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The National Teens make history as first graduates from small community

Three teenagers have made history as the first graduates from a small community in the Northwest Territories. The students from Ulukhaktok, a hamlet with a population of 400, successfully obtained all their high school credits and will be going on to post-secondary education, thanks in large part to distance learning. CBC News takes a look at how the groundbreaking moment ...
  • 2018
  • 00:02:30
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/23/2018

News in Review - September 2017 Battery Power: Canadian Technology Powering The Future

Lithium-ion batteries are the heart of new technology. They’re used to power everything from cell phones to electric cars and many consumer electronics. And it’s a Canadian firm, Electrovaya, that’s leading the way, producing clean, safe lithium-ion batteries. In order to grow their business, they’re expanding overseas to develop their products. Now they’re poised to become global leaders in the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:11:47
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/26/2017

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The National Canadian Teen Discovers Method to Turn Waste Water into Electricity

A Vancouver high school student thinks he knows what to do with the one billion litres of waste water that gets flushed down toilets and sent down sink drains every day in the Greater Vancouver Area. Austin Wang, who has won numerous science awards, came up with a way to genetically modify micro-organisms so that they could clean waste water ...
  • 2016
  • 00:06:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/27/2016

National Geographic Documentaries Inside Area 51’s Secrets

It's the most famous military installation in the world, yet it doesn't officially exist. Area 51 – a site for covert Cold War operations – has long been a magnet for crackpots, conspiracy theorists and the overly curious. While there may not be truth to the rumours that Area 51 is a haven for UFOs and extraterrestrials, it's clear that ...
  • 2010
  • 00:45:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/06/2016

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Engineering Connections Sydney Opera House

Richard Hammond climbs to the top of Sydney's iconic Opera House to unlock the engineering connections behind one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in the world. He reveals how an architect's sketch, rejected by the design competition jury, was transformed into concrete and glass through trailblazing building techniques inspired by a First World War gas mask, a set of ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Deep Space Observatory

Richard Hammond journeys to discover the startling Engineering Connections behind the Keck Observatory, which has seen further into the universe than any other telescope on Earth. He reveals that the Keck Observatory owes its incredible design to an ancient Greek ritual, an early 20th century Russian inventor, an American Civil War general, a breakthrough in aerial reconnaissance, and an attempt ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:31
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Airbus A380

Richard Hammond sets out on a quest to find the amazing Engineering Connections behind the Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in history. His journey reveals that this state-of-the-art aircraft owes as much to weapons of war, Mother Nature and household objects as it does to high technology. He discovers that a bicycle pump, a 19th century rocket, an ancient ...
  • 2007
  • 00:47:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/15/2016

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Engineering Connections Guggenheim Bilbao

Richard Hammond visits a building described as the ‘greatest of our time’ – the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain – to find out which Engineering Connections made this iconic building possible. He finds out how a visionary architect transformed a decaying city into a vibrant tourist hub with his futuristic building. But it would not have been possible without a volcano, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections HMS Illustrious

Richard Hammond unpicks the engineering DNA of the mighty aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. A potent force with a powerful punch, this aircraft carrier can deliver a strike force anywhere on the globe at any time. It’s a floating airport, city and battleship all rolled into one. But what connects this indomitable vessel with a boomerang, a hearing aid, a 19th ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Wembley Stadium

Richard Hammond stands atop of the Wembley roof, in front of its record-breaking arch, to discover the Engineering Connections behind the new high tech home of English football. Richard reveals how the architects and engineers, under pressure to maintain Wembley's iconic status as a world-class sporting and music venue, drew inspiration from a rock climbing knot, the first glider to ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Ocean Airport

Richard Hammond reveals the startling Engineering Connections behind Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest and biggest in the world, sited on a specially constructed island. Then the world's largest construction project, it drew inspiration from a 13th century Arab irrigation machine to create new land, and a WWII bomber and car suspension to make the terminal building light, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Taipei Tower

Richard Hammond travels to Taipei and discovers the secrets of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101. This modern marvel of engineering stands at a jaw dropping 1,671 feet. Built right next to a seismic fault line and in a typhoon hotspot, its height is all the more impressive. Richard discovers just what it is in the Taipei 101's ...
  • 2008
  • 00:50:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Super Rig

