Category “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 kept her alive. Giese’s wish may come true. Another young girl infected with...

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The Great Math Mystery

We live in an age of astonishing advances, engineers can land a car sized rover on Mars, Physicists probe the essence of old matter, while we communicate wirelessly on a vast world wide network but underlying all these modern wonders is something deep and mysteriously powerful. It's been called the language of the universe, and perhaps its civilisations greatest achievement, its name is mathematics, but where does it come from and why in science does it work so well? In this film, Nova explores the idea of maths and its potential for unlocking the secrets of the...

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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 navigation and 3-D mapping systems. But can some of the world s most advanced robots...

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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 point with infinite density and infinite gravity. Hawking was able to come to his...

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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 we all have inside our...

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The Hunt for Hitler’s Scientists

The British, American, and Russian governments were not content to sit idly by, waiting to be slammed by the advanced technology. Covert teams of commandos and agents were sent ahead of the front lines and deep into Germany, hunting for both the weapons and the scientists and engineers who’d created them. For British and American operatives, failure was not an option. If they didn’t capture the Nazi technology and scientists, agents of the burgeoning Soviet Union might – and that could spell disaster in a post-war world already feeling the chill of the impending cold war. Allied...

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The Illusion of Reality

Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how understanding the atom more deeply has forced us to rethink the nature of reality. He discovers that there might be parallel universes in which different versions of us exist, finds out that empty space isn’t empty at all, and investigates the differences in our perception of the world in the universe and the...

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The Illusion of Time

Lying just beneath everyday reality is a breath taking world where much of what we perceive about the universe is wrong. Physicist and best selling author Brian Green in this film takes us on a journey that bends the rules of the human experience. This world of oddity really only comes to light as we probe the extreme realms of the cosmos from black holes to the big bang and in this Nova special we explore the very heart of matter...

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The Incredible Human Journey

Dr Alice Roberts travels the globe to discover the incredible story of how humans left Africa to colonize the world. How did we get here? Following a trail of clues from the latest scientific research, Dr Alice Roberts re-traces the greatest ever journey taken by our ancestors. Thousands of years ago one small group of our species, Homo sapiens, crossed out of Africa and into the unknown. Their descendants faced baking deserts, sweat-soaked jungles and frozen wildernesses and risked everything on the vast empty ocean. Within 60,000 years they colonized the whole world… How did they...

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