Simply the Best Documentaries

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The Power of Miracles
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 4
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 1
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
God and the Universe
How the Solar System was Made
Second Earth
Catastrophes that Changed the Planets
Cosmic Dawn: The Real Moment of Creation
Who Is Afraid of a Big Black Hole
Which Universe Are We In
The Search for a Second Earth
Extreme Orbits - Clockwork and Creation
Is Saturn Alive
Is There a Shadow Universe
Are...We Alone
Place in Space and Time
Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still
Sisters of the Sun
Jupiter: Destroyer or Savior
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
What is the World Made of
The Lives of the Stars
The Edge of Forever
The Backbone of Night
Blues for a Red Planet
The Rivers
Travellers Tales
Operation Condor
Is Gun Crime a Virus
Earth: Venus Evil Twin
Bush and Obama: Age of Terror

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The Venus Project: Paradise or Oblivion
The Venus Project: Paradise or Oblivion 2012

This documentary details the root causes of the systemic value disorders and detrimental symptoms caused by our current established system. This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls a Resource-Based Economics.

Category:Technology  Duration:48:11   

Growing 1994

The second episode is about how plants gain their sustenance. Sunlight is one of the essential requirements if a seed is to germinate, and Attenborough highlights the cheese plant as an example whose young shoots head for the nearest tree trunk and then climb to the top of the forest canopy, developing its leaves en route. Using sunshine, air, water and a few minerals, the leaves are, in effect, the "factories" that produce food. However, some, such as the begonia, can thrive without much light. To gain moisture, plants typically use their roots to probe underground. Trees pump water up pipes that run inside their trunks, and Attenborough observes that a sycamore can do this at the rate of 450 litres an hour — in total silence. Too much rainfall can clog up a leaf's pores, and many have specially designed 'gutters' to cope with it. However, their biggest threat is from animals, and some require extreme methods of defence, such as spines, camouflage, or poison. Some can move quickly to deter predators: the mimosa can fold its leaves instantly when touched, and the Venus flytrap eats insects by closing its leaves around its prey when triggered. Another carnivorous plant is the trumpet pitcher that snares insects when they fall into its tubular leaves. Attenborough visits Borneo to see the largest pitcher of them all, Nepenthes rajah, whose traps contain up to two litres of water and have been known to kill small rodents.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:00   Series: The Private Life of Plants

Astrobiology 2008

Does life exist on other planets? Astrobiology is a visionary new science that searches for life in space by combining the disciplines of astronomy, biology and geology. How did life evolve on Earth? What will life look like on other planets? These and other pertinent questions will be answered by a diverse group of scientists. Viewers will visit the Pilbara region of West Australia where the oldest evidence of life on Earth has been discovered. Travel to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn to test a theory that life could exist in the clouds of Venus. Finally, watch as experiments are done to see if life exists on exoplanets, earth-like planets beyond our solar system.

Category:Science  Duration:45:00   Series: The Universe

Heaven and Hell
Heaven and Hell 1980

Sagan discusses comets and asteroids as planetary impactors, giving recent examples of the Tunguska event and a lunar impact described by Canterbury monks in 1178. It moves to a description of the environment of Venus, from the previous fantastic theories of people such as Immanuel Velikovsky to the information gained by the Venera landers and its implications for Earth's greenhouse effect. The Cosmos Update highlights the connection to global warming.

Category:Science  Duration:01:00:00   Series: Cosmos

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