[NOVA Teachers] January 25, 2005

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Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 15:38:10 -0500
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] January 25, 2005

Hello Educators,

Next week, join NOVA as it launches "NOVA scienceNOW," a new series
that brings you and your students stories about the timeliest
developments and most intriguing personalities in science and
technology today.

The premiere show will feature 7- to 14-minute segments on the
potential catastrophic flooding that threatens New Orleans, the
"booming sands" of Death Valley, a profile of "swarm-robot" pioneer
James McLurkin, and a special report on areas in the brain known as
the "mirror neuron" system, which may affect everything from
language evolution to the visceral appeal of spectator sports.
(Subjects covered: Earth science, meteorology, natural disasters,
health science, anatomy and physiology, technology/engineering)

The magazine-style series, hosted by veteran reporter Robert
Krulwich, will air five times a year. Find tools to use the
series -- such as teacher's guides, downloadable materials for a
classroom news board, and research projects you can join -- in our
For Educators section at


In the coming weeks:

Feb.  1 -- Treasures of the Sunken City (R)

Feb.  8 -- The Viking Deception

Feb. 15 -- Saving the National Treasures

Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site
E-mail: NOVA_Teachers@xxxxxxxx

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NOVA Presents "NOVA ScienceNOW"
Broadcast: January 25, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local
listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

Mirror Neurons

      Watch the Segment
      See the 14-minute broadcast segment on the discovery and
      significance of mirror neurons. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or
      Windows Media plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Research Update
      Learn what researchers are discovering about how what you can
      physically do determines how you see things. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Monkey Do, Monkey See
      Listen to or read this interview in which neuroscientist Daniel
      Glaser explains his latest research on mirror neurons.
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Name That Sound
      Try to identify a noise related to brain studies.
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

How does the Brain Work?


      Watch the Segment
      See the 12-minute broadcast segment on how the ability to
      predict a hurricane's path and intensity affects cities like
      New Orleans. (QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in
      required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Find out how much you know about hurricanes in this
      five-question quiz. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      How Do They Know That?
      Discover how scientists know how much total energy is released
      through cloud and rain formation in an average hurricane.
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Profile: James McLurkin

      Watch the Segment
      See the 10-minute broadcast segment chronicling MIT graduate
      student James McLurkin's personal and work life. (QuickTime,
      RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.)
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      An Obsession with Robots
      Find out how McLurkin looks to his own live ant colony for
      inspiration, what some of the unexpected behaviors are that
      arise out of robot "swarming," what the potential applications
      for swarm behavior might be, and more in this interview.
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Path of Innovation
      Click through a time line of McLurkin's life that he made
      himself. (Flash plug-in required.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

      The Whole Enchilada
      Snoop through McLurkin's backpack to see what he thinks is
      important to carry around. (Flash plug-in required.)
      (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Booming Sands

      Watch the Segment
      See the 7-minute broadcast segment that follows a CalTech
      expedition into the desert to study so-called booming sands.
      (QuickTime, RealVideo, or Windows Media plug-in required.)
      (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

      Recipe for Noisy Sands
      Find out what nature needs to cook up sand dunes that croak,
      burp, sing, and go boom. (Flash plug-in required.) (MP3,
      RealAudio, or Windows Media plug-in required to play sounds.)
      (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

      Learn about features and dispatches as they are posted to the
      NOVA scienceNOW Web site by signing up for Really Simple
      Syndication (RSS), a format that allows you to easily read the
      latest news from a number of Web sites. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Get Involved
      Find ways to get involved in science, from attending science
      lectures to joining real science projects. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Educators
      Discover the many ways you can integrate NOVA scienceNOW into
      your classroom, including teacher's guides, links to science
      news stories, and more. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

For Scientists
      Obtain advice on how you can get your research news out to others.

Science News
      Keep current with the most important stories by reading the top
      science news articles from the mainstream media. Check back
      daily for the top stories. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)


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