Earth Systems: Drought and Air Quality
Droughts claim more victims each year than any other natural disaster. Depending on where it occurs and how long it persists, the cost of a drought can run into the billions of dollars. Droughts cause more than economic hardship, however. As this video segment adapted from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center demonstrates, droughts have a complex web of impacts that also affect us socially and environmentally. Closed captioning included. Run time 01:40.
News #52 - Top Secret Project 101 Revealed!
We’ve got a confession to make. We’ve been keeping a secret from our Innovative Language listeners…and you’re in on it! For the past year, we’ve been working on secret Project 101 – brand new website designs for all 16 sites! In addition to writing and recording new Spanish lessons, we’ve also been reading through all [...]
How Do Tornadoes Form?
On average, about 800 tornadoes occur in the United States each year. They can appear and disappear in moments, and key details about their formation are unknown. These factors make the research to understand and predict tornado occurrence extremely difficult. This video segment adapted from NOVA describes the challenges of studying tornadoes and shows how computer simulations are helping researchers observe what they can't possibly see in a real storm. Closed captioning included. Run time 06:
Hurricanes: New Orleans Under Threat
Long before Hurricane Katrina, most experts knew the city of New Orleans was vulnerable. Situated up to 3.7 meters (12 feet) below sea level, between a lake and a river, and on the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast, the city was arguably a disaster waiting to happen. This video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW describes the threat Hurricane Ivan posed just one year before Katrina — an ominous foreshadowing of one of the country's worst natural disasters. Closed captioning. Run time 05:46.
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
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
"Miller's End" by Charles Causley (poetry reading)
"Woman with a Parasol in a Garden", by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919). Elizabeth Garden Boy - Leonard Rosenfield - print for sale here: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/elizabeth-garden-boy-leonard-rosenfield.html When we moved to Miller's End, Every afternoon at four A thin shadow of a shade Quavered through the garden-door. Dressed in black from top to toe And a veil about her head To us all it seemed as though She came walking from the dead. With a basket on her arm Through
"Abdul Abulbul Amir" by Percy French (poetry reading)
What pronpted this poem is the news this morning the Danube is running red, not blue, due to the spillage of a great volume of toxic waste. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEMWh6EjJoY The poem was written while the poet was a student at Trinity College, Dublin, and sold for just five pounds which is all he ever got out of it. I hope he spent the fiver on some useful Guinness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percy_French http://www.percyfrench.ie/about-percy-french.html Later it was set to music a
"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
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
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
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
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.
Robot learns like a toddler
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19470 A robot models the way a two-year old learns.
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
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
Nicolas Poussin in Le Louvre - The Gathering of Manna (HD version)
At first glance, this painting seems to be a mess. So why did it become the model of French classicism? This video also explores the connexion between art and the philosophy of Descartes and Aristotle. Want to support our project? http://www.canal-educatif.fr/
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
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'
The 54th BFI London Film Festival Vodcast Day 12
On Day 12 we spoke to the Best Film Jury about the nominated shortlist and their deliberations. Acclaimed French writer and director Olivier Assayas gave an onstage masterclass about his significant work. Peter Mandelson also attended the world premiere of Hannah Rothschild's documentary Mandelson: The Real PM?, and artist and filmmaker Carol Morley presented her feature directorial debut Edge. Finally, the much anticipated Surprise Film was revealed to be Brighton Rock, after which the creative