New PBS documentary videos added to library catalog

The following streaming PBS videos have been added to Voyager:

How does the brain work?  (NOVA scienceNOW) This episode of NOVA scienceNOW delves into some pretty heady stuff, examining magic and the brain, artificial intelligence, magnetic mind control, and the work of neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher David Eagleman. Can we really believe our own eyes? Will machines one day think like us? Can magnetic wands effectively control brain functions and treat depression? Explore this and more.

Can we live forever?  (NOVA scienceNOW) Explores the question of whether we can live forever, looking at extending the life of automobiles, lab-grown body parts, slowing aging, and human hibernation. Also features a profile of computer scientist Jason Leigh, whose Project Lifelike is pioneering avatar technology that will allow people to digitize their wisdom, humor, and unique insight.

Smartest machine on Earth (NOVA) Augmenting human intelligence is a lot tougher than it looks, but scientists are edging closer with machines like ‘Watson,’ an IBM computing system that is gearing up to compete on the game show Jeopardy!, taking on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, two of the show’s most successful and celebrated contestants of all time. This program is an updated version of the original broadcast, with additional content added.

Engineering Ground Zero (NOVA) To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, NOVA presents an epic story of engineering, innovation, and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, “Engineering Ground Zero” follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

How smart are animals (NOVA scienceNOW) Episodes include: Dog genius; Creative dolphins; Octopus & cuttlefish; and Profile – Irene Pepperberg and her talking parrot, Alex.

Seabiscuit (American Experience) One of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history, Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America’s heart during the Depression. In telling the story of Seabiscuit’s unlikely career, producer Stephen Ives (The West, Lindbergh) illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s, explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing and tells how an over-worked horse and a broken-down jockey captured the imagination of the nation. “There is something quintessentially American about everyone in this story,” says Laura Hillenbrand. “[It’s about] the triumph over hardship – that’s the journey toward the American dream.”

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