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What are the different features of each instrument? While attending a concert by the Youth Orchestra of Bariloche, a team analyzes the different scientific and technological aspects related to sound and music. Part of Invisible Science and Technology Surrounding Series.
The fourth in a series of five documentaries focuses on the omnipresence of spirituality in the Greater Mekong. The values of prosperity, as they are enhanced by the Western World, are in complete opposition with the values of renouncement of material wealth commended by Buddhist philosophy. As a matter of fact, over 90 % of the population of the Greater Mekong is Buddhist. The region is full of temples and pagodas because the spirits, the gods and the demons too are part of everyday life. They are the heroes of all festive events. It is especially the dragon, a symbol of superhuman forces, of spirituality and supreme power that still lives in the heart of the festive traditions of this part of the world. Series: The Soul of Southeast Asia
As shown on the History Channel. We are so familiar with the map of United States, but do we know why our states look the way they do? Every shape on the map tells a story about our past. Why is California bent? To cling on to gold. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? Because of shifting borders for slavery. Why does Missouri have a boot? Because of a massive earthquake. Examines how every state is a puzzle piece revealing the unique geography, political, and social history of America.
While most holidays honor events in the past, Arbor Day is all about looking to the future. All across the country, Americans plant trees to recognize the important role they play on Earth. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
Throughout U.S. history, Hispanics have contributed and achieved in building the West, in medicine and science, in entertainment, journalism, business, education, civil rights, politics, in sports, and more. Highlights Judy Baca bringing the Hispanic muralist movement to the United States, Roberto Clemente as the first Hispanic elected into baseball's Hall of Fame, Hispanic golfer Nancy Lopez winning her first LPGA Championship, Walter Alvarez proposing dinosaur extinction caused by asteroid impact, Franklin Chang-Diaz as the first Hispanic American in space, Dr. Antonia Novello as the first Hispanic surgeon general, and Linda Alvarado winning the Horatio Alger Award.
Students can take to the skies and celebrate National Aviation Day on August 19th. Inspire an interest in design, engineering, and exploration with this look back on aviation history. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
Is it time for spring or six more weeks of winter? Why does a groundhog get to decide? Find out more about the history of this holiday and Punxsutawney Phil. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
April 22 is Earth Day. It is a national day to focus on the environment, and rallies are held to promote sustainable alternatives for a healthy planet. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
Commerce and industry thrive across the new nation, now one of the wealthiest on Earth. In the North, the Erie Canal brings big risk and bigger reward. In the South, cotton is king, but slavery fuels a growing divide. As shown on the History Channel. Part of the “America the Story of Us” series.
As the Earth revolves around the Sun, the daylight hours get longer and shorter depending on its orientation. Learn more about the celebrations surrounding the longest and shortest days of the year. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
May Day is a celebration of the arrival of spring. Communities host festivals with food and dancing around a maypole. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.
February is Black History Month. Marvie is learning about different African-American inventors, and she is inspired to invent something new. Part of the "Marvie" series.
A nymph named Eco and the mythological Narciso are punished by the gods. From the Kool Books series narrated by Hector Bonilla.
First in a three-part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States. Explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Follows a dozen high school students who sequence and compare their own mitochondrial DNA looking for a "race marker," with surprising results. Also looks at the history of racism in the United States, the advent of stereotypes based on physical attributes attributed to races, and somatotypes, with particular reference to African Americans.
In this special episode, host Jeff Corwin dives alongside brave men and women of our armed forces who were injured in the line of duty. As these wounded veterans experience the wonder of Georgia Aquarium and swim alongside giant whale sharks, they also find the strength to heal. Jeff makes new friends, listens to heroic stories, and reminds us all to never forget the people who keep our country safe.
Known as one of the most remembered conquistadors of all time, Hernán Cortés conquered vast parts of Mexico for Spain. While Cortés brought about the end of the Aztec civilization, his legacy is marred by his brutal treatment of Mexican natives. Part of the "World Explorers" series.
An introduction to sign vocabulary that is specific to science. Many interpreters, teachers, and students are unfamiliar with specialized sign vocabulary because the concepts occur infrequently in daily communication. In this video a Deaf professional signs vocabulary related to his field of expertise. The signs being demonstrated are commonly accepted by the Deaf community, but may not be the only sign for a specific word. Signs often vary across the country, so viewers are encouraged to confirm that signs used in this video are those used in their area/region of the country. Where appropriate, more than one sign or combinations of signs are demonstrated in this video for the same English word.
Music is the art of combining sounds according to an artistic criterion and is a form of human expression. Musicians such as Richard Strauss and Arnold Schoenberg were interested in seeking new quality tone and sounds in the orchestra by adding new, nontraditional instruments. In 1909, Luigi Russolo in his "Futurist Manifesto" spoke about combining sounds from machines and non-traditional musical instruments and combining those sounds with an artistic criterion based on the imagination of the composer. But what role do technological advances play in the creative development and composition of music?
Georgia Tech's Parag Chordia believes music is a universal part of human culture, and his research shows music education can inspire greater interest in math, physics, and computer science. Chordia heads Georgia Tech's "Music Intelligence Group." With support from the National Science Foundation, his goals are to program computers to understand music and study the brains of professional musicians as they play composed music versus when they improvise.
University of Rochester electrical engineer Mark Bocko has combined his passion for music with his passion for engineering, devising a way to digitally compress music files. Bocko’s team of engineers and musicians at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music are also helping uncover some extraordinarily precise details about just how music is made. With support from the National Science Foundation, they have built a computer model of the clarinet, entirely from real world acoustical measurements taken from human musicians. Measuring such things as how hard the musician is blowing into the instrument and the pressure the musician applies to the reed, they have modeled the way music is made.