Explore the wonders of nature and discover how the great animals have evolved in Inside Nature's Giants, a four-part documentary series. Inside Nature's Giants dissects the largest animals on the planet to uncover their evolutionary secrets. Most wildlife documentaries tell you how an animal behaves, but by dissecting the animal and studying its anatomy we can we can see how an animal works.
Controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens performs dissections on real bodies in this revealing four-part documentary series. Anatomy For Beginners lays bare the intricacy and beauty of the human design and lifts the lid on the mysteries of our own bodies in a series of lectures with Professor von Hagens, assisted by Professor John Lee, a Yorkshire pathologist, and Dennis, a male model. At the heart of each program is a human dissection.
Adam and Jamie test the myth that the inferno on the Hindenburg was caused by chemicals painted onto its skin. This myth was originated by former NASA scientist Dr Addison Bain. May 6, 1937 was one of the darkest days in aviation history. The giant German zeppelin Hindenburg, with 97 people on board, burst into flames as it was about to land in Lakehurst, N.J. 36 people died and history's largest airship was reduced to ashes in just 34 seconds. Jamie says that, contrary to the myth, the fire was caused by hydrogen.
Join Top Gear's Richard Hammond, in this four-part documentary series on a quest to discover the engineering connections behind the world's most advanced engineering projects, such as the Taipei 101 Tower, one of the world's tallest buildings, and the Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in history.
Binges, benders, lost weekends... all basic forms of modern day hedonism. This program examines the culture and science of legal and illegal excess, entering the minds and bodies of those who just don't seem to know how to say no.
In this final episode in the series Michio looks at what he believes to be the most profound revolution to occur. He argues that we are entering a world where we will be able to manipulate and create matter itself. Teleportation and invisibility cloaks might become a reality. But does this development of technology also offer a warning? As Michio says "We will have the power to animate the inanimate, the power to create life itself. We will have the power of gods. But will we also have the wisdom of Solomon?"
Looks at how robots of all sizes, shapes and functions are being developed and put into use in Japan. English narration and subtitles accompany interviews with Japanese speakers.
In this second episode Michio explains that today humankind is witnessing a revolution in science. And that revolution will radically transform our lives. This bio-molecular revolution promises the almost god-like ability to manipulate life at the most fundamental level. It could enable us to grow human organs in laboratories. Part of that could mean eradicating most major diseases and prolonging life by decades.
The Computer Revolution: What will life in the future be like? Michio Kaku believes humankind is on the brink of a radically new scientific era. In this series, he shares his vision for the future.
Particle physicist and ex-D:Ream keyboard player (remember the hit Things Can Only Get Better?) Dr Brian Cox wants to know why the universe is built the way it is. In What on Earth Is Wrong With Gravity, Brian reveals that he believes the answers lie in the force of gravity. But Newton thought gravity was powered by God, and even Einstein failed to completely solve it.
This entertaining eight-part series explores the essence of motherhood. Dina Panozzo survived her first year with an adopted two year old from Guatemala and Erina Reddan, author of Baby Daze, discusses sleep deprivation and survival.
A good example of error calculations being used to disprove a theory
The final episode of this documentary series about the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery, looks at how surgery dragged itself kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, transforming itself from butchery into a science.
Hong Kong houses the fifth largest international passenger airport in the world yet before it was built in the late 1990s; its site was no more than a featureless expanse of water. Richard heads east to learn how the airport was built from scratch on a specially constructed island and reveals how this famous landmark connects with a World War II bomber, cold war spying devices and a brass band.
This episode shows that in the wild, dung has many beneficial qualities. It is a source of life, providing the necessary components and nutrients for the beginning of the food chain; a signature, providing members of the group with precious information; and it can act as a vaccine. However, manure must also be eliminated in the wild. This is where dung beetles, the garbage collectors of the animal kingdom, enter the scene.
Detox is the latest fashionable cure-all for the toll that a hectic life, bad diet, excessive drinking, late nights and pollution take on the body. It's all too easy to overindulge, but now a multitude of detox treatments claim to offer a way of reversing the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle - if one is willing to shell out the money.
Dead bodies have always been used in medicine. But now demand for human tissue is outstripping supply. A gruesome new trade, body broking, aims to meet these demands. But is it legal, ethical or even safe?
Syphilis, lost knowledge, an Indian brick maker and a gentleman's magazine, doctors who operated on Jewish noses, and the terrible effects of aeroplane fuel - this is the story of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is not a modern phenomenon. It started over 400 years ago with a spate of botched nose jobs, so badly engineered that the nose would fall off if the wind blew too hard. It marked the birth of a whole new obsession - surgeons gradually became entranced with the idea that not only could they fix the body, but now they could even fix our sense of self-esteem.
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