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The "Dance your PhD Contest" 2010

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Teachable Moment: Thesis defense?  How about a Thesis dance!  I don't know what surprises me more... that someone came up with this idea, that multiple people submitted... or that there are some real gems in here!

 

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Strange Magnetic Bubbles at the Edge of the Solar System

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Teachable Moment: The Voyager spacecraft have been in space for >30 years and are still enlightening scientists with novel discoveries.  This video synthesizes how recent data from the craft has made astronomers rethink the outer reaches of our solar system.

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ponyTeachable Moment:
Physics is everywhere... even in cartoons... but are they getting it right?  This entertaining video deconstructs the physics of My Little Pony exploring such concepts as the math of a Mach cone, kinematics, conservation of momentum, and Newton's Third Law.
 

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Quicker'n a Wink

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Quick Stuff!Teachable Moment: MIT's "Doc" Edgerton pioneered slow motion photography through the use of strobe lights and innovative cameras.  It's amazing that this short, Oscar winning, 50+ year old documentary can still engage viewers into understanding physical properties of the world around them.

 

Why the other line is likely to move faster

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Queuing theory on why the other line moves fasterTeachable Moment: Queueing theory is something everyone should understand and this short video provides a nice background on it.

Bill introduces queueing theory and uses it to design the most efficient check out line.

 

 

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Protein Synthesis - An Epic on the Cellular Level

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Teachable Moment: Memorable illustration of protein synthesis, acted out.

Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss for the Department of Chemistry of Stanford University and imprinted with the "free love" aura of the period, this short film continues to be shown in biology class today. It has since spawn a series of similar funny attempts at vulgarizing protein synthesis. Narrated by Paul Berg, 1980 Nobel prize for Chemistry.

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Radioactive plume from Japanese reactor

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Radioactive plume from Japanese reactorJapan's damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network of radiation detectors – designed to spot clandestine nuclear bomb tests – to show that iodine-131 is being released at daily levels 73 per cent of those seen after the 1986 disaster. The daily amount of caesium-137 released from Fukushima Daiichi is around 60 per cent of the amount released from Chernobyl.

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The Space Shuttle

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Space ShuttleTeachable Moment: This 14 minute documentary produced by NASA on the occasion of the 2011 retirement of the program, puts into amazing perspective the impact and scope of the shuttle program after 30 years of flights.  
It also provides a window into the process of development of novel programs... down to the detail of early models being pulled by a souped up Pontiac!
And in a stroke of brilliance, William Shatner is the narrator...

Shell-sort with Hungarian (Székely) folk dance

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Hungarian Szekely Folk Dance AlgorithmTeachable Moment: There are many variations of sorting algorithms and understanding their nuances can be a bit hard... watching a dancing troupe dance through it certainly brings it to life!

Hungarian dancers demonstrate a sorting algorithm through a traditional dance.

 

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Selective Attention Test

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Selective Attention TestTeachable Moment: Great experiment that challenges us to realize that our minds don't work as we think they do.

The original, world-famous awareness test from Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris.

 

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