Metamorphosis: Change of Plans
Every butterfly you've ever seen was at one time, early in its life, a very hungry caterpillar. Frogs, too, go through life stages during which they look nothing like the leggy creatures they ultimately become. This video segment explores the developmental process called metamorphosis, in which an animal's body changes form dramatically on its way to becoming an adult. Run time 04:45.
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution - Richard Dawkins #1 Bestseller Available Now
#1 Bestseller in Britain! #1 Bestseller in Australia! #1 Bestseller in Ireland! #1 Bestseller in Canada! Richard Dawkins gives an introduction to his new book "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution." He explains why this book was necessary, and what readers can expect from this highly-anticipated work. The book is available now in the UK, and will be released in the US on September 22nd! Read the first chapter of "The Greatest Show" at http://richarddawkins.net/thegreatests
"Yesterday" by W S Merwin (poetry reading)
"Yesterday" is a word more often used in a figurative rather than a literal sense. My three-year-old daughter avoids ambiguity with her own word "lasterday" which means any day from the past. There are few things that we cherish more than the neologisms of our children, their comic misapprehensions and their astonishing insights. My son when three years old came in from playing outside and said " Hey Dad, there's a great big catalogue in the garage" I thought maybe the postman had left it an
"A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed" by Jonathan Swift (poetry reading)
Cosmetic treatments in the 18th century were less permanent than they are today. Apart from that, there's not much difference. There was a Victorian story told to me by a wonderful old geezer who had a wealth of such stories. A man married a famous opera singer. On the wedding night she removed her clothes and all her curves came off with them. Then she took out her false teeth and her glass eye. As she was unscrewing her wooden leg he could contain himself no longer and shouted "Sing! F
Trailer: Passport to the Universe (Narrated by Tom Hanks)
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
SciCafe: Life the Universe and Everything with Neil deGrasse Tyson
American Museum of Natural History's Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson, hosted "Life the Universe and Everything: A Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson" at the Museum on June 2, 2010 as part of the ongoing free SciCafe series. Tyson hosted the casual conversation about stars, planets, the universe, and beyond in the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. The popular SciCafe series takes place at the American Museum of Natural History. For m
Video about the Mayflower
Letters, Numbers, Shapes, and Colors
This video is designed to teach letter, number, shape, and color recognition and pronunciation to preschool children without overstimulating them. Letters, numbers (1-20), shapes (circle, triangle, square, diamond, pentegon, hexegon, octogon, star, and arrow), and colors are shown a dark screen while the pronunciation is heard in a slow, calm voice. Run time 08:00.
Making a Bumble Bee
Instruction on how to make a paper bumblee with the use of paper, markers, a glue stick and other miscillaneous crafts materials. Ideal for ages 7 or older.
The Blankies - Learning My ABCs
The Blankies song Learning My ABCs. This video is a cute video for children to learn their alphabet. With each letter the character has a picture of an item that starts with the letter. Upper case and lower case letters are both included. Run time 02:58.
Country Water Cycle Song
A country song that describes the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, precipitation, collection). The video uses diagrams and pictures of the cycle along with the song. The lyrics for the song are displayed on screen. Run time 02:37.
Darth Vader Explains the Pythagorean Theorem
Darth Vader, from Star Wars, explains the Pythagorean Theorem. He gives the formula, as well as solves an example problem, and all along makes humorous Star Wars references.
A musical tribute to the Pythagorean Theorem
In this video, there is a song about the Pythagorean Theorem. Side, Angle, Side... Side, Side, Side...
Barbara Dianne Savage, YOUR SPIRITS WALK BESIDE US: The Politics of Black Religion
"'Your Spirits Walk Beside Us' marks the beginning of a new history of African American religion, not as a sacred narrative, but as the exciting story of a powerful but ambivalent Christian legacy in African American life." -Robert A. Orsi, author of "Thank You, Saint Jude: Womens Devotion to the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes" For more on the book, visit http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674031777
PLATO Computer Learning System 50th Anniversary
[Recorded: June 2, 2010] Science fiction writer William Gibson once famously said, "The future is already here. It's just not evenly distributed." Such was the case in the early 1970s, when the fourth generation of the PLATO system, evolving since 1960 at the University of Illinois, made its debut. Viewed from today, it is hard to believe that the PLATO IV system could have existed when it did: Terminals with touch-sensitive, gas-plasma flat-panel displays, random-access audio, built-in color mi
PLATO - Innovations in Hardware
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 2 was entitled "Innovations in Hardware: Mission-based Developments Led Other Places." Session 2 Description: Early discussions at the University of Illinois on how to use emerging computer system technology for delivering quality education quickly led to the formation of a very exciting demonstration project called PLATO. This project was a highly "mission oriented" effort and used
PLATO - An Early Community of Multiplayer Games
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 5 was entitled "PLATO Games: An Early, Robust Community of Multiplayer, Online Games." Session 5 Description: Social gaming is the fusion of computer games and digital communities. Some of the earliest instances of this occurred on the PLATO system, and were made possible by the PLATO system's technological innovations as well as a sufficiently open environment to allow the developme
PLATO - An Early Online Community
On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 6 was entitled "An Early Online Community: People Plus Computing Grows Communities." Session 6 Description: The developers of PLATO didn't set out to build an online community. So how did it turn into one? In 1972 few suspected that a human community could grow and thrive within the electronic circuitry of a computer. But two years later the world's first online community was flouris
The Facebook Effect with Mark Zuckerberg
[Recorded: July 21, 2010] The growth and impact of Facebook is mind blowing, even for an industry that considers "overnight success" to be a long-range goal. Founded in a Harvard dorm room on February 4th 2004 by 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook announced in July 2010 that had it reached the milestone of 500 million registered users. Facebook isn't just an American success story, most users are outside of the United States and half of them log on every day. Facebook has already made an irr