Physical Science


The Crowd & The Cloud 240 min.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are allowing people to become part of a revolutionary, 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environment, monitoring neighborhoods, and collecting information about the world around them, citizens are helping professional scientists advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations. The results are improving health and...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 1—Even Big Data Starts Small 57 min.

20,000 volunteers across the U.S. measure precipitation: when extreme weather hits, emergency managers turn their data into life-saving alerts. Armchair mappers worldwide update information used by first responders after the Nepal earthquake. A new project, EyesOnALZ, enlists the crowd to speed up research on Alzheimer’s disease. DIY enthusiasts from Public Lab map the BP oil spill with kites, bal...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 2—Citizens Plus Scientists 58 min.

Citizen scientists track air and water pollution at fracking sites in windswept Wyoming and 5 other states, using simple but science-based techniques developed by the “Bucket Brigade.” On idyllic East Coast trout streams, volunteers from Trout Unlimited monitor water quality regularly, generating baseline data that will prove invaluable in the event of future pollution events. Community members co...

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The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 3—Viral vs. Virus 58 min.

Sensors on asthma inhalers generate real-time maps of environmental dangers to help patients, physicians and disease detectives in Louisville, Kentucky. Street knowledge was also crucial in a historic medical breakthrough: John Snow’s mapping of cholera fatalities in 19th century London. In West Oakland, California, citizens confront air pollution and rising asthma rates by collecting traffic data...

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The Crowd & The Cloud: Episode 4—Citizens4Earth 58 min.

Counting birds for more than 100 years generates data on a changing climate and there’s an app for that: eBird. Surfer science using smart tech tracks ocean acidification and coastal temperatures in the Smartfin project, a recent startup. We spend “A Year in the Life of Citizen Science” including a Thanksgiving Monarch Butterfly Watch in California. Seasonal change is tracked by Latina and Native...

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The Weirdest Weather in the Universe 53 min.

From bowling-ball-sized hailstones to twisting tornadoes, the weather on our planet is extraordinary. But even Earth’s most extreme weather can’t compare to that seen on other planets in our solar system—let alone planets millions of light-years away. Using state-of-the-art research and amazing CGI images, Horizon recreates the most spectacular weather in the Universe. From diamond rain to clouds...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Inside CERN (Horizon) 53 min.

Deep in the bowels of CERN – the largest particle physics laboratory in the world – something odd is going on. Scientists are seeing a particle that should not exist. If it does, then our understanding of the universe’s most basic building blocks is wrong. According to the standard model of particle physics, the Higgs-Boson was the last particle left to be discovered. So whatever is happening in C...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Aliens: The Big Think 51 min.

This episode of The Inside View features Britain’s Royal Astronomer, Lord Martin Rees, as he asks whether we’ll ever find aliens with similar biology to our own. Lord Rees, along with other astrobiology experts, assesses the remarkable recent advances made in this area. Are we really alone? Or are there others out there? And, if so, what do they look like?

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Buzz Aldrin 45 min.

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with legendary Apollo 11 astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin. Comedian co-host Iliza Shlesinger and guest Mike Massimino join Tyson in the Hall of the Universe to discuss the legacy of the Apollo program, the first mission to land on the moon, and Buzz’s plan to send humans to Mars.

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Mayim Bialik 45 min.

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik. Comedian co-host Chris Hardwick and guest Summer Ash join Tyson in the Hall of the Universe to discuss the portrayal of science on television. Topics include women in science, television characters as role models, and garnering interest in science through comedic means.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016