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The Silk Spinners
Banking on Bitcoin
The Spark of Life
Bush and Obama: Age of Terror
Life: Reptiles and Amphibians
Planet Earth II Islands
Arabia
Curing Cancer
Amazing Ocean
The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
Jerusalem
The True Cost
The Normans: Normans of the South
Walking with Cavemen: Blood Brothers
One Soldier Story: The Journey of American Sniper
Bitcoin: The End of Money As We Know It
Travellers Tales
The Birth of Rock
Legends of Flight
The Story of the Jews: In the Beginning
The Most Dangerous Band in the World. The Story of Guns N Roses
The Medici: Makers of Modern Art
Robots
Alien Technology
The 21st Century Race for Space
Top Science Stories of 2017
Magical Egypt
Eat Fast and Live Longer
D-Day: As it Happens (2)
Is the Force With Us
Conquistadors: The Fall of the Aztecs
Astrobiology
Cold War 2.0
Escape to Europe and Cycle of Terror
Dinosaurs Alive
The Culture High

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Machu Picchu Decoded
Machu Picchu Decoded 2009

Deep in the Andean mountains lays a mysterious ruin named Machu Picchu. For 400 years it sat abandoned on its misty cliff, the quintessential lost city in the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911, it contained no written records or carvings, nothing that could shed light on its history. For a century since, it has defied the endless scores of visitors and scientists who attempted to understand its purpose. Who were the mysterious people who built it and why did they build it here? Today an international team of archaeologists, engineers and scientists are finally piecing together the clues. Together they are discovering astonishing new burials, revealing the intricacies of its ingenious engineering and finally decoding the secrets of Machu Picchu.

Category:History  Duration:52:28   

Underwater Universe of the Orda Cave
Underwater Universe of the Orda Cave 2017

Located beneath Russia's Ural Mountains, Orda Cave is legendary among divers for its unique beauty. The cave's waters are clearest in winter, when the land above lies frozen. With temperatures approaching minus 40 degrees, NHK attempts to film the cave for the first time ever using 4K cameras. Scientists give them insight into the cave's origins, enabling the crew to uncover the miraculous story of how the cave was naturally formed 300 million years ago by climate change and a shifting landscape.

Category:Nature  Duration:48:20      

Virunga
Virunga 2014

A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world's mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo's natural resources." Virunga National Park in the Congo is a place of unique natural beauty. It is the home to a plethora of wonderful animals and vegetation but as is so often the way, it has several serious problems that threaten it. It's the location of human violence, corruption and exploitation. The disasters that specifically loom are two different groups, the M23 and SOCO International. The former are a violent rebel force who engages in an ongoing civil war with the Congolese government and the latter are a British energy company who specialise in oil exploration. Both M23 and SOCO invade the park in their own ways and neither seems very interested in the laws that have been set up to protect the flora and fauna that exist there, far less the people who live there. It seems hardly surprising in the case of M23, as they are a paramilitary organisation who can hardly be expected to be concerned with such things but it is the more legitimate big business SOCO who seem more worrying if anything. We discover in fact that they have been involved in a bribery campaign, utilising M23 as enforcers. It's a very murky situation where big money walks all over an impoverished nation and disregards a natural space that they can see no value in in their pursuit of financial profit.

Category:Nature  Duration:01:40:08   

Colours of Life
Colours of Life 2015

Earth is the most colourful place we know of. But the colours we see are far more complex and fascinating than they appear. In this series, Dr Helen Czerski uncovers what colour is, how it works, and how it has written the story of our planet - from the colours that transformed a dull ball of rock into a vivid jewel to the colours that life has used to survive and thrive". But the story doesn't end there - there are also the colours that we can't see, the ones that lie beyond the rainbow. Each one has a fascinating story to tell. Early Earth was a canvas for the vast new palette of the colours of life, with the diversity of human skin tones telling the story of how humanity spread and ultimately conquered the planet. Dr Helen Czerski explores the true masters of colour - which are often the smallest and most elusive - travelling to the mountains of Tennessee to witness the colourful mating display of fireflies, and revealing the marine creatures that can change the colour of their skin in order to hide from the world.

Category:Science  Duration:58:00   Series: Colour The Spectrum of Science

 
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