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Title Scope: Cities
Published Australia : TEN, 2013
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Summary Get caught up in the hustle and bustle of city life on this episode of SCOPE, as we uncover the science found amongst the skyscrapers and bright lights of our big cities!TRAFFIC LIGHTSIf you've ever wondered how traffic lights work, then this story is for you! It might seem like magic when the lights change from red to green, but there's a lot more to it. Michael Southern from Transport South Australia gives us the inside scoop on traffic management. SCOPE IN A FLASHTed reports on some city-smart software. Researches from Carnegie Mellon University and the INRIA in Paris have designed a program that can tell from a photo what city it's in by scanning its architectural features.URBAN MAPPINGMaps are very handy to get you from A to B in a big city, and if they are really detailed they can also be useful for town planning purposes. Find out how precise city maps are made using a plane and special technology as Erin Koletsis from Photomapping Australia takes us through the process. EXPERIMENT: SHAKE TABLESkyscrapers are carefully designed to support their weight at great heights. Junior Scientist Lilli explores the connection between height and stability by building a shake table and experimenting with towers of different heights. POWER PLANTWithout power the city lights wouldn't sparkle at night, elevators wouldn't move up and down and you certainly wouldn't be able to watch Scope on television! The modern world relies on power to function. Find out how electricity is made when Michael and Adrian from Oakey Power Plant give us a guided tour of the power station. URBAN ECOLOGYGreen spaces in highly populated areas provide peace and relaxation from big city life. But in order to keep them thriving, we need to know about the things that grow and live there. Ecologist Caragh Threlfall from the University of Melbourne shows us the steps involved in surveying some of her city's green spaces. Avoid peak hour traffic and join Dr Rob, as once again the ordinary becomes extraordinary, under the SCOPE
Event Broadcast 2013-08-08 at 16:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Cartography -- Information services.
Electric power-plants.
Induced seismicity.
Urban ecology (Biology)
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Robert, host