After graduating, young Albert Einstein struggles to land an academic post in a scientific world of tradition and protocol. Finally finding a job, he is able to support the pregnant Mileva, but then tragedy strikes.
During the time that will come to be known as his 'miracle year', Albert Einstein continues to struggle with balancing his work at the patent office and working on his papers, among them his theory of special relativity.
After moving his family to Berlin to be closer to his work, Einstein sets out to prove his theory of general relativity, but the expedition goes awry. His affair with Elsa now becoming known, he is faced with an ultimatum.
With new teaching duties, Einstein begins to experience the academic life he long coveted. However, this new happiness comes at the price of his family who are tested even further when he is reintroduced to his cousin Elsa.
In the spirit of Dr Strangelove, a blackly sardonic people's history of atomic blunders and near-misses revealing the hushed-up and forgotten episodes in which the great powers gambled with catastrophe. The film tells stories such as that of the accidental drop of a nuclear weapon on the house of train conductor Walter Gregg, the perilous shoot of a John Wayne movie in a radioactive canyon and the loss of four hydrogen bombs in Greenland.
Weighing in at up to 4 million times the mass of the Sun, the biggest super massive black holes have the power to rip planets apart and swallow entire stars. Their gravitational pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. And that's a problem for astronomers, because it means they're entirely invisible to any telescope. Despite these obvious obstacles, the program meets the astronomers attempting to image a black hole for the very first time and the theoretical physicists getting ever closer to unlocking their mysteries.
For millennia, people have wanted to understand the universe. They have looked at the night skies, and wondered what makes the stars shine. November 26, 2007, had promised to be an extraordinary date - it was the day scheduled by scientists to recreate the conditions right after the Big Bang. This was when the building blocks of the universe were created. By revisiting the beginning of time, scientists hoped to unlock some of the universe's deepest secrets. Sometime in the coming months the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the most complex scientific instrument ever built, will recreate this phenomenon. By turning on the LHC scientists hoped to finally reveal one of the most elusive particles in our Universe - the Higgs boson, also called the God particle.
Time gives rhythm to the world around us. But how do we really know what time it is? Professor Brian Cox goes in search of the answer to a question you wouldn't give a passing thought. From our historical dictator of time - the Sun - to the world's irregular flutters and the physical definition of a second by an atomic clock, Brian discovers telling the time is a tricky business. But why do we need to know what time it is so very accurately? Without correct time signals, aircraft, telecommunications systems, the world's global financial systems, global positioning and many other systems we use and rely on everyday wouldn't work. They all depend on knowing the time. Exactly. In this entertaining film, Brian pushes our understanding of time to the depths of our imagination.
Revealing the workings of the human body on a scale never seen before discover how, minute by minute, from the very first breath to the very last, the human body is able to perform countless miracles to keep us alive and well, and see what happens when your body finally fails.
Dr Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone - tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
After leaving Pablo Picasso, Francoise Gilot struggles to escape his shadow and make it on her own. Meanwhile, Picasso finds companionship with Jacqueline Roque but secludes himself from the world, determined to paint the perfect painting.
Only 400 people have become astronauts in the last 50 years, but it is entrepreneur Richard Branson's goal to bring space travel to ordinary people. His Virgin Galactic venture is set to take 1000 people to space in its first year.
On April 26, 1986, a catastrophic blast blew the lid off Chernobyl's Reactor No.4. The explosion was 400 times more potent than the Hiroshima bomb, ignighting fires that burned for 10 days, sending a radioactive cloud across Europe. In the aftermath, ill-equipped workers heroically sealed the smouldering reactor in a concrete sarcophagus, but the hastily constructed shelter was only built to last 30 years. Now, 30 countries including the UK, France and the US have come together to pay for a 1.2 billion Euro international rescue plan to build a mighty 25,000-ton steel shelter which will entomb the radiation and last for a century. This documentary follows the team of international engineers as they race against time to build the structure over the disaster site.
In their 14-year history, the MythBusters have used over 3500 human guinea pigs and in this Volunteer Special, they're paying homage to every single one. First, they summon up an army of 200 zombies to find out what is the ultimate weapon when the apocalypse comes. Then, they're testing a pop culture classic - using 120 shopping volunteers, the MythBusters are finding out the best way to wait in line at the store - is it the 'pick a lane' method or the more modern serpentine? Waiting will never be the same again.
J. Robert Oppenheimer is in charge of developing the world's first nuclear bomb, but when he finds himself in a race against Hitler and his own nuclear scientist, Werner Heisenberg, the very fate of humankind hangs in the balance. Then Samuel Colt and partners Edwin Smith & Daniel Wesson become locked in the first true "arms" race, as they compete to perfect the world's first revolver.
The Miracle Hunter takes viewers on a global journey to meet real life superhumans, from the backstreets of Bucharest to the jungles of Bali, to witness ordinary people demonstrating the most extraordinary powers. Are there people out there who can do things science simply can't explain?
Physics is the science that explores the laws and forces that govern the universe. Bring out the boffins in your class with these experiments and reveal how it all works. (ACSSU049, ACSSU076, ACSSU080)
Capture students’ interest and find out what they think they know about how living things, such as small animals. Make their playground experience more meaningful with this curated playlist. (ACSSU017,ACSSU211,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Explore the science behind objects and things around us and what material make up their physical properties. Find out how to use your senses to observe and describe the form and function of different objects. (ACSSU049, ACSSU046,ACSSU074,ACSSU076,VCSSU059,VCSSU063,VCSSU076,VCSSU080)