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Documentaries: Science

Alan Alda

21st Century Medicine

Q111 .S35 no. 965 1996 VHS
60 minutes
This film explores the impact of technology on medicine, from brain surgery to phobias and gene therapy. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

After Innocence

After Innocence

RA1057.55 .A38 2006 DVD
95 minutes; released 2005.
The dramatic and compelling story of seven men imprisoned for decades who were exonerated after DNA evidence proved their innocence.

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Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian

QC16 .E5 H693 2008 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Baraka

Baraka

PN 1997 .B339 1994 DVD
96 minutes; released 1992.
A nature film shot on six continents in 24 countries, Baraka has no conventional plot. Instead, it uses sheer cinematic power to capture the planet's glories and violent calamities. Directed by Ron Fricke.

Teaching Company
Teaching Company

Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective

GN281 .K56 2002 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

The Biology of Prenatal Development

The Biology of Prenatal Development

QM603 .B56 2006 DVD
42 minutes
An overview of key features of human embryonic development with video sequences and animations.

Alan Alda

The Bionic Body

Q111 .S35 no. 9107 2001 VHS
60 minutes
Shows advancements in repairing the human body with new technology. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

The Blue Planet

The Blue Planet

GC11.2 .B58 2002 DVD
4 discs, total 392 minutes; released 2001.
An eight-part BBC series about the natural history of the Earth's oceans. Narrated by David Attenborough.

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

QB981 .B76 1992 VHS
89 minutes; released 1991.
Physicist Stephen Hawking explores the Big Bang, black holes, and other fundamental questions about the universe.

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Chaos

Q172.5 .C45 S87 2008 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe

QB981 .C676 2008 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Cracking the Code of Life

Cracking the Code of Life

QH442 .C73 2001 VHS
120 minutes
Describes the race to decode human DNA and raises questions of whether or not we may want to know what's in our genes and whether decoding DNA will lead to cures.

The Creation of the Universe

The Creation of the Universe

QB991 .B54 C74 1985 DVD
92 minutes; released 1985.
A PBS documentary which explores various scientific theories about the origins of the universe through stunning photography, animation, special effects, and discussions with leading physicists Carlo Rubbia, Murray Gell-Man, and Stephen Hawking.

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Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

QB791.3 .D37 2007 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

The Dark Side of the Universe

The Dark Side of the Universe

QB791.3 .D375 2004 DVD
60 minutes; released 2004.
Hosted by Alan Alda, this PBS documentary (part of the Scientific American Frontiers series) brings together some of the world's top astronomers to discuss the hidden nature of the universe. They suggest that everything we see is only a tiny part of the entire cosmos.

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The Darwinian Revolution

QH362 .D379 2008 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Dimming the Sun

Dimming the Sun

QC981.8 .G56 D566 2006 DVD
56 minutes.
A NOVA presentation about the decline in sunlight reaching the Earth, and the impact of global warming from man-made pollution.

DNA

QP 624 .D145 2003 DVD
5 discs, 57 minutes each.
A five volume series: Program 1: The Secret of Life, tells the story of how Jim Watson and Franis Crick won the race to unravel the structure of DNA. Program 2: Playing God, focuses on genetic engineering. Program 3: The Human Race, tracks the history of the Human Genome Project. Program 4: Curing Cancer, focuses on the search to cure cancer by tracing it back to its DNA origins. Program 5: Pandora's Box, explores genetic manipulation with a leading scientist.

Earth

Earth: The Biography

QE501 .E27 2008 DVD
5 programmes, each approximately 45 minutes
A series about the planet Earth, using breathtaking footage and specialist imaging to tell the story of the great forces that shape the planet - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice.

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Teaching Company

Earth's Changing Climate

QC981.8 .C5 W64 2007 DVD
2 discs; 12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Einstein's Big Idea

Einstein's Big Idea

QC 16 .E5 E367 2005 DVD
112 minutes; released 2005.
A NOVA dramatization of how a young patent clerk came to realize that matter and energy are linked. The film is rooted in the human stories of the the men and women whose innovative thinking over four centuries helped lead to E=mc2, and ultimately the power of the atom.

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Einstein's Wife

Einstein's Wife

QC16 .E513 A4 2004 DVD
60 minutes
A PBS documentary about the relationship between Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric.

The Elegant Universe

The Elegant Universe

QC794.6 .S85 G752 2003 DVD
180 minutes (2 discs)
A documentary about "string theory", a revolutionary idea which seeks to find order in the universe.

The End of Suburbia

The End of Suburbia

HT 352 .U6 G74 2004 DVD
78 minutes; released 2004.
A frightening documentary about the coming "end of oil" and the effect that a future of steadily increasing energy prices will have on the world in general and the suburbs in particular.

Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

Evolution: Darwin's Dangerous Idea

QH367 .E96 2001 DVD
120 minutes (4 discs)
Evolution presents the tremendous impact that Darwin's idea of evolution has had on our understanding of the world around us. Narrated by Liam Neeson, this 7-part series reviews Darwin's revolutionary theory, explores how evolution continues to affect us, and considers the perceived conflict between science and religion.

