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The Day the Universe Changed

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This series traces the major advances in knowledge in Western civilization since the Greeks, and demonstrates how our view of the world changes as our knowledge develops.
DVD
2009; 1985
Clemons (Stacks)
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Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work

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"The renowned cultural theorist and media designer Anne Balsamo maintains that technology and culture are inseparable; those who engage in technological innovation are designing the cultures of the future. Designing Culture is a call for taking culture seriously in the design and development of innovative technologies. Balsamo contends that the wellspring of technological innovation is the technological imagination, a quality of mind that enables people to think with technology, to transform what is known into what is possible. She describes the technological imagination at work in several multimedia collaborations in which she was involved as a designer or developer. One of these entailed the creation of an interactive documentary for the NGO Forum held in conjunction with the UN Wo [...]
Book
2011
Alderman (CHECKED OUT)
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Life's Little Questions

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VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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Revolution in a Box

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Discusses the role of computers and technology.
VHS
1997
Clemons (Vault--Ask at circulation desk)
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Moving at the Speed of Byte: Emerging Technologies for Information Management

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The panel and guest speakers describe new technology for information management and its application. Technologies covered are: web 2.0, RSS, blogs, podcasts and podcasting, mashups, metadata, semantic web, and instant messaging.
DVD
2006
Health Sciences (Office)
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Life's Little Questions II [electronic resource]

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Follow host Alan Alda as he uses science to try to find explanations to some of life's questions.
Online
2005; 2001
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You Can Make It on Your Own [electronic resource]

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Includes segments on the use of computers in creating and writing music, invention of new musical instruments, computers that record the daily life of their wearers, and a mechanical engineering contest at M.I.T.
Online
2005; 2003
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The Age of Metals: Can It Last?

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Describes the new technologies designed to make metal use and detection more efficient and the ongoing search for new sources of energy.
VHS
1986
Ivy (By Request)
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Man, Moment, Machine: Lincoln & the Flying Spying Machine

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"The Civil War isn't typically associated with high-tech equipment, but in 1862 the Union Army introduced an amazing surveillance device that foretold the future of fancy spy gear. This History Channel episode analyzes the device--a hydrogen balloon attached to a telegraph--and chronicles President Lincoln's involvement with its invention and deployment."--History Channel.
Online
2006
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80s Tech

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"Remember "brick" cell phones, Pac-Man, Rubik's Cube, Sony Walkman, and the first music CDs? Remember all the new and exciting gadgets of the 1980s? MODERN MARVELS investigates the transition from Industrial to Information Age--a digital decade dedicated to ergonomics and entertainment. The microchip ushered in an era that revolutionized the way we work, play, and communicate. Tour Silicon Valley--birthplace of some of the greatest inventions from an amazing time of change, including the modern personal computer. Steve "Woz" Wozniak tells us about the evolution of Apple computers, and we talk to Sony--makers of the Walkman, Betamax, and the first CD players. And at Intel, makers of the first microchips, we learn why technology moves at such a fast pace"--History Channel web site (his [...]
Online
2006
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Civil War Tech

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Military historians and experts detail the advances that made Civil War weaponry so deadly. The War between North and South introduced technology that was a quantum leap beyond that used in any previous conflict. The machine gun, aerial reconnaissance, advanced battlefield medicine, instantaneous communication, ironclad ships and even the first aircraft carrier all debuted during the Civil War. Investigates improvements in weapons, sea power, transportation, troop conveyance, food processing, medical care, and telecommunications. At a time when the nation was divided, Civil War technology revolutionized the way war was waged. Today, those technological milestones have evolved to ensure that our modern military has no equal in the world.
Online
2006; 2005
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Disaster Tech

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See how man's folly, pride, and stupidity led to some of the Wild West's worst catastrophes.
Online
2008; 2004
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Body Building [electronic resource]

Will replacing a body part be as easy as replacing a light bulb some day? In Body Building, a part of the PBS Scientific American Frontiers series, host Alan Alda journeys behind the scenes with MIT's Robert Langer for a remarkable window into the current scientific advances in repair and replacement of damaged human body parts. The program follows scientists and researchers as they experiment with the growth of liver, heart, and eye tissue and reveal the innovative "liver chip," a first step in modeling key functions of the body on the lab bench. In Alda's own words, this program is a rare look at "the new marriage of biology and engineering."
Online
2002
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Health Care Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics in Medical Imaging

