Stephen Fry tells the story of two young animals forced to grow up fast. A baby elephant shrew learns how speed is the secret to survival and a young mouse confronts the desert's deadliest creatures.
The illegal wildlife trade is a $20 billion dollar industry, exceeded only by the illegal trades in drugs, weapons, and people. The money stimulates violence, corruption and a sophisticated and dangerous international network of criminals. Two of the world's most iconic species are at the centre of this nightmare. With an average of 82 elephants and four rhino poached every day, there's now a real threat that these animals could become extinct in the wild. Hugh travels to Mozambique's worst affected area, Niassa National Reserve, to find out why they've lost almost two thirds of their elephants in only three years. He joins conservationists, rangers and villagers as he patrols from the air and on the ground to discover the grim reality of the situation.
As society advances new technologies are applied to what we learn and the ways we learn it. What will learning look like in 2050? Can video games teach us anything? You bet they can.
A designer creates a novel invention for a pooch with a problem. Thousands of abandoned dogs in Detroit get help from 'above'. And a humble fish gets a robotic alter ego.
Robot technology is moving so fast, its hard to determine where it's going. From robot co-workers, robot companions, and robotic teachers for kids, we explore the robot revolution.
Coastal engineer Jose Borrero describes how the phenomenon of drawdown, where the sea retreats from the shore, would have warned people that the impending arrival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Engineering academic Alison Raby uses models to demonstrate how Japan prepares for seismic events, and resident Chris Alderson describes his experience in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Our weather is extraordinary, from bowling ball sized hailstones to twisting tornadoes, but even the most extreme weather witnessed on Earth cannot compare to the weather on the other planets in our solar system, or even planets millions of light-years away, across the universe. Visiting state of the art laboratories and using amazing CGI images, this documentary will recreate the weather on these planets and illustrate worlds that not even the most creative science fiction writers could imagine.
Explains the impact of extreme atmospheric pressure on temperature and how greenhouse gasses have created hellish conditions on Venus.
Mars has an extremely low atmospheric pressure leading to dust storms that cover the entire planet for months - and 'dust devils' that are a kilometre high.
Jupiter's 'great red spot' is a huge storm that has raged for hundreds of years, while the usually calm Saturn can suddenly erupt in storms more violent than anything in the solar system.
The extreme pressure and temperatures in Saturn's lower atmosphere means the surface is bombarded by a type of rain formed of diamonds.
A team of experts ventures back into Mexico's giant crystal cave. Described as Superman's fortress, the cave is as deadly as it is beautiful. But could it lead to another, more spectacular cave?
National park ranger Melinda Wilson takes Ernie Dingo on a controlled burn in UluruKata Tjuta National Park with members of the Anangu people from Mutitjulu.
Toxinologist Jamie Seymour teaches Ernie Dingo how to handle the most venomous fish on the planet, the stone fish, and handfeeds the most venomous snail, the cone snail.
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