Fed Up!

Fed Up!

TP248.65 .F66F43 2002 DVD
58 minutes; released 2002.
Using archival footage and interviews, this video presents an overview of the American food production system and explores the unintentional effects of pesticides, the resistance of biotechnology companies to food labeling and the links between government officials and major biotechnology and chemical companies.

For All Mankind

For All Mankind

TL789.8 .U6A5334 1999 DVD
79 minutes; released 1989.
Using original footage, this documentary tells the story, in their own words, of 24 men who traveled to the moon on the Apollo mission.

Galileo's Battle For The Heavens

Galileo's Battle For The Heavens

QB36 .G2 S652 2002 DVD
120 minutes
A look at Galileo's life and his theories.

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Games People Play: Game Theory in Life, Business, and Beyond

QA269 .G34 2008 DVD
2 discs; 12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Alan Alda

Gene Hunters

Q111 .S35 no. 9202 2000 VHS
60 minutes
Hosted by Alan Alda, this video explores current research into human genes and diseases. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

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Great Ideas of Classical Physics

QC7 .P655 2006 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

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Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World

Q125 .G643 2007 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Growing Up in the Universe

Growing Up in the Universe

QH367.1 .G76 2008 DVD
5 (60 minute) episodes
Rihcard Dawkings presents a series of five lectures on life, the universe, and our place in it. Originally broadcast in 1991 as the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children.

Has Science Discovered God?

Has Science Discovered God?

BL240 .F54 2004 DVD
180 minutes (2 discs)
Three documentary programmes (The Great Origins Questions; The Primordial Origin Events; The Ultimate Origin Discovery) which argues that modern science has, at last, discovered God.

Hidden Motives

Hidden Motives

BF 315 .H54 2005 DVD
30 minutes
Part of the Scientific American "Frontiers" series. Explores how our unconscious determines our behavior - including why we buy things that we think are "cool."

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History of Science: Antiquity to 1700

Q125 .P75 2002 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Teaching Company

The History of Science: 1700-1900

Q125 .G74 2003 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Human Genome Series

QH445.2 .C47 2000 VHS
57 minutes
A panel discussion on the Human Genome Project, and the implications for the future. This discussion was aired on the Charlie Rose Show on June 23, 2000.

Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

PS3523 .A934 I62 2001 DVD
128 minutes; released 1960.
A teacher is placed on trial for teaching Darwinism in a small Tennessee town. Audio-track in English or French, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

Investigative Reports: The Human Cloning Race

QH442.2 .H863 2002 VHS
50 minutes
An A&E report on human cloning.

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

PS3551 .S5 Z67 2005 DVD
60 minutes; released 1988.
On this programme, scientist and author Isaac Asimov discusses evolution and the correlation between science and religion. He also addresses the future of education, why we all must think similarly if we want to survive, and why we cannot wait for the start of the next century. First broadcast on the television show, A World of Ideas with Bill Moyers.

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The Joy of Science

Q171 .H39 2001 DVD
10 discs; 60 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Leonardo's Dream Machines

Leonardo's Dream Machines

B 785 .L3944 L366 2005 DVD
120 minutes, released 2003.
A two part program following a team of experts (art historians, engineers, constructors and pilots) as they attempt to build full-scale models of machines Leonardo only sketched: a giant crossbow with arms 70 feet across and a glider.

Life's Really Big Questions

Life's Really Big Questions

Q111 .S35 no. 9103 2000 VHS
60 minutes
See how our hands set us free and play baseball, how an ancient telescope found an alien world, see a baby robot that may grow up without needing us, and learn why Noah's flood may have been a snowball. Hear the big questions scientists are asking. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

Making Babies

Making Babies

RG135 .M33 1999 VHS
60 minutes
A Frontline episode about infertility treatments and the ethical concerns about their use. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

McLuhan's Wake

McLuhan's Wake

P90 .M257752 2003 DVD
250 minutes; released 2002.
Twenty years after Marshall McLuhan's death McLuhan's Wake investigates the relevance of his mind-bending ideas. Blending various media, including animation and special effects, this documentary features narration by performance artist Laurie Anderson, and commentary by scholars Eric McLuhan, Neil Postman and Lewis Lapham, and award-winning journalist Patrick Watson.

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Meaning From Data: Statistics Made Clear

QA276.18 .S737 2006 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Medical Ethical Challenges

R725.56 .H32 1990 VHS
120 minutes
Presented by Dr. John Haas and the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Monkey Trial

KF225 .S3 M64 2002 VHS
90 minutes; released 2002.
The Scopes monkey trial that challenged Darwin's evolution theory. A PBS Home Video.

The Moral Implications of Scientific Advances

The Moral Implications of Scientific Advances

R724 .M66 2004 DVD
53 minutes
Bill Moyers interviews Leon R. Kass, a physician and philosopher who believes that scientific discoveries have raised questions which scientific reasoning can't answer.

