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Can We Make Life

   2018    Medicine
'It's alive!' Since Dr. Frankenstein spoke those famous words, we've been alternately enthralled and terrified by the idea of creating life in the lab. Now, a revolution in genetic engineering and thrilling innovations in synthetic biology are bringing that dream—or nightmare, as the case may be—closer to reality. New tools allow researchers to use cells to create their own DNA and edit it into existing genomes with more ease and less cost than ever before.
Along with renewed hopes for treating some genetic diseases, there's serious talk of using the newest technologies to bring long-extinct animals back from the dead – like the team hoping to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Science fiction is quickly becoming science fact. Another daring genetic experiment to bioengineer animals could prevent Lyme disease. But the power to make life comes with deep ethical questions. What are the potential rewards—and dangers—of tinkering with nature? This films explores the benefits and the burden of risk surrounding the controversial new technology.
Series: Nova Wonders

Magic Money The Bitcoin Revolution

   2018    Technology
With the advent of Bitcoin, the world's first digital currency, for the first time in history money is no longer controlled by banks or governments, but by the people who use it. But where did this currency come from? How does it work? And is it truly the way forward, or just a flash in the pan? Magic Money answers these questions and more as it explores the mysterious origins of Bitcoin, its role in society, and how it could shape the future in an eye opening film.

Superhumans

   2018    Culture
The Series 'In Search of' conducted investigations into the controversial, paranormal and mysterious. The producer's purpose is to suggest some possible explanations, but not necessarily the only ones, to the mysteries examined. The 2018 revival is presented by Zachary Quinto.
In this episode, Zach wants to understand how a person can be superhuman. He meets a man who bent the metal frame of a car door with his bare hands in a moment of crisis; a man who can feel no pain; and a Shaolin warrior monk, who teaches him how to harness superhuman powers of his own.
Series: In Search of

Monsters of the Deep

   2018    Nature
Zachary Quinto sets out to research the strangest creatures dug up from the depths of the ocean and to see how much they lend to the monsters that are depicted in myth and legend. Starting in Australia, he meets with a teenager who was savagely attacked by a swarm of mysterious flesh-eating monsters, only to jump into the water himself the next day amongst highly venomous sea creatures.
From the carnivorous fish of American rivers to the eyeless monsters of the Atlantic Ocean, Zachary finds some merit in these old monster stories and is starting to understand just what we mean when we say that we know less than 1% of what waits in the depths below.
Series: In Search of

Ram Dass Going Home

   2017    History
A profound and poetic encounter with cultural and spiritual icon Ram Dass, at his home on Maui toward the end of his life. Ram Dass is one of the most important cultural figures from the 1960s and 70s, a psychedelic pioneer, former academic and clinical psychologist, author of the influent book Be Here Now, beloved spiritual teacher, and outspoken advocate for death-and-dying awareness.
Ram Dass is now himself approaching the end of his journey. Since suffering a life-changing stroke twenty years ago, he has been living at his home on Maui and deepening his spiritual practice--which is centered on love and his idea of merging with his surroundings and all living things.
The Big Think
The Big Think

   2017    Technology
Bible's Buried Secrets
Bible's Buried Secrets

   2011    Culture
The Story of the Jews
The Story of the Jews

   2013    History
Life In Cold Blood
Life In Cold Blood

   2008    Nature
Inside the Medieval Mind
Inside the Medieval Mind

   2008    History
Natural World
Natural World

   2015    Nature
Science and Islam
Science and Islam

   2017    History
Reel Rock
Reel Rock

   2014    Culture