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"The Human Body".

"The Human Body" A presentation of The Learning Channel and BBC Worldwide 40 minutes

What does it mean to be human? To have a beating heart? To use our brains? Being a human goes far beyond simple definition. "The Human Body" takes a look at what makes our bodies so unique--from the inside out.

From the time we wake up each morning, our bodies go through complex processes just to keep up the daily routine of life. When we first open our eyes in the morning, the top layer of cells is burnt off the retina, leaving our eyeballs fresh for a new day. How about eating? From your first bite of cereal, your digestive system kicks into high gear, using powerful stomach acid and enzymes to break down your food and convert it to energy.

Can you imagine actually seeing this happen? In this new movie, you can. The story begins in London where a family is getting ready for school and work. We watch Luke ride his bike to school where thermal imaging allows us to see the immense heat produced--just from riding a bike! Zannah puts in her favorite CD and blasts it through headphones. See what her ear does to handle this high-decibel sound.

Perhaps the most fascinating part of the movie is when we see how a baby is brought into the world. A woman named Heather has just learned she's pregnant and the audience gets to see each stage of the baby's development over the course of nine months.

Think the only cool special effects are ones with exploding buildings and alien space ships? No way! The Human Body has amazing graphics, naturally. Our bodies are a maze of colors, movement, and effects beyond our imagination.

The movie is in IMAX format, so look for it to come to an IMAX theater near you. Take the wildest trip of your life--inside your body?

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by Carla Killough McClafferty Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publishing 136 pages

Over a century ago, a German scientist stumbled upon an amazing discovery. During some routine gas experiments, Dr. Wilhelm Roentgen noticed a green light glowing from a test tube onto a stack of papers. This light was so powerful it went through every item he tried, except for lead. Dr. Roentgen placed his hand in front of the light and saw the bones of his very own hand? Could it be real or just a freak of nature? Of course it was real, and what we know to be x-rays today. The medical world was never the same.

Though x-rays were a scientific revolution, many people were injured as x-rays developed. When you go to the dentist, you may get your teeth x-rayed. Most of the time they put a heavy smock over you while the x-ray is being taken. This is because the x-ray light is so powerful it can damage the inside of your body. Before scientists knew this, many were hurt badly.

Now that we use x-rays safely, they continue to advance our scientific and medical knowledge. X-rays are used to examine fine art, to examine broken bones, and even to help make airplanes!
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Publication:Children's Digest
Article Type:Television Program Review
Date:Oct 1, 2001
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