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How large is the Universe?

Cosmologists discuss their project to create a map of everything in existence, and reveal that their research has yielded some highly unexpected results, creating a picture stranger than anything they had imagined. Scientists also explain why the map suggests the universe may not be an all-encompassing entity - but merely the starting point for something much...

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How Hackers Changed the World

Storyville: Documentary that goes inside the complex network and history of Anonymous, the radical online 'hacktivist' collective. Through interviews with current members - some recently returned from prison, others still awaiting trial - as well as writers, academics and major players in various 'raids', the film traces the collective's breathtaking evolution from merry pranksters to a full-blown global movement, one armed with new weapons of civil disobedience for an online world. In recent years, Anonymous has been associated with attacks or 'raids' on hundreds of targets. Angered by...

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How Facebook Changed The World: The Arab Spring

The is the story of how the Arab world erupted in revolution, as a new generation used the internet and social media to try to overthrow their hated leaders. This film reveals that ancient truism of insurgency may now be obsolete. And that’s because in one sense the television station has already been taken before the first brick has even been thrown, distributed into the mobile phones in everyone’s pocket. This is a television station you can’t cordon off with a circle of tanks, and one that activists in the Arab world exploited to astounding effect this year. And Mishal...

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How Drugs Work: Cocaine

Documentary combining compelling real-life stories and stunning computer graphics to explore how cocaine creates its highs and its lows. Cocaine, once a drug exclusively for the rich and famous, is now the most popular class A drug in Britain, with more than 1.2 million people taking it in the UK in 2009. The film follows three users on nights out on coke and uses cutting-edge computer graphics to journey inside their bodies and brains to find out how the drug creates its highs and its lows. For some cocaine is the ideal addition to a night out, but for others taking it became a...

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How Does Your Memory Work?

You might think that your memory is there to help you remember facts, such as birthdays or shopping lists. If so, you would be very wrong. The ability to travel back in time in your mind is, perhaps, your most remarkable ability, and develops over your lifespan. In this documentary, Horizon takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into the human memory. From the woman who is having her most traumatic memories wiped by a pill, to the man with no memory, this film reveals how these remarkable human stories are transforming our understanding of this unique human ability. The findings...

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How Did the Universe Begin?

Only a man with the brain the size of Stephen Hawking's would seriously accept the challenge of answering the question "How did the universe begin?" in less than 30 minutes, while making it accessible for the population at large. Hawking's lecture is a masterclass in concision and clear- thinking. He spins through the history of thought on the subject, beginning with the early Biblical view that the world was created by God around 6,000 years ago. And that wasn't the only cockamanie theory dreamt up in the succeeding millennia. Up until the 20th century, mainstream thinking viewed the...

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How Did Life Begin?

In this documentary Nobel Prize recipient Sir Harry Kroto attempts to answer one of world's most puzzling question: how did life on earth come to be? Take a look at the recent scientific research in the field and learn about the ancient world of RNA and DNA. There are of course no definative answers offered by this documentary, but we get the feeling that we are closer than ever to discovering the answer to the age old question of how life...

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How Bruce Lee Changed the World

ore than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee’s global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, cinema, music, sport, dance, video games and philosophy. A journey across the United States, Asia and Europe, takes Shannon Lee on a trip back to her father’s roots in Hong Kong and China. With unique access to the family’s photographic archive, home movies and all material owned by the Bruce Lee...

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Hot Planet

Professors Iain Stewart and Professor Kathy Sykes take a timely look at global warming ahead of the Copenhagen summit, exploring the world’s leading climate scientists’ vision of the planet’s future. Scientists predict that if global temperatures continue to rise at their current rate, Earth will be one degree warmer within 10 years, two degrees warmer within the next 40 years and three degrees or more warmer before the end of the century. If the Earth’s temperature increases to three degrees warmer than the average pre-industrial temperature, the impact on the planet will be...

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