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Scientific Films

Typical example of a recent German teaching film, designed for university level. Detailed close-up views of the methods used by the spider, showing the technique of "spot- welding" individual strands of the web. ... Experiments on destruction of the web show the repair work undertaken. Finishes ... Read more
Underlines the progress being made at Harwell Atom Research Establishment in the peaceful uses of atomic power. Shows the preparation of radio-active isotopes and various examples of their use in research and industry. ... Read more
Demonstrates various applications of scientific cinematography in the field of astronomy. First part shows records of solar and lunar eclipses. Second part shows Lyot's monochromatic filter and the results obtained in solar prominence work. ... Read more
Reviews some of the work of the Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, whose experiments with conditioned reflexes paved the way to a better understanding of human and animal behaviour. Demonstrates difference between instinct and reflex condition. ... Read more
Unusual example of a research film. Makes use of polarized light techniques and time- lapse microphotography to study the growth process of various crystals. ... Read more
An introduction to the study of the modern diesel engine. Shows some of the reasons for its outstanding efficiency and performance. Includes material showing some of the early experimental engines. ... Read more
Opens with brief description of how ball bearings are made and tested. Includes unusual sequences taken at 2500 exposures per second of a ball-crusher testing three balls to destruction. Remainder describes the process of manufacture of grease. ... Read more
Camera and microscope are combined in a study of the many forms of colourful microscopic animal life found in the sea round the Great Barrier Reef, including plankton (primary food supply for fishes), tiny polyps, slender filaments of mollusc eggs, and other strange creatures. ... Read more
Records the expedition of New Zealand scientists to a practically inaccessible high mountain valley to study the life and habits of the native flightless bird, Notornis or Tahake, thought for eighty years to be an extinct species. ... Read more
Shows problem of building rigid brick and masonry houses on troublesome soils which swell and shrink due to seasonal wetting and drying. Soil identification gives the key to physical properties and bearing capacity of soils. These determine the correct foundation practice to prevent cracking and ... Read more
General discussion of venomous snakes. By means of diagrams and pictures of living snakes, describes their classification and characteristics, the venoms and their effects, and the treatment of snake bite. ... Read more
Produced for teaching purposes at the high-school level. Gives an insight into the development of a single bee in a large hive. Stages shown include the laying of eggs by the queen; sealing pupas in cells and various stages of development; beginning of a new swarm; killing by the female bees of the ... Read more
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Deals with wild life of Macquarie Island, 900 miles to the south of Tasmania. Features plants, birds, and mammals which derive a livelihood from the stormy wastes of the south polar and sub-polar regions. ... Read more
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