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Meddin Studios | Fast Forward

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It's true that Georgia is about 2,000 miles from Hollywood, but the film and television industries are much closer. In fact, they're right here in Georgia. We talk with the people at Meddin Studios in Savannah to learn why film and television are where you will find Georgia’s fastest-growing job markets. We also find out exactly what jobs are available, how to get started, and why the folks at Meddin love what they do.

The Spooky Sound of the Theremin

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The theremin player explains the instrument, and the Philharmonic plays the scores from Mars Attacks! and Frankenweenie.

The Evolutionary Advantages of Art | Braincraft

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I sit down with The Art Assignment host Sarah Urist Green to chat about science, art, and evolution. The evolutionary pathway that led us to be the apex predator on this planet also resulted in some pretty cool skills.

Why Do Things Sound Scary? | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Why are sounds scary? They're just vibrations. Blame your brain! Join Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay to Be Smart, and enter a dimension of sound, science, and fear.

Why Music Moves Us | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Why does music make us feel happy or sad? Or angry or romantic? How can simple sound waves cause so much emotion? Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay to Be Smart, went from his comfy chair to the streets of Austin to investigate how it might be written into our neuroscience and evolution. Modern neuroscience says our brains may be wired to pick certain emotions out of music because they remind us of how people move!

Humans are the only species we know that creates and communicate using music, but it's still unclear how or why we do that, brain-wise. Is it just a lucky side effect of evolution, like Steven Pinker says? Or is it a deeper part of our evolutionary history, as people like Mark Changizi and Daniel Levitin argue?

New evolutionary science says that we may read emotion in music because it relates to how we sense emotion in people's movements. We'll take a trip from Austin to Dartmouth to Cambodia to hear why music makes us feel so many feels.

Can You Follow This Beat? | BrainCraft

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Does the beat always beat you? In this episode, we explore tone deafness, Amusia, and why some people can't hear music.

Inside Science | Folding Objects with Light

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Learn how chemical engineers at North Carolina State University are using the Japanese art of origami, shape-memory polymers, and infrared light to fold two-dimensional patterns into three-dimensional shapes and objects.

Welding | Degrees that Work

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This episode focuses on welding, highlighting the variety of careers available from the viewpoints of artistic welder Mike Patterson and Jennifer Brinkley-Cruz, manufacturing specialist for Toyota. The episode chronicles Patterson crafting a life-sized Great Blue Heron weather vane for a Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen show and follows Brinkley-Cruz on the floor at the Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, K.Y., where she oversees 40 robotic welding cells. In addition, the episode illustrates the basics of welding with David Cotner, instructor of welding, and Martin Denault, a welding & fabrication engineering technology major, and features interviews with industry representatives at the Fabtech International and American Welding Society Welding Show in Chicago.

The Human Spark | The Art Spark

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In this video segment from The Human Spark, host Alan Alda ventures to Southwestern France where it is believed Neanderthals first made their homes in rock shelters. The crew makes their way to Cat Blanc, one of the rock shelters speculated to have sheltered not only Neanderthals, but also early humans. Horse carvings made from fifteen to twenty thousand years ago by early humans indicate that they brought with them something the Neanderthals lacked - "the human spark."

Greening the Federal Government

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Observe efforts to elevate government architecture across the country through the hiring of the best architects "of the day".

Teachable Moment: Capturing Images | Fast Forward

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Movie making isn’t purely magic. There’s a lot of technology behind how cameras capture images, and we offer a brief explanation.

The Little Things | Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise

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Learn why the little things truly run the world in this clip from Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise. Biologist Piotr Naskrecki explains why insects are incredibly important to life on earth. During his fieldwork, he not only categorizes the species he finds, he also makes beautiful photos of them, giving these new species a face.

How Do Museums Study Art? | Detroit Institute of Arts: Virtual Field Trip

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Museums don't just display off art—they also study art. Aaron, Image Specialist for the Detroit Institute of Arts, takes us behind the scenes to show how experts study and research the collections that we see on exhibit at the DIA.

Egypt's Treasure Guardians | Full Program

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Meet Egypt's "treasure guardians," a group of archaeologists, scholars, conservators, and engineers working to guard national heritage, following years of political upheaval, by building a museum. To preserve its rich history and to tempt visitors back, Egypt is building the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)—the greatest Egyptian monument since the pyramids! Archaeologists across the country are opening new dig sites to find artifacts for display, with the hope that teaching the public about important historical areas will keep those places protected in the future.

New Orleans: The Water Line

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Learn how community groups and outside organizations are making it possible for one New Orleans community to rebuild.

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