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Acoustic Doppler

Do you want even more accuracy in your CFS reading? If so, an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler might be what you need. Here’s why.

Adrenaline Rush

We find out why people love riding roller coasters (and why some don’t) from a physiological standpoint. And that means understanding the basics of an adrenaline rush.  


We spend a little time spreading the word about this relatively new industry, and how the Georgia Grown Trail will play an important role.


Part of the rise of the popularity of blueberries is due to their antioxidants. But exactly what are antioxidants and why are they good for us?

Barrier Island

We define the term “barrier island” to better explain what Skidaway Island and other nearby islands are.  

Bernoulli's Principle

If you’ve ever wondered how planes fly, this video will help, as our experts explain Bernoulli's Principle.  


Our ergonomist explains how science meets engineering in biomechanics, comparing joints to levers—another simple machine.  

Butterfly vs. Moth

Learn the differences between butterflies and moths.


We look at the scientific side of what makes coffee so enjoyable, and we'll be honest--this involves a lot of big words. So please watch and listen closely.

Capturing Images

Movie making isn’t purely magic. There’s a lot of technology behind how cameras capture images, and we offer a brief explanation.


To make olive oil, it helps to understand what a centrifuge is and how it works. And we’re here to help with that.


If you’re going rolling on the river, you’ll want to know how fast it’s rolling. CFS is the key to figuring that out.

Chroma Key

Also known as “green screen,” chroma key isn’t just used by TV weather people. It’s also a great tool for creating special effects, as we explain here.  


What makes Georgia so suitable to blueberries? Part of the answer lies in the fact that our geographical location allows for 2 blueberry crops each season.

Coffee Business

The coffee business is BIG business, as you'll see here.  

Coffee Growing

Coffee growing requires some geographic luck. This will give you the inside scoop.


We define composting, and talk about why it’s a…ahem…natural part of what King of Pops does.  

Cross Pollination

This video and crop would not be possible without the hard work of countless bees. But exactly what is it they’re doing?

Current Meter

Once you know what CFS is, we’ll explain how a current meter works so you can measure it yourself.  

Department of Natural Resources

Anyone who wants to be a park ranger in Georgia, or maybe explore a multitude of other jobs, should know what the DNR is. So we tell them.  

Dew Points

Learn what dew points are and how they affect your hair.

Disease Detective Camp

Ever wanted to see what it would be like to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Their Disease Detective camp will show you. So we show you their Disease Detective Camp.


Learn what DNA is from a Forensic Biologist at the Georgia Bureau Of Investigation.


To understand why Jekyll Island is such a great place for sea turtles, it'll help to understand what an ecosystem is.

Electrical and Thermite Welding

In case you need to know about the different types of welding and their uses, we’ve got you covered.


We ask the experts and are able to get a simple definition of electricity.  


A peek into the field of Entomology.


Definition and description of Epidemiology–the branch of medical science concerned with the occurrence, transmission, and the control of epidemic diseases.


We meet an Ergonomist who’s made of career out of watching other people work.


We explain what an estuary is and why they’re such an important component of his area’s ecosystem.

Feels Like Temperature v. Actual Temperature

Learn why the "feels like" temperature is different from the "actual" temperature.

Frame Rates

Different film frame rates are used for different types of entertainment. We build on our other two teachable moments from this episode with a quick explanation and overview.  


A definition and explanation of frass, the debris or excrement produced by insects.

Freezing Point Depression

Texture is almost as important as flavor with these pops. So we take a moment to explain Freezing Point Depression and the role it plays.


If you want to zip line safely...and we do...then it'll help to understand the basics of friction.

Future Farmers of America

We give a quick shout-out to this very important organization that helps educate youth about the various aspects of agriculture.

Gas Chromatograph

What’s a gas chromatograph? Find out here.  

Giant Ground Sloth

In one of our less predictable Teachable Moments, we learn about the now-extinct giant ground sloth, what fossils are, and why the Georgia coast is such a great place to find them.  

Gold Standard

An explanation of the gold standard and how it relates to paper currency.  


In its simplest terms, we define gravity and explain why understanding it is essential to a cartoon animator. Really.

Honey As An Antibiotic

Honey on your toast? Okay...if you want. But did you know it can also be used to treat turtle wounds?


Did you ever wonder why horsepower is called horsepower? We’ve got the answer and details.

How Air Conditioners Work

This technology-based segment explains in simple terms the way refrigerant and evaporation combine to create air conditioning.

How Film Works

Before making films, we wanted to find out how films work. And that means learning about Persistence of Vision.

How To Make a Car

Our version is admittedly simplified. We summarize the process, starting with steel coil and finishing by shipping a brand new car out the door.


We not only offer the formal definition of hydraulics, we also describe what they mean to our river guides.


A definition and explanation of hypothesis.

Icing & Heating Injuries

Our certified athletic trainer teaches us why it’s better to ice some injuries and heat others, for the fastest recovery possible.

