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The Secret Life of Waves
The Age of Big Data
Food Evolution
Rapidly Evolving Human
Prog Rock Britannia
Reinventing Russia
Zambezi
What is the Universe Made of
Sacred Nature I
One Ocean
Angkor Land of the Gods
Generation Iron II
Voyage of Time
Saving Banksy
An Inconvenient Sequel Truth to Power
Rise of Civilization
Pink Floyd: P. U. L. S. E. Live at Earls Court (I)
Fury
What Is Out There
The Story of Maths The Language of the Universe
Comet of the Century
The Last Reef
H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters
McLaren
Dinosaurs Myths and Monsters
Icarus
Gasp
The Connected Universe
The Mission Begins
National Bird
Neanderthal Apocalypse
Rats
The Red Pill
The Mars Generation
Attenborough and the Sea Dragon
Carlsbad Caverns

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13th
13th 2016

The title of Ava DuVernay's extraordinary and galvanizing documentary refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.' The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.

Category:Culture  Duration:1:40:02   

Absolute Zero Conquest of Cold
Absolute Zero Conquest of Cold 2007

This scientific detective tale tells the story of a remarkable group of pioneers who wanted to reach the ultimate extreme: absolute zero, a place so cold that the physical world as we know it doesn't exist, electricity flows without resistance, fluids defy gravity and the speed of light can be reduced to 38 miles per hour. Absolute zero became the Holy Grail of temperature physicists and is considered the gateway to many new technologies, such as nano-construction, neurological networks and quantum computing. The possibilities, it seems, are limitless. The first episode Chronicles the major discoveries leading towards the mastery of cold, beginning with King James I's court magician, Cornelius Drebbel, who managed to air condition the largest interior space in the British Isles in 1620. Other stories will include the first "natural philosopher," Robert Boyle, a founder of the Royal Society in Great Britain; the Grand Duke Ferdinand II de Medici's involvement in the creation of the first thermometer; the establishment of the laws of thermodynamics by three young scientists, Sadi Carnot, James Joule and William Thomson; and Michael Faraday's critical achievement in liquefying several other gases which set the stage for the commercial application of cold to refrigeration and air conditioning.

Category:Technology  Duration:59:00   Series: Absolute Zero

American Alternative Rock
American Alternative Rock 2007

The rise of alternative rock in the USA. From its early underground days where bands like Black Flag drew inspiration from the DIY ethos of punk. We explore why the bands that emerged from the underground offered an alternative both to the established music industry and the prevailing politics. Bands like R.E.M., The Pixies and Husker Du, REM breaking into the mainstream charts with 'Losing My Religion', Seattle 'grunge' scene, culminating in the success of Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

Category:Art  Duration:49:00   Series: Seven Ages of Rock

Are Video Games Really That Bad
Are Video Games Really That Bad 2015

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand accused of corrupting the young - of causing violence and addiction. But is this true? The scientific community is deeply divided". Some are convinced that video games incite aggression. Others insist they have no effect whatsoever on real-world violence. But away from the controversy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests video games may help keep the brain sharp, and could soon revolutionise how we combat mental decline as we age.

Category:Medicine  Duration:59:00   

 
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