The two-part documentary series Dead Tired showcases the latest science from around the world that proves lack of sleep is slowly killing us. Shot in Australia, America, Canada and England this is the first series to feature footage of what happens to a person's mind and body during chronic sleep deprivation and the cutting edge science uncovering why most of us feel sleep deprived. Episode One investigates how sleep deprivation causes sickness and death in today's society.
Danny Wallace is on a mission to convince the world that chimps are people too. He believes the time has come to make our hairy relatives part of the family. Our primate brethren share 99.4 percent of our crucial DNA, and are more closely related to us than they are to gorillas. This being so, should they be afforded the same rights as people?
Far out in the Pacific, the islands of Palau hold secrets that could upset our understanding of human evolution. Mysterious bones hidden in an isolated cave eventually reveal that our bodies are able to adapt much faster than anyone thought possible. The teeth and brow formations lead scientists to think they are ancient, but closer examination shows them to be less than 3000 years old.
Far out in the Pacific, the islands of Palau hold secrets that could upset our understanding of human evolution. Mysterious bone
Around the world, a food crisis is looming. Global demand for crops is exceeding supply and even the most conservative estimates suggest that we will need to double food production over the next 50 years - still using the same amount of land and dwindling supplies of water. Many plant scientists believe genetic modification is the answer. Can GM Food Save the World? introduces Jimmy Doherty, pig farmer, environmentalist and former entomologist, who is on a mission to find out if GM can really save the world.
Imagine an alien with three hearts, blue blood and a doughnut-shaped brain. In an instant it could become invisible, or switch on electrifying light shows. Then imagine this bizarre creature was real, and somehow connected to us.
Whale sharks may well be the biggest fish in the sea but very little is known about them. Whale Shark follows the whale sharks on a year-long journey to try to find out more.
Time gives rhythm to the world around us. But how do we really know what time it is? In What Time Is It?, Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the answer to a question we don't give the time of day to. From our historical dictator of time - the sun - to the world's irregular flutters and the physical definition of a second by an atomic clock, Brian discovers telling the time is a tricky business.
The team takes five fan favourites and focuses on a fascinating new facet for each. Adam and Jamie endeavour to launch a water heater rocket into space. Adam and Jamie take another look at the car cling stunt where a person tries to hang onto the roof or bonnet of a car while the driver tries to shake them off. Kari, Grant and Tory revisit the 'bend a bullet' myth, from Angelina Jolie's movie Wanted, check out the effectiveness of using liquid nitrate as a lock pick, and return to the busted-snow-plough-head-on-collision story.
A look at how vehicles will deteriorate without people, how America's automobile plants will shatter by harsh winters in Detroit, unattended oil refineries will explode, and a look at San Antonio and how long the Alamo will stand before it succumbs to a new invader. Also, animals adapt, armadillos spread, some dogs rekindle their hunting instincts, and long-horn cattle flourish once again. This episode also examines the Packard plant and the 60 square miles of Detroit which was abandoned 40 years ago.
In this programme Sir David Attenborough looks into the future at the impact of climate change on both us and future generations. He also finds out what steps can be taken to save the planet from dramatic change, as the Climate Chaos series continues.
David Attenborough evaluates the use of levees to resist Hurricane Katrina, examines the changing risk of bushfires in Australia, and reviews ways to control carbon emissions.
As part of the Climate Watch season, scientists report from the front line of climate change around the world and bear witness to the extraordinary events of 2005 as they unfold - among them Hurricane Katrina.
The first instalment of a two part journey into the evolution of man. The Rise of Man documents the development of human civilisation from its earliest origins. By using dramatic re-enactments, the first episode examines the emergence of Homo sapiens and highlights the similarities between modern day practices and the everyday lives of our prehistoric ancestors.
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