Every year, seasons transform our planet. As they sweep across the world, they drive all life on Earth, bringing huge opportunities and great challenges to everything. This episode celebrates summer and the extraordinary challenges it brings.
Master navigator Nainoa Thompson and guest expert Frank Reed join Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the science of non-instrumental navigating.
James Cameron shares everything from the inspiration behind the movie Avatar to his solo dive to the deepest point of the Mariana Trench in an episode of storytelling, exploration and science.
Astronomer Greg Quicke reveals how a quirk of our planet's orientation in space plays a fundamental role in creating the seasonal cycle on Earth.
Perhaps Australia's most iconic creature of all, these cuddly looking little characters are as resilient as they are cute, facing an array of challenges as they struggle to live and breed in their ever changing habitat.
Dr Chris Brown heads to the coast of Australia to rescue fur seals caught in fishing lines. In Fiji, he tags bull sharks that are being fished in a local river.
The second episode recaps the discoveries beyond the frontiers of our solar system. There are hundreds of billions of planetary systems similar to ours - relative atmosphere, size and geological compositions to Earth. Due to super-telescopes and NASA's space satellite Kepler, we study exoplanets where life might be possible or could have been possible in the past. The SETI (Search of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life) Institute tracks the universe in search of signals confirming the existence of intelligent life.
In the south of France, scientists from 37 countries are building the most complex machine ever attempted: an artificial sun. If they get it right, it will illuminate the way to produce clean, cheap, abundant energy for millions of years. If they fail, it will be one of the biggest scientific failures of all time. Nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of energy for many decades now. It’s the process that drives stars, the ultimate source of energy in the universe. The possibility that fusion might be achievable on Earth as an energy source has driven scientists to the edge of reason for almost a century. Original title: Let There Be Light.
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with renowned news anchor Katie Couric in an episode devoted to the intersection of science and journalism.
Outback astronomer Greg Quicke demonstrates a simple stargazing technique, by which we can accurately follow the orbit of our planet through the night sky as it makes its vast 470 million km journey around the sun.
There is an unexplored planet in the Solar System. A strange world of bizarre creatures locked in a fight for survival. This planet is the human body and it's teeming with unknown ecosystems. Our bodies are home to a trillion cells that are not us - but are very much the making of us. Bugs cling to our skin and grasp onto our hair. They live inside our gut, in our blood and even in our brain. They determine our health, body shape, mood and even our behaviour. We are super-organisms, part of an interconnected web of life. This hidden world is brought to life through fascinating personal accounts, breakthroughs in scientific insights and by the use of the latest imaging technologies.
Our health, body shape, mood and even our evolution are determined by the unseen life forms that swarm throughout our bodies. This program looks at the battleground within our bodies and the remarkable new science that is changing our views about health and disease. We take our audience on a safari full of surprises to discover the role that microbes and worms play in our everyday life and the way they've shaped us throughout our evolution. As the series concludes, we realise that the key to our existence is in maintaining the delicate balance between ourselves and all the other species that we've evolved with - both inside and out. We will never again look at our bodies in the same way.
Legendary chimp researcher Jane Goodall features in an episode discussing animal behaviour, the evolutionary differences between us and them, and environmental ethics.
Life forms in the most extreme conditions on Earth. Organisms can survive inside volcano craters, or adapt to the chilling temperatures of the Antarctic. But, thanks to recent space missions, we can now be certain that there are planets in the solar system that are habitable - and that life is likely to already exist. The first episode explores these findings, and uncovers the future missions planned to Mars, plus Jupiter and Saturn's Moons, explaining their intentions of determining life beyond our Solar System.
This is a gripping tale of distant desperation and heroics. When an oxygen leak threatened the lives of three astronauts, the mission became a life or death attempt to get them home safely, organised by people 200,000 miles away. With limited power and supplies on board the spacecraft, NASA teams worked around the clock to engineer creative solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration, and the freezing temperatures of deep space to ensure the crew's survival. Using spectacular footage, exclusive interviews with Apollo's space scientists and stunning visual effects, this film explores 13 remarkable factors that brought the crew safely home. Explore the full story of the courage and ingenuity that cemented Apollo 13 as NASA's finest hour.
Comets have fascinated and terrified us for thousands of years as they're traditionally seen as harbingers of doom. So in 2013 when Comet ISON, a city-sized chunk of ice and rock hurtled towards us the world was on edge.
Dr Nikki Stamp meets Australians whose lives are transformed by artificial body parts, and scientists whose cutting-edge work merging biology with technology reveal a world on the cusp of a bionic revolution.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is joined by guests to discuss climate change and extreme weather throughout our solar system.
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