Mysterious Ball Lightning
This video shows many different incidents of ball lightning. Ball lightning may be an atmospheric electrical phenomenon, the physical nature of which is still controversial. The term refers to reports of luminous, usually spherical objects which vary from pea-sized to several meters in diameter. It is sometimes associated with thunderstorms, but unlike lightning flashes, which last only a fraction of a second, ball lightning reportedly lasts many seconds. Video is set to music and no words are s
This is a brief (56 seconds) video using computer animation that discusses how air is exchanged in the lungs. Good sound quality.
Flight over the Surface of the Sun
This brief video clip shows a simulated flight over the surface of the Sun, courtesy of the Hubble team. No sound. 16 seconds.
The Policy-Making Cycle
This video is accompanied by text. "Political socialization is the process by which people learn and form opinions about government and politics. This process typically begins at home, where children overhear their parents talking about political issues, concerns, and politicians. Most people can probably recall a time when they heard their parents or other adults praising or ranting about a politician. The things that are said, both good and bad, influence how young minds perceive government an
Valentine's Day Song
The video starts by counting 10 hearts, then sings a valentine song to the tune of "One Little Indian." Hearts are on a felt board while the teacher sings. Various shapes are also taught between the song.This video is really great for small children to catch on to.
Women in Politics
A three minute video highlighting some of the most important women in American politics. Needs more background to be of more value. Just a selection of sound bites, but good insights.
How to Paint Roses
Marjorie Harris shares her freehanding method of painting roses. Marjorie uses decorative painting methods and her fine art training to quickly paint roses. After several seconds of silence after her introduction, the artist proceeds to explain her steps. (4;29)
Paris Peace Conference - 1919
The video shows footage of the time. You can see who the leaders of the peace conference were and what they wanted. There are images of destroyed cities. The main aims of the winners are listed. Wilson's suggestions are explained. Post war politics in Germany is explained and the role of communism. There is reference to the way in which the leaders drew the map of Europe anew. There is a map shown. There is an account of the main terms of the The Treaty of Versailles.
While the American system of politics has generally been defined as a two-party system, occasionally a third party emerges, influencing elections and siphoning important votes from the major parties. Third parties often begin as single-issue parties that oppose or promote a certain social, economic, or political topic. For example, the Republican Party formed in the 1850’s as a third party in opposition to slavery. Similarly, in 2000, Ralph Nader formed the Green Party that focused on environm
While the president is limited to serving two terms in office, members of Congress can serve an unlimited number of terms. In the mid-nineteenth century, most congressional representatives served only a single term because at that time politics was not considered a career. However, by the mid-twentieth century, congressional representatives began to view holding congressional office as a prestigious career. (Video is narrated with slides and speeches.)
Radish seeds sprouting: time lapse
A great example of germination. This time lapse video shows how radish plants go from seeds, to seedlings, to plants in just nine days. Amazing how fast the radishes grew. Time lapse sequence set to take a frame each 14 minutes 24 seconds. The time lapse spans 9 days. Two 90 watt compact floresecent lights where used for both the camera shooting light and the grow lights. The lights were set on a timer for 18 hours on and 6 off (for the health of the plants). The jump in the video is the 6 hou
From Seed to Flower
The growth and development of a plant is one of the most spectacular events in nature. Yet, because it happens so slowly, over the course of days or weeks, it is difficult to observe in real time. This video segment depicts plant growth in time-lapse format, allowing the viewer to observe in just a few seconds some of the most important life stages of a plant, from germination to the formation of a flower, and several phases in between. Footage from NOVA: "The Shape of Things." Set to music. N
The video is an animated movie about barn animals acting out human faults in life and politics. This captivating animation is based on Orwell's classic tale, 'Animal Farm'.
A bellhop has to carry very heavy bags to Room #14 in this classic video. (For a couple of seconds, the video is blurry.)
Who Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.? Part 1
This is Part 1 of a documentary about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michel Parbot. CAUTION: Not for younger students; STUDENTS MAY BE DISTURBED BY IMAGES OF KING IN COFFIN at approximately 0:54 to 1:02 (8 seconds) Educators may choose to skip that brief segment.(Amateur-ish video that is effective in getting information across to the viewer.)
The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science - An Introduction
An introduction to the current and prospective projects undertaken by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Score by JOSH TIMONEN "The Politics of Driving" by The Life and Times from their album "Tragic Boogie" http://thelifeandtimes.com Get it on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tragic-boogie/id309896191
"When the Young Husband" by Donald Hall (poetry reading)
Extramarital sex is usually unrewarding: it is too self-conscious and pervaded by a sense of unreality which can be so powerful that, although the mind is made up, the body doesn't recognise the situation as sexual and won't co-operate. In fact we don't really do it for the sex because that's not the real point - there is never much sex in adultery anyway. Escape from the trap of marriage is the real point though we might fraudulently justify it to ourselves as romance Real sex is the combin
Kennedy-Nixon First Presidential Debate, 1960
On September 26, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon stood before an audience of 70 million Americans—two-thirds of the nation's adult population—in the first nationally televised Presidential debate. This first of four debates held before the end of October gave a vast national audience the opportunity to see and compare the two candidates, and ushered in a new age of Presidential politics. Film footage © John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. For more archival
Jupiter slips behind the Sun
NASA's STEREO spacecraft sees Jupiter move behind the Sun in this 30 hour animation compressed into just 11 seconds. You can see Jupiter's moons orbiting it! Read more about it on my blog: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/03/22/stereo-spots-jupiter-slipping-behind-the-sun/
Harold Varmus: 2010 National Book Festival
Nobel Prize winning scientist Harold Varmus appears at the 2010 National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: In 1989 Harold Varmus and Michael Bishop shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their "identification of a large family of genes which control the normal growth and division of cells." Varmus is the former director of the National Institutes of Health and is the former chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In July, he became the d