Techno Science – Series 10

Get to know the scientific tourism of South America! With its biodiversity, geology, and astronomy you will go around the beauty and heritage of Chile, Peru, Brazil, Falklands and Colombia, discovering the scientific and technological works that are done in these places. Tourist destinations are transformed into real natural laboratories.

Chilenautas

Why for thousands of years has the human being searched for answers in the Universe? Will Earth be the only planet with life? Will we ever colonize Mars? Join us on a trip to Chile, the world capital of astronomy, as we search for the answers. See the biggest telescopes in the world and the preparation involved to view the total eclipse of the Sun. Explore the worldview of native peoples and the diverse artistic manifestations inspired by astronomy such as art, music, theatre and photography.

Techno Science – Series 9

Get to know the scientific tourism of South America! With its biodiversity, geology, and astronomy you will go around the beauty and heritage of Chile, Peru, Brazil, Falklands and Colombia, discovering the scientific and technological works that are done in these places. Tourist destinations are transformed into real natural laboratories.

MS Wars: Hope, Science and the Internet

In the 21st century the medical system for research was abruptly derailed by two factors that no one saw coming: Hope, and the Internet.

The trigger was Multiple Sclerosis.  The progressive, debilitating symptoms of this cruel disease are fatigue, loss of muscle control and for many, death.  There is no cure.  But, in 2009, there was suddenly a ray of hope, a treatment that might help MS patients.  Liberation therapy, a procedure that opened neck veins, bypassed conventional theory, and fractured the doctor-patient relationship.

MS Wars  – Hope, Science & the Internet delves into the science, controversy and human drama around Liberation therapy.  It is a cautionary tale about how the Internet has spurred a social network movement that is changing the doctor/patient relationship and the repercussions for physicians, institutions and us all. 

Coded World

Algorithms are everywhere today, infiltrating every aspect of our lives, and using big data to change how we live on a daily basis. And this is just the beginning of the algorithmic age. Algorithms are the building blocks for almost all advanced technology today, from Amazon shopping recommendations to the most sophisticated artificial intelligence. Anjan Sundaram – author, journalist and mathematician – travels the world to meet with people designing this code, and people affected by this algorithmic revolution. We see how this code is making and taking away our choices, affecting the fate of nations and the freedom of individuals, being used to create virtual beings, communities and worlds, and ultimately changing who we are and what we will become in tomorrow’s world.

Cosmic Futurist

Humanity is poised to make the next giant leap into the universe. Take a journey into the future with NASA Chief Engineer and Futurist, Jon Cowart as he explains the science behind the technological and experimental advances NASA is currently working on! With nearly 30 years in aerospace, Jon knows what’s next. The future is closer than you think!

Innovation Nation: California

California is known for being a hot-house for pioneering tech, but it’s also leading a revolution in other genres – from food to mindfulness to ecology. This series aims to discover where this endless drive to innovate comes from, while meeting some of California’s most radical influencers, free thinkers and rule breakers. Part travelogue, part social documentary, this series weaves history and culture in an entertaining and enlightening journey through California’s past, present and future. 

Whatever! The Science of Teens

Teenagers are a uniquely human phenomenon, other animals skip this phase altogether, developing rapidly from infancy to adulthood. At no other time in our lives do our physical and social attributes change so dramatically.

Teenagers seem to live in a world of their own design and creation– a world summed up best with one very commonly used word – ‘Whatever!’

We all know the clichés but are teens just designed to defy? Or is this latest batch of teenagers really a ‘new teen order’?

‘Whatever! The Science of Teens’, explores the science that drives adolescent behaviour. The science is explained by leading scientific and behavioural experts who comment along the way and conduct some unusual, but always enlight- ening experiments.

In each episode we meet actual teenagers. By dissecting their lives we attempt to illustrate the biology behind the bad behaviour. And it’s NOT simply a matter of raging hormones. Our teens also act as ‘lab rats’ for regular experiments that bring the science to life.

Westall 66′: A Suburban UFO Story

On 6 April 1966, in the Australian suburb of Westall, hundreds of students, staff and local residents watched as a strange object hovered overhead for several minutes, landed briefly, then lifted off and vanished. Witnesses described it as low flying, silver-grey and shiny, shaped like a ‘cup turned upside down on a saucer’ and accompanied by five light aircraft.