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"THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING WE CAN EXPERIENCE IS THE MYSTERIOUS. IT IS THE SOURCE OF ALL TRUE ART AND SCIENCE." - Albert Einstein

FRACTALS: THE COLOR OF INFINITY

The Mandelbrot set-someone has called it the thumbprint of God-is one of the most beautiful and remarkable discoveries in the entire history of mathematics. With Arthur C. Clarke as narrator and interviews with a number of notable mathematicians, including Benoît Mandelbrot, this program graphically illustrates how simple formulas can lead to complicated results: it explains the set, what it means, its internal consistency, and the revolutions in thought resulting from it's discovery. Asked if the real universe goes on forever, Stephen Hawking defines its limit of smallness; the Mandelbrot set, on the other hand, may go on forever. (52 minutes, color)

Starring: Benoit Mandelbrot, Stephen Hawking
aka: National Geographic Ultimate Explorer
A weekly series of short documentary segments funded by the National Geographic Society and done in the style of the National Geographic Specials. In 2003, the show was re-branded National Geographic Ultimate Explorer. A news-style journal format is now used instead of the more traditional format of the specials.
In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union decided to strip Pluto of its status as a planet.
The evidence against Pluto had been mounting ever since its discovery in 1930. For decades, Pluto was simply the runt of the solar system, drifting 40 times further from the Sun than our Earth, and just 1/500th of the size. Then some astronomers suggested that Pluto might not be alone. And in 1992, they discovered that Pluto was part of an asteroid belt.
National Geographic Why Planes Crash Human Error: Dramatic animations puts you on the scene when human errors cause planes to crash.
A documentary on the safety of nuclear storage.
Nominated for an Academy Award(r) as well as the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Radio Bikini is a sensational, eye-opening film that gets to the bottom of one of the most terrifying tragedies of the nuclear age. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as "an outstanding achievement on all levels," this classic documentary serves as a chilling reminder of what happens when man's quest for power surpasses his ability to control its devastating effects. In the tradition of THE ATOMIC CAFE, RADIO BIKINI transports us back to The Cold War, a terrifying time when the threat of nuclear war was part of daily life. Told in a hauntingly perceptive tone, this critically-acclaimed film is one of the most powerful and insightful films ever made on the overwhelming destructiveness of nuclear power. By using extraordinary and rarely seen archival footage, much of which was once kept classified by the U.S. government, director Robert Stone brings to light the largely untold story of Bikini Atoll. A peaceful and tropical island located in the Pacific, it was the unwitting sight of a series of high-profile atomic bomb tests conducted by the US in 1946. With startling eyewitness accounts by a naval serviceman and the chief of the native Bikinians, the film reveals the stark reality of these tests-thought to be harmless, they instead left Bikini Island uninhabitable for over 40 years and exposed thousands of sailors to heavy doses of radiation. The film's virtually surreal footage of sailors fishing in contaminated waters, mushroom clouds filling the skies, and top level government officials professing the safety of the tests leaves us in utter shock and disbelief-how could something so horrific gone untold for so long?
The surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.
I Am (III) (2011)
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's wrong with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it..
 
Physicists are on the cusp of the greatest scientific discovery of all time -- or perhaps their greatest failure.
 
A fascinating look at one of the most advanced space telescopes, it meets the scientists and engineers who put the telescope into space, the astronauts who fixed its faulty eyesight and the astronomers who use Hubble to unlock the secrets of the universe. Positioned outside of the Earth's atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope has stared out over billions of light years, to the far-reaching corners of the universe. It is regarded as one of the most important scientific instruments ever built, deepening our understanding of the cosmos
Water (2006)
aka: Water: A Documentary
aka: Water: The Great Mystery
Water is the most amazing yet least studied substance. From times immemorial, scientists, philosophers and theologians tried to understand its explicit and implicit properties, which are phenomenal, beyond the common physical laws of nature. Witness recent, breathtaking discoveries by researchers worldwide from Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Israel, the USA, Britain, Austria, Japan, Argentina, China and Tibet. The arguments expound upon unexpected and challenging assumptions enlightening many years of research to open humankind to new horizons, such as the applications of structured water in agriculture, or the use of water in treatment for the most serious diseases and more. The Geography of the film spans the globe. The implications go beyond the solar system, suggesting that water has the ability to convey messages faster than light, perhaps linking water with the absolute. Water is so unique, and so profound, its miraculous properties are still awaiting to be discovered.
aka: What The #$*! Do We Know
aka: What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?
aka: What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Down The Rabbit Hole
"WHAT THE #$*! DO WE KNOW?!" is a radical departure from convention. It demands a freedom of view and greatness of thought so far unknown, indeed, not even dreamed of since Copernicus. It's a documentary. It's a story. It's mind-blowing special effects. This film plunges you into a world where quantum uncertainty is demonstrated - where neurological processes, and perceptual shifts are engaged and lived by its protagonist - where everything is alive, and reality is changed by every thought
 
aka: HISTORY CHANNEL: 101 Gadgets that Changed the World
aka: What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?
aka: What the Bleep Do We Know!?: Down The Rabbit Hole
Did you know that the transistor radio created rock and roll, or that the audio cassette overthrew the shah of Iran? From duct tape to the Swiss Army Knife, gadgets have transformed the way we live and have even changed history.
 
