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Peter Field: What if… Hollywood got history right?

Dr Peter Field, Associate Professor of History, College of Arts • Is there a premium on truth in movies? • Does Hollywood’s take on history come to us with a specific slant? • What if Hollywood actually got history right? Hollywood at the beginning of the twenty-first century stands as America’s most valuable export, grossing …

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PBS: China Bridge

Travel to 12th-century China as engineers, scientists and scholars help reveal the intricate mysteries behind the revolutionary strength and elegance of the Rainbow Bridge. Part of the series “Secrets of Lost Empires”. A special five-part NOVA series originally aired in February of 2000. In the series, NOVA crews attempt to ferret out long-forgotten secrets of …

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Franck Marchis: Breaking the Seeing Barrier for Planetary Astronomy

In this SETI talks Franck Marchis discuss the contributions of telescopic observation over the past 50 years to planetary science, particularly the recent developments like adaptive optics which renewed interest in ground-based observations of planets. When Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope toward Jupiter in 1609 and discovered what we now call the Galilean moons, he did …

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PBS: Easter Island

Travel to Easter Island to discover the secrets of this vanished civilization through the “moai,” the massive headstones that these ancient islanders created to achieve peace and harmony, yet resulted in geological disaster. Click to enlarge below video.  

UCLA: CARTA: The Evolution of Human Nutrition

Tracing the evolution of the human diet from our earliest ancestors can lead to a better understanding of human adaptation in the past. It may also offer clues to the origin of many health problems we currently face, such as obesity and chronic disease. University of California presents; Steven Leigh (Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) …

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David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TED presents David Christian who in this talk from April 2011, he narrates a complete history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the Internet, in a riveting 18 minutes. This is “Big History”: an enlightening, wide-angle look at complexity, life and humanity, set against our slim share of the cosmic timeline. Featured image …

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Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D

Ted  presents Ben Kacyra, who talks about ancient monuments. These give us clues to astonishing past civilizations — but they’re under threat from pollution, war, neglect. Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, is using his invention to scan and preserve the world’s heritage in archival detail. (Watch to the end for a …

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