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September 24, 2010

Sci-Fi Science – Galactic Colonization

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the second episode of the second season of Dr. Michio Kaku’s renowned and highly acclaimed documentary series “Sci Fi Science” and explore the exciting possibility of creating a galactic civilization.


In this exciting episode of Sci Fi Science, Dr. Michio Kaku comes up with some very intriguing plans for expanding humanity’s presence throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.

Sci-Fi Science Physics of the Impossible -Galactic Colonization

http://www.megavideo.com/v/9MAVHZHP846e3dd572aa8cba4294ff296d84121a

September 23, 2010

Sci-Fi Science – Earth 2.0

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Dr. Michio Kaku,Sci Fi Science,Terraforming — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the first second season episode of Dr. Michio Kaku’s Sci Fi Science and explore the exciting possibility of Terraforming the planet Mars.


In this first instalment of the second season of Sci Fi Science, Dr. Michio Kaku comes up with plans for the construction of Earth 2.0 (a second Earth) through the process of terraforming.

Terraforming (literally, “Earth-forming”) of a planet, moon, or other body is the hypothetical process of deliberately modifying its atmosphere, temperature, surface topography or ecology to be similar to those of Earth to make it habitable by humans an other terrestrial organisms.

Sci-Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible – Earth 2.0

http://www.megavideo.com/v/RPU2WG6W88b94d93309c872a3442c6d8db6e37b5

September 22, 2010

Modern Marvels: Ancient Discoveries

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,ancient technology,Modern Marvels — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we continue our retrospective of past technologies. But, instead of taking a trip through time of just mere decades, our time odyssey will take us back more than two thousand years. And in the course of this temporal voyage we will examine the ancient antecedents of many technologies that many would consider modern.


Today’s video feature Modern Marvels: Ancient Discoveries, explores the question – Is it possible the ancients were so technologically advanced that they successfully designed the template for today’s computers, planes, trains, automobiles and other engineering marvels?

We will first examine a mysterious device that still baffles many of today’s experts – the Antikythera mechanism.

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900 from the Antikythera wreck, but its complexity and significance were not understood until decades later. It is now thought to have been built about 150–100 BCE. The degree of mechanical sophistication is comparable to late medieval Swiss watch making. Technological artefacts of similar complexity and workmanship did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe.

Modern Marvels: Ancient Discoveries will also explore the forerunners of today’s modern rail service, super ships and flame throwers.

Modern Marvels: Ancient Discoveries

http://www.youtube.com/p/9587A966D2658074?hl=en_US&fs=1


September 21, 2010

The Future of the Milky Way

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,Astronomy,The Milky Way Galaxy — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the future fate of our home galaxy – The Milky Way.


The Milky Way Galaxy, commonly referred to as just the Milky Way, or sometimes simply as the Galaxy, is the galaxy in which the Solar System is located. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy that is part of the Local Group of galaxies. It is one of billions of galaxies in the observable universe. Its name is a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, referring to the pale band of light formed by stars in the galactic plane as seen from Earth.

Enjoy this Discovery Channel Documentary about the past, present and the future of our galaxy.

The Future Of The Milky Way

http://www.youtube.com/p/FD018026DE9E6AB4?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

September 20, 2010

Modern Marvels: 90’s Tech

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,History of Science,Modern Marvels,Technology — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we travel back to the last decade of the Twentieth Century for a retrospective look at the beginnings of the trendy technologies that have defined that epoch and has shaped ours.


Modern Marvels: 90s Tech will take you way back to the end of the Twentieth Century and the beginning of today’s trendy technologies. From DVDs to TIVO to GPS, we’ll see how the gadgets we can’t live without all started in the 1990s.

Modern Marvels: 90’s Tech

http://www.youtube.com/p/9247C7D63D41D12F?hl=en_US&fs=1

September 19, 2010

The Universe – Total Eclipse

Copyright David A. Hardy

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present episode seven of the fifth season of the History Channel’s outstanding documentary series – The Universe.


In this instalment we look examine an astronomical phenomenon that has inspired awe and wonder throughout the ages – The Total Solar Eclipse.

Once they were dreaded and thought to be dragons eating the sun but, modern science has dispelled mythology and we now look forward to total Solar Eclipses as one of the most spectacular phenomena in the heavens.

A look at the movements of the Earth, the sun and the moon during solar and lunar eclipses; how humans, if alone in the universe, may be the only intelligent creatures to witness these events; and how astronomers discover planets in other star systems that partially eclipse their stars.


The Universe – Total Eclipse

http://www.megavideo.com/v/I7CKQOX6dd36a8025175c25b37f1c6607850803f

September 18, 2010

Modern Marvels: 80’s Tech

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,History of Science,Modern Marvels,Technology — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we take a trip back in time, all the way back to the 1980s and will examine some of the most popular gadgets and fads of that defined a decade.


Join us as we take a retrospective look at Sony’s Walkman, the Rubik’s Cube, the DeLorean DMC-12, and of course the microchip which changed electronics forever.

Modern Marvels: 80’s tech

http://www.megavideo.com/v/ITLV23KWdc572b15f56de3db60b20a9f04618b73

September 17, 2010

Modern Marvels: 70’s Tech

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,History of Science,Modern Marvels,Technology — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we take a retrospective look at the technology of the Nineteen Seventies.


From pong to CB radios, to the instant camera to the Pontiac Firebird and everywhere in between it all has the mark of the technology of the seventies.




Modern Marvels: 70’s Tech

http://www.megavideo.com/v/R50D51L9cdadcc548ee0780609a401a6aea880b1

September 16, 2010

Modern Marvels: 60s Tech

Filed under: 60s Tech,Alex Michael Bonnici,History of Science,Modern Marvels,Technology — ralphbuttigieg @ 7:05 am

Today on Discovery Enterprise we take a ride back to the 1960s and recall the technological happenings that helped shape the decade.


Colour TV, computers the size of Mac® trucks and Lava lamps we return to the heady days of the Space Age with this affectionate look at the advances that convinced us the “future is NOW!” For over a decade, Modern Marvels has brought grand stories to life. This documentary is the ultimate celebration of engineering excellence.

From broadcast satellites to superballs, high-tech advances in the 60s improved every part of our lives.

Modern Marvels: 60s Tech


http://www.youtube.com/p/B9C0B9EBD64AA7C0?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

September 15, 2010

How the Universe Works: Extreme Stars

Filed under: Alex Michael Bonnici,How The Universe Works,Nebulas,Stellar Evolution — ralphbuttigieg @ 6:17 pm

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the fascination story of the birth of stars and how their creation changed the cosmos forever, eventually leading to planets life and, at least in our nook of the universe, the emergence of sentience itself.


If we could watch the night sky over a period of millions of years, we would witness the stars undergo an astonishing sequence of transformations. Thanks to a new generation of telescopes we can follow the unfolding life story of a star from the moment of its first gestation as a prostellar object forming in a majestic cosmic nebula, through to the moment of birth.

How The Universe Works: Extreme Stars

http://www.youtube.com/p/DB7507C51DCE25B2?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

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