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The Last Reef
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Meat-Eaters
Lo and Behold Reveries of the Connected World
Vegan 2017 The Film
Fight for Life
Spark
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Next of Kin
The story of Energy
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
Feathered Dragons
To The Arctic
Dancing in the Dark
Seasonal Forests
Dinosaur 13
Jupiter: Destroyer or Savior
Night Will Fall
Surviving
The Story of India: The Power of Ideas
Some of the Things That Molecules Do
A Death in the Family
In the Grip of the Seasons
Flight of the Butterflies
The Art of Germany: A Divided Land
Rivals
Racism: A History. The Colour of Money
The Incredible Human Journey: Australia
A Savage Legacy
Rome is Burning
Dinosaurs Alive
The Big Freeze
The Death of the Oceans
The Making of Jurassic Park
Bloody Battles

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The Chemistry of Life
The Chemistry of Life 2009

This episode explores how scientists delved ever deeper into the world of the cell, seeking to reveal the magic ingredient that can spark a bundle of chemicals into life. Their discoveries have brought us to the brink of being able to create life for ourselves.

Category:Science  Duration:58:00   Series: The Cell

Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason
Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason 2015

Evolution tells us that all life exists for only one purpose: to reproduce. But is that all there is? How could such a simple imperative lead us to create great art and civilizations? A new theory suggests that instead of passing on genes, our ultimate purpose is to process and pass on information. We are the universe figuring itself out. Scientists dig deep into DNA, chemistry, technology and engineering to find the meaning of life. One thing is certain: living is easier if you find a reason for living.

Category:Science  Duration:45:00   Series: Through the Wormhole Season 6

The Silk Spinners
The Silk Spinners 2005

Silk is the invertebrates' great invention, used in a range of ways from from the protective stalks of lacewing eggs to the amazing hanging threads of New Zealand's 'glow worms'. Spiders, though, have taken silk-spinning to extremes. The common wolf spider has no web, but the female is a gentle parent, encasing her eggs in silk and carrying the precious bundle wherever she goes. The bolas spider uses a ball of sticky silk soaked in a copy of moth pheromone to lure its prey. Millions of communal spiders live and feed together in a vast, towering web - an arachnophobe's nightmare.

Category:Nature  Duration:49:45   Series: Life in the Undergrowth

Surviving
Surviving 1995

the final episode deals with plants that live in hostile environments. Attenborough visits Ellesmere Island, north of the Arctic Circle, to demonstrate that even in a place that is unconducive to life, it can be found. Algae and lichens grow in or on rock, and during summer, when the ice melts, flowers are much more apparent. However, they must remain close to the ground to stay out of the chilling wind. In the Tasmanian mountains, plants conserve heat by growing into 'cushions' that act as solar panels, with as many as a million individual shoots grouped together as one. Others, such as the lobelia in Mount Kenya, have a 'fur coat' of dense hairs on their leaves. The saguaro cactus in the Sonoran Desert flourishes because of its ability to retain vast amounts of water, which can't be lost through leaves because it has none. Many desert dwellers benefit from an accelerated life cycle, blooming rapidly within weeks after rainfall. Conversely, Mount Roraima is one of the wettest places on Earth. It is a huge sandstone plateau with high waterfalls and nutrients are continuously washed away, so plants have to adapt their diet if they are to survive. A bladderwort is shown invading a bromeliad. Inhabitants of lakes have other problems to contend with: those that dominate the surface will proliferate, and the Amazon water lily provides an apt illustration. Attenborough ends the series with an entreaty for the conservation of plant species.

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

 
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