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Meru
Roger Waters The Wall
Africa the Greatest Show on Earth
Invisible Universe Revealed 25 years of Hubble
Avatar: Creating the World of Pandora
Atlantis End of a World Birth of a Legend
Prejudice and Pride
Atom: The Clash of Titans
Unlocking the Great Pyramid
Chasing Ice
Life of a Universe Creation
Rembrandt
Inside Einstein Mind
The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System
Can We Make a Star on Earth
Project Greenglow The Quest for Gravity Control
Canyonlands
Maidentrip
Oceans of the Solar System
The 21st Century Race for Space
Dolphins and Whales
WWII In 3D
Gravity and Me The Force that Shapes our Lives
Travels with Vasari 1
The Nazis, A Warning From History. Episode 6
Crash Landing on Mars
Land Of The Mammoth
Under the Electric Sky
Objectified
World Richest Terror Army
Triumph of Life: The Four Billion Year War
Top Science Stories of 2016
The Birth of Rock
Walking with Cavemen: Blood Brothers
Sex, Death And The Meaning Of Life
R.E.M. by MTV

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Playful Creatures
Playful Creatures 2015

Spy in the Huddle use innovative techniques to reveal the incredible secrets of your pets' behaviour in ways never seen before. As astonishing photography explores the wild side of our playful pets, find out why hamsters love to run in a wheel, how dogs pick up the rules of the pack and how kittens learn to be solitary hunters. Featuring incredible views of plunge-diving dogs, babysitting cats, acrobatic hamsters and a playful cat outwitted by his prey" - you'll never look at your favourite companions in quite the same way again. The latest science also reveals why budgies talk, how a cat scales a vertical wall with the help of a special claw, why hamsters stuff their faces with more food than they can eat and the real meaning behind a rabbit's hop. Our pets are also given a chance to explore their wild side as we join the free-roaming pet dogs of Cusco Peru, pet rabbits living in a natural warren and the wild-living inhabitants of Cat Island, Japan. A range of innovative techniques such as moving X-rays, thermal imagery, minicam-carrying dogs and revelatory slow-motion photography shows why our pets play and how their true wild nature is just a whisker away.

Category:Nature  Duration:58:00   Series: Pets: Wild at Heart

Out of Sight
Out of Sight 2012

The human eye is a remarkable piece of precision engineering, but it is also extremely limited. Beyond the narrow range of light that makes up the familiar colours of the rainbow is a vast spectrum of light, entirely unseen. Richard Hammond does just that, using ground-breaking new imaging technologies to take the viewer on a breath-taking journey of discovery beyond the visible spectrum, seeing the world, quite literally, in a whole new light. From death-defying aerial repairmen in the United States using ultraviolet cameras to seek out an invisible force that lurks unseen on power lines, to German scientists unlocking the secrets of animal locomotion with the world's most powerful moving x-ray camera, to infrared cameras that can finally reveal the secrets within a humble beehive, he shows how new technologies are letting us see our world anew.

Category:Science  Duration:   Series: Invisible Worlds

Supernovas
Supernovas 2008

A stellar explosion, the supernova is the sensational death of a star. It can shine as bright as 100 billion Suns and radiate as much energy as the Sun would emit over 10 billion years. Jets of high-energy light and matter are propelled into space and can cause massive Gamma Ray Bursts and emit intense X-ray radiation for thousands of years. Astronomers believe that this process creates the very building blocks of planets, people and plants. Meet the world's leading Supernova hunters, and take a look at recorded supernovas throughout history.

Category:Science  Duration:45:00   Series: The Universe

A Sky Full of Ghosts
A Sky Full of Ghosts 2014

Tyson begins the episode by explaining the nature of the speed of light and how much of what is seen of the observable universe is from light emanated from billions of years in the past. Tyson further explains how modern astronomy has used such analyzes via deep time to identify the Big Bang event and the age of the universe. Tyson proceeds to describe how the work of Isaac Newton, William Herschel, and James Clerk Maxwell contributed to understanding the nature of electromagnetic waves and gravitational force, and how this work led towards Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, that the speed of light is a fundamental constant of the universe and gravity can be seen as distortion of the fabric of space-time. Tyson describes the concept of dark stars as postulated by John Michell which are not visible but detectable by tracking other stars trapped within their gravity wells, an idea Herschel used to discover binary stars. Tyson then describes the nature of black holes, their enormous gravitational forces that can even capture light, and their discovery via X-ray sources such as Cygnus X-1. Tyson uses the Ship of Imagination to provide a postulate of the warping of spacetime and time dilation as one enters the event horizon of the black hole, and the possibility that these may lead to other points within our universe or others, or even time travel. Tyson ends on noting that Herschel's son, John would be inspired by his father to continue to document the known stars as well as contributions towards photography that play on the same nature of deep time used by astronomers.

Category:Science  Duration:41:00   Series: Cosmos 2014

 
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