January 31, 2000

Song of the Dong

The Dong people, one of about 50 minority groups in China, have long used song as a means of recounting and preserving their history.

January 28, 2000


For members of a dairy farming community, keeping perishables cold year-round has always been a necessity.

January 27, 2000

ICE HARVEST – The Process

A retired ice harvester takes us through the process of transporting hundred pound blocks of ice.

January 26, 2000


In the days before refrigerators, winter was the season for ice harvesting.

January 25, 2000


If the earth’s water was evenly distributed, we could probably support ten times the world’s current population.

January 24, 2000

WATER-Slowing down the Earth

For thousands of years, humans have been redirecting water to fulfill our needs. As a result, we may have changed the rotational speed of the earth!

January 21, 2000

Thaipusam – Trance

The Hindu festival of Thaipusam is a day where devotees turn their attention away from the physical world.

January 20, 2000

Thaipusam – Story of Lord Murugan

The holiday of Thaipusam celebrates the victory of the Hindu god Murugan over a human devotee with a bad case of over- ambition.

January 19, 2000


Although orthodox Hinduism prohibits doing bodily injury, many Thaipusam celebrants pierce their cheeks and tongues in a gesture of self-sacrifice to honor a deity known as Murugan.

January 18, 2000


When it comes to the scarcity of water on Earth, it’s not about how much there is, but about what kind of water, and where.

January 17, 2000

WATER-Ancient Origins

The water that’s on Earth today came here as it developed, condensing out of the matter of the cosmos.

January 14, 2000


Scientists may have developed a spray foam which could be used to combat biological or chemical attacks.

January 13, 2000


Chemicals, not unlike what you’d find in the average person’s bathroom, can be used to battle toxic spills.

January 12, 2000

Sounds of the Sun-Magnetic Field

Solar observations may answer the mysterious question of how stars get their magnetic fields.

January 11, 2000

Sounds of the Sun – Inside

Scientists are using sound to answer one of mankind’s oldest questions – what might be taking place inside the sun?

January 10, 2000

Sounds of the Sun

The sun is in constant turbulent motion, like the contents of a fiery cauldron, causing it to ring like an enormous bell.

January 7, 2000

PENGUINS-Navigating Adolescence

From the moment they hatch, penguin chicks must protect themselves from a hostile world around them.

January 6, 2000

PENGUINS-Underwater Flying

Penguins, in order to thrive in the icy waters off Antarctica, have had to make a few sacrifices – including the ability to fly.

January 5, 2000

Sound of the Millennium – Natural Archives of Climate Change

To obtain the last thousand years of climate data, scientists have had to turn to our planet’s most venerable archives.

January 4, 2000

Sound of the Millennium – Climate Change in Action

Though not all scientists agree on the causes of global warming, it’s a warning that we humans may need to change our ways.

January 3, 2000

Sound of the Millenium: 1000 Years of Climate Change

By assigning musical notes to history of the earth’s climate, we can hear the earth’s voice moving into the soprano range.