Posted in: Nature
Wolves in Chernobyl Dead Zone
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? In 1986 a nuclear meltdown at the infamous Chernobyl power plant in present-day Ukraine left miles of land in radioactive ruins. Residents living in areas most contaminated by the disaster were evacuated and relocated by government order, and a no-man’s land of our own making was left to its own devices. In the ensuing 25 years, forests, marshes, fields and rivers reclaimed...
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What’s Killing Our Bees
Bill Turnbull investigates one of the biggest mysteries in the British countryside: what is killing our bees. It is a question that generates huge controversy. Changes in the weather, pesticides and even a deadly virus have all all been blamed. It is a question that Bill is all too familiar with as a beekeeper himself. He meets the scientists who are fitting minute radar transponders on to bees to try to find...
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What Plants Talk About
This program integrates hard-core science with a light-hearted look at how plants behave, revealing a world where plants are as busy, responsive and complex as we are. From the stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of west coast Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the "secret world of plants", revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries and nurture their young. It is a world of...
Water, The Great Mystery
"Water is the driving force of all nature." - Leonardo da Vinci Water makes most of earths surface and most of our human bodies ... but do we really know the secrets of this amazing element. From agriculture, to factories and hydropower, we put water to work in a million different ways every day. And yet water acts outside all known physical laws of nature. At a time of global climate change, understanding the mysteries of water is critical. Every living thing needs it to survive ... Our ignorance of its...
Vanishing of the Bees
Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film...
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The Secret Life of Dogs
Dogs, man's best friend, but how well do we really know our fateful companions? How they see their world, what they really think of us? This films meets up with dogs that appear to have a 6th sense capable of detecting cancer, dogs that have undying loyalty for their owners and in some cases saving them as well as examining the life of a growing puppy, revealing how it...
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The Ring of Fire
Broadcast (1998) The Pacific Ocean is rimmed by a chain of active volcanoes, arranged in a series of graceful arcs and extending 30,000 kilometres from New Zealand through Fiji, New Guinea, the Philippines, Japan, the Aleutian Islands, and down the west coast of the Americas to Patagonia. This necklace of volcanoes, continually rocked by earthquakes, has been christened the ‘Ring of Fire’. Scientists exploring the link between the Pacific Ocean and the earthquakes and volcanoes which surround it have...
Posted in: Mystery, Nature
The Privileged Planet
Although this documentary is promoting “intelligent design” view I decided to post it. For centuries scientists and philosophers have marveled at an eerie coincidence. Mathematics, a creation of human reason, can predict the nature of the universe, a fact physicist Eugene Wigner referred to as the “unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the physical sciences.” In the last three decades astronomers and cosmologists have noticed another, seemingly unrelated, mystery. Contrary to all expectations, the...
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The Polar Bear Family & Me
In "POLAR BEAR FAMILY AND ME", legendary wildlife filmmaker Gordon Buchanan travels deep into the Arctic for his greatest challenge yet - infiltrating a family of polar bears and documenting the cubs' epic struggle for survival. The Arctic's Svalbard Islands inhabits the highest density of polar bears in the world, and following these dangerous carnivores proves to be the ultimate challenge. Watch as Buchanan attempts to gain the trust of baby polar bear Nikita as it takes its first strides in the frozen splendor...