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Physics of Recycling [electronic resource]

Our consumer lifestyles produce a growing mountain of waste, but finding cost effective ways to recycle it all is a challenge. This video clip investigates new technology being used to salvage treasure from trash.
Online
2008
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Gravity Probe [electronic resource]

On April 20, 2004, a small spacecraft set out on a giant quest to answer one of the fundamental questions of our universe. This video clip takes a closer look at the extraordinary Gravity Probe B mission. Beset by funding cancellations, fire and failure, it's the longest single experiment ever conducted by NASA.
Online
2009
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Future of Fusion [electronic resource]

Nuclear fusion, where energy is obtained by joining atoms together rather than splitting them as they are in the more conventional fission reactor, promises to provide unlimited clean energy for the future. This video clip features contemporary scientists in Europe discussing the most recent nuclear fusion research.
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Lee Smolin - How Science Is Like Democracy

Physicist Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist, working mainly in the field of quantum gravity, though he's made contributions to cosmology, quantum mechanics, elementary particle physics, and theoretical biology as well. Author of the book The Trouble with Physics, a work that questions the very basis of the prevailing string theory, Smolin is a founding member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Canada. His work examines the scientific process itself and its place in the world and he wrestles with philosophical implications of what contemporary physics has shown us to be true. In this TEDTalk, Smolin compares the scientific community to a democracy and discusses how the next generation of scientists will decide what is right.
Online
2008
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Breaking the Wall of the Hidden Universe [electronic resource]: How Particle Physics Can Explain the Nature of Matter

Particle physics doesn't just expand our horizons; it helps explain the universe by examining the nature of matter, both seen and unseen. In this video lecture from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference, hear from Rolf-Dieter Heuer, who works with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. He discusses their quest to provide experimental evidence either confirming or refuting the existence of the Higgs boson, an elementary particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model of particle physics, and to break the wall of the hidden universe, the 96 percent of it that takes the form of dark matter and energy. In Heuer's career as a physicist, he has worked on the construction and operation of several large particle detector systems, among them JADE at the German Electron Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany.
Online
2009
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Inside the Light [electronic resource]: The Mystery of Light in Quantum Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and another physicist "for groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems." Inside the Light focuses on the spectacular achievements in quantum physics of Dr. Haroche as well as the University of Sussex's Wolfgang Lange and others as it introduces viewers to the interaction of light and matter at the smallest possible scale. A lyrical portrait of the quantum world that addresses the creation and destruction of photons, quantum jumps, entanglement, quantum information processing, and more in a way that will appeal both to novices and the knowledgeable.
Online
2012
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Breaking the Wall of Seeing Atoms and Molecules [electronic resource]: How Atomic Microscopy and Spectroscopy May Help Our Understanding of Materials

Transcending the boundaries between chemists and physicists, multidisciplinary academic Daniël Vanmaekelbergh has developed a new way of understanding atoms and molecules. This 2010 Falling Walls lecture video highlights Vanmaekelbergh's mission to discern completely new classes of materials based on interacting colloidal building blocks that are crucial to the functionality of solar cells, lasers, and LEDs. Vanmaekelbergh's work, which has been supported by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research, embarks on pioneering research in nanoscience that relates the atomic landscape to the local electronic spectrum. Vanmaekelbergh, with approximately 165 peer-reviewed publications, is committed to groundbreaking work; but this innovative scientist is just as committed to incorpor [...]
Online
2010
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Breaking the Wall of Quantum Cinema [electronic resource]: How High-Speed X-Ray Lasers Will Allow Us to Make Life Reports From Molecules at Work and From Chemical Reactions

Taking X-rays beyond the limitations of the mid-1980s, Helmut Dosch has developed an "optical trick" that offers insight into the molecular structure of surfaces and interfaces. Dosch gained prominence through his research on synchrotron radiation contributing to the use of X-ray scattering as a method in surface science, order-disorder phenomena in condensed matter, fluctuations in matter, and nano-oxidation. In this 2010 video of a Falling Walls Conference lecture, Dosch discusses work that promises to make a landmark contribution to the scientific panorama by rendering the premelting of ice well below zero degrees centigrade. Currently the chairman of the DESY board of directors and an advisor to several renowned institutions including the Minerva-Weizmann Committee and the editor [...]
Online
2010
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Debate - Does the World Need Nuclear Energy?

Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think - and might even change your mind.
Online
2010
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In Orbit [electronic resource]: How Satellites Rule Our World

Satellites play a bigger part in modern life than most people ever consider. These masterpieces of technology are the single greatest product of the space program and have transformed our world. Not only do they provide everyday services - satellite TV, GPS, timekeeping, weather tracking - they've revealed lost cities, protected endangered species, taken lives in war and saved them in natural disasters. In this program, space scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains all of this as she traces the history of satellites from their origins through to today's hugely complex spacecraft.
Online
2012
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Why a Boomerang Comes Back, and Much More [electronic resource]

In this program, Greg Foot submits to being buried alive to see if he can escape, discovers what he needs to become the fastest man on the planet, and works out why a boomerang comes back. He also learns what makes a bullet-proof vest bullet proof, and investigates whether water drains down the sink the other way in Australia.
Online
2012
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Nuclear Radiation [electronic resource]

