October 2017 Brown Bag Events

Posted on Oct 6, 2017

Wednesdays, 12:15 pm
Bring your lunch; the Library provides coffee and cookies.
Naomi Lane Room

October 4- NG: “World Treasure Collection-Borobudur”
Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist monument and a priceless ancient center for pilgrimage and education in Mahayana Buddhism.  This National Geographic film reveals the work required throughout the centuries to bring about the rebirth of the site. Today Borobudur welcomes over 2 million visitors a year. In the early1500’s however, it had been mysteriously abandoned. The entire site had turned to ruins until the early 1800’s when a British team hacked their way through foliage and soil to discover its magnificence. Discover how today’s guardians of the temples continue the excavations in the shadow of an active volcano! Present courtesy of National Geographic Society (60 min.)

October 11- NATURE: “Raptor Force”
Humans have had a unique relationship with raptors, nature’s aerial killing machines, first through the ancient sport of falconry, and, more recently, as the inspiration for the latest in aircraft design.

Using the tricks and tactics of raptors as their model, engineers have devised fighter jets with unprecedented maneuverability and stealth. With the help of engineer and falconer Rob MacIntyre’s ingenious miniature television station, you’ll see for yourself what it’s like to fly with these deadly aces. Nature (60 min.)

October 18 – NOVA: “LETHAL SEAS”
For years, we’ve known that the oceans absorb about a quarter of the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. But with high carbon emissions worldwide, this silent killer is entering our seas at a staggering rate, raising the ocean’s acidity. It’s eating away at the skeletons and shells of marine creatures that are the foundation of the web of life.

NOVA follows the scientists making breakthrough discoveries and seeking solutions. Visit a unique coral garden in Papua New Guinea that offers a glimpse of what the seas could be like a half-century from now. Can our experts crack the code of a rapidly changing ocean before it’s too late? NOVA (60 min)

Unearth the archaeological mysteries hidden in the caves of the Himalayas with the crew of NOVA. The towering Himalayas were among the last places on Earth that humanity settled. Scaling sheer cliff sides, a team of daring scientists hunts for clues to how ancient people found their way into this forbidding landscape and adapted to survive the high altitude.

They discover rock-cut tombs filled with human bones and enigmatic artifacts, including gold masks and Chinese silk dating back thousands of years, and piece together evidence of strange rituals and beliefs designed to ward off the restless spirits of the dead. NOVA (60 min)