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LHCb – The Beauty Experiment

One of the most fundamental questions yet to be answered is why we live in a matter dominated universe, when it is widely believed that in the Big Bang equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created. Experimental measurements and theory hint that almost all matter and antimatter would have annihilated each other leaving behind…

Nano-You

Narrated by Stephen Fry, this short video (made by the EU Funded “Nano For Youth” organisation) uses animation, experiments and even butterfly wings to explain the microscopic “nano scale”. Looking at the insights new technologies have allowed us to gather about nano-particles and how they might benefit society, industry and perhaps even communication, the film…

Innovation Academy

This series, made for YouTube and a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, creates “an exciting intellectual space where students and academics interact in multi-disciplinary groups with mentors from the public and private sector to develop and nurture creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and teamwork”. The Researcher Video Pitch series showcases doctoral research through video…

Jem Euso: The Thin Blue Line

This short – made for web – video explores the potential of the “Jem Euso” project:  A telescope aboard the International Space Station, which will observe the Earth’s atmosphere and the phenomena that occur in it when cosmic rays of higher energy collide with air molecules. Although our daily appreciation of the sky around us…

Diffraction

In the second of his Tales from the Prep Room for the Royal Institution’s online RI Channel, technician Andrew Marmery uses wire and a laser pen to recreate the famous cross-shaped diffraction patterns observed by Rosalind Franklin in 1952 which captured “Photograph 51”, revealing the structure of DNA and later used by James D. Watson…

Nano Filtered Water (Part of Nano TV series)

This short film (part of the European Commission backed Nano TV series) shows how scientists at the Technical University of Denmark have developed a new filter to obtain ultra pure water which consists only of H2-O molecules. All minerals, carbon compounds or gas molecules are filtered out by this special membrane thanks to new nanotechnologies.…

Axon

Axon is an online game set inside a foetal brain, modelling real biological phenomena found in neural development which challenges players to grow their neuron as long as possible; climbing through brain tissue, out-competing rival neurons and creating as many connections to distant regions of the brain as they can. Taking the anatomy of the…

Money & Speed: Inside the Blackbox

Money & Speed: Inside the Black Box is a thriller based on actual events that takes us to the heart of our automated financial world. Based on interviews with those directly involved and data visualization into the millisecond, it reconstructs the fastest and deepest decline of the U.S. stock market ever: the 6th of May…

Bird Brain

For decades, we thought that bird minds were primitive, relying on instinct and little else. But recently, we’ve come to realise how wrong this is. This film explores the very latest research into bird intelligence, including work from the University of Vienna, the Konrad Lorenz Institute, the Max Planck Institute, Oxford University, Cambridge University and…

Salamander – Cells of Hope

Elena Cattaneo, Professor of Pharmacology at the Milan State University (and winner of the “Grande Ippocrate” award for the medical researcher of the year in 2008) is head of a world-renowned Centre for research on stem cells and has made a name for her research on neurodegenerative diseases This documentary centres on an interview with…

Introducing Graphene

Made for YouTube by the European Graphene-Flagship initiative, this video showcases “the wonder substance” Graphene. Using stylish animation to tell the story of Graphene, it documents uses, solutions and new opportunities that arise from a 2D material. Introducing Graphene is being shown as part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival at 12:01…

Nano2Hybrids

The Nano2Hybrids project follows scientists involved in a major European Research project investigating nanotechnology over the course of the 3 years. Each scientist is given a camera to record regular video diary entries. The website (http://www.nano2hybrids.net) hosts all the videos, along with regular blog entries, pictures and other information. An overview of the project has…

CHERNOBYL 4 EVER

Simple Productions and Crescendo Films  for ARTE France, RTBF Belgium, VRT Belgium, NHK Japan, VPRO Netherlands, UR Sweden, TSR Switzerland It is now over quarter of a century since the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in the Ukraine but many worrying questions remain unanswered. This film takes a look at the human consequences of the tragedy…