Teaching Company

My Favorite Universe

QB461.3 .T9 2003 DVD
2 discs; 12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

QE28 .R468 2006 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Never Say Die

Q111 .S35 no.9003 2000 VHS
60 minutes
Discusses latest findings on how to extend the lifespan, including low calorie diets, research in tissue engineering and cell rejuvenation, and the importance of daily physical and mental activity. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

Newton's Dark Secrets

QC 16 .N7 N498 2005 DVD
56 minutes; released 2003.
A NOVA docudrama recreating the climate of 17th century England and one of the century's stars, Sir Isaac Newton. Besides revealing his secretive and vindictive personality, the special also shows how he made the bold intellectual leaps that transformed science, such as the universal law of gravitation.

Origins

QB981 .T962 2004 DVD
240 minutes (2 discs)
A NOVA documentary which presents startling new scientific findings which attempt to explain the origins of the universe and life on Earth.

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Origins of Life

QH325 .H394 2005 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Particle Physics for Non-Physicists

QC780 .P65 2003 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Peter Singer, A Dangerous Mind

B5704 .S554 S55 2004 DVD
56 minutes
A dcoumentary about philosopher Peter Singer and his controversial views on euthanasia, abortion, and infanticide.

Teaching Company

Philosophy of Science

Q125 .K3 2006 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Teaching Company

Physics in Your Life

QC21.3 .W65 2004 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Alan Alda

Pieces of Mind

Q111 .S35 no. 973 2000 VHS
60 minutes
Shows a sleep laboratory and how the brain works to create memories, dreams, and language. Shows how technology is helping scientists understand more about when and how the human brain learns language, processes and recalls information, and dreams dreams. Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series hosted by Alan Alda.

Alan Alda

Planet Earth: The Complete Series

QL50 .P536 2007
5 discs; 550 minutes.
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. With optional French or Spanish subtitles.

Teaching Company

Psychology of Human Behavior

BF199 .P793 2006 DVD
6 discs; 36 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Reflections on Science and Conscience

R725.56 .R445 2003 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute's work to promote and protect the dignity of the human person.

Renegade Human Cloning Panel

QH442.2 .C43 2001 VHS
57 minutes
A panel discussion on human cloning. This discussion was aired on the Charlie Rose Show on February 14, 2001.

Teaching Company

Science and Religion

BL240.3 .P756 2006 DVD
2 discs; 12 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

Teaching Company

Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It

Q125 .S33 2006 DVD
4 discs; 24 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

The Shape of Life: Origins & Life on the Move

QH325 .S337 2002 pt.1 DVD
Two episodes in 106 minutes; released 2001.
Covering scientific breakthroughs in biology, genetics and paleontology, these first 2 episodes of the PBS series The Shape of Life tells the story of the beginnings of animal life. Episode 1 discusses the beginnings of animal life, while episode 2 focuses on what happened after animals started to move.

The Shape of Life: The First Hunter and the Explosion of Life

QH325 .S337 2002 pt.2 DVD
Two episodes in 106 minutes; released 2001.
Episodes 3 and 4 of the PBS series The Shape of Life investigate the flatworm, the first animal predator, and the sudden geologic change that abruptly made possible the diversity of animals that exist today.

The Shape of Life: The Conquerors & Survival Game

QH325 .S337 2002 pt.3 DVD
Two episodes in 106 minutes; released 2001.
In episodes 5 and 6 of the PBS series The Shape of Life, the series hones in, first on the evolution of land animals, and second on the struggle for survival among marine animals such as molluscs.

The Shape of Life: Ultimate Animal & Bones, Brawn and Brains

QH325 .S337 2002 pt.4 DVD
Two episodes in 106 minutes; released 2001.
Episodes 7 and 8 of the PBS series The Shape of Life examine the spiny starfish--a star survivor--before probing the origins of human life and finding connections between humans and a vast range of animals.

Stephen Hawking's Universe

QB981 .S826 1997 DVD
3 discs, 120 minutes each
This PBS series explores the origins of the universe. Volume 1: The Big Bang; Volume 2: On the Dark Side; Volume 3: Black Holes and Beyond.

Teaching Company

Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality

QC794.6 .S85 G387 2006 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

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The Theory of Evolution: A History of Controversy

QH366.2 .L37 2002 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

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Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language

P106 .M494 2008 DVD
30 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Understanding the Brain

QP355.2 .N678 2007 DVD
36 (30 minute) lectures
Course description.

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Understanding the Human Body

QP38 .G66 2004 DVD
32 (45 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

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Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy

QB43.3 .F556 1998 DVD
40 (45 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course.

Teaching Company

Understanding the Universe: What's New in Astronomy, 2003

QB43.3 .F5563 1998 DVD
16 (45 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course.

The World According to Monsanto

HD9651.9 .M6 W67 2008 DVD
109 minutes
An exposé of industrial giant Monsanto which has become one of the world's leading seed manufacturers, spreading genetically-modified crops worldwide with little monitoring of their effects on nature or human health.

Worried Sick

QP82.2 .S8 W67 2005 DVD
30 minutes; released 2003.
Part of the Scientific American Frontiers series, this PBS documentary hosted by Alan Alda explores the body's physiological reaction to stress, considers the ill-effects of worry on health, and suggests ways to counter extreme tension.