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How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth
Food Choices
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Room 237
Spark
Japan at War
Precision the Measure of All Things
The Code: Shapes
Blood Brother
Iceman Reborn
The Age of Aging
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Reclaiming the Blade
Once Upon a Time
The Arctic
The Art of Persuasion
Countdown to Zero
The Grasslands
When One Ends, Another Begins
Walking with Monsters
Escape from North Korea
13th
Blackfish
Project Nim
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
The Mating Game
The Story of Maths The Frontiers of Space
The Story of Maths The Genius of the East
Atlantis Found
Stephen Hawking Favorite Places
Ice Age Giants: Land of the Sabre-Tooth
Fascination Coral Reef
The Chemistry of Life
Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie
Maidentrip
Walking with Cavemen: The Survivors

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Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck 2015

Kurt Cobain, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Nirvana, remains an icon 20 years after his death. Here, we take a journey through Cobain's life and his career with Nirvana through the lens of his home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. An authorized documentary from director Brett Morgen, from Cobain’s early days in Aberdeen, Washington to his success and later downfall with the grunge band Nirvana, this documentary received an award at the 2015 Sundance FilmFestival.

Category:Art  Duration:02:12:00   

An Everyday Miracle
An Everyday Miracle 1998

This series, presented by Robert Winston, takes us on a journey from birth to death using time-lapse photography, computer graphics and various state-of-the-art imaging techniques to explore every aspect, every nook and crevice of the human body in its various stages of growth, maturity and eventual decay. Though heart-warming in that it shows the commonality of human experience, The Human Body is also a potentially depressing reminder of our frail physicality and mortality." In this episode, follow Jeff and Phillippa from conception to the birth of their first child Bob in An Everyday Miracle. Learn why conception is the most dangerous part of your life, and the struggles that you must go through to even reach the first step. The couple openly discuss their concerns and joy throughout their entire pregnancy and this episode in particular would be well worth viewing by those who are expecting their first child. From experience, this tasteful and informative section captures aspects of pregnancy that the hospital-run Maternity Classes don't explain as well. You even get to see the birth of their child which makes for a great lead into the next section. And in case you were wondering, every day there are around 100 million acts of sexual intercourse taking place in the world resulting in around 910,000 conceptions.

Category:Medicine  Duration:49:00   Series: The Human Body

Genesis. Where Are We Coming From
Genesis. Where Are We Coming From 2005

The cycle of life of a handful of different animals is captured on film in a whole new way in this documentary. Using special motion-control photography equipment, Genesis allows filmgoers to view animal behaviors which are too small, too slow, or too difficult to normally be seen with the naked eye, including a chick hatching its way out from inside an egg, jellyfish drying into nothing under the heat of the sun, or a snake slowly swallowing prey bigger than itself. This footage is accompanied by narration from Sotigui Kouyate, who uses simple props and easily understandable analogies to explain the science behind what its shown on screen. Genesis was directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Perennou, who previously created another acclaimed scientific documentary, Microcosmos.

Category:Nature  Duration:80:00   

The Private Life of Plants: Travelling
The Private Life of Plants: Travelling 1994

Sir David Attenborough reveals plants as they have never been seen before - on the move and dangerously devious. About the major problems of life - growing, finding food, reproduction - and the varied ways plants have evolved to solve it. Filmed from the plant's point of view, using computer animations, fibre-optics and unique time-lapse photography. The first episode looks at how plants are able to move". The bramble is an aggressive example: it advances forcefully from side to side and, once settled on its course, there is little that can stand in its way. An altogether faster species is the birdcage plant, which inhabits Californian sand dunes. When its location becomes exposed, it shifts at great speed to another one with the assistance of wind — and it is this that allows many forms of vegetation to distribute their seeds. While not strictly a plant, the spores of fungi are also spread in a similar fashion. One of the most successful (and intricate) flowers to use the wind is the dandelion, whose seeds travel with the aid of 'parachutes'. They are needed to travel miles away from their parents, who are too densely packed to allow any new arrivals. Trees have the advantage of height to send their seeds further, and the cottonwood is shown as a specialist in this regard. The humidity of the tropical rainforest creates transportation problems, and the liana-species Alsomitra macrocarpa is one plant whose seeds are aerodynamic 'gliders'. Some, such as those of the sycamore, take the form of 'helicopters', while others, such as the squirting cucumber release their seeds by 'exploding'. Water is also a widely used method of propulsion. The tropical sea bean Entada gigas has one of the biggest fruits of all plants and is dispersed by water streams. However, most plants use living couriers, whether they be dogs, humans and other primates, ants or birds, etc., and to that end, they use colour and smell to signify when they are ripe for picking.

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

 
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