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NOVA scienceNOW 2008 #2

NOVA scienceNOW 2008 #2

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56 min.
Closed Caption:
WGBH Boston Video
Grade Level:
7 - 12
From the award-winning producers of NOVA, NOVA scienceNOW brings its fast-paced, magazine-style approach to investigate what's happening on the very front lines of science. Go behind the scenes of today's most exciting science research with host Neil deGrasse Tyson, renowned astrophysicist and Director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium. This episode of NOVA scienceNOW covers:

Personal DNA Testing: To test? Or not to test? That's the question that faces host Neil deGrasseTyson as he ponders whether to get a personal genetic profile that will predict his chances of contracting one of several serious diseases. In the interest of science journalism, Tyson submits. But would you? Several companies now offer such a service for a fee that can range upwards of several thousand dollars. How do such tests work? How valid are they? And what if you get bad—or good—news?

Digital Art Authentication: Vincent van Gogh has inspired several talented artists to turn their hands to forgery. Can computers be used to identify which works are really his? To find out, NOVA scienceNOW commissioned an expert to make a meticulous copy of a van Gogh painting, and then challenged three different computer teams to find the imitation in a group that included five genuine van Gogh's.

Capturing Carbon: Can an eighth grader's science fair project show the way to dealing with rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Claire Lackner's father Klaus, a renowned scientist at Columbia University, thought so when he saw how she used an aquarium pump to capture carbon dioxide in the air. A decade later, Dr. Lackner has helped form a green company that is testing a product that may fulfill this dream.

Profile—Pardis Sabeti: By day, Pardis Sabeti is an assistant professor at Harvard University and a researcher on evolutionary genetics. By night, she and her band Thousand Days play the clubs around greater Boston. The group's mesmerizing EP "Headlight Waves" won Sabeti honorable mention in the Billboard World Song Competition, but away from the music scene, she has traveled to Africa to study how the malaria parasite interacts with its human hosts.

Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA scienceNOW Web site; segment selection; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.

For your STEM Curriculum Education needs.

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