1 videodisc (ca. 32 min.)
Uses an experiment involving scary movies and heart rates to demonstrate the eight steps of the
scientific method: state the problem, research the problem, form a hypothesis, set procedures to test
hypothesis, perform the experiment, observe and record results, interpret the data, state the conclusion.
Bohr's model of the atom
1 videodisc (26 min.)
This program focuses on Niels Bohr, who worked with some of the best physicists of the 20th century to devise his atomic model. Students will gain an understanding of the historical developments in atomic theories up to Bohr, a brief outline of Bohr's life. Bohr's first and second postulates, and his influence on contemporary society.
1 videodisc 33 min
In Core Geology, the building blocks of this most contemporary science are laid out in a logical order, including the meaning of the fossil record.
Cosmos: a personal journey
7 videodiscs (60 min. each)
Contents: Disc 1. I. The shores of the cosmic ocean -- Disc 2. II. One voice in the cosmic fugue; III. The harmony of the worlds -- Disc 3. IV. Heaven and hell; V.Blues for a red planet -- Disc 4. VI. Travellers' tales ; VII. The backbone of night -- Disc 5. VIII. Travels in space and time ; IX. The lives of the stars -- Disc 6. X. The edge of forever ; XI. The persistence of memory -- Disc 7. XII. Encyclopaedia galactica ; XIII. Who speaks for Earth?
The creation of the universe
1 videodisc (ca. 92 min.)
Identifies and explains new scientific clues to the origin and evolution of the universe. Combines spectacular special effects, animation and interviews with internationally renowned physicists.
Einstein's big idea (NOVA)
1 videodisc (111 min.)
Dramatizes how Einstein arrived at his 1905 discovery that the realms of matter and energy are linked. Reveals the roots of this breakthrough in the human stories of scientists Michael Farady, Antoine Lavoisier and Lise Maitner, whose innovative thinking across four centures helped lead to E=mc², and ultimately unleashed the power of the atom.
Fossils, rocks and time
1 videodisc (32 min.)
This program explains the formation of fossils and rocks, how time is measured in geology and the importance of analysis of fossils and rocks to the study of earth history.
Geologic maps: portraits of the earth
1 videodisc 20 min.
An overview of geologic maps - what they are, what kinds of information the maps can provide, how they are made, and the various ways a geologic map can be used.
Geomorphology, study of the shape of the earth
1 videodisc (20 min.)
Shows how various land forms are brought about by natural forces such as wind, water, temperature changes, faulting and folding, volcanoes, glaciers, and gravity.
Geologic time: the age of the earth
1 videodisc (25 min.)
Discusses basic principles of geologic time. Explains how geologists determine the ages of rocks and minerals.
Glaciers: Alaska’s rivers of ice
1 videodisc (? min.)
Join the US Geological Survey as they explore the wonders of glaciers. Learn about the distribution of the world's glaciers,the formation of glacier ice, the glacier ecosystem, and much more.
1 videodisc (60 min.)
Join Hugh Willoughby on a data-gathering flight made into the eye of Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988. Hear first-hand accounts of Hurricane Camille, the most devastating storm ever to strike the United States.
Newton's dark secrets
1 videodisc (ca. 56 min.)
With vivid docudrama scenes, NOVA recreates the unique climate of late 17th-century England, where a newfound fascination with science and mathematics coexisted with extreme views on religious doctrine. Unknown to most, Newton shared both obsessions.
Planet Earth. The complete series
5 videodiscs (550 min.)
A stunning 11-part series that captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with
our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures.
Contents: Disc 1: Living planet; Mountains; Fresh water -- Disc 2: Caves; Deserts; Frozen worlds -- Disc 3: The Great Plains; Forests; Jungles -- Disc 4: The shallow seas; Ocean wide, ocean deep -- Disc 5: Planet Earth: the future
Mountains and mountain building processes
1 videodisc (23 min.)
Examines mountain building processes such as volcanic activity, faulting, and distortion of rocks through folding and bending.
1 videodisc (ca. 14 min.)
Traces Wegener's ideas on continental drift to the discoveries of the mid-ocean ridges, trenches, sea-floor spreading, transform faults and the global pattern of shifting tectonic plates.
The rise of ecology : 10 disasters that changed the world
1 videodisc (52 min.)
Stephen Hawking's universe
3 videodiscs (120 min. each)
v. 1. Seeing is believing. The Big Bang -- v. 2.Cosmic alchemy. On the dark side -- v. 3. Black holes and beyond. An answer to everything.
1 videodisc (16 min.)
Walking with prehistoric beasts
2 videodiscs (180 min.)
Journey into a strange world where flightless terror birds as tall as a man can kill with a single snap of their powerful beaks. Early ancestors of man struggle for power and territory trying to defend themselves against saber-tooth tiger attacks. Begins with the end of the dinosaurs and ends with the rise of the first humans.
Walking with dinosaurs
2 videodiscs (ca. 230 min.)
Walking with dinosaurs: examines the 155-milion-year history of dinosaurs from the aggressive Coelophysis, who first learned to hunt in packs, to Tyrannosaurus Rex, the most terrifying carnivore on the planet. Feel the ground tremble as dueling Triceratops lock horns, and soar with Omithocheirus, who could travel over 300 miles on a single wing flap.
2 videodiscs (57 min.)
