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Science DVDs - Purchased within the last year

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Forces of Nature : Our World's Beauty & Power Revealed Through Color, Elements, Motion, Shape - BBC; PBS
Call Number: DVD 500 Forces
Publication Date: 2016
Combines science and filmmaking to show what makes our world so vibrant and diverse. Why is water blue? How can a shape defy gravity? why do bees make hexagonal honeycombs? And how do these things affect our own lives?

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The Great Math Mystery - WGBH Educational Foundation
Call Number: DVD 510 Great
Publication Date: 2015
Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind's clever trick, or the language of the universe? Explores how math works in nature, music, software, physics, probability, ratios, human brains, animal brains, physics, shapes, pi, plane geometry, sequences, astronomy, radio, wireless communication, atoms and engineering.

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Patterns of Nature : Biology : 3 of 7 - Monterey Video
Call Number: DVD 510 Life
Publication Date: 2006
"Ever feel like your life is being watched under a microscope? Well part of it is, and numbers are playing an important role. Exploring the world of biology, one can't help but marvel at the role of mathematics. From how huge dinosaurs were able to carry their massive weight so gracefully, to fighting disease, to the answer of the age old question of why leopards have spots, this exploration provides a journey into and beyond the microscope." (Cover)

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The Mystery Of Matter : Search For The Elements - PBS
Call Number: DVD 530 Mystery
Publication Date: 2015
What is the world made of? How do we identify, understand and organize the basic building blocks of matter? Three episodes introduce viewers to some of history's most extraordinary scientists: Joseph Priestley and Antoine Lavoisier, whose discovery of oxygen--and radical interpretation of it--led to the modern science of chemistry; Humphrey Davy, who made electricity a powerful new tool in the search for elements; Dmitri Mendeleev, whose Periodic Table brought order to the growing gaggle

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Treasures of the Earth : Power, Gems, Metals - PBS
Call Number: DVD 550 Treasures
Publication Date: 2016
Power: Drill down to discover how Earth's natural treasures provide bountiful energy to power our modern world, yet are also driving us to seek new, cleaner alternatives that can help us keep the lights on. Gems: Gemstones like diamonds, rubies, opal and jade are, for many, the ultimate treasures. Discover how these precious stones are forged deep within the earth, learn the secrets of their sparkle, and see how they may also reveal answers to some of the biggest questions in the field of geology. Metals: Discover how the unique properties of metals have made them a pillar of human civilization. (From cover.)

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Before The Flood - National Geographic
Call Number: DVD 551.5 Before
Publication Date: 2016
Examines the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change as, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

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Years Of Living Dangerously : The Complete Series - Showtime
Call Number: DVD 551.5 Years
Publication Date: 2014
Explores the human impact of climate change with the storytelling styles of prominent Hollywood movie makers with the reporting knowledge and expertise of professional journalists. Topics covered include deforestation, drought, wildfires, El Nino, super storms, severe storms, severe weather, Hurricane Sandy, floods, flooding, rising sea levels, rising temperatures, glacier melting, arctic sea ice and fossil fuels.

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A Plastic Ocean - Brainstorm Media
Call Number: DVD 577.27 Plastic
Publication Date: 2016
An international team of adventures, researchers, and ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the truth about the ocean's continents. The team captures images of marine life existing amongst plastic pollution. The documentary was filmed in 20 locations around the world. What are the consequences of ocean pollution on human health? Can new technology and policy solutions reverse the effects of the pollution?

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Racing Extinction - Discovery
Call Number: DVD 578.68 Racing
Publication Date: 2009
Follows undercover activists trying to stave off a man-made mass extinction. Includes examination of blackmarket industries that support the hunting and overfishing of endangered sharks, whales, mantaray, plankton and the impact that climate change and global warming are having on our oceans.

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The Cove - Oceanic Preservation Society
Call Number: DVD 599.53 Cove
Publication Date: 2009
In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice.

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Blackfish - Magnolia Home Entertainment; CNN Films
Call Number: DVD 599.5 Blackfish
Publication Date: 2013
The documentary concerns the captivity of Tilikum, an orca (or killer whale) involved in the deaths of three individuals, and the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity.The coverage of Tilikum includes his capture in 1983 off the coast of Iceland, and his captivity and Sealand of the Pacific and Seaworld.

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9 Months That Made You - PBS; BBC
Call Number: DVD 612.6 Months
Publication Date: 2015
"...Follows the gestation process, using state-of-the-art CGI to reveal the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature. Across three episodes this breakthrough series charts how 100 trillion cells come together to make each of us a unique individual" (DVD cover). Topics explored include genetic engineering, genetic mutation, diet and nutrition during pregnancy, development in the womb, cell development, multiple pregnancies, organ development, embryonic development, adrenaline, gender and sex development, musculoskeletal development, cardiovascular development, blood types and groups, the development of senses and brain development.

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Outbreak : Anatomy Of A Plague - National Film Board of Canada
Call Number: DVD 614.4 Outbreak
Publication Date: 2010
Montreal, 1885: A train conductor traveling inbound from Chicago is admitted to a small hospital with symptoms resembling chickenpox. His disease quickly spreads, and as the number of infected multiplies, a sobering reality sets in: smallpox - history's silent killer - has returned. Containment is possible, but Montreal is a city divided by language, class and religion. A complete societal collapse is imminent. Montreal, present day: A flight attendant is grounded with flu-like symptoms. Her ailments subside, but more severe cases soon crop up. The unbelievable is confirmed: smallpox - a disease thought to have been eradicated - has returned. As the death toll rises, racism and scapegoating divide the city. Montreal stands on the brink of collapse.