SURVIVORS OF COLD (Episode of series LIFE IN HELL)

Mona Lisa Production for ARTE In cold environments, micro-organisms rule. They form the basis of a fragile ecosystem threatened by global warming. Scientists are studying how these species manage to survive in environments as unstable and ephemeral as snow and ice. This production is an episode in a television series looking at how life flourishes…

SHAPES – Episode 2 (from the series THE CODE)

BBCTV  UK   Co-produced with the Open University, UK Marcus de Sautoy, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, uncovers the patterns that explain the shape of te world around us. Startying at the hexagonal columns of North Ireland’s Giant Causeway, he discovers the extraordinary order found in nature – from rock formations to honeycomb and from…

PLAYING GOD (From the series Horizon)

BBCTV UK Dr Adam Rutherford presents a remarkable account of how we are trying to replicate some key processes in nature. He visits a university research farm in America and meets a new creature called a spider goat. It is largely goat but part spider, so that its milk will yield a thread similar to…

ORBIT: EARTH’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY – EPISODE 1

BBCTV    UK Right now you’re hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour – 100,000kilometres an hour. In the next year you’ll travel 584 million miles to end up where you started. Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth’s journey around ten sun for one complete orbit, to witness the extraordinary…

LAB ANIMAL KINGDOM

Mona Lisa Production for France 5 The European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use, re-opens a sensitive debate: Should laboratory animals be sacrificed in large numbers in order to ensure the safety of chemical substances for humans? 2.5 million animals over 10 years according to some sources.  54 million according to others.  Such…

THE HUNT FOR THE HIGGS BOSON (From the series Horizon)

BBC TV   UK Horizon goes behind the scenes at CERN to follow one of the most epic and ambitious quests of all time, the search for a particle called the Higgs Boson. This Higgs particle is believed to explain why mass exists in our universe. The film focuses on one of the two big experiments…

THE GORILLAS OF THE CONGO – CHAINSAWS TO THE RESCUE

Laengengrad Filmproduktion for ARTE and WDR The vast rainforests in the north of the Republic of the Congo are home to the rare lowland Gorillas. Most of them don’t live in national parks but in forests which are open to timber exploitation. The conflict between tree fellers and gorillas seems to be insoluble, yet in…

EARTHQUAKE SNAKES (Animals and the Science of Earthquake Prediction)

Leonardo Film production in co-production with and for WDR/ARTE, PTS (Taiwan), LIC China with the support of nordmedia GmbH in Lower Saxony and Bremen. Studying snakes, toads and ants, researchers have noticed peculiar behavior just days before an earthquake strikes. Could this observation help to predict earthquakes in the future? Archive footage shows how the strange behaviour…

A BURNING QUESTION

Earth Horizon Productions Ltd for RTE Ireland This documentary takes a forensic look at the ever-expanding chasm between what the science of climate change is telling us and how this critical issue is being presented via the media. Presenter Duncan Stewart balances folksy interviews on the street with the questioning of experts including Prof Justin…

BONES (Episode 1 of the series ORIGINS OF US)

BBC TV, UK Trekking through the forests of our ancient ancestors in Africa, Dr Alice Roberts, Professor of Anatomy at Birmingham University pinpoints a fossil which holds a clue to why our ancestors stood upright and started walking. Charting the journey from Australopithecus to Homo Erectus and beyond, Alice tells the epic story of human…

AUTOMATIC BRAIN

Episode 1. The Magic of the Unconscious.  WDR, Germany, with ARTE and ARD Over 90 percent of our daily actions are done unconsciously – by an “auto-pilot“  in our head. Automatic Brain takes a look at Martha´s and Jake´s autopilots, two people whose paths cross by chance. Like all of us, their actions are steered…

ANTIBIOTICS (from the series LABYRINT)

