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Series of short films by video journalist Brady Haran, who interviews scientists and researchers from Nottingham Trent University about the men and women who have inspired them. The answers range from familiar names such as Alan Turing and Charles Darwin, to less well-known figures and even - in the form of Star Trek’s Mister Spock - fictional inspirations.
Columbia University’s Earth Institute has a series of video channels featuring films, lectures, panel discussions and interviews reflecting the institute’s multidisciplinary approach to promoting sustainable development. The expertise of the institute is in the earth sciences, with the aim of applying this to problems in public health, poverty, energy, ecosystems, climate, natural hazards and urbanization. The video channels are divided into subject areas, including Water, Climate, Sustainable Development and Millennium Villages
This website is the result of a collaboration between the Humanities Division and the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. The project aims, through an interdisciplinary approach, to analyse and explore the fertile and complex period in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, when early modern science began to take shape, and it aims to do this by focusing on the networks of learned correspondence from the period. In this way the project hopes to provide a unified way of approaching a subject which would otherwise - given the variety of its disciplines, professions, institutions and settings - be extremely daunting. One outcome of the project is a union catalogue - Early Modern Letters Online - currently available in a Beta version. A number of podcasts and videos document the proceedings of seminars, workshops, conferences and other meetings relating to the project.
Collection of images, movies, illustrations and animations pertaining to biology and biomedicine. The site is aimed at lecturers, teachers, researchers and students. The thumbnail images and associated data can be viewed for free but full access - which allows users to download images and slide sets for use in lectures, view full size images, and see the movies - is via subscription.
Website with the ambitious aim of gathering together information on all 1.9 million species currently known to science. The site is constructed on the basis one page per species, with biological classification, in expandable taxonomic ranks, displaying alongside images, video, text and bibliographic references. There are a number of resources aimed at helping users navigate such a large amount of information, from explanatory articles - on topics like biodiversity and species classification - links to podcasts, informational videos and Google Earth tours . The site is aimed at enthusiasts, students, teachers and scientist alike.
Hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, this resource aims to facilitate the teaching of anatomy by providing three dimensional images and animations of the human skeleton and other primates, including gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. The site is clearly laid out and easy to use, and the quality of the images - which were created with the use of a 3D laser scanner, high resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRXCT) and digital photography - is outstanding. A Comparative Anatomy page allows the user to select images of bones from different primates and view them alongside each other. The site’s interface allows information about the bones and how they attach to muscles to be turned on and off. Also of interest, and built on similar principles, is sister-site eLucy, which is devoted to the remains of a member of the species Australopithecus afarensis, whose skeleton is one of the most complete australopithecine fossils ever found.
This collection of videos curated by Cambridge University shows different aspects of the natural and man-made world, filmed in extreme close-up using microscope cameras. From the development of a mouse embryo, to a look at how the eyes of beetles and flies can inspire technology the clarity of the images together with commentaries by Cambridge academics combine elegantly to offer brief but illuminating introductions to aspects of biology and nanotechnology.
Part of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Library’s archive defines itself as ‘the world’s largest and oldest scientific archive of biodiversity audio and video recordings.' With recordings going back to the 1920s, exaxcting details are provided for the hundreds of thousands of items, both audio and video, though not all have been digitised yet. Encoding levels are generally high.
Its vast array of holdings are complimented by helpful guide on academic citation of their AV records as well as details on how to add content to the library.
This French website is dedicated to the work of Jean Painlevé whose collected oeuvre of over 200 films is represented here in a selection of extracts along with stills, examples of Painlevé's photographic work, a timeline, texts (in French) and links to other sites. Painlevé is best known for his aquatic nature films, which, with their blend of science and surrealism have come to occupy their own genre: the ‘scientific poetic’ film. Less well-known is the remarkable clay animation film Barbe Bleue (1936 - 1938), produced by Painlevé and animated by Réne Bertrand, with music by Maurice Jaubert, represented here in a clip which, although brief, shows the 1995 restoration of the film in its vivid Gasparcolor glory.
The American Museum of Natural History curates this series of videos highlighting the latest developments in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, earth science, biodiversity and human biology and evolution. The videos - which are streamed on the website or free to download - feature documentaries, visualisations and news items, all of which are accompanied by synopses, links and suggestions for use in the classroom.
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