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Merchants of Doubt
Our Place in the Milky Way
D-Day: As it Happens (1)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks
Dawn Of Humanity
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Journey to Space
Marvel 75 Years: From Pulp to Pop!
Secrets of the Sun
A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY
Sea Monsters
Frozen Planet: Autumn
Restrepo
Queen: Days of Our Lives
First Position
The Ultimate Wave
Ocean Predators
The Captains
Enchanted Kingdom
Finding Atlantis
The Ming
Hiroshima 1 of 2
Fury
How the Solar System was Made
Space Station
The Oceans
Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking
Can We Make a Star on Earth
The Art of Flight
The Power of Miracles
Fracking The New Energy Rush
Sin City
The Chemistry of Life
Insect Hunters
Colours Of Earth
Birth of the Earth

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Rivals
Rivals 2015

David Attenborough continues his search for the origins of flying animals, as he charts the rise of new, larger creatures – extinct reptiles that flew on wings of skin, dinosaurs that sprouted feathers to become the ancestors of birds, and gliding mammals that emerged from a life in the trees to dominate the night as bats. His journey spans the globe – from the rainforests of Borneo to see bizarre gliding animals, to China and its new discoveries of dinosaur fossils. Stunning CGI brings to life creatures that disappeared over 200 million years ago, and new filming techniques bring us closer than ever to the secrets of flight itself.

Category:Science  Duration:50:54      Series: Conquest of the Skies

Bomb It
Bomb It 2008

Filmmaker Jonathan Reiss offers a multilingual look at the evolution of graffiti in a documentary that begins by examining ancient rock paintings and traces the trend straight through to the works of Picasso and 1970s-era New York City hip-hop culture. Shot on five continents using guerilla filmmaking techniques, Bomb It aims to give viewers a newfound appreciation of graffiti culture by exploring the origins of street art and interviewing the artists about their tactics and motivations.

Category:Art  Duration:1:28:49   

The Day the Dinosaurs Died
The Day the Dinosaurs Died 2017

Experts suspect that the dinosaurs were wiped out after a city-sized asteroid smashed into the Gulf of Mexico causing a huge crater. But until now, they haven't had any proof. In a world first, evolutionary biologist Ben Garrod joins a multi-million pound drilling expedition into the exact spot the asteroid hit to get hard evidence of the link. The team overcomes huge obstacles as it attempts to drill 1,500 metres beneath sea level to pull up rock from the Chicxulub crater. Meanwhile, paleopathologist Professor Alice Roberts travels the globe meeting top scientists and gaining exclusive access to a mass fossil graveyard in New Jersey - believed to date from the same time the asteroid hit. Alice also treks by horseback across the remote plains of Patagonia, to see if the effects of the asteroid impact could have wiped out dinosaurs across the world - almost immediately.

Category:Science  Duration:57:43   

How to Live Longer
How to Live Longer 2017

Our lifespan is increasing by 2.5 years every decade - and a third of all babies born today can expect to live to 100. But living longer can come at a cost. Old age itself brings with it a range of debilitating illnesses, many of which are the result of accumulating damage during our lifetime. Three diseases in particular have become the main killers in the developed world - cancer, heart disease and dementia. But a revolution in bio-medicine is now offering new hope for the treatment of these ailments, and the potential to extend our lives still further. Methods such as gene editing and stem cell therapies are transforming the way medicine can conquer disease today. "How to Live Longer" counts with the guide of the Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse, for whom the big question isn't just what science can do to fix our bodies and extend our lives, but whether it's right to use all the tools and techniques available.

Category:Medicine  Duration:58:48   Series: The Big Think

 
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