Jobs in Healthcare

We learn about different healthcare-related jobs, titles, and requirements: Lab Tech, Med Tech, CNA, and more.

Laser Light

We explain the difference between laser light and other light beams, and how lasers are used to find the best (and worst) berries!

Latent Print

A scientist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation explains the formal definition of "latent print." (that's "finger print" to you and me)


We again focus on technology, this time comparing incandescent lighting to LED lighting, learning how each works, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.


We explain the concept of Logistics, why they’re important here, and how they impact your wallet!

Mach and Supersonic

Once you know how planes fly, you’ll want to know how fast they go. Here you'll find explanations of the terms Mach and Supersonic.

Maintaining a Natural Sea Environment

Maintaining a Natural Sea Environment: We learn how the nitrogen cycle works under water to help employees maintain a natural sea environment, including the impact of temperature, pH and the...

Mechanical Advantage

A $12 million crane capable of lifting 78 tons is the machine we utilize in this engineering Teachable Moment, using pulleys and levers to explain Mechanical Advantage.


The odds are pretty good that you've used metadata. So now is a good time to find out exactly what it is.

Monocultural v. Polycultural Farming

We explore the differences between monocultural and polycultural farming.

Mutation and Antibotic Resistance

Definition and description of mutation and antibiotic resistance.

Newton's First Law

We get a little background on Sir Isaac Newton, along with a detailed look at his First Law of Motion.

Newton's Second Law

A detailed look at Newton's Second Law of Motion, which states that a force acting on a body is equal to the acceleration of that body times its mass.

Nitrogen and Photosynthesis

A definition and explanation of nitrogen and photosynthesis.

Organic Chemistry

We define organic chemistry, along with hydrolysis and synthesis. And we explain how these things help create new flavors.  


Our expert explains why fish thrive in salt water, including an explanation of osmoregulation, as well as the roles of osmosis and active transport.

Parallel Runways

If you want to remain the busiest airport in the world, it will help to understand the best way to lay out the runways and why this works so well.  

Prescribed Burnings

Because this state park is located in Georgia’s longleaf pine wiregrass ecosystem, we explore the importance of prescribed burnings and how they actually help some species to thrive.  


We offer a simple explanation of propagation—a key component of olive and other types of farming.


One of the keys for creating zombie illusions is the use of prosthetics. We find out what they are, and how they’re used in television.


It’s more than just a fancy word for fireworks. It’s also how they help keep the runways clear at the airport.


Well you can’t run an airport without radar. So we take a moment to learn the basics of how radar works.


We explore the field of nuclear medicine technology with an explanation of the two types of radiation and the important differences in them.


A Refractometer is a pretty important tool in a chemistry lab, and we’ll tell you why.

RFID Technology

Coca-Cola’s Freestyle drink machines use radio waves to communicate with suppliers, which makes them environmentally friendly, and more.

Root Cause Analysis

The students of Southwire's Engineering Academy break down root cause analysis to its...root cause.


With the help of King of Pops, we take Georgia Standard of Excellence SB5d head on, touching on some of the human causes of environmental change and why King of Pops buys locally.  

Serengeti Rotational Grazing Model

White Oak Pastures employees explain what the Serengeti Rotational Grazing Model is.

Sound Waves

An explanation of sound basics, including how sound waves dissipate over distance.

Southwire Engineering Academy

Southwire has a unique relationship with Carrollton High School, offering students opportunities to explore rewarding careers in engineering. Check it out.

States of Matter

Teachable Moments include an explanation of how to find the energy required to convert solids into liquids and gases. This involves a discussion of the different states of matter, the definitions of...

Sustainable Agriculture

White Oak Pastures' employees talk about sustainable agriculture and its benefits.

The Role of the Federal Reserve

A description of the Federal Reserve and what it does.  

Transfer of Energy and Angular Momentum

In addition to an adrenaline rush, there are a lot of physics involved in making rollercoasters so much fun to ride. The transfer of energy and angular momentum are two of the keys.  


The mysterious inner-workings of a transmission are based on a “simple” bit of engineering—using Simple Machines, also known as gears.


Once we’ve got a handle on radar, the next step is learning about transponders and why they work so well together.

Types of Clouds

Cloudy skies aren't always bad news. You can get the details with our explanation of the different types of clouds.  


We're willing to bet this is the most interesting explanation of watersheds you'll ever see, but you'll have to watch it to find out why.  

What Is Lightning?

In this "lightning round," we begin by explaining how lightning is created. And we end with a poem. (So you'll want to watch it all.)  

What Is Weather?

Learn about weather and what causes it.  

Who Was Salmon P. Chase?

Learn more about Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 to 1864.  

Why Money Has Value

Learn exactly what gives money its value.  

Why Urine Is Tested

Learn why urine is tested and what the results indicate about your health.  


A peek into the field of zoology.  

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