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.
VR101 is a highly entertaining factual series that will take viewers on the exciting journey of VR and how it will change the way we live, work and play. We look at how VR is applied across different fields such as TV&film, security/public safety, gaming and medicine. Expert interviews, eye-catching graphics and informative VR content showcases this amazing technology.
‘Volcano’ takes a deep dive into the role played by volcanism in the genesis and formation of all New Zealand. The series unpacks dense science and detail to tell the fascinating story of New Zealand’s explosive past, present and future as we’ve never seen before.
Digging underground in some of the world’s worst tunneling conditions is no easy task. To help relieve Kuala Lumpur’s constant gridlock, tunnel boring machines are digging and building almost 20 kilometers of tunnels for the city’s new mass rapid transit. Discover how the innovative Variable Density Tunnel Boring Machine was developed, put into action and overcame challenges to construct a key component of Malaysia’s new urban transport system.
Tuberculosis has been present in humans since antiquity. This wide-spread disease has plagued history as far back as 4000 BC. More commonly known as the “White Death,” its horrific reality unleashes life-threatening symptoms that affect the lungs with signs of violent coughing, chest pain, and coughing up blood. Though this deadly disease may have traumatic connotations that infected hordes of people dating back to the early 1900’s, today it is on the comeback trail with a wicked vengeance infecting up to one-third of the world’s population.
In 1905, Robert Koch, German microbiologist and researcher, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his untiring work in the discovery of the tubercle bacillus. This captivating documentary is the first of its kind to track the historical evolution, showcase the destruction, and unravel the science behind this deadly disease. Even before the Industrial Revolution, tuberculosis was regarded as vampirism. People with TB often showed symptoms such as red, swollen eyes, pale skin and coughing blood, suggesting the idea that the only way for the afflicted to replenish this loss of blood was by sucking blood. Along with dramatic re-enactments of Robert Koch at his lab in Berlin as well as visually stimulating animations analyzing this disastrous strain, a modern-day investigation will highlight the plight of this world-wide disease, and where it stands today.
International co-production Toxic Bees— Nature’s Mayday is a science documentary that originates from the scientific investigation of the mass death of bees (CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder) in recent years. The film tracks and analyzes Taiwan’s world-leading research on bees; by examining the latest research of scholars around the world, Toxic Bees explores the serious impacts of pesticides on both our environment and human health, which includes ADHD.
Following up on the award-winning first film, Toxic Bees 2, establishes more concrete scientific links between bees, environmental pollution and human health. It looks at the misuse of agrochemicals by examining the long-term difficulties and pressures faced by beekeepers committed to environmental protection, scientists advocating for pesticide control, and concerned scholars of public health.
The Mind of the Universe traces the rapid evolution of human knowledge and the science behind typical human behaviours. It explores the fate of humanity, and the world of tomorrow through the eyes of the greatest thinkers and scientists of our time. Presented by the esteemed Robbert Dijkgraaf, the director and Leon Levy Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, this series poses the question “does all this human knowledge make us the mind of the universe?”.
Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons, The Genius of George Boole assembles academics and industry leaders from across the globe to explore the life and importance of one of the world’s greatest mathematicians and unsung heroes. This film shines new light on the legacy of George Boole, now recognised as the forefather of the information age.