gala was attended by both Jebreal and lead actor Freida Pinto. Directors Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon) and Ferzan Ozpetek (Loose Cannons) were also on hand to introduce their work. Finally, the UK premiere of Another Year acted as the Mayor'
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Authors@Google: Matthew Moseley
Matthew Moseley joined the Authors@Google team in Mountain View on July 9, 2010 to talk about his book Dear Dr. Thompson: Felony Murder, Hunter S. Thompson and the last Gonzo campaign. About Dear Dr. Thompson: Sometimes the only thing it takes to change a life is a letter. While serving a life sentence at Colorado Women's Correctional Facility in Canon City, twenty-five-year-old Lisl Auman wrote an off-chance letter to legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to complain that his books
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Thomas Mallon: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Thomas Mallon speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Thomas Mallon received the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award in 1994 and won a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1987. His novels include "Henry and Clara," "Two Moons," "Dewey Defeats Truman," "Aurora 7" and several works of nonfiction. He is a former literary editor of GQ and has contributed frequently to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper's. He was appointed a member of the Nati
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Letters About Literature: 2010 National Book Festival
The Letters About Literature presentation at the 2010 National Book Festival. Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is presented in partnership with Target. Each year students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author, explaining how that author"s work has changed their view of the world or of themselves. For the 2009-2010 Letters About Literature program, 70,000 students
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Michael Buckley: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Michael Buckley appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Michael Buckley's Grimm future began at birth in Akron, Ohio. He attended Ohio University, where he worked on the school newspaper, hosted his own live television talk show and formed a comedy troupe. After graduating with honors he moved to New York City to find his fortune, but instead found work as a pasta maker, hamburger flipper, personal assistant, stand-up comic and even a singer in a punk rock band. Ev
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Michele Norris: 2010 National Book Festival
Journalist Michele Norris speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. In 2002 she began hosting NPR's newsmagazine "All Things Considered," public radio's longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Before coming to NPR, Norris was a correspondent for ABC News. She reported extensively on education, inner city issues, the nation's drug problem and poverty. She ha
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Jonathan Safan Foer: 2010 National Book Festival
Author Jonathan Safran Foer appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of novels and nonfiction works. His work has received numerous awards and been translated into 36 languages. His thesis from Princeton became his novel "Everything Is Illuminated," which won the National Jewish Book Award and was made into a motion picture. His second novel, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," used the events of 9/11 to tell the story of a 9-year-old
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Perspectives on the Unfolding Spill: Evidence of the Environmental Impacts of the Event
While the government declared an end to the oil spill at the Macondo well on September 19, 2010, research into the causes and impacts of the Gulf disaster is ongoing. At the kickoff panel of a three-part symposium, three scientists discuss what they are learning about the disposition of the nearly 5 million gallons of oil, as well as gas and c
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