Simply the Best Documentaries

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Last Days in Vietnam
Basketball Diplomacy
Planet Earth II Mountains
Bloody Battles
The Internets Own Boy. The Story of Aaron Swartz
Life: Primates
The Power of Miracles
Is there an Edge to the Universe
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Journey from the Center of the Sun
Conquistadors: All World is Human
Earth, the Power of the Planet: Atmosphere
Meet the Romans: All Roads Lead to Rome
4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog
Tiny Giants
Light Speed
The Fantastic Mr Feynman
The Lost Tribes of Humanity
Florence and the Uffizi Gallery
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 4
Galapagos: Born of Fire
Deep Sea
Meditation Can It Change You
The Incredible Human Journey: America
Night Will Fall
Dynamic Salt
The Art of Russia: Out of the Forest
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Conquistadors: The Search for El Dorado
Hitler and the Occult
Kingdom of Plants Life in the Wet Zone
The World Set Free
Reel Rock 10
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora
Monster we met: The Eternal Frontier

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The Language of Science
The Language of Science 2017

Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries. Its legacy is tangible, with terms like algebra, algorithm and alkali all being Arabic in origin and at the very heart of modern science - there would be no modern mathematics or physics without algebra, no computers without algorithms and no chemistry without alkalis. For Baghdad-born Al-Khalili, this is also a personal journey, and on his travels he uncovers a diverse and outward-looking culture, fascinated by learning and obsessed with science. From the great mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, who did much to establish the mathematical tradition we now know as algebra, to Ibn Sina, a pioneer of early medicine whose Canon of Medicine was still in use as recently as the 19th century, Al-Khalili pieces together a remarkable story of the often-overlooked achievements of the early medieval Islamic scientists.

Category:History  Duration:58:38   Series: Science and Islam

Zero Days
Zero Days 2016

A documentary thriller about the world of cyberwar. For the first time, the film tells the complete story of Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware (known as a worm for its ability to burrow from computer to computer on its own) that the U.S. and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility, and which ultimately spread beyond its intended target. This is the most comprehensive accounting to date of how a clandestine mission hatched by two allies with clashing agendas opened forever the Pandora's Box of cyberwarfare.

Category:Technology  Duration:1:53:46   

CyberWar Threat
CyberWar Threat 2015

The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers. Now, thanks in part to secret documents released by Edward Snowden, the true scale of the National Security Agency's scope and power is coming to light. Besides spending billions of dollars to ingest and analyze the worlds' electronic communications, the NSA has set out to dominate a new battlefield—cyberspace. We examine the science and technology behind cyber warfare and asks if we are already in the midst of a deadly new arms race". Already, highly sophisticated, stealthy computer programs such as the notorious Stuxnet worm can take over and even destroy the control systems that regulate everything from food factories to gas pipelines, power plants, and chemical facilities—even our cars. While the destruction of Iranian centrifuges may have delayed Iran’s bomb program and forestalled an Israeli attack, the attack has opened a Pandora's Box, and now America's own critical infrastructure is vulnerable to retaliation and attack. With leading defense experts and investigative journalists who have probed the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking, NOVA examines the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.

Category:Technology  Duration:54:00   

Deep Earth
Deep Earth 2010

Our planet has amazing power, and yet that's rarely mentioned in our history books. This series tells the story of how the Earth has influenced human history, from the dawn of civilisation to the modern industrial age. It reveals how geology, geography and climate have been a far more powerful influence on the human story than has previously been acknowledged. A combination of epic story telling, visually stunning camerawork, extraordinary locations and passionate presenting combine to form a highly original version of human history" In the first episode professor Iain Stewart explores the relationship between the deep Earth and the development of human civilisation. He visits an extraordinary crystal cave in Mexico, drops down a hole in the Iranian desert and crawls through seven-thousand-year-old tunnels in Israel. His exploration reveals that throughout history, our ancestors were strangely drawn to fault lines, areas which connect the surface with the deep interior of the planet. These fault lines gave access to important resources, but also brought with them great danger.

Category:Science  Duration:59:00   Series: How Earth Made Us

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