Segments in this Video

Central America's Youngest Volcano (01:43)


Wilfried Strauch monitors an entire volcanic chain in Nicaragua. In 1995, Cerro Negro erupted violently.

Cloud Seeding in Mexico (02:03)

Scientists use planes and special flares to manipulate clouds into creating rain.

Hail Flying in Germany (01:07)

Chemists and airplane squadrons use silver iodide to turn hail into rain.

Venice, Italy (02:05)

This famous lagoon city is in danger from frequent flooding.

Underwater Barriers in Venice (01:44)

Underwater barriers help protect Venice form flooding. When the tide rises, huge steel walls lift themselves out of the water to shut the lagoon mouths.

Nicaraguan Damage (01:23)

Volcanologist were able to predict the eruption early enough to evacuate. View the cracks in the earth and structures that were damaged from the tremors.

Types of Volcanic Activity (01:12)

Scientists use a laser cannon to measure the temperature of active volcanoes. See footage of dangerous glowing avalanches.

Fire Detection- Beetles (01:29)

Scientists use a jewel beetle to create a biological fire detector.

Fire Detection- Electronic Nose (02:16)

An electronic sensor recognizes combustion gasses in the forest.

Living with Natural Disasters (01:52)

The people around Cerro Negro have learned to live with the danger around them. Once the threat has passed, tourists rush to the volcano.

Life Suit for Ship Passengers (01:45)

A German man develops an insulation suit designed to save the lives of people stranded in freezing cold water.

Surviving Avalanches (02:08)

Most victims of avalanches suffocate when they are not rescued in time. The Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research tests the avalanche airbag.

Managua Seismograph (01:03)

Seismographs in Managua show activity indicative of an impending eruption Hours later, Telica erupts.

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The use of technology to improve or repair our environment may be the least controversial area of research. Who can argue with clean water and saving endangered species? This film explores the technology that may be used to improve our understanding of the environment and conquer the destructive powers of nature as well as enhance its beauty. Part of the series The Future Of… (Series 1). (23 minutes)

Length: 23 minutes

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Copyright date: ©2000

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