Richard Hammond journeys to discover the startling Engineering Connections behind the Troll A gas platform – the largest object ever moved by man across the surface of the Earth. During his voyage he reveals that Troll A owes its incredible design to a 19th century French gardener, a 17th century German mayor, a Midwestern American architect, and the dawn of ...
  • 2007
  • 00:49:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Our Vancouver California's Drought: The Implications

Johanna Wagstaffe outline what the drought means for all west coast water reserves.
  • 2015
  • 00:02:42
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/01/2015

The National HitchBOT the Hitchhiking Robot

A hitchhiking robot is attempting to travel across Canada relying on the kindness (and curiosity) of strangers. The tiny talking robot has embarked on what is hoped to be a 6,000 km trek from Halifax to Victoria. HitchBOT is entirely dependent on human beings for its survival. It's part of a Canadian research project looking into the evolving relationship between ...
  • 2014
  • 00:07:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/27/2014

As It Happens 3D Printing and the $350 Robotic Arm

3D-printed robotic arm for six-year old: $350. The ability to hug mom: priceless. Alex Pring was born missing his right arm from just above the elbow. The cost of a traditional robotic limb, which would have to be replaced as Alex grows, has a hefty price tag. But now, thanks to Albert Manero and his team of aerospace engineering students, ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:40
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The National Canadian Innovations

Three short documentaries from The National look at Canadian companies thriving despite the current economic downturn. Their secret: embracing today’s new green economy. As auto manufacturing plants begin to rust away, meet the small Mississauga-based company, Electrovaya, that’s creating 100% recyclable portable power packs for electric cars. Then track the success of a McGill University team building a silent snowmobile that ...
  • 2009
  • 00:11:56
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Suzuki Diaries 3: Future City

Cities are where most Canadians live. And, as we head into the future, how we adapt to the needs of expanding cities will have a huge impact on their livability. Food, land use, housing, energy, waste, how we tackle these issues will determine whether our cities evolve, or whether they decline. In a new instalment of Suzuki Diaries, David and his daughter Sarika set ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Project X Flight

Project X meets the scientists and inventors who are pushing the limits of flight: from new machines with amazing designs to the human body itself. Dr. Fleck takes a ride in a hang glider to help illustrate the basic physics of flight. Marc then goes skiing in a wind tunnel to unlock the secrets of an Olympic Gold alpine jump. ...
  • 2008
  • 00:22:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Gone Sideways: Serendipity in Science

When most of us hear “scientific research,” it conjures the image of serious men and women in meticulous labs using carefully prescribed methods to achieve rather predictable outcomes. We have an expectation that science is calculated and controlled. Yet some of the most influential scientific discoveries have been made entirely by accident. Combining dramatic re-creation with cheeky animation and cleverly ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Project X Light

In this episode, the Project X team explores and experiments with light. A look at light's basic properties, the light spectrum, colour perception and photosynthesis leads to an examination of the most cutting-edge light science on the planet. Dr. Gardy follows a Harvard genius works on slowing light down. Dr. Fleck and grad student Marc Huot discover the role invisible ...
  • 2008
  • 00:22:33
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Project X Speed

This episode looks at things that go fast and our desire to push the limits of speed. To start, Dr. Fleck makes a trip to the Black Rock Desert to take a look at the North American Eagle, a fighter jet turned into a car that may break the current land speed record. Dr. Alters then visits the Walthamstow Racetrack ...
  • 2008
  • 00:22:39
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Build Green

In a refreshing hour, Build Green advises making the sun, wind and rain — along with dirt, straw and sewage — your friends. By building a house using innovative practices and materials, you'll not only do the earth a favour, but you could save big bucks too. From retro-fitting a hip, old Montreal housing complex with state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems, to ...
  • 2007
  • 00:44:32
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Suzuki Diaries: Sustainability in Action

The Suzuki Diaries is a road trip, a travelogue, an adventure. The legendary David Suzuki and his youngest daughter Sarika, a university student about to start her own career in the sciences, are full of hope as they travel to Europe to see what sustainability truly looks like. In Germany, Denmark, France and Spain, they set out to meet the ...
  • 2008
  • 00:44:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Supercar, Building the Car of the Future

With rising fuel prices and growing environmental concerns, never before has it been so urgent to imagine what next year’s car model might look like. But there is hope. All over the world there are people trying to figure out how to build an environmentally and socially sound version of the car. Join engineering professor Brian Fleck on a quest to ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:24
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013