Category “Science”

Britain’s Nuclear Secrets: Inside Sellafield

Lying on the remote north west coast of England is one of the most secret places in the country. 65 years ago it helped make Britain a world superpower and within it's is material that could devastate life on this island and beyond, this is Sellafield. Costing around 2 billion pounds every year, its the most controversial nuclear facility in Britain. Nuclear physicist Jim Al-Khalili has been fascinated by Sellafield for much of his career, having heard stories of extraordinary experiments, the jaw-dropping machinery and the incredibly costly science but their has also been problems, risks...

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Dara O’Briain Meets Stephen Hawking

Sometimes when working in television like comedian Dara O'Briain, you get the opportunity to meet people you'd be unlikely to run into otherwise. In Dara's case he has arranged to meet up with his childhood hero, Stephen Hawking. Since Hawking released his book "A Brief History of Time" he has become not just the worlds most famous scientist, but a full on pop culture icon. Far beyond the world of physics, people know his name and possibly even more famously his voice. In 1963 doctors told him that his Motor Neuron Disease would give him only two years to live. More than 50 years later...

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Inside The Monkey Lab

In this film, Vice News has managed to gain rare access to a nonprofit laboratory located in the Netherlands, the sole purpose of which is to tests some of the worlds most deadly viruses and diseases on live monkeys in order to gain insight into how they can affect the body of these primates. The facility itself is called the Biomedical Primate Research Centre or BPRC and they are allowing Vice News to film inside so we can see with our own eyes whether testing on monkeys and the animals welfare can go hand in hand. Testing on non human subjects in the past has led to significant...

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Order and Disorder

A two part documentary series released by the BBC back in 2012, we see Professor Jim Al-Khalili investigates the important concepts of energy and information. Episode 1: Energy  How was it that Humans acquired the power to transform the planet as we did? Looking at the Earth at night from space reveals just how successful we have been in harnessing and manipulating energy and how important it is to our very existence. Energy is vital to us all, we use it to build the structures that surround and protect us, we use it to power our transport and light our homes but even more crucially,...

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Secrets of the Sun

It's an alien landscape where magnetic tornados, twist upward tens of thousands miles, mysterious dark spots large enough to engulf the earth and violent eruptions shoot tones of charged particles into space at speeds of up to 2 million miles per hour. This is not some strange world situated at the other side of the galaxy, this is our Sun and now new technologies are allowing us to see it like never before, satellites are giving investigators new insights into century old mysteries. How does our Sun work, where does its power come from and how can it's inner workings impact...

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DNA: The Molecule of Life

DNA: The Molecule of Life, is a 5 part documentary series released by the American public broadcaster and television program distributor, PBS. It examines the heart of life, the one thing that links all living things together, the very key passed through the generations giving you and me our personalities, health, looks and ethnicity and yet It wasn't until 1958 that this blueprint for all life on earth was discovered. This series includes the following episodes: 1) The Secret of Life, 2) Playing God, 3) Human Race, 4) Curing Cancer, 5) Pandora's...

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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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Dancing in the Dark: The End of Physics

Still to this day modern scientists don't really know what the majority of our universe is made out of. The atoms which are the building blocks for everything within only account for four percent, the remaining is dark matter and dark energy, this dark mater however can be considered as 'don't know'. This is where the Large Hadron Collider at CERN comes in and it has recently been upgraded. When it is turned back on this month (March 2015), it will have twice the energy it had before, meaning that collisions will be more powerful and the hope is that scientists will finally discover the...

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Can You Cure My Cancer

A scary fact is that one in two of us will get cancer, its a disease that touches every family in Britain. BBC's Panorama has spent the last eighteen months on the frontline in the fight against the disease. At the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, patients that have been given just months to live are keeping cancer at bay for years. Advances in genetics are delivering a new generation of smarter cancer drugs. Leading scientists at the institute of cancer research see this as a game changing moment as patents that have run out of options under conventional treatment are helping to...

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