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What Darwin Never Knew

The planet Earth is filled with a vast collection of species, with over 9,000 types of birds, 28,000 types of fish, and more than 350,000 species of beetles. It's Charles Darwin's brilliant theory of evolution that explains how the 1.4 million different species that have been discovered have adapted and changed over time. The theory has been called the best idea anyone ever had but there is one b

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Dying To Be Apart

In July 2003, twin sisters Ladan and Laleh Bijani underwent a dangerous and controversial 50-hour operation to separate their conjoined heads. Nearly 30 years of being joined together was long enough. They had now wished to look at each other face to face. Early in their lives, the twins realized that they were very different people. They had different ambitions, hobbies, and tastes, both wanted

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Coronavirus: A Horizon Special

Coronavirus (COVID-19) struck just a few months ago, it was a deadly virus that took an unprepared world by storm. But as the world scrambled to react to this growing emergency an astonishing global scientific effort began to understand the nature of this new enemy and how we could fight it. In this two-part documentary series, we see Horizon assemble a team of BBC science experts to analyze the

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A New Understanding: The Science of Psilocybin

In 1943 chemist Albert Hofmann was developing medicines to aid blood circulation lysergic acid derivatives, his reach would lead to the discovery of the drug known as LSD and the isolation of other psychoactive compounds such as psilocybin. These breakthroughs showed great promise for use in therapy and were commonly prescribed by psychiatrists. However, the medicines would later be caught in a d

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Superhuman: World’s Tallest Children

Imagine you're a child but trapped in the body of a giant, these are the children who simply tower above everyone and they live in a world that is just to small for them. In this film we meet Brendan, the 13 year old who is currently 7ft and 3 inches tall and can't stop growing, the Van Nes', a family of super tall children who get their height from genetics alone and Marley, a 17 year old Thai gi

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Gravity and Me: The Force that Shapes our Lives

Would you like to loose a little bit of weight without doing any exercise or dieting? Or perhaps age just a little slower than your friends? Well you might be surprised to hear that the laws of physics can help. The key to unlocking these everyday questions is gravity, it sculpts the universe, it warps space and time, it is a fundamental force of nature. Gravities strange powers discovered by Albe

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Let There Be Life

Welcome a new and very strange world of nature, it's being taken over by the weird subatomic particles of quantum physics. As a physicist Jim Al-Khalili has spent his working life studying how these particles behave in the laboratory but in this BBC special we see him head out into the natural world. Al-Khalili is on a mission to prove quantum physics can solve the greatest mysteries in biology as

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Einstein’s Quantum Riddle

We live in a world where objects have permanence and we see cause then effect but a startling phenomenon is revealing that this is not how the universe works at the smallest scales of atoms and tiny particles.Albert Einstein argued this phenomenon couldn't possibly be real but after a century of disputes and discoveries we're using it to create revolutionary new technologies and it's perhaps o

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Naked Science: Deadliest Planets

In the future humanity may leave the Earth behind and search for a new home in space, but where exactly? Our solar system is a dangerous place. There are fiery volcanic worlds, planets with 1400 mile an hour winds, clouds of deadly acid and temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Among these violent worlds, are there planets where we could one day live?We are on a voyage to find out, to explore

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