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  • Video still from Dicapta P S A. Cartoon image of a young woman holding and touching a green hat. Captions read It is round and very soft.

    Campaign for Accessible Television

    United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is December 3, and our friends at Dicapta are commemorating the day by campaigning for accessible television. Check out their two video clips, with English and Spanish versions, designed to motivate people to turn captions on and to describe for others. www.youtube.com/DICAPTA

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    Happy Holidays from DCMP!

    Image description: A store front is flanked by a glass door with a sign reading “DCMP: Everything Is Free.” The storefront glass is paned, and visible through it from left to right are a dancing teddy bear, a turquoise Furby, a little red wagon with a large ball inside, and a standing Raggedy Ann doll with a model airplane hovering overhead. Also visible on the left between the Teddy Bear and the wagon are four large wooden blocks stacked on top of each other, each with one of the letters of the D C M P appearing in order. Snow lines the sidewalk and doorway outside the store front.

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    How To Make the Most of Your DCMP Membership

    Our tech team has put together simple how-to videos on using DCMP's cool features, including using Roku, interactive transcripts, student accounts, embedding videos, and DCMP's iOS app.

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  • Image from New Nanotechnology To Produce Sustainable, Clean Water For Developing Nations

    New Nanotechnology To Produce Sustainable, Clean Water For Developing Nations - 2015 - 4 minutes

    The world’s population is projected to increase by 2-3 billion over the next 40 years. Already, more than three quarters of a billion people lack access to clean drinking water and 85 percent live in the driest areas of the planet. Those statistics are inspiring chemist Ben Hsiao and his team at Stony Brook University. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the team is hard at work designing nanometer-scale water filters that could soon make clean drinking water available and affordable for even the poorest of the poor. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Image from These Smart Threads Could Save Lives

    These Smart Threads Could Save Lives - 2015 - 4 minutes

    Engineers are joining forces with designers, scientists, and doctors at Drexel University to produce new biomedical textiles, and the resulting smart clothes are not only fashionably functional, but could also be life savers. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), electrical and computer engineer Kapil Dandekar, industrial and fashion designer Genevieve Dion, and OB-GYN Owen Montgomery are incorporating RFID technology into their “belly bands” for women with high-risk pregnancies. The band continuously tracks data and alerts the doctor’s office via the Internet should the woman start contractions. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Image from Insect Battles Provide Clues To Evolution

    Insect Battles Provide Clues To Evolution - 2015 - 4 minutes

    The seemingly peaceful atmosphere in an organic garden on the University of Florida campus belies the battles happening among many of its tiniest inhabitants: the insects. For entomologist Christine Miller, there are endless opportunities here to study how insects compete and even fight for a mate. With support from the National Science Foundation, Miller and her team are researching mate selection and animal weapons as a key to better understanding animal behavior, diversity, and evolution. Understanding evolution is essential for figuring out solutions to modern problems such as antibiotic resistance, a major problem in medicine, and for understanding how life on the planet became so diverse and how it may change in the future. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Image from Ecologists Test Stability Of Maine Ecosystem Over 2 Decades

    Ecologists Test Stability Of Maine Ecosystem Over 2 Decades - 2016 - 4 minutes

    University of Pennsylvania ecologist Peter Petraitis, California State Northridge biologist Steve Dudgeon, and their team have been returning to Maine’s rocky intertidal zone every spring and summer for nearly two decades. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), they survey a network of 60 experimental plots. The big question that brings them back year after year: Is an ecosystem like this a stable and permanent fixture, or, under harsh conditions, could it reach a tipping point? The idea is that changes in conditions could cause a switch from one community to another, such as from mussel beds to rockweed, and then back again. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

  • Image from Urban Hydrofarmers Project Sows Seeds Of Success Among Resilient Youth

    Urban Hydrofarmers Project Sows Seeds Of Success Among Resilient Youth - 2015 - 4 minutes

    These city kids from Boston may not look like conventional farmers, but they’re spending part of their summer getting their hands dirty. They’re learning how to build solar-powered hydroponic systems that grow organic vegetables without soil. With support from the National Science Foundation, Boston College educator Mike Barnett and his team developed the Urban Hydrofarmers Project to engage students in math and science through hydroponic farming and green energy technology. And, because the teens sell what they grow at farmers’ markets, the students get to experience green entrepreneurship. Barnett and his team have also partnered with the STEM Garden Institute to bring hydroponic farming into classrooms throughout the U.S. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”

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