We set out to discover the biological reasons why humans eat such a range of diverse tasting dishes, and watch while contestants at a chilli eating contest push their taste buds to the limit. Compared to many animals, humans have a try anything once attitude to food and this has allowed us to populate every corner of the planet, while many other animals depend totally on one food source for their energy, which limits where they can survive.
A child's brain is a magnificent engine for learning. A child learns to crawl, then walk, run and explore. A child learns to reason, to pay attention, to remember, but nowhere is learning more dramatic than in the way a child learns language. As children, we acquire language - the hallmark of being human.
A baby's brain is a mystery whose secrets scientists are just beginning to unravel. The mystery begins in the womb - only four weeks into gestation the first brain cells, the neurons, are already forming at an astonishing rate: 250,000 every minute. Billions of neurons will forge links with billions of other neurons and eventually there will be trillions and trillions of connections between cells. Every cell is precisely in its place, every link between neurons carefully organised. Nothing is random, nothing arbitrary.
Proponents say they are safe and prevent diseases like diabetes, while critics say they may cause a variety of health problems.
Fossil hunters want to know what life was like when dinosaurs became extinct 66 million years ago.
Testosterone has long been considered the hormone that makes men, well, men. It is an emblem of masculinity that underpins sexual desire and aggression. But is this common perception selling the hormone short?
In this episode of Do or Die, fight for your life when an aggressive stag corners you in the park. Think fast when a giant glacier cracks and falls, sending a deadly wall of water rushing toward your boat. And brace for impact when a botched mountain bike jump leaves you plummeting from 80 feet in the air. You never know when you'll have to make a Do or Die decision are you ready? (From the US) (Entertainment Series)
Short sightedness in children may have a bright and simple solution. As our urban kids spend less time outside, their eyes are growing abnormally from a lack of bright light. In this episode of Catalyst we look into the rise of myopia, and how scientists are finding a way to turn the tide on the epidemic.
Helping to save a furry friend is all in a day's work for this pooch. Meet Maya, Australia's first koala scat detection dog who's helping researchers on koala conservation projects. Her job? To sniff out Koala poo. Maya's amazing speed and accuracy enables scientists to better survey koala habitats, health and population numbers.
As the six celebrities get ready for their fourth day on the farm, it seems some of them are starting to feel the benefits of a sugar-free life. Out on the farm, mum-of-three Jennifer is still struggling with the harsh lessons of the farmyard as her and Rory are tasked with separating the farm's ewes from their lambs ready for slaughter. After a morning of hard work, lunch is a nutrient-rich vegetable stew prepared by Arg and Tupele, which doesn't go down well with Mark.
NASA's new horizons spacecraft will capture the first-ever close-up images and scientific observations of Pluto and its system of large and small moons. In this unprecedented special event, witness one of the great explorations of our time.
We're all fascinated by mysteries and strange phenomena. But is the unexplained really unexplainable? In this new 10-part series, science fiction legend William Shatner investigates all that is weird in the world and attempts to find a logical, scientific explanation. From paranormal phenomena to weird and wonderful creatures, from medical oddities to mysterious disappearances, from bizarre natural disasters to mystical monster attacks, this absorbing series covers it all.
From the secret diamond mines of ancient India, to the royal courts of King Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and King George IV, this is the epic story of the Hope Diamond, the world's most mysterious and coveted gem. Allegedly a curse to those who own it, the diamond has inspired centuries of superstition and passion - and now a major scientific exploration into its unique and bizarre nature.
Covering almost 15 percent of the Earth's surface, the Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world's major oceans. Discover some of the world's most pristine marine habitats and the pressures that are changing them.
As our climate continues to heat up we head towards a future in which things can only get worse. This is a story of the bushfire season; of those affected by fire; who fight fires; and who study fires and their prevention.
It is the largest free standing sculpture ever carved from a single block of stone. We use the latest research, the most advanced technology and the newest discoveries to reveal the Sphinx as never seen before.
