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Subject: Science & Technology

In history, there have been many great discoveries or inventions, people who invent and/or use new technologies, and those who embrace new scientific theories about our world.

A Beautiful Mind

  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Production Country: United States

Famous mathematician John Nash has a plum teaching position at MIT, but he has grown bored with his duties, so when he is asked to help decode encrypted messages by the Pentagon he jumps at the chance to do something truly challenging—until he believes that he may be in danger and cracks start to show.

An Inconvenient Truth

  • Director: Davis Guggenheim
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Production Country: United States

Former Vice President of the United States Al Gore embarks upon a campaign to make global warming an issue that can no longer be ignored by the industrialized world.

Ancient Inventions

  • Director: Daniel Percival, Phil Grabsky
  • Release Date: 1998
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States

Ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones skewers modern conceits about past scientific and technological innovations, discussing how they are not products of the modern industrial age–in fact, some inventions are quite ancient and some modern science cannot yet be duplicated.

Apollo 13

  • Director: Ron Howard
  • Release Date: 1995
  • Production Country: United States

When his team is chosen to go to the moon ahead of schedule, astronaut Jim Lovell eagerly looks forward to a walk on the moon. However, as the time for their mission approaches, troubles loom: first, his pilot is pulled because of a fear of measles, and, then, one of the booster rockets misfires as the space craft lifts off. But the shuttle breaks earth’s orbit and all appears to be well as they head for the moon—until the mission suddenly changes from landing on the moon to simply surviving and finding a way to navigate their crippled ship safely to earth.

Chasing Ice

  • Director: Jeff Orlowski
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Production Country: United States

Photographer James Balog's passion for photographing ice becomes a passion for showing the world the reality of climate change as he documents the rapid decline of glaciers around the globe.

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