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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…