Science Fiction-Science Fact
Science fiction has always provided inspiration and ideas for the scientists and engineers who design and build real spacecraft. Many of our current technologies were predicted long ago in science fiction stories. Arthur C. Clarke, scientist turned writer, wrote the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey. The narrator descibes space stations, spaceships, and the influence of Jules Verne's story From
Ingredients for Life - Water
Earth provides a comfortable and temperate environment for a wide variety of living organisms. However, in the past few decades, scientists have discovered unusual life forms thriving in areas where the majority of living things on Earth could never survive, such as by deep sea vents or in dry deserts. This video segment, adapted from NOVA, explores extreme forms of life on Earth, the importance of liquid water, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the solar system. Closed captioning inclu
We are all astronomers in the celestial sphere! What's astronomy and what's the celestial sphere?? Video discusses parts of our solar system, the planets and stars. The celestial sphere is the area around Earth. Video discusses and shows various vocabulary about Earth and the celestial sphere.
The Earth, Moon, Sun System
The Earth Moon Sun System. This video shows the orbit of the moon around the earth, the orbit of the earth around the sun, and brings a discussion of their relationships to one another forward.
The Deadliest Planet, Venus Surface & Atmosphere
Venus is the deadliest planet in our solar system. Photgraphy and story goes with a probe that was dropped onto the planet. It starts with the details of the atmosphere, then goes to the surface of the planet. Video is of good quality and is appropriate for middle elementary, middle school, and high school students.
Venus: Death of a Planet
"From the fires of a sun's birth... twin planets emerged. Venus... and Earth. Two roads diverged in our young solar system. Nature draped one world in the greens and blues of life.
While enveloping the other in acid clouds... high heat... and volcanic flows. Why did Venus take such a disastrous turn?"
NOTE: There is very brief (a second), frontal female nudity of the antique sculpture of Venus. Narrated with English captions. Excellent computer animation.(22:09)
Journey to the outer solar system and explore the planet Jupiter in this short, computer-animated video. The following key concepts will be briefly covered: Jupiter in the night sky, ancient people and Jupiter, Galileo, Galilean moons, exploration of Jupiter, rings of Jupiter, Jupiter's atmosphere and surface, and the rotation of Jupiter. The video ends with a 10-question quiz.
Find out more about the planet Uranus! This video gives basic information on the planet Uranus. Some of the information it discusses is that it lays on its side, it is an icy giant of a planet, a ring system with numerous moons, it is the seventh planet from the sun, one day is 17 hours. Great video with many facts. Appropriate for students of all ages. Run time 01:27.
Even though Pluto is no longer a planet it is still fascinating. This video discusses the pictures they have of the planet. It discusses the Horizon Spacecraft that is flying by Pluto and investigate what makes up the planet and the new system beyond Pluto, called the Quick Belt. This video discusses why Pluto is no longer a planet. The scientist also discusses the planet itself, the make up of the planet, temperature, the moons, the orbit of the planet, and how Pluto was named. Pluto the Disney
What is a Planet?
In this video segment adapted from NOVA scienceNOW, learn about the debate over the definition of a planet. Historically, there has been no scientific definition for a planet, leaving astronomers with the difficult task of properly classifying new discoveries in our solar system, such as Ceres and Eris. However, in August 2006, members of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) passed a resolution that defined a planet. Under the new definition, Pluto is not classified as a planet, but rather
How Cancer Cells Grow and Divide
This video segment from NOVA: "Battle in the War on Cancer: Breast Cancer" describes the role of oncogenes in uncontrolled cancerous growth and depicts the journey of cancer cells from where they originate, into the circulatory system, and then on to other parts of the body. Closed captioning included. Run time 01:37.
Interview with Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Part 3)
In this section Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, winner of the ASPCA Roger Caras Award, answers the question, "Shiloh is included on the recommended book list for many school districts and is assigned reading for many students each year. What are your thoughts about the wide appeal of Shiloh and the impact you have made with this book for countless children...and animals?" In her answer happy about the impact the books have had. She also commented that one teacher told her how children who have been abu
Based on the music of System of a Down's "Chop Suey", this is a student song about quadrilaterals. Covers the properties of quadrilaterals that are typically learned in high school geometry courses. They lyrics are hard to hear, and some of the subtitles are hard to see, but the song is a neat idea of writing lyrics to help students memorize math concepts.
Meet the Supermassive Black Hole Experts Meet the experts of possibly the scariest phenomenon in the universe - super massive black holes. Described as gravity gone mad, whole solar systems can be sucked into these terrifying masses. Supermassive black holes are a million to a billion times the massive of a typical black hole. They could fill a solar system. At the heart of a supermassive black hole is one of the most mysterious things to physics, it is a singularity, wh
Meet the experts of possibly the scariest phenomenon in the universe - super massive black holes. Described as gravity gone mad, whole solar systems can be sucked into these terrifying masses. Supermassive black holes are a million to a billion times the massive of a typical black hole. They could fill a solar system. At the heart of a supermassive black hole is one of the most mysterious things to physics, it is a singularity, wh
A Black Hole - Cygnus X-1
The blue supergiant star, HDE 226868, is locked in an orbit with a black hole - Cygnus X-1. If you have a small telescope it is possible to see this interesting star. The black hole is not visible but its companion star is. This system is located in the constellation Cygnus, The Swan. The video explains where to look. It is possible to capture an image of this star with an SLR digital camera, Nikon, Canon and others produce cameras capable of long time exposures. The video also demonstrates usin
The New York Subway: Art Under Your Feet
A special episode featuring the art work found in the New York City
subway system. Join Amy Hausmann, Assistant Director MTA Arts for
Transit, for a tour of this famous underground art museum.
The Search for Another Earth
People have long wondered about the existence of worlds outside of our solar system. Since 1995, significant progress has been made in the search for extrasolar planets, with over 155 planets found. But the questions remain whether there are other planets similar to Earth and whether humans are alone in the universe. This video from NASA, created in September 2004, outlines the plans for future missions and the search for Earth-like worlds.
The Mystery of the Human Skeleton
Scientist Skully and his assistant Eager are hard at work to solve the mysteries of the human skeleton in this animated video. This video is a fun way to learn about all the different parts of the skeletal system.
Photography: How to Control Exposure
This video is a lesson excerpt. Use the ISO rating system to control the speeds of the film that you use. The smaller the ISO number the less sensitive it is to light. This is also used in digital cameras in the main menu of the digital camera. If you are shooting in bright outdoor light choose 50-100. Indoors with household light use film with an ISO setting of 400. Use the right exposure so you don't over expose the film.
What is Cultural Geography?
Video answers the questions: What do geographers mean when they talk about culture? Culture can be defined as a way of life that distinguishes a people from another group. Cultural traits can be explained in religion, language, system of government, customs, and beliefs. Also discusses; culture region - which is an area occupied by people who share one or more cultural trails, culture hearth - which is a place where important ide