Engineer, physical and ground-breaking NASA astronaut Dr Mael Jemison joins Neil deGrasse Tyson in an episode focussed on the challenges of interstellar travel.
World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking joins Neil deGrasse Tyson for an episode discussing the mysteries of our universe.
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson features his interview with celebrated novelist, Salman Rushdie in an episode dedicated to the science of storytelling.
This special, narrated by Andrew Scott, celebrates spring on planet Earth. This magical season brings a burst of new life - but as soon as the air starts to warm, it's a race to wake up and get ahead of everyone else.
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.
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