This is a PBS Vermont Television program of half-hour episodes on science for the general public. Even though it is meant for a local audience, the program presents the subject of each episode so well that anyone anywhere, curious enough to learn, can enjoy the content.
Vermont Public Television (VPT) is a local Public Broadcast System (PBS) station based in Colchester, VT in the USA.
Number of episode video files: 9
Type: Flash video (flv); Season 1 at 320x240 (4:3), Season 2 at 640x360 (16:9)
Total bitrate: up to 846 kbps, stereo sound
Average file size: approx. 150 MB
Episode runtime: approx. 26 min.
Number of video podcast files: 16
Type: m4v; Season 1 at 320x240 (4:3), Season 2 at 480x270 (16:9)
Total bitrate: between 500 and 950 kbps, stereo sound
Average file size: approx. 15 MB
Podcast runtime: approx. 3 min.
Hosted by Amy Seidl, the program delves into such topics as energy, transportation and the technology of social sciences - all with a Vermont perspective. The series is designed to educate and inspire - and to document the success of Vermont's scientific community.
Season 1 --------------------------------
Episode 1: Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is our ability to engineer specific attributes of materials and machines by controlling their features at an amazingly small scale -- one billionth of a meter. At UVM, a scientist gives a glimpse of how nanotechnology may increase the efficacy of cancer drugs.
Episode 2: Weather and Climate Change
Scientists from UVM, Lyndon State College, and the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury explain how the earth's climate system works and explore the impact of global warming.
Episode 3: Water and The Landscape
This episode explores a complex system --- the Lake Champlain watershed. UVM faculty collaborate, using their expertise in geology, hydrology, ecology, computer science and other disciplines to develop complex modeling. Their work will help to quantify human impacts on Vermont's water systems
Episode 4: Remote Wireless Sensing
Looks at how remote wireless sensing is being applied to enhance health and quality of life. One example is monitoring the strength of structures like bridges. In other applications, computer scientists are developing ways to monitor environmental conditions and natural resources.
Season 2 --------------------------------
Episode 1: Energy
Host Amy Seidl visits with Vermont scientists to explore the history of energy in human society, examining how we use energy and the challenges and opportunities associated with adapting to new, renewable sources. Included: how Vermont scientists are contributing to the growth potential of wind energy and helping redefine the electric grid to accommodate alternative energy sources.
Episode 2: Food Webs
This episode explores two Vermont "food webs": the aquatic food web of Lake Champlain and the terrestrial food web in the time since wolves disappeared from the Vermont landscape. While food webs can be relatively simple to understand, Vermont scientists are delving into their complexities by modeling one of the smallest self-contained food webs known: the aquatic habitat in the pitcher plant.
Episode 3: Technology of Social Sciences
What are the technological tools used by today's social scientists to understand the behavior of large populations? This episode explains how Vermont scientists are studying child behavior and "teaching" robots how to learn. Also, a look at how the Internet is affecting our behavior and how data mining enables scientists to understand the collective behavior and emotions of hundreds of thousands of people.
Episode 4: Transportation
This episode starts with a lesson in how the combustion engine works, then investigates the challenges of continued dependence on gasoline vehicles in the face of climate change and declining oil reserves. Also, a look at emerging transportation alternatives including electric vehicles and a renewable system called "vehicle-to-grid."
Episode 5: Fresh Water
This look at one of Vermont's most plentiful resources also includes a broader discussion of the status of fresh water across the U.S., and highlights case studies and research programs - from coastal Maine to the Mississippi bayou to the dry landscapes of the West. What are scientists doing to ensure clean water for our future?
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