This set identifies the levels of animal complexity and examines embryonic development. It describes the characteristics of such phyla as Porifera, Cnidaria, Ctnenephora, Platyhelminthes, Nematoda, Mollusca, Annelida, Arthropoda, Echinodermata, and Chordata. The set also describes subphyla and vertebrate classes, including Cephalochordata, Urochordata, Vertebrata, Agnatha, Placoderma, Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes, Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves, and Mammalia.
1 videodisc (ca. 90 min.)
"Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the art CGI, this special shows how the brain
works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory
and decision-making. It takes us inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in
extreme situations, examines how an autistic person like Rain Man develops remarkable skills, and takes
on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil"--Container.
2 videodiscs (150 min.)
"[This] three-part series provides a fascinating window into the inner workings of the brain as never before. Through interactive experiments and tricks, [the programs] reveal how our brains create the illusion of a seamless reality. As these revealing experiments provide a unique view into our brains, the world's leading experts explain how and why these tests work." -- Container.
Bonus program: How to build a beating heart: "Scientists are using tissue engineering to harness the body's natural powers to grow skin, muscle, body parts and vital organs, even hearts." -- video.nationalgeographic.com
Climbing redwood giants
1 videodisc (50 min.)
National Geographic reveals the unexplored environment of the California redwoods in an epic, year-long exploration that tallies biological material and charts redwood range to size up to past and future of these primeval trees threatened in 21st century California.
Can the Gulf survive?
1 videodisc (50 min.)
National Geographic investigates what happened to the 4.9 million barrels of oil that poured from the sea floor in one of the worst environmental disasters of all time, the BP oil spill.
Cracking the code of life
1 videodisc (120 min.)
This documentary examines the complex race to decode the human genome. Examines the work of, and contains interviews with: Francis Collins, director of the National Center for Human Genome Research; J. Craig Venter, head of its rival, the private Celera Genomics; and the Whitehead Institute's Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project.
The Domains of life: life's three great branches c2006.
1 videodisc (35 min.)
How the evolutionary tree branches over time and forms the basis for biological classification.
Evolution (Television program). Darwin's dangerous idea
1 videodisc (120 min.)
"For 21 years, Charles Darwin kept his theory of evolution secret from all but a few friends. He confided to one: "It's like confessing to a murder." His torment resonates in society today -- in the challenge his incredibly powerful idea poses to our understanding of our world and ourselves. Darwin's Dangerous Idea interweaves the drama in key moments of Darwin's life with documentary sequences of current research, linking past to present and introducing major concepts of evolutionary theory. It explores why Darwin's "dangerous idea" might matter even more today than it did in his own time, and reveals how science might be used to explain the past and predict the future of life on earth"--Container.
Greatest discoveries with Bill Nye. Genetics
1 videodisc (45 min.)
Nye discusses the process by which scientists came to understand that inherited information is passed according to rules.
1 videodisc (52 min.)
This documentary follows various scientists in various disciplines in their work; the ethnobotanist working with herbal healers to learn about the traditional use of green medicines, the pharmacologist bringing plants into the lab to find chemical structure of active molecules and doctors trying to incorporate traditional medicines into western medical practice.
The human body, how it works. The skeletal and muscular systems
1 videodisc (22 min.)
Identifies the various bones in the human body by dividing the skeleton, analyzing the composition, and categorizing the different bone and joint types. Also looks at the skeletal muscular system, including a detailed look at muscle cells, fibers, and connective tissue.
Contents: Movers & shakers -- Bones & the skeleton – Axial skeleton -- Appendicular skeleton -- Joints & soft tissues -- Skeletal muscles -- Bone composition & repair -- Muscle cells & tissues.
Incredible human machine
1 videodisc (96 min.)
Brilliantly designed and marvelous in its mechanics, the human body is incredible. With stunning footage and powerful first hand accounts, take a fantastic journey through an ordinary day in the life of the human body. Witness striking feats of medical advancement, from glimpses of open-brain surgery to real-time views of Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler's vocal chords. Meet athletes and other unique people who push the human body to its ultimate limits.
Infection : a history
1 videodisc (51 min.)
(Producer) Traces the battles fought against humanity's oldest foes: diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, syphilis, cholera, smallpox, tuberculosis, polio, and perhaps the deadliest pandemic of all, AIDS.
A Journey through the cell
2 videodiscs (20 min. each)
Pt. 1. Describes and shows examples of cells, explores structure and functions of different types of cells, defines eukaryotes and prokaryotes, and compares plant and animal cells.
Pt. 2. Examines three cell activities: energy storage and release, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction. Includes mitochondria, chloroplasts, proteins, amino acids, mitosis, and more.
Judgment day: intelligent design on trial
1 videodisc (112 min.)
This program presents the 2004 case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District and captures the turmoil that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania, in a landmark battle over the teaching of evolution in public schools. The Dover school board ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school biology students about an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution called intelligent design--the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and so must have been designed by an intelligent agent. The teachers refused to comply, and both parents and teachers filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state. Features trial reenactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants and expert scientists.
Medical microbiology : basic laboratory procedure
1 videodisc (19 min.)
Videos illustrates how to do various common laboratory procedures for microbiology.
Modern theory and speciation
1 videodisc (29 min.)
Covers the following topics: evolutionary forces (random genetic change, natural selection, genetic drift, migration); speciation defined; isolating mechanisms; allopatric, sympatric, and parapatric.
Planet Carnivore: Sharks and Lions
1 videodisc (90 min.)
Witness dramatic stories of survival among some of the biggest, most successful meat-eating predators on Earth, how they battle to make their way in a world that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.