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First Steps
Episode 1 of NOVA: Becoming Human
PBS
Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA's comprehensive, three-part special, "Becoming Human," examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives. Part 1, "First…
Monster in the Mind - Investigating the Untruths of Alzheimer’s
Bold, brilliant, original, upbeat, award-winning, unlike any other documentary on Alzheimer's, it reveals the exaggerated fear, untruths and misconceptions that trap us into believing that dementia is a genetically driven epidemic that we can do little to avoid. Proving that…
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Social Climbers
Part of the Series: The Life of Mammals
BBC
The most brilliantly coloured of all mammals are our relatives the monkeys.The scarlet face of a Uakari and bright blue bottom of a Mandrill, are matchless. But colour-vision first gave this group another advantage up in the trees - finding…
The Baby's Brain - Wider Than The Sky
Part of the Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
PBS
Episode 1 - The Baby's Brain: Wider Than The Sky. A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and directed…
The Teenage Brain - A World of Their Own
Part of the Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
PBS
Episode 3 - The Teenage Brain: A World of Their Own. A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and…
Who's Afraid of Designer Babies?
Australia is at the forefront of new genetic technology that will let us "design" our descendants. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or PGD allows scientists to screen embryos conceived through IVF. But what is the potential of this technology and who should…
Prehistoric Autopsy - Neanderthal
BBC
Human evolution is not a straight line and prehistory is littered with hominids that never made it. Putting flesh and skin back onto ancient bones, this original series recreates every inch of three of our earliest ancestors. From fragments of…
Life in the Trees
Part of the Series: The Life of Mammals
BBC
An emergent tree in a tropical forest can grow to over forty metres high. The first branch may be twenty metres from the ground. A slip from this height would almost certainly be fatal.To make matters worse, branches may break…
Africa
Episode 2 of First Peoples
PBS
Around 200,000 years ago, a new species, Homo sapiens, appeared on the African landscape. While scientists have imagined eastern Africa as a real-life Garden of Eden, the latest research suggests humans evolved in many places across the continent at the…
Birth of Humanity
Episode 2 of NOVA: Becoming Human
PBS
In "Birth of Humanity," the second part of the three-part series "Becoming Human," NOVA investigates the first skeleton that really looks like us-"Turkana Boy"-an astonishingly complete specimen of Homo erectus found by the famous Leakey team in Kenya. These early…
The Child's Brain - Syllable From Sound
Part of the Series: The Secret Life of the Brain
PBS
Episode 2 - The Child's Brain: Syllable From Sound. A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and directed by…
Microbirth - The Origins of the Human Microbiome
Winner of Grand Prix award at the 2014 Life Sciences Film festival. Microbirth is a 60 minute cutting-edge science documentary offering an overview of the origins of the human microbiome and its significance for lifelong health. Narrated by voice-over, illustrated…
Journey of the Universe - An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation
One day on a Greek island, and your view of the universe will change forever... Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the…
The Amazing Human Body Series - for High School & College
Specifically designed for a high school/introductory college science course, this series explores key topics on human biology and the body and helps instructors to teach challenging concepts. The films are a great asset for teachers and teachers in training to…
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A Winning Design
Part of the Series: The Life of Mammals
BBC
David Attenborough makes a world-wide journey of discovery in search of fascinating mammals to illustrate why they are so incredibly successful and diverse.Watching an arctic fox hunting at 20 degrees below, he observes... 'The only reason that it and I…
Dawn of Humanity
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to a unique discovery of ancient remains. Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down…
Food for Thought
Part of the Series: The Life of Mammals
BBC
Human beings appear to be unique amongst mammals - we live in huge cities, we walk on two legs and we have language. But how far have we really come from our mammal heritage? Are we really as different as…
Insect Hunters
Part of the Series: The Life of Mammals
BBC
When mammals first appeared, insects were abundant on earth, and mammals made meals of them. Crucially, they were the first creatures able to make and regulate their own body heat, so they could hunt insects in the cool of the…
The Kingdom Protista: The Dazzling World of Living Cells
For convenience, biologists divide living organisms into five "Kingdoms": the Monerans (bacteria and cyanobacteria), Protists, Fungi, Plants, and Animals. The Kingdom Protista includes a vast array of tiny eukaryotic cells that lead complex and extraordinary lives far from the eyes…
Finding the Achilles Heel
Part of the Series: Cancer
PBS
This episode picks up the story at another moment of buoyant optimism in the cancer world: Scientists believe they have cracked the essential mystery of the malignant cell and the first targeted therapies have been developed, with the promise of…