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Nanotechnology. An Introduction (2007)

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This program begins with an explanation of nanotechnology, and then demonstrates micrometers and nanometers. Viewers will also examine the special properties of nanoparticles, the gecko effect, carbon nanotubes, surface energy; hydrophilic and hydrophobic surfaces as well as the lotus effect.

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Nanotechnology. An Introduction

The Wisdom to Survive (2014)

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THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

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The Wisdom to Survive

Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport | Fast Forward

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There’s a lot to know about Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Sure it’s the busiest airport in the world. And yes, it’s within a 2-hour flight of 80% of the U.S. population. But perhaps the most important characteristic of this “airport city” is that it’s the biggest employer in the state with 58,000 jobs!

Food, Inc.: The Dollar Menu

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In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. In this clip, a family compares the cost of eating fast food to healthier options at the grocery store. Students should discuss the economics of the food industry and how the cost of foods affects their choices.

Georgia Olive Farms | Fast Forward

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It’s a little known fact that Georgia farms grew olives back in the 1800’s. But it’s becoming a much better known fact that this crop is making a comeback. Thanks to people like State Representative and farmer Jason Shaw, we learn why our state’s climate is so hospitable to the olive, creating a whole new industry. And while we’re visiting the southern side of the state, we take a ride on the Georgia Grown Trail to learn a little about agritourism.

Which Comes First, Hydrogen-Powered Cars or the Fueling Stations?

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Learn about the cars of tomorrow and hydrogen power with this PBS NewsHour video and educational resource from May 21, 2014. After spending more than a decade and billions of dollars on developing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, carmakers are planning to release their models in California. But despite the state’s large demand for cars and tough air quality standards, California lacks a network of fueling stations.

Nascar Goes Green

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Discover how NASCAR has joined the environmental initiative and lowered their energy consumption. Analyze the cost and benefits of companies which have joined the green initiative. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan, "A Piece of the Energy Pie: Evaluating Incentives for Going Green," to have students conduct a cost-benefit analysis of green businesses.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Solar Energy Debate in Nevada Heats Up | PBS NewsHour

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Hear why solar energy has become a hot topic in sunny Nevada with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from February 27, 2016.

What's the Value of a Life? | Braincraft

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How do scientists—and doctors—measure the value of a life?

Wetlands: The Drain Game | Issues

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In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, farmers and developers would like to gain more acreage on their lands. In order to accomplish this they drain many sloughs or water sources. This not only effects their land, but effects the land downstream, leaving some unfarmable.

Ecotourism | Tourism in North Dakota

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Learn how ecotourism, or adventure tourism, is the new trend in vacationing. North Dakota is working to attract visitors to its wide open spaces and to encourage them to interact with North Dakotans in their everyday and recreational activities.

Ecotourism | If You Don't Build it, They Will Come

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Learn how North Dakota is using the new trend in vacationing, ecotourism (also called adventure tourism), to attract visitors to its wide open, natural spaces and to encourage them to interact with North Dakotans in their everyday and recreational activities.

Mining and the Economy | Wild Nevada

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How does mining in Nevada impact the economy and you? Learn about how mining has changed over the past 150 years in Nevada as told by Sean Pitt's, Museum Director of East Ely Railroad Depot. Learning the role mining has to Nevada's economy is fundamental to understanding Nevada's largest export industry. Over time, new technology has changed how minerals are mined. Students will have a better understanding of how mining in Nevada impacts their daily lives.

The Future of Energy - Fossil Fuels

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Fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) provide the energy that powers our lifestyles and our economy. Fossil fuels power everything from the planes in the sky to the cars on the road. They heat our homes and light up the night. They’re the bedrock we base our energy mix on. But they are a limited resource. Learn more about fossil fuels with this video from the Explore More: The Future of Energy series. 

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