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.
Completion of small scale experiment with ballistic gel model
Mythbusters set up small scale experiment to investigate ocean pressure.
Lowering of meat man into ocean
On this new episode of MythBusters the guys plumb the depths and hit great heights with a double diving extravaganza! First, Adam and Jamie jump in with Dumpster Diving. It's a well worn action movie cliche - after a roof top chase, the hero is cornered with nowhere else to go. But luckily there's a convenient dumpster on the street below. So he takes the dive, lands safely, dusts himself off and makes his escape. But is a trash landing really a guaranteed getaway or is this just another example of Hollywood hype?
In a special episode, we follow the miracle birth of baby elephant, Pathi Harn, who has survived the odds and is now proving to be a spirited young member of the elephant family at Taronga Zoo.
Designing the large scale experiment
A scientific, humorous and unusual approach of investigating the taboo subject of human excrement. This episode looks at the toilet: the seats of the Roman Empire, royal thrones and state-of-the-art Japanese creations.
This documentary reveals a very different Isaac Newton from that of popular myth - a much more fascinating and complex man than the powder-wigged puritan of the history books. Discoveries uncovered in this documentary piece together the dramatic and tragic tale of Newton's dark genius. The great Sir Isaac Newton spent only a relatively small part of his life studying science. The rest he devoted to the ancient art of alchemy, heresy and predicting and praying for the end of the world.
With its 343 metre-tall pillars, the Millau Bridge linking the roads to Paris and Barcelona dwarfs the Eiffel Tower and is the tallest road bridge in the world. Undaunted, Richard scales this extraordinary structure to discover its engineering connections with nuclear submarines and ancient Celtic boats. He also learns how the bridge could not have been built without Teflon and a humble gecko helps him to demonstrate.
This episode looks at the issue of body image and how it affects most of us in some way or another. In today's society even healthy living is taken to excess. Fuelled by the admiration heaped on minuscule pop stars and supermodels and superfit athletes and actors, in the Western world slim equals beautiful. Body image has become such an obsession that people follow dangerous diets, age their joints and muscles through obsessive exercise and spend much of their lives worrying about not being the right shape or size.
With experts warning chimpanzees could be gone from the wild within 50 years, this powerful film examines the plight of captive chimps in North America and asks if humans have forever consigned them to a life behind bars.
A neo-nazi obsessed with the perfect stitch, organs from prisoners, patients bombarded with radiation, chance discoveries involving bottles of good quality olive oil - this is the story of transplant surgery. At first, transplant surgery seemed a craze, a one-off experiment. But pursuing fame, prestige and worldwide acclaim, surgeons took increasingly extraordinary risks.
Richard Hammond's Engineering Connections is bigger, bolder and braver than ever as Richard reveals the secrets behind modern day superstructures. Tonight Richard visits the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain.
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