Visionary rocket scientist, Robert Zubrin, has a plan for getting humans to Mars in the next ten years and ultimately turning the Red Planet blue. But can he win over the skeptics at NASA and the wider world?
GasLand (2010)
It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.
 
This Science of 'as above so below' is the most ancient universal system of harmonizing man with his natural surrounds! The stars above and the stars below, i.e.: our own bodies. Mankind is in harmony with Nature only when he realizes that he is the microcosm of the Universe and a Galaxy unto himself.

Man has lost this profound knowledge over the past few thousand years due to the Precession of the Equinoxes. The dark history of the recent past was foretold by the ancients.

Hesiod, Hermes and many others foretold a time when the understanding of the sacred truths would become obscure and the knowledge would have to go underground to be preserved for a future time.

That time has now arrived.
The programme uses CGI rendering of Michaelʼs face to highlight how dramatically it changed throughout his life.
Eight people. Eight illnesses. One journey into the heart of the Amazon jungle. They went looking for alternatives to the modern medicines that failed them. What they found would change their lives forever.Diabetes. Prostate cancer. Alcoholism. Parkinson’s diseases. Just a handful of many common illnesses that Western medicine has been inadequate in curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of deeper answers. Living in seclusion for one month in the heart of the Amazon jungle, these men and women take part in the powerful healing practices of Peru’s indigenous medicine men, working with centuries-old plant remedies and spiritual disciplines. In their most desperate hour, these patients are forced to confront not only their physical ailments, but their own spiritual and psychological barriers in the process.

Five will return with real results, two will return disappointed, and one won’t come back at all.
Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world.
 
Louis documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous church of scientology.
 
All hypnotists,hypnotherapists, and psychologists, will find this interesting. Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, stage hypnosis and meditation explained. A former hypnotherapist and stage hypnotist on the physical and psychological dangers of hypnosis, the benefits of hypnosis, and how hypnosis works. This unique video or hypnosis workshop, has been adapted from a PowerPoint presentation hypnotic, hypnosis seminar, revealing secrets of hypnosis and how hypnosis works relating to the chakras and the conscious, subconscious and in meditation super-conscious mind.
Will it be a solar flare? Or a gamma-ray burst? DISCOVER's own Phil Plait lays out the odds.
Is it possible that life did not originate on Earth but was brought to Earth by meteorites? Is it possible that we are the aliens?
Horizon’ takes a look at the scientists on a mission to get to the bottom of the origins of life on Earth.
Explores how a unique ocean paradise, home to the greatest variety of whales and dolphins in the world, is under threat. They dive stormy seas to investigate how a giant predator, the cannibalistic Humboldt squid, is invading this sea, and search for the threatened hammerhead shark. In an extraordinary encounter, the team carry out pioneering science on one of the largest carnivores on earth: the 20-metre-long sperm whale. They explore a sunken ship with a tragic human story, and search for evidence that the Sea of Cortez is still growing, they dive along part of the San Andreas fault line. The dive is above waters heated to near-boiling point by the furnace of the inner Earth.
Scientists make a dangerous dive into a 'black hole' to discover how different our planet's earliest oceans were 3.5 billion years ago. They dive one of only two places on the planet where the oldest lifeform on earth still survives: Stromatolites, the creatures responsible for transforming our ancient oceans by producing oxygen. They brave waters teeming with sharks to act as human bait in an experiment to test a shark repellent. They also investigate how the Atlantic has been invaded by the poisonous lionfish which is decimating local fish stocks and spreading fast. And they try to identify a lost British Warship, the HMS Southampton, which was shipwrecked after winning a battle against an American vessel in the war of 1812.
With unique access, expedition leader and team investigate whether the vibrant coral here can help other coral reefs threatened by global warming. They dive in one of only two places on Earth you can see a new ocean being born; they explore the wreck of an Italian ship, to find her top secret, deadly cargo; and they uncover archaeological evidence of one of early man's first encounters with the sea. And Philippe Cousteau Jr has an emotional journey to the remains of an ambitious underwater village established by his grandfather, Jacques Cousteau, in 1963 to discover whether humans could live beneath the waves.
At the end of a nearly flawless 15-day mission in early 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere, killing the crew of seven. On Space Shuttle Disaster, NOVA probes the accident and the decisions stretching back four decades that made the tragedy almost inevitable.
 
Discovery.Science

Global temperatures have risen by 0.6 degrees centigrade over the last 140 years.

The effects of global warming could kill thousands in 2050. This programme demonstrates what may happen if we fail to react to the warning signs.

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