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Through the Wormhole Season 6: Are We Here for a Reason
Basketball Diplomacy
Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine
Facing Ali
Clash of the Gods: Medusa
Journeys in Space and Time
The Science of Doctor Who
The Gatekeepers
Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest
Man on Mars Mission to the Red Planet
Meditation Can It Change You
Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Project Nim
Saturn Lord of the Rings
Land Of The Mammoth
Beyond the Rainbow
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
How to Grow a Planet Life from Light
Climate Change: A Horizon Guide
Living Together
Planet Dinosaur Ultimate Killers
Shine a Light 2of2
Johnson Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal Of Fortune
Addicted to Sexting
Harmony of the Worlds
Volcano
Flying Monsters
Is your Brain Male or Female
When Will Time End
Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey
The Story of Maths To Infinity and Beyond
Inside the Milky Way
Deep Sea
Ghosts of the Abyss
Building the Sun The 250 Million Degree Problem
The 21st Century Race for Space

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Playing God
Playing God 2012

Adam Rutherford meets a new creature created by American scientists, the spider-goat. It is part goat, part spider, and its milk can be used to create artificial spider's web. It is part of a new field of research, synthetic biology, with a radical aim: to break down nature into spare parts so that we can rebuild it however we please. This technology is already being used to make bio-diesel to power cars. Other researchers are looking at how we might, one day, control human emotions by sending 'biological machines' into our brains.

Category:Medicine  Duration:59:00   

Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise
Art of Eternity: Painting Paradise 2007

How should art depict the relationship between man and God? How can art best express eternal values? Can you and should you portray the face of Christ? For over 1,000 years these were some of the questions which taxed the minds of the greatest artists of the early West. In this three-part series, art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon sets out to unravel the mysteries of art from the pre-perspective era". In the first episode, Andrew traces the beginnings of Christian art in the declining Roman Empire, Egypt and medieval France, and reveals the ideas which lay behind the transition

Category:Art  Duration:59:00   Series: Art of Eternity

Is God an Alien Concept
Is God an Alien Concept 2014

Is God worshipped in other worlds, across the cosmos? How might alien deities differ from our own? The answer may lie buried on Earth. Animal behaviorists are testing elephants and finding them capable of having spiritual thoughts. Artificial intelligence researchers are building enlightened robots that contemplate the divine. Meanwhile, cosmologists are looking for universal equations that could replace God. Have advanced aliens discovered everything there is to know about the universe? Or are they looking to a higher power for answers?

Category:Nature  Duration:43:03      Series: Through the Wormhole Season 5

Caligula
Caligula  2013

Two thousand years ago one of history's most notorious individuals was born. Professor Mary Beard embarks on an investigative journey to explore the life and times of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus - better known to us as Caligula. Caligula has now become known as Rome's most capricious tyrant, and the stories told about him are some of the most extraordinary told about any Roman emperor. He was said to have made his horse a consul, proclaimed himself a living God, and indulged in scandalous orgies - even with his own three sisters - and that's before you mention building vast bridges across land and sea, prostituting senators' wives and killing half the Roman elite seemingly on a whim. All that in just four short years in power before a violent and speedy assassination in a back alley of his own palace at just 28-years-old." But how much of his story is true? Travelling across the Roman world - from Germany and Capri in the bay of Naples to the astonishing luxury of his life in imperial Rome - Mary attempts to peel away the myths. Some stories are difficult to get to the bottom of as they were written by hacks long after his death, but there is plenty of surviving evidence where the 'real' Caligula can be glimpsed. Such as in the extraordinary luxury of his private yachts outside Rome; in the designs he chose for his coins when he became Emperor; in an eye-witness account of Caligula's withering humour written in 41AD; the trial documents covering the mysterious death of his father when he was just seven-years-old; and even in a record of his imperial slaves - from the palace spy to his personal trainer. Piecing together the evidence, Mary puts Caligula back into the context of his times to reveal an astonishing story of murder, intrigue and dynastic family power. Above all, she explains why Caligula has ended up with such a seemingly unredeemable reputation. In the process, she reveals a more intriguing portrait of not just the monster, but the man.

Category:History  Duration:59:00   

 
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