This program take a thorough look at nuclear radiation, covering the history of its discovery, what makes atoms radioactive, and methods for detecting radioactivity. The video also explains types of radiation including alpha, beta, gamma, and positron, types of decay and decay equations, decay series, radiation dose, and dose equivalence. The effects of radiation on living things and the environment, and the uses of radiation in medicine and industry are also discussed, with application to real-life situations.
Online
2012
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Beauty and Truth in Physics [electronic resource]

In addition to being a Nobel laureate, Murray Gell-Mann is an accomplished physicist who's earned numerous awards, medals, and honorary degrees for his work with subatomic particles, including the groundbreaking theory that the nucleus of an atom comprises 100 or so fundamental building blocks called quarks. Dubbed "the man with five brains," he now heads the evolution of human languages program at the Santa Fe Institute, which he cofounded in 1984. In this TEDTalk, he is armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms and he addresses whether or not elegant equations are more likely to right than inelegant ones. "The names alone that Gell-Mann applies to his new theories and formulations reflect his sense of humor, immensely broad range of interests, and deep understanding. The th [...]
Online
2007
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The Pleasure of Finding Things Out [electronic resource]

Richard Feynman (1918-1988) was an outstanding scientist, Nobel laureate, and legendary teacher. A graduate of M.I.T. with a doctorate from Princeton University, Dr. Feynman soon acquired a reputation as a theoretical physicist and sought-after lecturer in leading universities. During World War II he worked on the development of the atomic bomb and became head of the theoretical division at Los Alamos. In this program, he talks about his lifelong obsession with finding out how the world works-a passion for knowledge and understanding that began on childhood walks with his father. He was a remarkable man who speaks about science and scientists with a rare degree of honesty, insight, humor, and irreverence.
Online
1981
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Flight [electronic resource]

As early as the 1500s, we were dreaming of flight - that's when Leonardo da Vinci tried to build his flying machine. Unfortunately, his "Ornithopter" didn't work, and indeed, the airplanes of today do not have flapping wings! This program charts the history of manned flight - from the kite made by the now-famous Wright brothers, which became the forerunner of the flying machine, to today's commercial planes that can top 800 kmph. What is it that makes our current planes fly 12 times faster? Advances in aviation led to the Airbus A380, the largest passenger plane in the world, as well as to the scramjet built by NASA. So what will be the next quirky discovery for flight?
Online
2011
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The Elegant Universe [electronic resource]: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

String theory calls for at least ten dimensions in order for its rather abstruse mathematics to remain consistent. However, in 1995, Edward Witten of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory, cryptically named "M-theory". It was a development requiring a total of eleven dimensions. In this program, we explore how this new dimension is different from all the others, as it implies that strings can come in higher dimensional shapes called membranes, or "branes" for short. Having truly science-fiction-like qualities, branes can be as large as the universe - or even present as a parallel universe - one we may be living on one right now. It is one of the most startling views at our existe [...]
Online
2003
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Geoffrey West - the Surprising Math of Cities and Corporations

Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities - that wealth, crime rate, walking speed, and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population. In this mind-bending talk from TEDGlobal he shows how it works and how similar laws hold for organisms and corporations.
Online
2011
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Breaking the Wall of Quantum Weirdness [electronic resource]: How Experiments Reveal Photon Schizophrenia

The concepts of quantum physics are outrageously counterintuitive. How is it possible that an event happening at one location affects an event at another without any obvious connection? This video from the 2009 Falling Walls Conference features a lecture from Alain Aspect, who calls this the weirdness of quantum physics, a field he has revolutionized in the past 30 years. While working toward his Ph.D. at the Institut d'Optique in Orsay, he launched his Bell inequalities test experiments, discovering that particles are able to instantaneously keep contact with each other regardless of the distance separating them. Settling a 70-year-old dispute between Bohr and Einstein is only one of the numerous achievements of this recipient of the CNRS Gold Medal. The results of his experiments m [...]
Online
2009
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Breaking the Wall of the Beginning of Time [electronic resource]: How Cosmology Will Tell Us What Happened Before the Big Bang

What happened at the beginning of the universe? Was the big bang the real origin? Is our universe unique? Are its basic features determined by mathematical laws or historical accidents? What does its future look like? Is it a one-off event or does it evolve through cycles? In this video from the 2011 Falling Walls Conference, hear Jean-Luc Lehners lecture on the relatively new field of string cosmology, which tackles these kinds of seminal questions about our universe. His research team at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is studying and developing cosmological theories, such as inflationary cosmology and the theory of the cyclic universe, within the context of string theory. If successful, this new frame of research will provide a unified description of nature and [...]
Online
2011
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Atom Smasher Season 2 [electronic resource]: World's Toughest Fixes

You don't want to miss master rigger Sean Riley's biggest fix ever! Check out this incredible machine measuring 17 miles around - and worth seven billion dollars. The Large Hadron Collider is the largest atom-smasher built in history: a colossal scientific instrument buried 300 feet underground, spanning two countries and designed to recreate conditions a billionth of a second after the Big Bang for groundbreaking research. This remarkable machine could be our key to unlocking the secrets of the universe except for one tiny thing: it's broken. Nine months ago the world watched in horror as this mother of all atom-smashers almost self-destructed. Now Riley has an exclusive inside view: repairing the final critical component of the Large Hadron Collider and restarting the greatest scie [...]
Online
2009