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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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Body Farms

Since 1980, there have been over 250,000 recorded unsolved homicides in the United States, the number of missing persons and unidentified remains has been described as "the nations's silent mass disaster". There appears to be a lack of funding and support for any forensic research and law enforcement training, without these it seems that the number of unsolved homicides will only continue to grow.

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The Nuclear Option

In Japan the bright lights never stop burning, the nation has an insatiable for energy but with virtually no natural resources to generate it. In order to meet demand for their electrical needs here they bet big on nuclear power having figured it was a low risk means to produce the energy they required.However the meltdown witnessed at Fukushima back in March 2011 changed everything. To avo

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Mystery of The Sun

It's an alien landscape where magnetic tornados twist upward tens of thousands of miles, home to mysterious dark spots each large enough to engulf the Earth ebb and flow. It is a place of violent eruptions that shoot tones of charged particles into space at speeds of over two million mile per hour.This is not some strange world on the other side of the galaxy, this is our Sun a yellow dwarf st

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