Could California's progressive energy policies spearhead a nationwide shift toward cleaner energy? The remarkable laws that California has passed under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to regulate greenhouse gas emissions perpetuate the state's reputation for environmental leadership across the country, and potentially the globe.
Presented by Steve Leonard, this series vistis the crucial moments in life's journey to dominate the earth.
Ilana Kempler redesigned her stylish, two-story villa in Melbourne, but, despite her efforts to keep it immaculate, she discovers the ducted air conditioning re-circulates polluted air throughout the house triggering her asthma and leaving the rest of the family with sore, dry throats.
In this final episode, Simon Schaffer finds that as more people were able to manipulate light, the more puzzling and tricky it became. This led to investigations into the strange relationship between light, the eye and the mind, and the development of new technology such as photography and cinema.
In response to the oil crisis of the 1970s, Brazil created a domestic ethanol industry that is now thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars. This episode examines what we can learn from Brazil's extraordinary success with ethanol, and whether other countries could follow suit.
Uncovers the secret world of our dreams. In a series of cutting-edge experiments and personal stories, we go in search of the science behind this most enduring mystery and ask: where do dreams come from? Do they have meaning? And ultimately, why do we dream?
In America alone, nearly 70 percent of oil consumed is by the cars we drive. Can efficient automobile design mitigate the environmental damage caused by our beloved cars? General Motors unveils The Volt, a super-hybrid vehicle, and the fuel cell-powered Sequel, while technology firm Fiberforge shows off the latest in ultra-light materials for car manufacturing.
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.
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