Explore the universe in breathtaking ultra-high-definition. For the past several years, space agencies have been capturing the wonders of the cosmos with unprecedented resolution.
Since the dawn of civilization, humans have gazed toward the heavens and asked: How did the universe begin? Where did we come from? Are we alone? Over the centuries, we have built bigger and better tools to try and answer these questions. This film will take viewers on a tour of the history of the telescope from Galileo to Newton to Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), currently under construction, detailing our efforts to understand our place in the stars and exploring whether -- with the promise of the JWST -- we are finally closing in on answering them.
The Man Who Tweeted Earth
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been called “the internet’s favorite astronaut”. He tweets, snaps stunning photos and regularly connects with folks back home as he hurtles around the earth at 28,000 km an hour aboard the International Space Station. Hadfield’s mission has rekindled our love for space with the first ever documentary produced while its star subject is in orbit, featuring astronauts past, present and future, and expert scientific collaborators.
The Great UFO Conspiracy
More people in the UK believe in the existence of aliens than in God and over a quarter of us think that evidence of UFOs has been covered up by the government.
Writer and comedian Dan Schreiber is fascinated by these beliefs and goes in search of the most current ET conspiracy theories in a bid to track down the people behind them. He embarks on a roller coaster journey across the UK meeting the biggest voices in the UFO community. He learns that Jesus was an alien, that humanity is ruled by an evil reptilian overlord and that there is sentient black goo living in the sewers, threatening our very existence.
Jupiter: Close Encounter
Go inside the high-stakes NASA mission that will get closer to Jupiter than ever before. Five years in the making, this landmark journey will reveal the secrets behind the planet's spectacular auroras, its mysterious core, and the giant's iconic Great Red Spot.
Through The Wormhole (S7)
Ep 1: Is Privacy Dead?
We think of privacy as a fundamental right, but thanks to modern technology, we are losing it fast.
Every day, dozens of cameras capture our images. Drones circle above cities, recording our movements. Online, everything we do is analyzed; and our wheareabouts are constantly being tracked. Are we entering a nightmare? Or will the disappearance of privacy make life better?
Philosopher Nick Bostrom believes increased surveillance will actually help society become more effective at fighting crime, terrorism and epidemics. Cognitive scientist Antti Oulasvirta put a brave group of volunteers under continuous surveillance for an entire year – and learned we have a remarkable capacity to accept being watched.
But do we realize how much can be learned about us just by looking? Behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti proves that reams of private data – like social security numbers - can be harvested just from pictures of our faces. And psychologist Diana Tamir explains that we may become addicted to sharing information about ourselves, just like we become addicted to chocolate, sex and drugs.
Even our most private information – our DNA – can now be raided for private information. Former hacker, Yaniv Erlich shows us how our genetic code could be hacked.
But some scientists are fighting back. Cybertech inventor Steve Mann is developing wearable technology to detect when we are under surveillance, and look back at those who are watching us.
Futurist and author David Brin believes the loss of privacy in today’s world is reminiscent of what past societies experienced. But is this transparency a bad thing? Or does it work both ways? Could it actually make us, and our governments, more honest?
Ep 2: Can We Cheat Death?
Scientists are peering inside the mechanisms of aging, tampering with the cellular makeup of our DNA, and imagining a world where death is cured like a disease. Are we about to enter a new age of immortality? Or is dying necessary for our race's survival?
Ep 3: Are There More Than Two Sexes?
Boy or girl? It’s the eternal question. But that question may have more than two answers. Science reveals the line between male and female is blurred. And the battle of the sexes is happening deep within our cells. Are there more than two sexes?
Ep 4: Is Gun Crime A Virus:?
Every 17 minutes, someone is killed with a gun. It’s a wave of violence that political debate can’t seem to stop. Is this an epidemic that scientists can help cure? Could gun crime be a virus?
Ep 5: Can We All Become Geniuses?
Genius lies somewhere in the human mind, bringing mathematical insight, sparking artistic inspiration and enabling some to see what most cannot. Might we augment our biology with technology to unlock the genius inside us all?
Ep 6: Is The Force With Us?
New research is beginning to reveal a hidden force in the universe - one that penetrates space with trillions of invisible connections, instantly linking every place in our world and joining our future with our past. Is the Force with us?
Ep 7: What Makes A Terrorist
ISIS. Al Qaeda. These names strike fear into the hearts of millions. Their vicious attacks on innocent people have set the world on edge. How do you defeat an enemy who kills civilians at random; for whom the entire world is a battlefield? Today, science is peering into the dark heart of terror networks.
Anthropologist Scott Atran went to the frontlines in Iraq to interview captured ISIS fighters. He discovers their commitment to their cause is so great that their individual identities are entirely swallowed by their group. Social psychologist Nafees Hamid is hitting jihadi chatrooms to uncover how terrorists recruit. His research shows how terror cells are organized to survive the loss of their leaders. Psychologist Jay Van Bavel explores how atrocities become acceptable when we dehumanize people outside our group, and shows that we all have the capacity to do this. In fact, caring, empathic people are the best target to become jihadis – according to psychologist Sofia Moskalenko.
Can science show us how we fight back against terror? Israeli psychologist Eran Halperin hails from one of the most bitterly polarized regions of the world. And he thinks the way to soften the views of extremists might actually be to agree with them! Meanwhile, evolutionary anthropologist Peter Turchin has developed a mathematical method to predict the rise of military powers. He anticipated the rise of ISIS ten years before it happened. Now his data suggest a shocking way to defeat the group.
Ep 8: Can We Hack The Planet?
Unless we can turn the planet’s problems into solutions, humanity may be coming to an end. Scientists are unlocking the secrets of nature to tame the elements, harness energy, and even control life. Can we hack the planet to save humanity?
This is the real story of NASA's Moon Missions, from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17 told for the first time using 4K and HD original footage taken by astronauts from the most iconic space voyages in history: images of the space-crafts, the surface of the moon and the historic first images of the earth itself. From giant leaps to tragic setbacks, this film pays tribute to the extraordinary history of space travel.
Hubble’s Enduring Legacy
Not since Galileo invented the telescope over 400 years ago has our view of the universe been so transformed. Since its launch in April 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope has become one of the most revolutionary scientific instruments ever built.
In this look back at Hubble’s major accomplishments, audiences will explore the life cycle of stars, from their birth in nurseries of dust-laden clouds of gas all the way to their final farewell as titanic supernova explosions. They’ll peer into the breeding grounds of new solar systems, and fly out into the billions upon billions of galaxies Hubble has mapped across the depths of time and space.
Hubble has led a broad effort to track the evolution of the universe on time scales ranging from from the very short to the unimaginably long. In its brief time in space, Hubble has revolutionized the science of astronomy… while inspiring untold legions of stargazers