Category “Science”

Einstein

I'm typically not a big fan of History Channel documentaries but I believe this one in particular to be somewhat of a higher quality, it focuses on Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds that ever lived and in particular his early years and sometimes overlooked crucial years between his publications. Through interviews with some of todays brightest minds this film gives a great insight into the brilliance of Einstein, exploring the theory of generalized relativity, the nature of gravity and the famous equation...

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Ebola: The Search for a Cure

Nobody really knows where the Ebola virus comes from but whats even scarier is the fact that his recent outbreak is the worst Ebola epidemic the world has ever seen, with the current death toll claiming more lives than all previous outbreaks combined. Efforts to contain the virus appear to be failing, but there is hope. In this episode of Horizon we meet the medics on the frontline and follows the scientists racing to find a cure for one of the most dangerous killers on Earth. This is an extraordinary story of bravery and determination against a deadly enemy.   The Ebola virus....

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Tails You Win: The Science of Chance

All of our lives we are pulled around and pushed about by the mysterious workings of chance. When chance appears to be cruel some people tend to call it faith and when chance is kind we might call it luck but what actually is chance? Is it something fundamental in the fabric of the universe , does chance have rules and does it really exist at all? and if it does could we one day overcome it? This is the story of how we discovered chance works, learned to tame it and even work out the odds for the future. How we tried but so often failed to conquer...

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The Virus That Cures

South of Moscow, North of Turkey, scientist in the Republic of Georgia may hold our last defense against the superbugs, against the advance of antibiotic resistant bacteria. From the sewage found being poured into a river a medicine can be found, a medicine from a virus, the virus that...

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Americas Gold

This film explores the incredible journey of one of most indestructible and valuable metals on the planet, gold. Created out in space an immense explosion blasted particles of gold at 70 million miles per hour into the rocks that form out planet, how these tiny scattered pieces of gold accumulated to form massive deposits is one of earths great...

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Parallel Universes

Imagine you could find an explanation for everything in the universe, from the smallest events possible to the biggest. This is the dream which has captivated the most brilliant of scientists since Einstein. Now they think they may have found it, the theory is breath taking and it has an extraordinary conclusion, that the universe we live in is not the only...

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Pure Science Specials: Magnetic Storm

There is a region of our planet that no human being has ever visited, no one has ever seen this place, yet what happens here effects everyone of us every day of our lives. Its 2000 miles beneath our feet, the earths molten core. Here a vast ocean of liquid iron generates an invisible forcefield, the earths magnetic field. It surrounds our entire planet cocooning us from the dangers of space, but now scientists have made an alarming discover, there is a storm brewing deep within the earth, a storm which could destroy our vital magnetic...

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The Fantastical World of Hormones

Theres a mysterious set of chemicals that flow through every part of our bodies, they can rule our lives and shape our destinies, they turn children into adults, they govern our appetites and they even affect our passions. They are called hormones and they are fundamental in making us who we are. In this film professor John Wass tells the wonderful and often weird story of how hormones were...

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A Beautiful Mind The John Nash

In September 1949, the world learned that the Soviet Union had joined the United States as a nuclear power. The shocking news intensified fears in the US and put a premium on mathematicians. Mathematicians had helped win World War Two, now there was hope they could protect Americas strategic edge. Princeton boasted the most elite maths department in the world, each of its graduate students were hand picked, that year one stood out, John Nash. This National Geographic documentary examines the life of John Forbes Nash, an American mathematician whose works in game theory, differential...

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