In 1924, 28-year-old Dr Walter J Freeman arrived at St Elizabeth's in Washington, DC, one of the US's largest hospitals for the mentally ill, and home to thousands of patients suffering from agitated depression, dementia, and psychosis. Freeman embarked on a bold experiment: to discover a physical abnormality in the brain that caused mental illness.
Tasmania is home to the biggest marsupial carnivore left on earth - the Tasmanian devil. Award-winning filmmakers David Parer and Liz Parer-Cook explore the way of life of this special Australian in Terrors of Tasmania.
There's something especially mesmerising about observing primates, particularly monkeys, mimic human behaviour. Snow Monkeys: Who's Hot And Who's Not is a rich and varied story which focuses on the very different lives of two groups of monkeys - one lives in relative luxury, while the other must endure a daily battle for survival.
A fascinating insight into Australian home life as three frazzled, stressed-out families attempt to improve their work/life balance by participating in 'The Nest' experiment. This work-life imbalance, one of the most pressing issues of our manic modern times, is the latest social phenomenon to be explored in SBS's critically acclaimed, home-grown series.
The two-part documentary series Dead Tired showcases the latest science from around the world that proves lack of sleep is slowly killing us. Shot in Australia, America, Canada and England this is the first series to feature footage of what happens to a person's mind and body during chronic sleep deprivation and the cutting edge science uncovering why most of us feel sleep deprived. Episode One investigates how sleep deprivation causes sickness and death in today's society.
Danny Wallace is on a mission to convince the world that chimps are people too. He believes the time has come to make our hairy relatives part of the family. Our primate brethren share 99.4 percent of our crucial DNA, and are more closely related to us than they are to gorillas. This being so, should they be afforded the same rights as people?
Far out in the Pacific, the islands of Palau hold secrets that could upset our understanding of human evolution. Mysterious bones hidden in an isolated cave eventually reveal that our bodies are able to adapt much faster than anyone thought possible. The teeth and brow formations lead scientists to think they are ancient, but closer examination shows them to be less than 3000 years old.
Far out in the Pacific, the islands of Palau hold secrets that could upset our understanding of human evolution. Mysterious bone
Whale sharks may well be the biggest fish in the sea but very little is known about them. Whale Shark follows the whale sharks on a year-long journey to try to find out more.
This compelling documentary follows the inspiring story of unlikely best friends, Frank Surgener and Darryl 'Daz' Howe, and tracks their journey of self discovery as they strive to achieve their remarkable goals. Daz was born with C6 cerebral palsy, the highest form of physical disability that comes with this crippling condition, with doctors advising Daz's parents that he would never walk. Daz was determined to defy the doctors' warnings and sick of being told what he could never do, he endeavours to accomplish a significant feat to prove them all wrong - to run the New York marathon.
Today, 1.1 billion people will smoke a cigarette, 40,000 people will embark on their first day of kicking the habit, 12,500 kids will try their first cigarette and 370 smokers will be diagnosed with lung cancer. This film teases apart perhaps the strangest affair we've ever had - our love/hate relationship with the cigarette.
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.
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.
Final episode of this definitive history of surfing in Australia, which tells the story of Australian beach culture through our surfing champions, writers, pioneers, entrepreneurs, mavericks, legends, drop-outs and drop-ins.
A definitive history of surfing in Australia, Bombora tells the story of Australian beach culture through our surfing champions, writers, pioneers, entrepreneurs, mavericks, legends, drop-outs and drop-ins. Global surfing culture is a mix of wildness, grace and cool that is utterly Australian, but how did a nation of people, who mostly couldn't swim, turn a Polynesian pastime into a national obsession and international cultural force?
Compelled to save 10 endangered Sumatran elephants from certain death in a government-run camp, Australian conservationist Nigel Mason risks everything to transport them over 3500km to his Elephant Safari Park in the hills of Bali.
Joanna Lumley undertakes a personal journey to Borneo for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with orangutans, a species that could disappear within 50 years. The orangutan population has declined by 90% in the last century and Joanna learns of the massive deforestation - to create palm oil that is used in everyday lives - that lies at the root of the problem.
The human body is engineered for strength, power and endurance. Bone is sturdy as concrete but flexible enough to resist breaking. It's even light enough to allow us to be quicker off the mark than a racehorse.
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