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Allegro Productions (Firm)

Overview
Works: 339 works in 587 publications in 1 language and 12,856 library holdings
Genres: Educational films  Internet videos  Nonfiction films  Short films  Science films  Informational works  Juvenile works  Biography  Documentary television programs  Interviews 
Classifications: PN1997, 612.76
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Most widely held works by Allegro Productions (Firm)
Physiology : muscles and bones( Visual )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program looks at the human body in motion, studying the interaction of the skeleton and muscles and the ways in which engineers and designers imitate these systems. Demonstrating how bones allow mobility while also providing protection, the program examines skeletal strength, calcium's importance, the internal structure of bones, and their dependence on muscles for cohesion and power. Linking architecture, machine design, computer science, and other disciplines, this Science Screen Report offers a fresh way of understanding human anatomy
Life and times : the biology of aging( Visual )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report explores the genetics of aging and the different ways in which biologists study longevity. Citing various experiments with test subjects ranging from fruit flies to elderly humans, the program focuses on genetic structure and how it affects the life span of organisms. Highlighting two important scientific discoveries-the telomere, a genetic sequence determining how many times a cell can divide, and telomerase, an enzyme that extends that number-the program also suggests that the effects of aging may one day be reduced, if not eliminated
Functions of the face( Visual )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report describes the anatomy and functions of facial features, and the evolutionary development of the human face. It explains how the mouth and nose work together to identify food, the process of chewing and swallowing, and the varying functions of the taste buds, saliva, teeth, tongue, and jaws. Combining principles in anatomy, anthropology, psychology, and zoology, the program also details how muscles in the face convey expressions and emotions, how humans and computers recognize faces and expressions, and how the aesthetics of attractiveness can be linked to facial symmetry
Car Design : wheels of change( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Infrared headlights, joysticks instead of steering wheels, engine tune-ups via modem: this Science Screen Report showcases the rapidly changing field of car design. Looking at the dominant role of digital technology in automotive engineering and testing, the program demonstrates that computers are becoming more than tools-in some cases, they actually generate ideas and give feedback. Other concepts featured include alternative car power sources, groundbreaking forms of highway monitoring and maintenance, and the intersection of the automotive and aerospace industries
The New world of fitness and recreation( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report explores the growing importance of science in sports and recreation. The program shows how technological research fuels athletic achievement and profoundly influences equipment and facility design, and the ways in which robotics, computers, and high-speed cameras are enabling humans to interact with our planet's different environments. Clearly demonstrating a wide range of advances, The New World of Fitness and Recreation offers an inspiring view into a surprising intersection of disciplines
Ecology : life at the edge of the sea( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report explores the challenges that marine plants and animals face in rocky shoreline areas, and vividly illustrates the diversity of those life forms. Examining crustaceans, gastropods, mollusks, and other shoreline creatures, the program shows how tide pools form a marine sub-habitat, and how rocky shore dwellers have evolved specific abilities to survive powerful waves and gather food from the ebb and flow of tides. The medicinal value of certain tidal zone organisms is also discussed in detail
Watery creatures : life in the sea( Visual )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report examines different ways marine specie confront their environments using elaborate, specialized survival adaptations. Parallels between hunting techniques and defensive methods are described by contrasting aquatic predators--for instance, rays and sharks, the ocean's drag racers--with more vulnerable creature, which rely on camouflage and sophisticated mobility
How touch makes sense of the world( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report examines the sense of touch not only as a means of physical sensation, but also as the most basic way of communicating and interacting with one's environment. The program highlights the human body's methods for detecting and evaluating external stimuli, and outlines scientific approaches to helping people with an impaired tactile sense. Presenting human touch as a mechanism for survival and happiness, this program is an ideal component for any study of the senses in anatomy or psychology
Desert : land of extremes( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report studies how deserts form and how organisms adapt to these harsh environments. Defining a desert as a vast area of windy, arid land, the program identifies the Gobi and Sahara as common examples as well as regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. It demonstrates that many of these supposed wastelands contain surprisingly high levels of biodiversity, and shows how overgrazing and population increase can desertify forest habitats and farmland. This is an outstanding resource for illustrating ecological variety and fragility
Microengineering and nanotechnology( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores micro engineering and nanotechnology to see how scientists are trying to solve big problems with small solutions
