The Family That Walks on All Four
An intense scientific debate has ignited around a quiet but extraordinary family living in rural Turkey-a family with five adults who walk on all fours. Since bipedalism has long been considered one of the defining characteristics of modern humans, such a discovery raises fascinating questions about genetics, society, and the evolutionary history of our species. Is this the anthropological find of the millennium, or simply a unique medical case? NOVA sets out to unravel the controversy and meet the individuals who...
Posted in: Evolution, Science
The Four-Winged Dinosaur
In 2002, the discovery of a beautiful and bizarre fossil astonished scientists and reignited the debate over the origin of flight. With four wings and superbly preserved feathers, the 130 million-year-old creature was like nothing paleontologists had ever seen before. In this program, NOVA travels to the Chinese stone quarry where the fossil was discovered (a famed fossil treasure trove) and teams up with the world’s leading figures in paleontology, biomechanics, aerodynamics, animation, and scientific...
The Future of Food
THE FUTURE OF FOOD is a feature length documentary that offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade. The Future of Food has also been a key tool in the American and international anti-GMO grassroots activist movements and played widely in the environmental and activist circuits since its release in 2004. The film is widely acknowledged for its role in educating voters...
Posted in: Science, Technology
The Genius Sperm Bank
In 1980, a Californian millionaire established a very exclusive foundation for biological determinism or, in other words - a sperm bank. In fact, Robert Graham's scheme was straight out of a James Bond film. His ‘Repository for Germinal Choice' was created with the express aim of creating a master race of exceptional individuals. It was housed - like all plutocratic supremacy ideas should be - deep inside a subterranean concrete bunker. However, the crowning glory of his Blofeld-like plan was that only...
Posted in: Biology, Science
The Ghost in our Genes
Our genes carry unbelievable information of our past. And it is this genetic information, that affects our present, because the only way forward is to look into the past. This documentary film explains genetic science and it’s impact on our future life. A gene is the basic unit of heredity in a living organism. The field of genetics predates modern molecular biology, but it is now known that all living things depend on DNA to pass on their traits to offspring. Genetics is a discipline of biology and the...
Posted in: Health, Mystery, Science
The Girl Who Survived Rabies
Four years after she nearly died from rabies, Jeanna Giese is being heralded as the first person known to have survived the virus without receiving a preventative vaccine. But Giese (pronounced Gee-See) says she would gladly share that honor with others if only doctors could show that the treatment used to save her could spare other victims as well. “They shouldn’t stop ’till it’s perfected,” said Giese, now 19, during a recent interview about physicians’ quest to refine the technique that may have...
Posted in: Science, Technology
The Great Robot Race
Twenty-three bizarre looking vehicles line up at the starting gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: there s nobody behind the wheel. Sponsored by the Pentagon s research agency this race for robotic driverless vehicles has a $2 million prize. Its ultimate goal is to gather new ideas for the future of unmanned warfare.With names like Terramax Highlander Ghostrider and Stanley these vehicles are armed with cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence laser-guided vision GPS...
Posted in: Science
The Hawking Paradox
Stephen Hawking is the most famous scientist on the planet. His popular science book A Brief History of Time was a publishing sensation, staying at the top of the bestseller lists longer than any other book in recent history. But behind the public face lies an argument that has been raging for almost 30 years. Hawking shot to fame in the world of physics when he provided a mathematical proof for the Big Bang theory. This theory showed that the entire universe exploded from a singularity, an infinitely small...
Posted in: Science
The Human Brain
The human brain, one of the last great frontiers, its the most complicated known device we have found throughout the universe thus far. We have learned more about it in the last five years, than in the last 5000 years. For the first time we can actually see whats going on in the brain and what makes some brains evil. Technology is finally unlocking the secrets of the brain, explaining why we behave the way we do, its helping experts develop new methods to boost our brain power and revealing the untapped abilities...