Volcanoes 101 Today we know volcanoes are openings or vents to the interior of the planet. About 1,500 volcanoes around the world are considered active, about 90% rest in the Ring of Fire, a band circling the Pacific Ocean. While the Earth’s surface looks peaceful the crust is made up of slabs of rock that constantly shift, where the plates interact, volcanoes often form. Friction from shifting plates melts the Earth’s crust, causing ro
Today we know volcanoes are openings or vents to the interior of the planet. About 1,500 volcanoes around the world are considered active, about 90% rest in the Ring of Fire, a band circling the Pacific Ocean. While the Earth’s surface looks peaceful the crust is made up of slabs of rock that constantly shift, where the plates interact, volcanoes often form. Friction from shifting plates melts the Earth’s crust, causing ro
The Greenhouse Effect
A simple animation explaining the greenhouse effect. The video shows what a "perfect" world would work and how the green house effect works. Run time 01:47.
Using Cloud-Seeding (Geo-Engineering) to Solve Global Warming
This clip from the "Five Ways to Save the World" details a cheap, simple, and low-risk way to compensate for global warming.
If the reflectivity of clouds could be increased slightly, sufficient sunlight would be reflected to compensate for any future release of CO2 into the atmosphere. (09:37)
How do climate changes in Greenland and Antartica affect weather for the rest of the world?
How do climate changes in Greenland and Antarctica affect weather for the rest of the world?" Alan Rodger – British Antarctic Survey. Addressing polar region study as a whole, the interactions between the physical, chemical, biological, solar, human, space and solar, marine life, climate, geological aspects. Run time 03:39.
The Origin of Teflon
The slipperiest stuff known to man, Teflon has made a tremendous impact on the world. Invented by accident in 1938, it has gone on to become a substance in all kinds of household items. Created by mistake, PTFE (poly-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) is a long chain carbon polymer surrounded by fluoride atoms. The fluoride atoms fully enclose the carbon chain so that it can't react with other molecules. It wasn't until 1944 that the name "Teflon" became trademarked. Dr. Kiki gives us the skinny in this
Voltage, Energy, and Force
In a world of electric charges and currents, field, forces and voltages, what really matters? When is electricity dangerous or benign, spectacular or useful? The electric potential and its gradient; the potentials of atoms and metals; electric energy, and why sparks jump.
The Industrial Revolution
The innovations that marked the transition of the world from an agricultural community to an industrial one started in 18th century England. The Industrial Revolution quickly spread through Europe and the United States. The people behind the Industrial Revolution were ingenious and clever. They sparked an era of experimentation and creativity that has not yet ceased in modern times. Learn about the struggles and triumphs that led the world t
Norse Mythology: Day and Night, Sun and Moon
At first the world was a dark and gloomy place, even with the great open sky. The Gods had to create the sun and the moon. They also had to invent day and night to make his time better. Night was the daughter to Narfi, she was beautiful creature. Night and her second husband had a daughter named Earth. Night and her third husband named Dawn and they had a fair hair shining sun named Day. The sun and t
To A Mouse, a poem by Robert Burns
Robert Burns To A Mouse presented by David Sibbald of www.robertburns.plus.com from his CD, The Greatest Poems in the World. Narrated with a Scottish accent, with photography and drawings of nature, mice, Robert Burns, Scotland. Wind whistles in the background. (2:32)
Science Extreme - Making it Rain...on Purpose
"The Chinese government promised and delivered a rain-free opening ceremony to the delight of thousands in attendance and millions watching around the world. During the rainy season how did they do this? Simple: They seeded storm clouds with iodide before they blew into the capital city causing the rain to fall long before they reached Bejing.
Sound extreme? When it comes to technology triumphing over climate, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Welcome to the 21st century and welc
Lauren Myracle interview with Booklist
Lauren Myracle, the oft-challenged author of such books as ttyl and the new Peace, Love & Baby Ducks, sits down with Booklist to discuss why libraries "rule the world," how she handles angry emails... Lauren Myracle, the oft-challenged author of such books as ttyl and the new Peace, Love & Baby Ducks, sits down with Booklist to discuss why libraries "rule the world," how she handles angry emails from parents, and the Stephen King influences behind last year's Author(s):
Sonnet No. 1: By William Shakespeare
Read in a deep, rich, lush voice by Bertram Selwyn, the only person to record all of Shakespeare's sonnets on YouTube, and to offer the recordings free to the world. The text appears overlying a famous portrait of Shakespeare. Voice over. "From fairest creatures we desire increase, That thereby beauty's rose might never die, But as the riper should by time decease, His tender heir might bear his memory: But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes, Feed'st thy light'st flame with self-
Sonnet 3: By William Shakespeare
Sonnet no 3: By William Shakespeare Read by: Bertram Selwyn (Bernard Shakespeare) "Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest, Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother. For where is she so fair whose unear'd womb Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry? Or who is he so fond will be the tomb Of his self-love, to stop posterity? Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee Calls back the lovely
Historical tale of the inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg See how in 1439 - the invention of the printing press - forever changed the world. (Amateur video)
Exchanges in the New World
Columbus’s famed voyage in 1492 joined two very different worlds. For thousands of years, Europeans and Native Americans lived completely separate lives, unaware of the others’ existence. When Columbus stepped onto the rocky soil of San Salvador, he started a historic chain of events that affected the lives of millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic.
Columbus and later explorers discovered a land unlike anything they had experienced. They encountered neatly patterned park-like
When he was alive, Beethoven - one of the world's most famous composers - was sometimes considered to be a strange man. Except for his servants, he lived alone. It was almost as though he had been banished. (9:54)
In a way, because of his hearing difficulties, Beethoven was banished. Separated from people in the hearing world, who could listen to his music, he was sometimes hostile to others.
Yet ... his musical compositions are emotional, soaring and powerful.
Antonyms for Kids - Part 3
This slide show is a culmination for 2 lessons on antonyms. Students are asked to say the opposite word to the one that appears on the screen. Images help them find the answer. Part 1 of the 3-part series tells the story of 2 monkeys, Anton and Nim who explore the world of antonyms (words with opposite meanings)
Part 2 of 3 uses antonyms in a story. (7:46)
Charming Snakes- Cobras in the Dark
Cobras are one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. Their most
distinctive feature is their hooded head which they raise to intimidate
prey as it spreading their hood makes them look larger.
Cobras usually eat rodents, eggs, and frogs; but they also eat other
snakes such as rat snakes. Their venom is a neurotoxin and when injected
into prey, it paralyses the animal by shutting down the function of the
nervous system, which ultimately leads to cardiac
The Eucharist (part 1 of 3)
In many ways, Our Lord, is calling us to worship and receive Him in the Eucharist. He speaks this desire in many ways: through the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church, in the Bible (Jn. 6), through his Blessed Mother in approved Marian apparitions, through the testimonies of Saints and Martyrs, through Eucharistic miracles, through Church approved messages given by Jesus by Divine Revelation, through our souls who long for Jesus in Communion, and through our suffering world which is in much n
Population Growth- Baby Boom
After World War II had drawn to a close, the United States experienced unprecedented population growth that to this day has shaped the social and political landscape of the country, and changed how and where many Americans live. Known as the "baby boom," this population expansion took place between the years 1946 and 1964, with the peak occurring in 1957. The elevated birthrate, unparalleled in American history, added more than 50 million babies by the end of the 1950s. (Video is narrated with s