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Up the Yangtze

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Nearing completion, China's massive Three Gorges Dam is altering the landscape and the lives of people living along the fabled Yangtze River. Countless ancient villages and historic locales will be submerged, and 2 million people will lose their homes and livelihoods. The Yu family desperately seeks a reprieve by sending their 16-year-old daughter to work in the cruise ship industry that has sprung up to give tourists a last glimpse of the legendary river valley. With cinematic sweep, Up the Yangtze explores lives transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history, a hotly contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle.

Claude Monet's Ultraviolet Eye | It's Okay to Be Smart

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Claude Monet had a very unique eye and it can teach us a bit about the science of vision. Join Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay to Be Smart, as he explores Claude Monet's ultraviolet eye.

Space Sounds | It's Okay to Be Smart

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There is no sound in space. In the vacuum of space, there is nothing to transmit the physical waves that we need to perceive sound. This week, Joe Hanson, host of It's Okay to be Smart, features several artists using scientific data to create "space sonification" projects. From the longest palindrome ever created to a chorus created from Earth's magnetic field, these pieces lie at the intersection of art and science.

The Beauty of Space Photography | Off Book

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Off Book explores how images of space display the grandeur of the universe. Space presents a fantastic mystery to human life. Unfathomably large with characteristics that defy our understanding, the stars have perplexed and amazed humanity for millennia. In the present, astrophysicists and astronomers are aggressively studying the universe in an attempt to solve critical scientific and philosophical questions.

Raleigh Studios | Fast Forward Launch Pad

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There are big things coming out of the little town of Senoia, Georgia—like the most popular TV show in the history of cable, for example. That’s right, it’s shot at Raleigh Studios, about an hour’s drive south of Atlanta. We go behind the scenes and talk with the experts about what it takes to create the fictional world of The Walking Dead.

Teachable Moment: Frame Rates | Fast Forward

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Different film frame rates are used for different types of entertainment. We build on our other two "Teachable Moments" from this episode with a quick explanation and overview.

Teachable Moment: Lighting | Fast Forward

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We again focus on technology, this time comparing incandescent lighting to LED lighting. This Teachable Moment explains how each works, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

E-waste into Art with Robb Godshaw | KQED Art School

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How do you make artwork that is conceptual? Artist Robb Godshaw uses technical means to move things that can’t be moved, or make visible things that aren’t normally visible. Watch as Godshaw scavenges electronic waste during an artist residency at SF Recology.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos here

Using "The Last Judgment" to Explore Research Tools | Detroit Institute of Arts: Virtual Field Trip

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Kathy, a research scientist at the Detroit Institute of Arts, explains how scientists use special equipment to learn more about the elements and minerals used to create paintings from hundreds of years ago. 

Teachable Moment: How Air Conditioners Work | Fast Forward

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This technology-based segment explains in simple terms the way refrigerant and evaporation combine to create air conditioning.

Episode 6: I Know What You Did Last Friday | Road Trip

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We take you inside the fields and careers of culinary arts, power sports repair technology, court reporter, printing and graphics, visual communications and medical lab technology in this episode of Road Trip. Daniel and Georgia are at a conference, Principal Felicia Terrell must serve as advisor to the Callaway High Fine Arts Club: a group of 'artsy' young people who, instead of showing a video about their recent Road Trip, want to dramatize the experience in dance and song. Featured schools include: Chattahoochee Technical College, Flint River Technical College, and Southeastern Technical College. 

Teachable Moment: Gravity | Fast Forward

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In its simplest terms, we define gravity and explain why understanding it is essential to a cartoon animator. Really.

The Acoustics of Beatboxing | Inside Science

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Watch researchers at the University of Southern California use MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to study how the lips, mouth, tongue and voice work together to form the unique sounds of beatboxing, an element of hip-hop music, and learn how speech and audio engineers are using this knowledge to create new treatments for individuals with damaged vocal tracts, in this Inside Science video from the American Institute of Physics.

Learning from a Sculpture of St. Francis | Detroit Institute of Arts: Virtual Field Trip

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Behind the scenes at the DIA: What is an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and how do scientists at the Detroit Institute of Arts use it to learn about art from the past? We meet with Cathy, a research scientist at the DIA, to study a sculpture of St. Francis that's over 400 years old.  Plus, what does it take to become a part of the DIA's research team?

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