Category “Science”

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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How Robots Will Change the World

Robotics is the art and commerce of robots, their design, manufacture, application, and practical use. Robots will soon be everywhere, in our home and at work. They will change the way we live. This will raise many philosophical, social, and political questions that will have to be answered. In science fiction, robots become so intelligent that they decide to take over the world because humans are deemed inferior. In real life, however, they might not choose to do that. Robots might follow rules such as Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, that will prevent them from doing so. When 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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Science of Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is used by over half a million people in Britain, its claimed it can make you thinner, stop you smoking and do almost anything but is true? can it really make us do anything? Can it affect our health and...

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Man on Mars: Mission to the Red Planet

Mars, the red planet, we have long wondered if it has ever sustained life. Some have dreamt of walking on its surface but more than four decades after they landed on the Moon, NASA are imagining a two year voyage across space to Mars but to do it, they require new rockets on a new scale, a new way of surviving in space and a new bread of astronaut. To finally complete a mission of this scale would be the fulfillment of one of our grandest dreams. Is this however a dream NASA can...

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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 Ambien Effect

Zolpidem tartrate, or Ambien, has been prescribed to millions of insomniacs internationally, yet those who use the drug to ensure a good night's sleep are seldom aware it also possesses the ability to normalise functioning in certain types of damaged neurons, a phenomenon called "the Ambien effect", The first awakening occurred in 1999 when a man who had spent three years in a persistent vegetative state spontaneously regained consciousness after ingesting a 10mg tablet. Since then, hundreds of patients have experienced miraculous recoveries from traumatic brain injury using Ambien. Hamilton...

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Swallowed by a Black Hole

This summer, the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way is getting ready to feast. A gas cloud three times the size of our planet has strayed within the gravitational reach of our nearest supermassive black hole. And across the globe, telescopes are being trained on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, some 27,000 light years from Earth, in the expectation of observing this unique cosmic spectacle. For cosmic detectives across the Earth, it is a unique opportunity. For the first time in the history of science, they hope to observe in action the awesome spectacle of a feeding...

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