The future is wonderful; the future is terrifying. We should know - we live there. Whether it's on the ground or on the web, this program is travelling the world to uncover the stories that will define what's coming next. New technologies, cultures, and discoveries are constantly reshaping this old planet of ours, and it's happening faster than ever before. Physics rules everything around us, but we still can't explain everything. That might mean we need to throw out everything we know.
After 25 years sharing the mind blowing secrets of the universe, the Hubble telescope is now nearing the end of its mission. These are the images of the bubble nebula, astrophysical jets and exoplanets that have helped change our understanding of our own reality.
Since its launch in April 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope has become one of the most revolutionary scientific instruments ever built. In this look back at Hubble's major accomplishments, audiences will explore the life cycle of stars, from their birth in nurseries of dust-laden clouds of gas all the way to their final farewell as titanic supernova explosions.
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.
Not very long ago, in a workshop not so far away, rebel scientists striking from a hidden base in San Francisco won their first victory. But Adam and Jamie are again taking on the forces of evil and testing two tall tales from dark side. First up, Adam and Jamie look into laser blasters. A recurring theme in the movies is the ability of the heroes to dodge, evade and dive out of the way of an incoming Stormtrooper blaster shot. But is that possible? After working out how fast the blaster bolts move they re-create a blaster bolt battle, put their bodies on the line and commence the dive to survive.
In this episode, Adam and Jamie have an explosive movie myth they were 'Bourne' for and the Build Team take to the skies to investigate the mystery of destructive 'Blue Ice'. First up, the boys try to reproduce a scene from The Bourne Supremacy, by using a magazine in a toaster to set off a huge gas explosion. Then, Kari, Grant and Tory investigate the origins of frozen substances that fall from the sky and damage property.
In 1961 when President Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, no rocket existed with the power or capability to rise to the challenge. In order to win the race to space, the United States would need to establish a multi-billion dollar space programme. One man, Werner Von Braun believed he had the knowledge and vision to make Kennedy's dream a reality. With the American public galvanised and the expertise of over 200,000 scientists and engineers, Von Braun masterminded the development of the Saturn V, the rocket that flew 24 men to the moon and launched the greatest adventure in the history of exploration. Using visual effects, stunning NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo Space Scientists, this inspirational film tells the story of the colossal challenges NASA faced to fulfil Kennedy's pledge. With the accolade of flying 24 men safely to the moon, the mighty Saturn V will always be considered one of mankind's greatest technological achievements. This is the story of the most powerful machine ever built, and the men and women who believed it could fly.
It's a feature length episode of Mythbusters and this time the team is on a mission to mash metal! In this Mythbusters: Demolition Myths special the team has four fables of automotive mayhem guaranteed to bend your fender. First up Adam and Jamie feel the need - the Need for Speed - wanting to discover if a key scene from Keanu's iconic motoring movie is fact or fake film physics.