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El Niño and La Niña are periodic weather patterns resulting from interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere in the Pacific Ocean. Ocean temperatures indicate the presence of El Niño and La Niña, which sometimes lead to extreme weather in many parts of the United States. NOAA climatologists closely track the development of these oscillating systems, which typically last between one to two years. With so much at stake, it’s critical to be able to monitor and forecast when El Niño or La Niña is developing so governments, businesses, and private citizens can prepare.
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest of the 2012 hurricane season and was the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history. University of Washington civil engineer Dorothy Reed and her team received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how Hurricane Sandy affected the infrastructure of the New York Metropolitan area, including the power and transit systems. Reed and her team area creating highly detailed maps to construct a comprehensive street-by-street view of Sandy’s devastation.
For over a century, tens of millions of visitors have marveled at the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park, home to the largest concentration of geysers in the world, including the iconic Old Faithful. Visitors may not realize it, but Yellowstone is situated directly above one of the largest volcanic systems on Earth-a supervolcano. For the past two million years, this volcano has erupted roughly every 600,000 years. The last major eruption, which produced a caldera that stretches over 1,500 square miles across the park-two-thirds the size of Prince Edward Island-occurred 640,000 years ago. So, is it overdue for another eruption?
For nearly a decade, with support from the National Science Foundation, Doppler on Wheels (DOW) has been doing its best work in dangerous weather to gather scientific data about wind, rain, and snow. Meteorologist Josh Wurman and his team at the Center for Severe Weather Research in Boulder, Colorado coordinate a fleet of storm-chasing vehicles from a compact control room inside one of the DOW trucks. From thunderstorms to blizzards, hurricanes to tornadoes, DOW is providing extensive and detailed information that may ultimately improve warning systems and weather prediction. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Imagine having the ability to manipulate light waves in order to see through a skull right into the brain, or being able to use lasers to diagnose a bacterial infection in a matter of minutes. At the Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) at Boston University, technologies enabling these abilities and many others are coming to light. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), mechanical engineer Thomas Bifano and his colleagues are developing optical microscopes that can image deep into biological tissue, helping scientists observe molecular-scale activity. Their goal is to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
One day, microbes will eliminate dirt and garbage, filter exhaust systems, and help make self-cleaning clothing possible. Takes viewers on a global journey-from the U.S. to Iceland, Sweden, India, China, Senegal, and Australia-to meet the world's leading specialists in bacteriology and to discover the incredible abilities of the microscopic life-forms they study. Employs state-of-the-art imaging technology and animation to illustrate how bacteria have learned to adapt to harsh environments and how they can be found in a vast array of human-made products and materials, including medicines, pesticides, plastics, solvents, and even electroacoustic speakers.
NOAA's environmental satellites provide data from space to monitor Earth to analyze coastal waters, relay life-saving emergency beacons, and predict and track tropical storms and hurricanes. NOAA operates three types of satellite systems for the United States: polar-orbiting satellites, geostationary satellites, and deep space satellites. Polar-orbiting satellites circle Earth and provide global information from 540 miles above Earth. Geostationary satellites constantly monitor the Western Hemisphere from around 22,240 miles above Earth. The deep space satellites orbit one million miles from Earth, providing space weather alerts and forecasts while also monitoring the amounts of solar energy absorbed by Earth every day.
From the noise of an urban landscape to the musical cocoons created by high-tech devices, sound may be humanity's most lively and versatile interface with the world. Takes viewers on a sonic odyssey that assesses the frequently overlooked impact of what humans hear. Takes a CGI tour through the human ear and its vibration-decoding systems, defining the concept of sound. Also demonstrates the importance of sound in human spiritual and religious lives, while musical research at Edinburgh University highlights the link between sound patterns and human movement. Several experts, from physicists to sound engineers to audio artists, contribute to this exploration of humanity's sonic world.
These city kids from Boston may not look like conventional farmers, but they’re spending part of their summer getting their hands dirty. They’re learning how to build solar-powered hydroponic systems that grow organic vegetables without soil. With support from the National Science Foundation, Boston College educator Mike Barnett and his team developed the Urban Hydrofarmers Project to engage students in math and science through hydroponic farming and green energy technology. And, because the teens sell what they grow at farmers’ markets, the students get to experience green entrepreneurship. Barnett and his team have also partnered with the STEM Garden Institute to bring hydroponic farming into classrooms throughout the U.S. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
At the twilight of an active life, Anna is now bedridden due to a serious fall. What makes the elderly--even those who are in full possession of their mental and physical faculties--more prone to falling than younger people? As this program demonstrates, the answer lies not in the body or the brain alone, but in their interconnection. Exploring Anna's past dreams of becoming a ballerina, the film shows how complex physical motion, such as dancing or even typing, requires sophisticated coordination between the body's neural, muscular, and skeletal systems. How aging affects such coordination and how new artificial limb technology enables movement are running themes in the program.
Features different systems of measurement and their value to science in five separate segments. Stardust Elements: Looks at the life cycles of stars and explains how the death of a star seeds the universe with all the elements of the periodic table. End of Dinosaurs: Debates several scientific theories about why and how dinosaurs became extinct. Earthly Thermometers: Demonstrates how the Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin scales measure the same thing in different ways and why we need precise measurements of temperature. Frozen in Time: Pieces together the past of a 5,300-year-old man whose body was preserved in ice in the Italian Alps. Hurricanes Take the Heat: Follows researchers who study how hurricanes form and try to predict where the next one will strike.
The 1960s world population has nearly doubled and now tops 7 billion. Population growth, though little discussed, is putting an unprecedented burden on the planet's life systems. Brings to light the connection between overpopulation and our most pressing environmental and humanitarian problems, as well as the solutions. Also, follows Beth, an American mother and child rights advocate, who grew up in a large family of 12 as she travels to Africa to witness first-hand the impact of population growth in the developing world and its role in exacerbating poverty. While there, she meets a young Ethiopian woman, Zinet, who comes from a poor family of 12, but has found the courage to break free from long-held cultural barriers holding back women. Features a broader discussion of the solutions to overpopulation in both the developed and developing world.
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