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  • Photograph of hundreds of African Americans marching over a bridge in Selma.

    New Video “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” Raises Issues That Are Relevant Today

    Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot is about events that took place in 1965, and raises issues that remain relevant today: the use of the n-word, the misuse of police power, the power of symbols to intimidate, and the effectiveness of popular movements. Narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, this 40-minute film tells the story of courageous activists who fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. Teaching guide included.

  • Real Life Teens logo in a circle with three teenage hosts, Grace, Shawn and Jillian.

    Real Life 101 Series: Teaching Kids About Career Choices

    This acclaimed, exciting, and informative series of 26 videos steps into the lives of fascinating people to see what it's like to do what they do for a living. Hosted by engaging, spirited and energetic teenagers, this program profiles 39 dynamic, unique, and challenging careers.

    Get ready for a genuinely fantastic, hip and one of a kind career exploration experience designed for middle school and early high school aged youth. Kids travel where few people have gone before— right into the operating room as a dermatologist performs surgery on one of her patients or right into the cockpit of an airplane.

  • Four combinations of scenes show a man and a woman using sign language, with large children's book illustrations behind them.

    Sign Language Storytelling Series

    Popular children’s books like Goodnight Moon and Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed are brought to life by original music, narration and sign language. The Sign Language Storytelling series helps all children appreciate the richness of visual language and teaches hearing and deaf children basic American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary. Plus, it's captioned AND described!

New Media Releases

  • Image from Biophotonics Poised To Make Major Breakthroughs In Medicine

    Biophotonics Poised To Make Major Breakthroughs In Medicine - 2009 - 4 minutes

    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.

  • Image from Off The Water Grid: Energy Efficient And Sustainable

    Off The Water Grid: Energy Efficient And Sustainable - 2009 - 4 minutes

    This University of Miami residence hall may look typical, but students in one of the apartments are participating in research involving one of the planet’s most precious commodities--water. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), environmental engineer James Englehardt and his team created a net zero water system, which serves most of the residents’ daily needs, including dish washing, showering and laundry. All of the water is treated just outside the building, and reused in a sustainable loop.

  • Image from Could A "Thinking Cap" Help Us Learn?

    Could A "Thinking Cap" Help Us Learn? - 2009 - 4 minutes

    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.

  • Image from Arctic Soils Key To Future Climate

    Arctic Soils Key To Future Climate - 2009 - 4 minutes

    Since the last ice age, plants in the Alaskan Arctic have been taking carbon out of the atmosphere and locking it away in the soil. But now, the permafrost is starting to thaw. That means all those microbes are about to find themselves at an all-you-can-eat carbon buffet. With support from the National Science Foundation, ecologist Matthew Wallenstein and a team from Colorado State University have come to the Toolik Field Station, deep inside the Arctic Circle, to drill soil cores for study. The researchers are trying to find out more about how microbes in the soil are cycling carbon from the Earth to the atmosphere.

  • Image from Hunting For The WIMPS Of The Universe

    Hunting For The WIMPS Of The Universe - 2009 - 4 minutes

    Dark matter is a scientific mystery. But physicists like Dan McKinsey theorize it must exist because without it, the universe would look quite different. With support from the National Science Foundation, McKinsey and a team of scientists from across the U.S. and Europe are hard at work on the Large Underground Xenon, or LUX, experiment. Nearly a mile straight down an old mine shaft at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, the team searches for the existence of one possible type of dark matter called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs.

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