Living in an Era of Global Terror
In this podcast, Professor Richard Aldrich from the School of Politics and International Relations, discusses the impact of globalisation, the opportunities this affords to global terrorists and the challenges faced by the intelligence services. Globalisation has led to a free flow of money, people and ideas, which has benefited many people in the West in recent years and enhanced our standard of living, but the price paid is a reduction in security. As we see a shift towards a de-regulated glo
The Genesis of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Pandemic
Michael Worobey, Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Arizona The Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 was the most intense outbreak of disease in human history. It killed upwards of 50 million people (most in a six-week period) casting a long shadow of fear and mystery: nearly a century later, scientists have been unable to explain why, unlike all other influenza outbreaks, it killed young adults in huge numbers. I will describe how analyses of large numbers of influenz
Twister: the Tornado Story
Tornadoes are capable of serious destruction. What gets them twisting? Where do they get their energy? How can we protect ourselves when a tornado is approaching?
Using Mass Balance to Understand Atmospheric CFCs
In this activity, students use an interactive online mass balance model to help understand the observed levels of chlorofluorocarbon CFC-12 over the recent past. They then explore the influence of post Montreal Protocol emission scenarios on future CFC levels and discuss the relevance of this to stratospheric ...
A Correlated History of Earth
This page describes a geologic timescale poster available for purchase. The site also contains an interesting essay: "A Galactic Orbit Model for Periodic Mass Extinction," discussing how clusters of impacts could cause periodic mass extinctions.
SAMPEX - Yohkoh: Solar Modification of Relativistic Electrons in the Earths Radiation Belts
The Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer, SAMPEX, measures fluxes of energetic particles from the sun, the Earths magnetosphere, and cosmic ray sources over a broad range of energies. The four instruments aboard SAMPEX are the Low-Energy Ion Analyzer (LEICA), The Heavy Ion Large Telescope (HILT), The Mass Spectrometer Telescope (MAST), and the Proton-Electron Telescope (PET). The Soft X-ray Telescope on the Yohkoh satellite takes daily full-disk soft X-ray images of the Sun. Comp
The Sport of Fencing
A short video that explains a bit of the history of fencing and shows some combat. It also goes into more detail about the types of weapons and how the winner is chosen. Of some value where fencing is taught as an introduction. Run time 3:27
Wildlife in India
Check out this terrific short video from explore.org on the wildlife in
India. The animals face the threat of extinction, and the anti-poaching
laws are not being truly enforced. Some, however, are doing great work
in attempting to reverse the destruction and protect India’s wildlife.
“People for Animals” is one such great organization, and the explore
team of explore.org filmed this inspirational short film.
Revolutionary War Soldiers (re-enactors)
A video montage of Revolutionary War re-enactors in the field of battle. This video shows period uniforms, flags and weapons.(Music only; no narration)
Influenza Pandemic of 1918
One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history was caused by a virus. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed at least 20 million people killing more people than WW I. This is best used to show how the smallest germs are more powerful than man-made weapons. Original footage. Needs a word wall and map to make the lessons more important to students. Great for an exercise of comparing large such death numbers such as The Black Death.
Hitler Launches the Battle of Britain
Britain's Royal Air Force staves off destruction at the hands of the German Luftwaffe thanks for radar and bravery. Shows one of Hitler's many errors in judgment.
Science Olympiad Scrambler Brakes
A common event at Science Olympiad competitions is the Scrambler. The Scrambler must be a vehicle designed to use a falling mass to transport an egg a particular distance that students will be informed of only at the time of the event. This video displays a fairly simple braking system that is very beneficial to student success. Run time :20
The Dust Bowl Years
I was inspired to make this video after watching the History Channel's special presentation of "Black Blizzard" which described in depth how and why the Dust Storms of the 1930's happened. I knew the storms were bad, but in my wildest imagination I could never fathom the magnitude of destruction the phenomenon caused. How the people of the time made it through without going mad is truly astonishing. It is to the survivors and their families that I humbly dedicate this video.
Elements of Life
This video slide show is accompanied by text "... Take a look around you! The chair you're sitting in, the tree see when you look out the window, and even you are made up of matter. Matter is anything that has mass and occupies space.
Elements are the simplest type of matter and have unique chemical and physical properties. An element is a form of matter that cannot be decomposed into simpler substances by ordinary chemical methods. As of the year 2000, there were 112 known elements, but j
How It's Made: Commercial Book Binding
A quick look at how magazines and books are bound. Good for career day or to develop an appreciation for the of mass production and the engineering that is required.
Run time 1:22
The Planet Jupiter
This video shows the mass of Jupiter, how long it takes to complete a rotation, what makes up the clouds, and what makes up the bands of color on the planet. It discusses the Red Spon on the planet, what gases make up Jupiter, the gravity on the planet, how many moons Jupiter has, and the rings Jupiter has. It also discusses what the rings are made up of. The video consists of awesome pictures. This video is set to music, the words are on the pages, there is no voice. Run time 08:08.
Video gives facts about the planet Jupiter. It describes its mass, colors, red eye, its short day, and speed of its revolution and its fantastic stripes. Video is of good quality and appropriate for students of all ages. Run time 02:31.
The Planet Uranus
A look at the facts of Uranus. These facts include the number of moons, diameter of the planet, how long it takes to go around the sun, it is the coldest planet, and the temperature of the planet, where the blue color comes from, what gases it is composed of, its mass, the tilt of the planet, the atmosphere of the planet, and the rings around the planet. This video is set to music, there is no reading voice. Run time 07:33.
The Planet Neptune
A look at the planet Neptune. It gives some simple historical information, number of moons, layers of the planet, its atmospheric makeup, the surface temperature, mass of the planet and what it compares to, diameter size, why the color of Neptune is blue, and a series of images over time. Gives information on the wind, temperature differences on the planet. The pictures are great in this video, it is set to music and there is no voice. Run time 08:49.