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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 Einstein's Messengers: LIGO Documentary

    Einstein's Messengers: LIGO Documentary - 2005 - 21 minutes

    This award-winning documentary on LIGO, NSF's Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, examines how LIGO is spearheading the new field of gravitational wave astronomy and opening a whole new window on the universe. LIGO's exquisitely sensitive instruments may ultimately take scientists farther back in time than ever before, catching, perhaps, the first murmurs of the universe in formation.

  • Image from Doppler On Wheels: The Biggest 'Dish' On The Road

    Doppler On Wheels: The Biggest 'Dish' On The Road - 2009 - 4 minutes

    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.

  • Image from Testing The Waters: 1,4-Dioxane In North Carolina's Cape Fear River Basin

    Testing The Waters: 1,4-Dioxane In North Carolina's Cape Fear River Basin - 2009 - 4 minutes

    It was an email from a colleague that tipped off environmental engineer Detlef Knappe of possible 1,4-dioxane contamination in the Cape Fear River Basin, North Carolina’s largest watershed and a source of drinking water for communities across the state. The Environmental Protection Agency has classified 1,4-dioxane as a probable human carcinogen. With support from a National Science Foundation grant, Knappe and his team at North Carolina State University have begun to identify 1,4-dioxane sources and how 1,4-dioxane impacts drinking water quality. Knappe is also working with managers at water treatment plants and state policymakers in North Carolina to improve testing and treatment standards for 1,4-dioxane.

  • Image from Hydraulic Fracturing: Using Scientific Methods To Evaluate Trade-Offs

    Hydraulic Fracturing: Using Scientific Methods To Evaluate Trade-Offs - 2009 - 4 minutes

    In Colorado, drilling for oil and natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, sometimes referred to as fracking, is big business. But questions about its impact on the air and water are far from settled. With support from the National Science Foundation, University of Colorado environmental engineer Joseph Ryan heads a team gathering data on the pros and cons of oil and natural gas development, including the use of hydraulic fracturing.

  • Image from Giving Robots And Prostheses The Human Touch

    Giving Robots And Prostheses The Human Touch - 2009 - 4 minutes

    Research engineers and students in the University of California, Los Angeles, Biomechatronics Lab are designing artificial limbs to be more sensational, with the emphasis on sensation. With support from the National Science Foundation, the team, led by mechanical engineer Veronica J. Santos, is constructing a language of touch that both a computer and a human can understand.

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