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WWII In 3D
Art of Spain: The Dark Heart
Michael Jackson Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
Titanic 100 Years
The Outer Planets
Cannabis: The Evil Weed
Journey to Space
Flight of the Butterflies
The Last Reef
Deep Sea
Is Anybody Out There
The Cell: The Hidden Kingdom
I am Ali
Blood Brother
Everything
Fracking The New Energy Rush
Neanderthal 1
Shallow Seas
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
Video Games: The Movie
A Sky Full of Ghosts
Dinosaur 13
Oceans of the Solar System
More Human Than Human
A Leap of Faith
The Gatekeepers
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. Standing Up in the Milky Way
Conquest of the Skies The first to flight
Kurt Cobain Montage of Heck
Dark Net Rewire
Dinosaurs Alive
What the World is Waiting for - British Indie
The Making of Jurassic Park
The Square (Al Midan)
King Arthur
Born to Be Wild

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The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz
The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz 2014

the rise and fall of a tech industry prodigy. Interviews with his friends and loved ones paint a portrait of Swartz as a martyr of freedom of information and hail his fight for the public's right to access tax-funded academic and scientific research, culminating in a personally devastating two-year Federal lawsuit." An avid researcher who had previously accessed otherwise private databases, Swartz, acting "in the grand tradition of civil disobedience to declare... opposition to this private theft of public culture" used MIT computers to access tax-funded research that would otherwise be held privately by for-profit publishers, an incident many viewers may remember from national headlines just a few year ago. Though neither MIT nor the digital repository Swartz accessed pressed charges, a US Attorney stepped in and filed a 13-count felony charge against Swartz, threatening him with over $1 million in fines and up to 35 years of jail time. Despite the defense of his peers, these events launched Swartz into a two-year long downward spiral of withdrawal and depression. Aaron Swartz's untimely death at the age of 26.

Category:Culture  Duration:01:45:00   

Edison
Edison 2015

By the time he died in 1931, Thomas Alva Edison was one of the most famous men in the world. The holder of more patents than any other inventor in history, Edison had achieved glory as the genius behind such revolutionary inventions as sound recording, motion pictures, and electric light. Edison's curiosity led him to its cutting edge. With just three months of formal schooling, he took on one seemingly impossible technical challenge after another, and through intuition, persistence, and a unique team approach to innovation, invariably solved it." Driven and intensely competitive, Edison was often neglectful in his private life and could be ruthless in business. Challenged by competition in the industry he'd founded, Edison launched an ugly propaganda campaign against his rivals, and used his credibility as an electrical expert to help ensure that high-voltage electrocution became a form of capital punishment. Edison explores the complex alchemy that accounts for the enduring celebrity of America's most famous inventor, offering new perspectives on the man and his milieu, and illuminating not only the true nature of invention, but its role in turn-of-the-century America's rush into the future.

Category:History  Duration:01:53:00   

Fracking The New Energy Rush
Fracking The New Energy Rush 2013

Iain Stewart investigates a new and controversial energy rush for the natural gas found deep underground. Getting it out of the ground involves hydraulic fracturing - or fracking. We travel to America to find to find out what it is, why it is a potential game changer and what we can learn from the US experience". Sometimes, this is right under the places people live in. He meets some of the people who have become rich from fracking as well as the communities worried about the risks. Director Jeff Wilkinson

Category:Technology  Duration:58:00   

Are Video Games Really That Bad
Are Video Games Really That Bad 2015

The video game industry is a global phenomenon. There are over 1.2 billion gamers across the planet, with sales projected soon to pass $100 billion per year. But their very popularity fuels the controversy that surrounds them. They frequently stand accused of corrupting the young - of causing violence and addiction. But is this true? The scientific community is deeply divided". Some are convinced that video games incite aggression. Others insist they have no effect whatsoever on real-world violence. But away from the controversy, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests video games may help keep the brain sharp, and could soon revolutionise how we combat mental decline as we age.

Category:Medicine  Duration:59:00   

 
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