Sydney, 2009. At the end of an unusually hot summer three terrifying shark attacks in as many weeks caused a wave of panic to sweep through Australia's biggest city. Not since the summer of 1963, when a thirty-two-year-old actress lost her life to a vicious shark attack in knee-deep water, had Sydney been gripped by such collective fear. Shark Harbour follows a specialist 'Shark Research Team' - commissioned by the NSW government in response to the surge in attacks - as they conduct the most comprehensive and technologically advanced study of sharks that's ever been undertaken in Australia.
In 6000 BC, waves taller than the Statue of Liberty ravaged the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, devastating ancient villages and killing untold numbers. Watch as a team of scientists piece together evidence of this mega storm and reveal the face of this ancient tsunami. A 3D computer animation recreates the massive waves that may have changed the course of history.
When Oxford University scientist Hugh Sinclair claimed in the 1940's that the fatty acid Omega-3 found in fish was good for your health, he was ridiculed and lost his university post. But times have changed and this documentary looks at how Omega-3 is now being hailed as a panacea.
Our solar system lies on the outskirts of a vast celestial city, a colossal community of stars, bound together by gravity; the Milky Way galaxy. Today, astronomers are piecing together the evidence which is allowing them to see our galaxy in a new and exciting way.
Michael Mosley investigates whether diet or exercise is a more effective way to keep kilojoules in check, and Saleyha Ahsan runs an experiment to find out whether probiotic products really can improve health.
Chris van Tulleken discovers whether red wine lives up to its healthy reputation, Zoe Williams looks at how sleep duration affects how much people eat, and Gabriel Weston witnesses the first operation of its kind in the UK - fitting a sternum implant made using 3D printing.
In Australia, the move to legalise cannabis has gained momentum, thanks largely to the tenacity of Tamworth couple Lucie and Tony Haslam, who believed the benefits medicinal cannabis had on their dying son needed to be shared with the broader community. They were the driving force in co-ordinating an international symposium on medicinal cannabis, which helped shift the conversation from "if" to "when" cannabis would be legalised.
It's no surprise that sharks are feared, but scientists will say these apex predators are also misunderstood. Help your students come to understand them better and get to know the different types in our oceans.
Celebrate National Science week with EnhanceTV showcasing major breakthroughs like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby and celebrate International Year of the Reef.
Biology is the study of life and how living things work. Find out on how to create models of the human body, measure rainfall and even how to create a herbarum in this playlist. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,VCSSU074,VCSSU075)
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)
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Find out how they reshaped the Earth here. (ACSSU115, ACSSU153, ACSSU180, ACSSU188)
Explore a range of farm animals and farm produce, and explore ways farm produce is packaged before being moved from the farm to places where the food is sold or made into other products. (ACSSU002, ACSSU017, VCSSU042, VCSSU043)
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)
Living things live in all different types of habitats. In this playlist, you'll learn what a habitat is and the different types of habitats there are, along with which animals reside in each of the habitats. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,ACSSU094,VCSSU042,VCSSU043,VCSSU057)
Water and weather, and the world play a significant role in our lives. Watch this playlist to find out about the impact on the earth through hands-on scientific exploration and experimentation. (ACSSU096, VCSSU046, VCSSU06, VCSSU078, VCSSU099, VCSSU101)
Australia is addressing climate change and ensuring energy security and affordability. Find out more about the effects of climate change and how it is impacting your life. ((ACHGK020,VCGGK110,VCGGK147)
From sharks and sea turtles to octopus and corals, you’re in the right place to take a deep dive into oceans and marine life with this meticulous designed playlist for all the ocean lovers. (ACHASSK047,VCGGC058,VCGGC072,VCGGC086,VCGGC100,VCGGK105)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.
Critique the "sense and nonsense" of the global $100 billion vitamin and supplement industry with Derek Muller in Vitamania. Then test your knowledge of importance of vitamins in our diets and the history of the business.