Larry Smarr – Supercomputing and the Human Brain

Larry Smarr discusses the state of the art in supercomputing, with a focus on how current computation compares to the human brain and when supercomputers will surpass human processing power. Current supercomputers are estimated to match the human visual cortex and will reach human brain’s computational ability within the next twenty years.

Code Rush

Code Rush, produced in 2000 and broadcast on PBS, is an inside look at living and working in Silicon Valley at the height of the dot-com era. The film follows a group of Netscape engineers as they pursue at that time a revolutionary venture to save their company – giving away the software recipe for Netscape’s browser in exchange for integrating improvements created by outside software developers.

Miracle Planet

Miracle Planet is a 5-video series co-produced by the NFB, NHK Japan, the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. Filmed around the world and based upon the most recent scientific findings, Miracle Planet combines location footage and interviews with leading scientists, along with computer animation, to vividly depict the cataclysmic events that have shaped our planet and all of the life-forms within it. The five episodes tells a profound and gripping story which places the evolution of life on Earth in perspective with our place in the universe – from the simplest microbes to the complexity and diversity that is found on the planet today.

DNA – The Molecule of Life

What is the force at the heart of life? What is the engine that drives it forward? That links all living things from the smallest to the largest, that links families through generations, looks, personality, health, and in sickness?
Scientists have searched for the answer for hundreds of years, until 1953 when two young men ran into a British pub shouting that they’ve discovered the secret of life.
The secret was DNA, a microscopic strand of only four chemicals but capable of such infinite variety that it carries the blueprint and directs the growth of every living thing on earth. The genetic revolution was about to begin. This is a documentary about genetics and ethics.

Inside Planet Earth

A Discovery Channel documentary film about the insides of our planet, all the way to the molten core. With the aid of stunning visual effects, the unexplored interior of the Earth is split wide open, giving us an unbelievable view. From glowing seams of pure iron ore to sparkling diamond caverns to the magnetic field that keeps us safe from the lethal radiation of space.
Very nice production with really beautiful visuals, informative and entertaining, although sometimes visuals can get a bit too much in the first plan, but still a good documentary overall.

The Poetry of Science: Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson

Two of science’s luminaries converse on the beauty of science. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of NOVA and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will explore the wonders of the Cosmos and of Life, its origins, its inspirations, and why science is not just an option, it is the only reality we possess.

This is a brilliant talk by some of the brightest scientific minds. Both of them great speakers and great teachers.

Periodic Table of Elements: Mendelevium to Ununoctium (101 – 118)

This is a series of short documentary videos about the chemical elements. Each video describes the properties of one element in a few minutes, often with experiments. It is truly a must watch for anyone interested in chemistry.
Here are the videos for the final 18 elements of the periodic table of elements, starting with Mendelevium to Ununoctium.

Periodic Table of Elements: Antimony to Fermium (51 – 100)

This is a series of short documentary videos about the chemical elements. Each video describes the properties of one element in a few minutes, often with experiments. It is truly a must watch for anyone interested in chemistry. This the second part of the Table of Elements, it contains videos about the elements with the atomic numbers from 51 to 100.

Periodic Table of Elements: Hydrogen to Tin (1 – 50)

This is a series of short documentary videos about the chemical elements. Each video describes the properties of one element in a few minutes, often with experiments. It is truly a must watch for anyone interested in chemistry.
Here are the videos for the first 50 elements of the periodic table of elements, starting with Hydrogen all the way to Tin.

Carl Sagan’s Last Interview

Carl Sagan gave his last interview with Charlie rose on May 27th 1996. He discussed pseudo-science, religion, unfounded claims, his personal love affair with science and his struggle with myelodysplasia as well as other elements of his last book: The Demon-Haunted World.

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