Inventions

Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Changed the World

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"Bertha, Richard, and Eugen pushed a strange machine out of the shop and into the alley. They were sneaking away with Papa's invention!"

Bertha Benz is no ordinary woman. She's determined to show the world a revolutionary invention: the automobile.

With her two young boys, Bertha defies Germany's law against motor vehicles and sets out to drive nearly sixty miles in her husband's Benz Motorwagen. The vehicle hits many bumps in the road, but nothing can stop Bertha - she's fearless and resourceful, and a savvy hands-on mechanic.

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Bertha Takes a Drive: How the Benz Automobile Changed the World

Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi: Build gadgets, cameras, tools, home automation, games, and more

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The Raspberry Pi is the most versatile, affordable, and accessible computer ever made—and you don't need any coding skills to use it. Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi shows dozens of the most remarkable and ingenious ways to use your Raspberry Pi and will appeal to Pi fans of all ages.

  • Features 35 inspiring inventions, including instructions for 10 buildable projects
  • Accompanied by a dedicated website containing all of the code you need
  • Expert tips and secrets from Raspberry Pi pros around the world
Creative Projects with Raspberry Pi: Build gadgets, cameras, tools, home automation, games, and more

The Five Keys: New Materials (2016)

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In the last two centuries alone, mankind has witnessed an explosion in the production of new and entirely synthetic materials - most significantly the plastics that now occupy a prominent place in our everyday lives. But with the advent of nanotechnology, everything we have achieved so far may have been just the beginning.

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The Five Keys: New Materials

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson (2014)

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Join best-selling author Steven Johnson to discover extraordinary stories behind six remarkable ideas that made modern life possible, the unsung heroes who brought them about, and the unexpected and bizarre consequences each of these innovations triggered. Explore the history and power of these great ideas: Clean, Time, Glass, Light, Cold, and Sound.

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How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson

Pippo the Fool

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The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown--a dome! The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. "If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all!"

Pippo the Fool

The Day-Glo Brothers

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Learn about the extraordinary journey that led two brothers to the discovery of a whole new kind of color, one that glows with an extra-special intensity--Day-Glo.

The Day-Glo Brothers

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

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Ada Lovelace, the daughter of the famous romantic poet, Lord Byron, develops her creativity through science and math. When she meets Charles Babbage, the inventor of the first mechanical computer, Ada understands the machine better than anyone else and writes the world's first computer program in order to demonstrate its capabilities.

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine

American Genius (Mini-Series) (2015)

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Behind every great genius was a great rival - an unstoppable adversary whose incredible vision, determination and ambition is their match. Out of their struggles came the world's most brilliant inventions. In a stunning 8-part mini-series, AMERICAN GENIUS reveals the fateful forces behind the greatest competitions for innovation.

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06:00
American Genius (Mini-Series)

Galileo Galilei: And Yet It Moves! (2014)

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Taking advantage of the latest digital animation techniques, Science Gossip summarizes the careers of important figures from the History of Science. Although scientific rigor is respected, the point of view is more light hearted and amusing so that viewers receive short, dynamic doses of interesting information about each scientist, complemented by curios anecdotes.

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Elementary
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00:07
Galileo Galilei: And Yet It Moves!

Benjamin Franklin: Science and Politics (2014)

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Taking advantage of the latest digital animation techniques, Science Gossip summarizes the careers of important figures from the History of Science. Although scientific rigor is respected, the point of view is more light hearted and amusing so that viewers receive short, dynamic doses of interesting information about each scientist, complemented by curios anecdotes.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
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00:07
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Politics

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