VPRO  The Netherlands This film from the series Labyrint, which aims to bring issues in science and technology to the fore, looks at what is potentially a new era in medicine. But not in a positive sense. It is over seventy years since penicillin was discovered and the use of different antibiotics has transformed the…

TATORT: AUSKREUZUNG (“Crime Scene: Cross Breeding”)

From the series Tatort  (“Crime Scene”) Colonia Media Filmproduktions for WDR Germany Cologne police inspectors Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk have to solve an act of sabotage with deadly consequence. A young lab technician has been killed by the failure of a cooling system in a renowned Institute for Plant Research”. The story takes a…

INK TIPS

A Casablanca Film Production for Radio Televizija Slovenia This is story of a clash between cultures. On the one hand, between generations – a more peasant-based and traditional culture taking on the values of the modern world; on the other between the professional role of a woman scientist and her family tensions. Set in Slovenia,…

CODEBREAKER

A Production of Story Center Productions, LLC and Furnace Ltd in association with Channel 4 Television Corporation (UK)   This drama-documentary records the brilliance and the despair of one of the twentieth century’s greatest minds. Alan Turing died in 1954 at the age of 41, and in the last 15 months of his life visited…

BERMUDA TRIANGLE – NORTH SEA

A Dreamtool Entertainment Production for RTL Television This 140 minute eco-thriller is based on a modern challenge; how to store unwanted carbon dioxide back under the sea or under ground, a technique known as carbon capture and storage. With some artistic license, the story pits a major oil company against a Green organisation which suspects…

STAR-GAZING LIVE: Series 2, Episode 2

BBCTV co-production with the Open University, UK This is a series that seems to have captured the public imagination. Dara O’Brien, a physics graduate as well as front line comedian, teams up with Professor Brian Cox, a household name in the UK through his many science TV series, to link the excitement of star-gazing with…

A NIGHT WITH THE STARS – Brian Cox

BBC2 UK Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded one-hour programme from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics. With the…

CAUGHT UP: A NETWORK OF RADIATION (from the series THE ADVENTURE OF SCIENCE) Featured

ZDF Germany Radiation in all its forms and with all its consequences, good and bad. This is the subject of this lively studio-linked programme, taking us from everyday radiation we all experience in our lives through various man-made forms. X-rays are one of the most familiar, with many examples of use in modern medicine. But…

BEYOND THE ABYSS from the series OUR WORLD

BBC World (News channel) We are familiar with the race to climb Everest to reach various destinations in the solar system, manned or unmanned, but here is a new challenge. This programme recounts a current contest to reach the deepest part of the ocean, called the Mariana Ridge. It is eleven kilometres down at the…

CRASH SCIENCE – from the series MATIERE GRISE

RTBF Belgium Few things are geared more to grab our perhaps morbid curiosity than explosions and crashes. But just as they touch us all, so do the prevention of serious injuries. This episode of the on-going science series Grey Matter brings us right up to date with the mitigation of crash damage in various modes…

THE SHOW WITH THE MOUSE – ATOMIC ENERGY SPECIAL 2011

WDR Germany Nuclear energy is a hot topic in Germany. In an uncommonly swift reaction to the Fukushimanuclear disaster in Japan, nuclear power was removed from the energy menu in Germany. But in response to popular demand, the celebrated children’s series The Show With the Mouse decided that a special commemorate edition of this slot…

FRACKING – Segment from Newsnight

BBC2  UK A new source of methane gas is hitting the headlines. It could provide the complete gas supply for theUKfor a year and a half. But there are problems. This piece from the daily BBC current affairs programme Newsnight explores the potential of so called shale gas, or natural gas trapped two or three…

NOS MAISON DE DEMAIN (Our Houses of Tomorrow) Featured

From the series C’EST PAS SORCIER   –   It’s not Magic A Multimedia France Production for France 3 C’est pas Sorcier is a long running science series for family viewing from Fr3. There are themed programmes with a mix of location and studio-style presentation. This programme looks at the development of the latest environmentally friendly houses in…

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