Cracking the Colour Code

Why is the sky blue? Why do leaves turn yellow in autumn? And why does red play so powerful a role in so many cultures? Is colour real or is it just a construct of our brains?

Drawing on the latest scientific findings and technology, Cracking the Colour Code is a series for people who are seeking answers to many of the questions that relate to colour and who, at the same time, wish to enjoy the incredible diversity and sensation that colour has to offer in our world. While colour is a child of science and physics, it triggers within us a host of emotional, intuitive and intellectual responses – deeply rooted within ourselves and our culture.

The series is both food for the intellect and the senses – delivered as a carefully arranged and orchestrated feast, yet one that is playful and provocative.

Destiny in Space

Destiny in Space gives viewers an exciting glimpse into the future of space exploration. Featuring giant-screen images of the space shuttle in orbit around the Earth and thrilling fly-overs of Mars and Venus.
This is a truly scientific documentary gem here. Full of information about current and future space technologies, Destiny in Space gives us realistic opportunities for mankind to expand into space.

An IMAX(R) camera deployed via satellite provides rare views of the shuttle, in its entirety, orbiting 200 miles above Earth.

Brave New World with Stephen Hawking

Brave New World is a show about our future and the technological advances that await us. Except Stephen Hawking of course, many more science celebrities are featured in this show, such as Richard Dawkins and Jim Al-Khalili.
Only the first two episodes are available for now.

Faster than the Speed of Light?

In September 2011, an international group of scientists has made an astonishing claim – they have detected particles that seemed to travel faster than the speed of light.
In this film, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores one of the most dramatic scientific announcements for a generation. In clear, simple language he tells the story of the science we thought we knew, how it is being challenged, and why it matters.

BBC – The Big Bang Machine

Professor Brian Cox visits Geneva to take a look around Cern’s Large Hadron Collider before this vast, 27km long machine is sealed off and a simulation experiment begins to try and create the conditions that existed just a billionth of a second after the Big Bang.

TEDxCaltech – Simon Fölling – Quantum Simulations

Simon Fölling studies quantum many-body systems, such as the ones found in magnetic and semiconducting materials, by using ultracold atomic gases. At TEDxCaltech event, he talks about quantum simulations; field of science connecting material science with quantum nature of reality.

The Core

This is a BBC Horizon documentary about the Earth’s molten core.
Horizon follows scientists who are conducting experiments to recreate this core within their own laboratories, with surprising results.

The Planets

A bit aged, but definitely one of the most informative documentaries available on astronomy. Composed of 8 one hour long episodes, The Planets give us a history of the space age from both US and Russia’s perspective, detailing all the important events and scientific discoveries during that time. The sheer amount of information provided in this documentary puts many others I have watched to shame.

Neutrinos faster than light – Sixty Symbols

As the current big news in science is the discovery of the neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. Here we have physicists from the University of Nottingham offering some explanations and possibilities for the neutrinos to behave that way.

For more information about neutrinos themselves you can take a look at the Hunting for Neutrinos documentary.

Ice Age Meltdown

18,000 years ago there was a sudden change in climate which ends a global freeze which had lasted for several thousands of years. Melting ice caps drive up sea levels to create coastlines we recognize today and great glaciers thaw dramatically to re-sculpture the landscape.

This is a Nat Geo Wild documentary, exploring the Earth’s global warming and cooling cycles. It gives some valuable information on the conditions which dictate the changing temperatures on Earth – very educational.

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