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The Human Experiment - Kino Lorber
Call Number: DVD 615.9 Human
Publication Date: 2015
Explores the link between untested chemicals found in everyday products and the prevalence of diseases & disorders. Includes personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals.

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Fed Up - Radius TWC
Call Number: DVD 631.5 Fed
Publication Date: 2014
Why have obesity rates increased so drastically over the last few decades? What impact does sugar have on diet? Follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eating well is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions.

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Food : Delicious Science - A BBC Production with PBS
Call Number: DVD 631.5 Food
Publication Date: 2017
Food on the Brain: Discover how chemistry in our food affects our brains and creates our deep cravings. Learn about new ways of thinking about our relationship to the modern diet. -- A Matter of Taste: Take a global culinary adventure to reveal the science that makes our food taste delicious and the powerful effect it has on our tongue and nose. -- We Are What We Eat: Travel the world and step inside the UK's leading food laboratory to deconstruct our favorite meals, going inside the food to the molecular level, revealing how the hidden chemistry in every mouthful of food keeps our bodies fit and healthy.

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GMO Omg - Compeller Pictures
Call Number: DVD 631.5 GMO
Publication Date: 2013
ilmmaker and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how they affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice. His journey takes him to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and even the front door of the agri-giant Monsanto, the largest provider of GMOs in the United States, as he poses perhaps the ultimate question about what we eat: is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can't get back? Who controls the future of our food?

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Vanishing Of The Bees - Hive Mentality Films
Call Number: DVD 638 Vanishing
Publication Date: 2010
Why are the honeybees mysteriously disappearing across the planet? Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, the phenomenon threatens the loss of much more than honey as we depend on honeybees to pollinate one third of the food on our tables. The film presents solutions and examines the greater meaning that honeybees hold about the relationship between mankind and earth.

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Dante's Peak - Universal Pictures
Call Number: DVD Fic Dantes
Publication Date: 1997
A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.

 

Science DVDs - Purchased within the last two years

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An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning - Paramount Classics
Call Number: DVD 363.738 Inconvenient
Publication Date: 2006
Weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Call Number: DVD 523.1 Cosmos
A documentary series (13 episodes) that explores how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time.

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Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria: The Rise of Deadly Drug-Resistant Bacteria - PBS Distribution
Call Number: DVD 579.3 Hunting
Publication Date: 2013
An investigation in the alarming rise in hospitals, communities, and across the globe of untreatable infections. Because of antibiotic overuse, the crisis has deepened as major drug companies have abandoned the development of new antibiotics.

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How We Got to Now: The History and Power of Great Ideas
Call Number: DVD 608 How
The history, people and innovators behind six ideas - clean, time, glass, light, cold, sound - and the impact that new ideas, technologies and innovations had on society.

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Humanity From Space - PBS
Call Number: DVD 608 Humanity
Publication Date: 2015
Trace humankind's long journey from hunter-gatherer to dominant global species. From the perspective of space, this documentary uses data and computer generated imagery to disclose the extent of humanity's influence, revealing how we've transformed our planet and produced an interconnected world of extraordinary complexity. A trip through 12,000 years of development, the documentary shows how seemingly small flashes of innovation have changed the course of civilization. As our global population soars, the program considers the challenges humanity will face in order to survive. Topics include the development of urban areas and cities, population growth, the development of innovative engineering, machinery and manufacturing, renewable energy and fossil fuels and sustainability.

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Brain Games: Season 2 - National Geographic Channels
Call Number: DVD 612.8 Brain2
Publication Date: 2013
This is a reality television series that discusses and explores the components of the human brain. Hosted by Jason Silva, the show uses experts in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology. The show is interactive, encouraging viewers to participate in experiments, or "brain games", that emphasize the main points presented in each episode.

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How Does the Brain Work? - PBS Distribution
Call Number: DVD 612.8 How
Publication Date: 2011
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson tackles one of science's major challenges in each episode, framed as a simple question that ordinary people wonder and worry about. Neil will guide us as he explores dramatic discoveries and the frontiers of research that connect each central, provocative mystery.

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Smarter Brains: The Science Behind Our Intelligence
Call Number: DVD 612.8 Smarter
Reveals the science behind our intelligence, how it shapes our experience and enjoyment of the world around us, and how we can change and improve it, regardless of our age.

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Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
Call Number: DVD 616.99 Cancer
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, this three part series tells the complete story of cancer, front its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of lasting cures.

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The Future of Food
Call Number: DVD 631.5 Future
An investigation into our food supply looking at genetically engineered foods, large-scale industrial agriculture, organic and sustainable agriculture.

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Bloom: The Plight of Lake Champlain
Call Number: DVD 974.3 Bloom
Exposes the declining health of the sixth largest lake in the United States and the future of the future of the watershed communities of Vermont, New York and Quebec. The blue-green algae blooms overrunning Lake Champlain are the most visible symptom of a lake in decline and the end point of a failing dairy industry, ill-planned development and aging wastewater treatment systems.

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Interstellar
Call Number: DVD Fic Interstellar
A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

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San Andreas
Call Number: DVD Fic San
After the San Andreas Fault gives, triggering a magnitude 9-plus earthquake in California, a search and rescue pilot and his estranged wife make their way together from Los Angeles to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

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