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Perpetual Power

   2021    Technology
The meteoric rise of renewable energy has consequences for our electricity supply. While coal and gas fired power stations can generate electricity whenever you need it, renewables are intermittent by nature. So we need a backup plan for when the wind stops or the sun goes down.
All over the world, engineers and scientists are racing to solve one key problem; how to safely and efficiently store electricity at a huge scale but at a low cost. The quest is producing some truly remarkable ideas and this episode details three of them.
Series: Engineering the Future

From Ice to Fire: The Incredible Science of Temperature

   2021    Science
Physicist Dr Helen Czerski journeys to the extremes of the temperature scale, where the everyday laws of physics break down and a new world of scientific possibilities begins. In the first part, Frozen Solid, Helen reveals how cold has shaped the world around us and why frozen doesn't mean what you think it does. She meets scientists pushing temperature to the limits of cold, driving technologies such as superconductors.
The second part, A Temperature for Life, explores the narrow band of temperature that has led to life on Earth, how life began where hot meets cold and how every living creature depends on temperature for survival. In the last part, Playing with Fire, Helen Czerski explores the science of heat. She reveals how heat is the hidden energy contained within matter with the power to transform it from state to state.

The Velvet Underground

   2021    Art
The film explores the multiple threads that converged to bring together one of the most influential bands in rock and roll. Todd Haynes' first documentary is just experimental enough to capture the raw artistic energy that sparked the Velvet Underground and able to translate the language of a singular American moment.

Seven Wonders of the New World

   2020    Science    HD
The final episode of the series ponders the fate of planet Earth. Neil deGrasse Tyson opens with a reflection on science and those who help us understand it: 'We all feel the weight of the shadows on our future, but in another time, every bit as ominous as our own, there were those who could see a way through the darkness to find a star to steer by.'
The young Carl Sagan and Neil Tyson first discovered their passion for science at the NY World's Fairs of the past. We visit the dazzling Pavilions of the 2039 NY World's Fair, where problems we currently think intractable have been plausibly solved through public commitment and scientific imagination. And our baby is a woman now, with a baby of her own and a future bright with possibilities.
Series: Cosmos: Possible Worlds

Great Electric Airplane Race

   2021    Technology
Can new emission-free electric planes replace our polluting airliners and revolutionize personal transportation in our cities? The film takes a ride in some quiet, energy-efficient, prototypes that are vying for success as electric flight takes off.
The race is on to stop the climate emergency and we're seeing more and more people really paying attention to their carbon footprint. Aviation is a fast-growing offender, but is it too slow to respond. Could rapid progress in electric technology change the equation?
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today
It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

   2017    Art
In Search of Beethoven
In Search of Beethoven

   2009    Art
The Beatles: Get Back
The Beatles: Get Back

   2021    Art
Top Gear
Top Gear

   2012    Technology
Reel Rock
Reel Rock

   2014    Culture
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
Elvis Presley: The Searcher

   2018    History
Leaving Neverland
Leaving Neverland

   2019    Culture
The Story of China
The Story of China

   2016    History