Lawrence Williams conducts an experiment to test the subliminal priming effects of holding a cold or hot drink on a subject making a decision about a person.
Garth Sundem demonstrates the use of algebra with four single men to calculate their chances of obtaining the phone numbers of women in a bar.
A cleaner energy future depends, in large part, on responsible energy consumption in the developing world. Founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus, the Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar systems and portable bio-gas systems to rural Bangladeshis, empowering women and the poor in the process.
A look at the decision making process and the human brain. Can maths find the solutions to seemingly unrelated human conundrums? Sophisticated ratio formulas are put to use to predict the chances of individuals scoring a date or buying a pair of shoes. To what extent is our decision-making process manipulated by how choices are presented? Brain scans show the amygdala (emotional centre of the brain) lights up every time decisions need to be made. And what is premonition and is it really precognition, the ability to look into the future?
To coincide with the UN Climate Change Conference, SBS brings you this special energy series all this week. Episode one looks at farmers in Minnesota who have united in using locally produced and locally owned wind energy as a cash crop. In the absence of a strong renewable energy policy at the federal level, the state government plays a key role in wind policy, begging the question: Will the rest of the U.S. follow Minnesota's lead?
This science-based series looks at human-pet relationships. Tonight: an exploration of the role of dogs in human lives. For the Ancient Egyptians and Greeks and the American Indians, it was obvious that animals had a conscience. Could it be that the dog has a soul? Ethologists wonder whether it is justified to use the word "intelligence" when referring to the dog's mental activities.
Cherub Of The Mist unravels the mystery behind the secretive life of the fire cat - the red panda. Featuring footage rarely seen of red pandas in the wild; courting, mating, nest building and rearing their newly-born cubs, the program provides a unique insight into their elusive world.
In the last hundred years, heatwaves have caused more deaths in Australia than any other natural hazard. This program shows how you can minimise the harmful effects of heatwave by providing practical advice about what to wear, eat and drink and where to go if affected. The program also explains how to keep your environment as cool as possible and the steps you should take if someone is suffering from heat-related illness.
We all think we know what ageing is, but it's actually surprisingly difficult to pin down. In this program, a 70-year old fashion model and her 17-year old granddaughter take part in scientific test to see whether it is possible to distinguish between them. The results give an insight into what contemporary science can tell us about what happens when we age at the molecular, genetic, cellular, physiological and psychological level.
Presented by Steve Leonard, this series visits the crucial moments in life's journey to dominate the earth.
Is Your House Killing You? is an entertaining scientific makeover show about toxics in the home. It once and for all separates the facts from the filth and provides valuable tips and tricks for the viewer.
Part three charts the discovery of the true nature of light and its impact on the modern world. All of today's technologies - electricity, mobile communications and our ability to illuminate the world 24 hours a day - stem from unravelling the mystery of light.
Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat, but now Australia's honeybees are under dire threat. Up to now, Australia remains the only country on earth that is free of a tiny parasitic mite that has invaded and destroyed wild honeybees and commercial hives around the world. Its arrival would have a catastrophic effect on the Australian economy and our food supply. Honeybee Blues tells the story of the world's vanishing honeybees and the efforts of Dr Denis Anderson, the world's leading bee pathologist, to save them from annihilation. (TEACHERS NOTES AVAILABLE)
A weapon of war and a form of extreme punishment, sensory deprivation has been used by the military and in prisons for decades. Early attempts to research the effects of sensory deprivation were thought by many to be too cruel, and research projects were discontinued. Despite this, the number of people being held in isolation today is on the increase. This program asks the question; what happens to the brain when you are left truly alone?
This series clarifies the role of sleep in humans' everyday lives. This is a sleep-deprived society and while most people think they can sleep enough to get by, few realise it is regulated and required by the brain, at any cost. People's patterns and habits can be modified and manipulated to better fit their diverse needs, but sleep and wake are in delicate balance. The cycle may be permanently trashed by humankind's insistence upon a society that runs 24 hours a day.
For the most part, the world as we know it is shaped by our five senses. But the biological processes that allow our senses to function properly are incredibly complex, even miraculous. In Understanding: The Senses, we meet a variety of individuals who specialise in the study of particular senses. We also address frequently asked questions and highlight the beauty of each sense.
An asteroid hits the earth in the Mexican province of Yucatan in 2007. The impact causes the entire planet to burst into flames. Humankind is catapulted into a very dark age and this re-enacted doco-drama describes what happens 5, 10, 30, 60 and 80 days and lastly 4 months after the impact.
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