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The Venus Project: Paradise or Oblivion
Amazing Africa
Apeman - Spaceman
Blues for a Red Planet
The Germanic Tribes: Barbarians Against Rome
More Than Human
Are We... Alone
The Armstrong Lie
What is Life
Goya: Crazy Like A Genius
Cooked: Water
Heaven and Hell
Life: Birds
The Spiral
African Cats
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
Asteroid Attack
Flying Monsters
Journeys in Space and Time
Life of a Universe Creation
Exoplanets
The Future
Nature Microworlds: Galapagos
The Story of Everything
Second Earth
Blood Of The Vikings: The Sea Road
How Small is the Universe
Last of the Giants
Cocaine Cowboys
Adaptation
Africa Fishing Leopards
Oceans
Is Alcohol Worse than Ecstasy
Sharks
Gravity
The Mediterranean Sea

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Feed up
Feed up 2014

Upending the conventional wisdom of why we gain weight and how to lose it, Fed Up unearths a dirty secret of the American food industry—far more of us get sick from what we eat than anyone has previously realized. Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and TV journalist Katie Couric lead us through this potent exposé that uncovers why—despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity—generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

Category:Medicine  Duration:01:32:00   

What is One Degree
What is One Degree 2011

Comedian Ben Miller returns to his roots as a physicist to try to answer a deceptively simple question: what is one degree of temperature? His quest takes him to the frontiers of current science as he meets researchers working on the hottest and coldest temperatures in the universe, and to a lab where he experiences some of the strangest effects of quantum physics - a place where super-cooled liquids simply pass through solid glass. Plus, Ben installs his very own Met office weather station at home. Ben's investigations in this personal and passionate film highlight the importance of measurement and accuracy in the 21st century.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   

Living Together
Living Together 2006

The documentary deals with the future of conservation. It begins by looking at previous efforts. The 'Save The Whales' campaign, which started in the 1960s, is seen to have had a limited effect, as whaling continues and fish stocks also decline. In the 1990s, as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service, Richard Leakey took on the poachers by employing armed units. Although it was successful in saving elephants, the policy was detrimental to the Maasai people, who were forced from their land. The need for "fortress" areas is questioned, and the recently highlighted Raja Ampat coral reef in Indonesia is an example. The more tourism it generates, the greater the potential for damage — and inevitable coastal construction. Sustainable development is viewed as controversial, and one contributor perceives it to currently be a "contradiction in terms". Trophy hunting is also contentious. Those that support it argue that it generates wealth for local economies, while its opponents point to the reducing numbers of species such as the markhor. Ecotourism is shown to be beneficial, as it is in the interests of its providers to protect their environments. However, in some areas, such as the Borneo rainforests, the great diversity of species is being replaced by monocultures. The role of both religion and the media in conservation is argued to be extremely important. Contributors to the programme admit a degree of worry about the future, but also optimism.

Category:Nature  Duration:   

Enemy of the State
Enemy of the State 2010

Here, Aleks charts how the Web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes. With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and YouTube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers. Yet, at the same time, the Web's openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.

Category:Technology  Duration:59:00   Series: The Virtual Revolution

 
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