The ninth Bible plague meant three days of darkness, nowadays commonly believed to have been caused by a sandstorm. Sandstorms have ravaged the face of the earth for millions of years and transformed entire continents. Grains of sand from deserts are often blown huge distances, carrying with them not only fungi and viruses but also pollutants and environmental toxins. Beijing suffers particularly badly from violent sandstorms and the Chinese government has launched an ambitious program of prevention.
The power of music and its effect on the human mind is a fascinating topic for neuroscientists exploring the gateway to the mysteries of the brain. This documentary illuminates how the brain uses music to shape the human experience.
It's the most extreme race on earth - a contest with 250 million competitors, only one winner and relentless obstacles thrown in for good measure. Scaled up to human size with the sperm played by real people, The Great Sperm Race tells the story of human conception as it's never been told before using helicopter-mounted cameras, world-renowned scientists, CGI and dramatic reconstruction to illustrate the extraordinary journey of sperm.
Long after the extinction of the dinosaurs, other extraordinary species of giant beasts roamed the earth - the megafauna. In Australia some of the most bizarre to roam the earth existed including a giant wombat, a huge kangaroo, a massive lizard and the earth's biggest flightless bird. For hundreds of thousands of years these were the heavy weight champions of the animal kingdom. But suddenly, inexplicably they vanished. Something happened which wiped them off the face of the planet forever.
This four-part series looks at what happens when two of Australia's best-known women, Olympic champion Catherine Freeman and actor Deborah Mailman, go bush across the top end of Australia together. The series captures the experiences of these two self-confessed city girls and is a rollicking ride that captures the quintessential tourist experience of outback Indigenous Australia. It is a journey of physical, cultural and personal exploration and not just for Deborah and Catherine.
Humpbacks, Blue Whales, porpoises and dolphins are common sights in Monterey Bay, California. It is a protected nature reserve and a whale watchers' paradise, but Disneyland it is not. Killer Whale Attack revisits a shocking event that made national headlines and raises difficult questions as it attempts to unravel a dark mystery.
To punish the Egyptian Pharaoh for enslaving the Israelites and refusing to let them leave, God sent down ten plagues on Egypt. The fourth was the plague of locusts. Hans-Joerg Ferenz of the University of Halle in Germany is researching ways of combating locust plagues and has found, that under certain conditions, solitary locusts develop into swarming locusts.
40 years after first landing on the Moon, man is preparing to return. However, this time the astronauts won't just land on the Moon - they plan to stay.
This BBC clip introduces students to the first manned missions to the moon and why it was such an epic and revolutionary achieve
This BBC short clip is a great conversation starter. An American man has started a business selling real estate on the moon. But
No human has set foot on the moon since the early 70s, but all that is set to change with a series of moon bases planned for the
The Bettenays and Fletchers are a three-generation family living in a massive rental home on Melbourne's suburban fringe. They thought living together would allow them to save money, but their bills are astronomical - they have no idea how much carbon they are producing - and little wonder.
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