Nothing can replace the skills of good doctors and nurses, but without digital technology and advanced electronic systems, the field of medicine would soon collapse. X-Rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRI and PET imaging all use electronics to map different aspects of the human body and convert the information into a visual format. This program visits one of the world's leading research centers in medical imaging and explores the ins and outs of electronic health care technology, including the signals used, both digital and analog; how those signals are received, amplified, and transferred to a computer; how the information is converted to produce various images; and how other electronic applications are used in health care.
Online
2008
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Communications [electronic resource]: Wireless and Fiber Optics

From spoken-word conversations to real-time video, a dazzling array of communication options are now available at the touch (or click) of a button. This video explores the concepts and technologies at the heart of fiber-optic communication. Demonstrations and discussions focus on basic principles of telephone systems and state-of-the-art optical technology; distances that light can travel through glass fiber as shown on a massive drum of cable; how the capacity of fiber optic cable is continually growing; the emerging role of phototonic switches; the use of radio wave links and 3G technology in automotive communication systems; bus and module communication systems; GPS updates, and the monitoring of wear and tear as well as maintenance requirements in automotive technology.
Online
2008
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Industry Applications [electronic resource]: Two Electronics Case Studies

From the minutia of warehouse inventories to the training programs of the aeronautics industry, this program focuses on commercial applications for high-tech electronic systems. Two in-depth case studies are used. The first showcases a HUD or "head-up" display developed by British Aerospace Engineering, used in state-of-the-art flight instruction of civilian aircraft pilots. The second case study examines a stock control system that is revolutionizing manufacturing. Outlining how stock control has traditionally worked, the segment explores electronic automatic replenishment, load cells and the design of load sensors, multiplexing data and the factors that need to be monitored, and keeping track of stock through the computer interface.
Online
2008
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Transport [electronic resource]: The Electronic Future

Imagine driving in complete darkness without worry-thanks to a virtual picture of the road projected on the windshield. It's an existing technology, not science fiction! With unprecedented access to top-flight engineering projects that are integral to the design of Jaguar cars, this program shows how electronics are taking the art and science of driving into the future. Viewers learn how digital control systems, CAD, and CAM, are used throughout a car's design, testing, and manufacture. An illustration of the design method known as concurrent engineering shows how this technique has drastically cut down time between design and production. A range of test procedures are shown, some carried out by simulations, others by building mock-ups that reveal how parts of the car interact with e [...]
Online
2008
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Environmental Applications [electronic resource]: Electronics and Climate Studies

Although the encroachment of technology into the natural world is always a legitimate concern, it is also worth examining the many ways in which electronic systems help improve environmental research as well as weather and climate monitoring. This program features two case studies that illustrate the helpful roles electronics can play in life science and meteorology. An in-depth look at the Eden Project in Cornwall, England, focuses on the control measures needed to maintain the correct atmospheric conditions within a complex of giant greenhouses. The second case study looks at how electronic controls can be used in flood warning systems and how measures can be taken to control floodwaters and hence protect the environment from flood damage.
Online
2008
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Printed Circuit Boards [electronic resource]: Uses, Design, and Manufacture

As technology progresses, printed circuit boards or PCBs are becoming ever more central to daily life. As such, an understanding of basic circuitry and how to apply it to PCB assembly is vital to almost any engineer or technical designer. This program highlights the importance of PCBs and follows their industrial manufacture from design brief to completion. It illustrates the benefits of new technologies such as prism component placing machines, minute quality control cameras, automated connection checkers, and CAD/CAM packages. The video will aid in developing a working knowledge of basic IT packages and an awareness of more complex ones. It will also help students consider chemistry issues which play an important part in the board manufacture process.
Online
2008
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Invisible Light [electronic resource]

In the 1950s some bright sparks caused a revolution in the way we communicate by designing the first optical fibers. Now, watch this video to learn how new optic fiber designs are allowing scientists to bend light in a whole new way. Dr. Paul Willis heads to Adelaide, where light's fantastic future is being written.
Online
2008