Optics : bringing the world into focus( Visual )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Science Screen Report explains the complex system of human vision and how that system can deteriorate. Outlining the basic concepts of visual perception, the program describes the functions of the lens, cornea, retina, and optic nerve, and identifies conditions that interfere with eyesight, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration. Also included are discussions of medical research and corrective procedures that have restored vision
The Wind : nature's action hero( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Much of the Earth would be uninhabitable without wind. This Science Screen Report studies air in motion and the crucial role of that dynamic, ever-present phenomenon. Illustrating how varying temperature and atmospheric pressure create wind, the program examines local examples in the form of offshore and onshore breezes, as well as global patterns like the trade winds and westerlies. Includes information on ocean currents, cloud formations, and the vital part wind plays in distributing nutrients, seeds, heat, and cool air
Crust, mantle, and core : earth inside and out( Visual )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Earth's surface is a fragile mask, and this Science Screen Report reveals the turmoil beneath it. A cutaway view of the planet depicts its layers--including its crust, hot mantle, and superheated core--and leads to an outline of plate tectonic theory."--Container
Shoreline habitats( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report shows how human interests and the needs of aquatic life can be balanced. It describes the efforts of scientists, engineers, farmers, and fishermen to address shoreline habitat problems and support endangered species. Citing ways these cooperative efforts have succeeded-for example, by rehabilitating gray seal populations, redesigning dikes to aid migratory birds, and protecting seabeds during cockle harvests-this program demonstrates the fragility and importance of the Earth's wetlands. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to National Science Education Standards. Produced in association with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the Junior Engineering Technical Society. (17 minutes)
Physics : forces at work( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report explains the forces that come into play when a cyclist puts on the breaks, a pitcher throws a curve, and an airplane takes to the sky. Focusing on such concepts as acceleration, terminal velocity, friction, and balanced and unbalanced forces, the program also delineates Newton's laws of motion and Bernoulli's principle of pressurized air and fluid behavior. For discussions in applied or theoretical science, this is a skillful balance of basic and advanced concepts
The Nature of fire( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fire needs heat, fuel, and oxygen. This Science Screen Report examines that triangle of ingredients, and how scientists study it in order to combat-or harness-fire. With detailed examples of firefighting techniques, the video demonstrates the removal of heat from a class A blaze through the use of water or sprayed polymers, and the elimination of oxygen, a strategy used in fighting oil fires. The program concludes with a focus on the internal combustion engine and the oxyacetylene torch, two technological achievements that transform fire into a tool
Energy : electricity from the moon( Visual )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ocean tides offer a clean and renewable energy source that can reduce reliance on fossil fuels. This Science Screen Report shows how Earth's tides are formed, illustrates their relationship to the Moon's gravitational forces, and explains how these principles can be applied to the construction of underwater turbines. The program also explores efforts to reduce the environmental impact of dams that are essential in the operation of undersea power plants
Magnetism : invisible fields of force( Visual )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report studies the physical force known as electromagnetism and how it encircles, interacts with, and is generated by matter. Demonstrating attractive and repulsive forces with iron filings suspended in liquid, the program explains the significance of a magnet's poles and why some materials are more magnetic than others. The electromagnetic fields of the Earth and Sun are also explored, with attention to magnetism's role in animal migration, the aurora borealis, and solar storms. Animated sequences reinforce essential concepts
Behind the big bang theory( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report demonstrates how the Big Bang is thought to have occurred, and examines principles scientists use to support the theory. Beginning with the establishment of the concept in 1948, the program guides students through the detection of the Cosmic Background Radiation in the 1960s, which provided solid evidence of the Big Bang, to the ways in which the Hubble Space Telescope and terrestrial facilities have helped scientists elaborate on this centerpiece of modern cosmology
Electric power on the move( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This Science Screen Report examines the production, transportation, and consumption of electricity. Using the Hoover Dam as an example of efficient hydroelectric power generation, the program illustrates how transformers raise or lower voltage to manageable levels and how electricity is specifically channeled to illuminate buildings, power devices, and propel vehicles. Vital electrical concepts are discussed, including the difference between alternating and direct current, the advantages of neon over filament bulbs, and the definitions and significance of ohms, volts, and amperes. A viewable/printable instructor's guide is available online. Correlates to National Science Education Standards. Produced in association with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and the Junior Engineering Technical Society. (18 minutes)
 
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