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Some New Tricks With DNA

The 1970s and 80s saw the invention of ingenious new ways to manipulate DNA, which remain the cornerstone of today's genetic revolution, including the Human Genome Project. We begin with a scientist/magician demonstrating six simple tricks with DNA. Using these as building blocks, the more comple...

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Understanding The Book of Life

Reading the Book of Life was just the first step. The ultimate goal is to understand how it works. We are guided towards this new genetic horizon by Francis Collins and Craig Venter, the leaders of the two competing teams that first sequenced the human genome. The initial task is to separate out ...

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Blue Sky Dreaming

What does carbon neutrality really mean? This episode of Earth Report highlights four countries and many corporations that are pledging to go carbon neutral. One such country is New Zealand which plans to be the first country to create a completely carbon neutral economy. Their 2020 target inclu...

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The Sky is Not the Limit Part 2

This video follows the University of Saskatchewan's Space Design Team (USST) as they compete in NASA's Space Elevator Games. Episode 2 continues the trip to and arrival at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mohave Desert. The team arrives at the competition ready to reclaim their first place title and...

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The Sky is Not the Limit Part 1

What happens when a small group of hardworking, sleep-deprived and chronically underfunded university students take on some of the brightest engineering minds in North America at NASA's Space Elevator Games? Follow the USST as they prepare for and compete at Edward's Airforce Base for NASA's top ...

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The DNA Obsession

Beginning with its discovery in a gothic German castle, we follow the scientific surprises as DNA beat out protein, the more logical candidate, as the stuff of the gene. Joshua Lederberg pays tribute to the work of Oswald Avery, the Canadian-born scientist who first proved it was DNA and the impa...

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The Gene Machine

We follow the steps by which the discovery of the double helix in 1953 quickly led to our understanding of how a gene produces a protein, using messenger RNA as the intermediary. The basics of transcription and translation are clearly explained using creative animation. Then in the 1960s came the...

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Microscopes and Mutants

The actions of chromosomes during mitosis, meiosis and fertilization, as discovered in 19th century Germany, are explained in this video. These microscopic findings, together with the rediscovery of Mendel's long-lost research in 1900, gave birth to the Chromosomal Theory of Heredity. Sex chromos...

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Reading the Book of Life

The human genome sequence was the finish line for another famous race in genetics, which led to a historic White House press conference. The leaders of this epic effort, including Francis Collins, Craig Venter, Eric Lander, John Sulston and Sydney Brenner, explain its origins, how it was done and...

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Peas in a Pod

This episode tells the story of genetics from ancient times to its true scientific beginnings in the 19th century. Humorous animation and other creative visuals illustrate the unsuccessful efforts of Aristotle, Darwin and others to solve the age-old puzzle of heredity. The focus then shifts to Gr...

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The Seeds of a New Era

This episode examines the science of genetically modified crops and foods. It begins by explaining, through creative animation, the actual process by which a foreign gene is introduced into a plant. It then examines the actual benefits and risks of the two types of genes currently added to GM cro...

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Introduction to Electricity

Students use electricity every day, but they really do not understand where it comes from and how it works. This video program provides some of the early history of electricity and explains the difference between static and current electricity. Students will also learn about current, voltage, and...

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Is There Life on Mars?

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This video examines Mars. NASA's two robot explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, first landed on Mars in January, 2004. The rovers were expected to function for the initial 90-Martian-day (sol) primary mission. Since that time, the Rovers have lasted 16 times longer and traveled 20 times farther. Th...

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Forming Bonds. Slides

This video is a collection of 21 slides that support the video, "Forming Bonds" (N648).

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Forming Bonds

In this video, students will learn that atomic bonds benefit living things every day. The animations illustrate the process of chemical bonding and the various types of bonds. Additional topics that are discussed include molecules, electron arrangement, valence electrons, compounds, ions, ionic b...