This week Richard looks at the history embedded in Hawaii's Keck Observatory. How could a sand-blaster, a Cold War spy gadget and the invention of refrigerators have led to the creation of this super telescope? And using just a satellite dish and some foil, is it possible to set fire to a boat? Richard experiments.
This episode investigates the nature of pleasure and the biological pathways that drive people to experience it in many varied and wondrous ways.
In this episode, Dr Marsden investigates the latest drug trends in the USA.There he meets a group of self-proclaimed psychonauts, people who take drugs believing that they will do more than make them just high, and finds out about the latest fad - SMART drugs - which has combined the trends of pill-popping and attaining optimum health.There is also a rare interview with Alexander Schulgin who invented MDMA, the active drug in ecstasy.
Would you believe that your genes are shaped in part by your ancestors' life experiences? Epigenetics is a new genetic discovery which reveals the hidden influences upon genes which could affect every aspect of our lives. Epigenetics proposes a new simple but contentious idea - that genes have a 'memory', and that the lives of your grandparents - the air they breathed, the food they ate, even the things they saw - can directly affect you
This entertaining eight-part series explores the essence of motherhood. Presented by stand-up comedian A.J Rochester and journalist Rebecca Le Tourneau, each episode involves six women discussing their own experiences of motherhood.
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.
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