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Is a sixth mass extinction on the horizon? Dr. Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire travel to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument to find, collect, and date fossils. They have determined that the rate at which animals are going extinct today is much faster than normal.
Explores how ears work and how ears help us communicate with the world. Explains common ear problems, including blockage, infection, and hearing impairment. Discusses symptoms of these conditions and introduces doctor's diagnostic tools. Emphasizes healthy habits and stresses not to put anything in your ears smaller than your elbow. Talks about how children with hearing loss communicate and learn.
Students at UC Davis are working to create high-tech tools to help make agriculture more precise. Some areas of research focus on plant genetics and biotechnology. Also in this episode, an organic farmer and a plant geneticist discuss the goals of sustainable farming. Part of the "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming" series.
The cathode ray tube, fiber optic, color TV, remote controls, and satellites are only a few of the technological advances that have transformed television over the years. During the last decade, the audiovisual industry has not stopped innovating and creating numerous other tools of production and post-production for TV, movies, commercials, and other digital media. Host Nerdo Cavernas takes viewers on a journey to get to know all these important advances.
Volcanoes are a part of the earth, and they have intrigued people for hundreds of years. Scientists study the earth's plates in order to understand the complexity of volcanic activity around the world. They also study different types of lava, rocks, and the gases that have dissolved into rocks. In the past, studying volcanic activity was extremely dangerous for scientists. Now they have access to tools, such as global positioning systems and seismometers, to help in predicting volcanic activity.
Researchers at New York University are tackling one of the major challenges in agriculture. They are trying to raise healthy plants while minimizing the use of fertilizer and the leaching of fertilizer chemicals into the environment. A team led by scientist Gloria Coruzzi and computer scientist Dennis Shasha is using the latest tools to develop new plant varieties that don't need as much nitrogen to grow. The researchers are also investigating which of the plant's genes control fertilizer uptake. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
Join Dr. Knowledge as he takes young viewers on a fast-paced adventure to learn about energy and electricity. Shows what tools, appliances, factories, and everything from iPods to airplanes have in common. Each needs energy to do their jobs. But, where does that energy come from? We know we can get our power from a wall outlet, but that's only the beginning. Dr. K and the Inquisitive Minds team trace the electricity from the wall through the power grid to its source.
Part of the "Green Careers" series. Details the entire range of jobs needed to make solar power a reality from research and development, design and marketing, and financial analysis to construction and project management. Engineers, analysts, and managers share how they work in this emerging green industry and how they found the opportunity to be part of the clean energy solution. Jobs profiled include the following: research and development engineer, design engineer, marketing manager, financial analyst, construction manager, and project manager.
Using crisp images and lifelike animations, this program introduces students to the intriguing realm of stars and galaxies. The main characteristics of galaxies and stars are discussed. Special attention is given to the features of stars, including size, temperature, and brightness. The life cycle of a star is also highlighted, as are the tools used by astronomers to study space. Additional concepts and terminology illustrated in the video include: universe, telescope, satellites, constellations, star color, spectrum, gas, light-year, and black hole.
The search for a mysterious subatomic particle can certainly involve some enormous tools, not to mention a multitude of scientists. The Higgs boson is a subatomic particle that gives other particles, such as quarks and electrons, their mass. With support from the National Science Foundation, physicists Michael Tuts at Columbia University and Kyle Cranmer at New York University are among the 21st century explorers who have been on the hunt for the Higgs. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Recapping themes from the prior modules and previewing the junco research of the future, this closing segment reinforces the broad range of important scientific findings involving the Junco. Featuring sound bites from more than a dozen diverse scientists who study juncos, this segment emphasizes the importance of emerging genetic and genomic research tools to complement research in the field. Viewers are reminded to consider all that can be learned from a little backyard bird. Part of Ordinary Extraordinary Junco (Outro).
At the National Science Foundation-funded Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), headquartered at Duke University, scientists and engineers are researching how nanoscale materials affect living things. One of CEINT's main goals is to develop tools that can help assess possible risks to human health and the environment. A key aspect of this research happens in mesocosms, which are outdoor experiments that simulate the natural environment. These simulated wetlands in Duke Forest serve as a test bed for exploring how nanomaterials move through an ecosystem and impact living things. Part of the “Science Nation” series.
Researchers around the world can compare notes on one of the most powerful tools available for imaging human brain function, the fMRI, thanks to support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project, called OpenfMRI, allows scientists to share their data easily and securely in a standardized format. The advantages are clear to Stanford neuroscientist Vinod Menon, who researches brain development and is using OpenfMRI to validate his research. Menon says as more studies are added to OpenfMRI, it becomes a powerful tool for diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Teachers often say to students, “Put your thinking caps on,” and one day, students might just do that for real. Vanderbilt University psychologist Geoffrey Woodman says that’s because scientists are being equipped with more and more tools they can use to better understand the brain, and now, they can even eavesdrop on individual neurons. Initial support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) allowed Woodman and his team at the Vanderbilt University Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory to study memory and perception. Then, the researchers tested their theory that electrical stimulation of the medial frontal cortex can boost learning and improve decision-making. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
While the human brain and nervous system are wired with hundreds of billions of nerve cells, or neurons, sea slugs can get by with tens of thousands. Ironically, sea slugs reveal a lot about the chemistry of the human brain and nervous system. In fact, they are ideal as study subjects for research on learning, memory, and how neurons control behavior. With support from the National Science Foundation, analytical chemist Jonathan Sweedler and his team at the University of Illinois are working to develop new measurement tools that enable insights into the function of individual cells in the central nervous systems of slugs and other animals in order to uncover novel neurochemical pathways. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Fittle is an accessible learning toolset for visually challenged kids, in the form of a playful puzzle. By feeling braille letters embossed on the word blocks, and then feeling the shape that s/he has fit together, the kid can touch what the object might feel like in real.