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June 24, 2010

The Story of Science – Who Are We?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we will embark on an odyssey that takes us into inner universe of the human mind as we present the sixth and final episode of Michael Mosley’s “The Story of Science”. This voyage will reveal the intimate and personal secrets of our inner selves as revealed by twenty-first century neural science and try to answer a very personal existential question – Who are we?


We now know that the brain is the organ that more than any other defines our humanity. It is the seat of the human soul and intellect. The human brain (and the human mind that resides in it) is one of the true wonders of the known universe, and yet until the 17th century it was barely studied and its inner secrets are only now beginning to be unveiled. Yet, much of the inner landscape of the human mind remains shrouded in mystery.

The twin sciences of neuroanatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are. Now these sciences are coming together and in the process have revealed some surprising and uncomfortable truths about what really shapes our thoughts, feelings and desires. And the search to understand how our brains work has also revealed that we are all and, whether we realize it or not, scientists from the moment we are born.

The Story Of Science – Who Are We?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/8I0GIN6Rc6bea08bb5a96922f9393bd118e1fc8e

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June 15, 2010

The Story Of Science – What Is The Secret of Life?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the question – What Is the Secret of Life? In the fifth episode of “The Story of Science,” Michael Mosley traces the story of how science answered this question.


Michael Moseley tells the story of how the secret of life has been unraveled through the prism of the most complex organism known – the human body. It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance, through the idea of the ‘life force’ of electricity, to the microscopic world of the cell. It reveals how a moral crisis unleashed by work on the nuclear bomb helped trigger a great breakthrough in biology – understanding the structure and workings of the master molecule of life, DNA.


The Story Of Science – What Is The Secret of Life?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/JZ11I9FT1526cbcd8ef046d59484bd1f13d074b3

June 4, 2010

The Story Of Science – Can We Have Unlimited Power?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore the question – Can We Have Unlimited Power? In the fourth episode of “The Story of Science,” Michael Mosley tries to answer this question.


We are the most power-hungry generation that has ever lived. This film tells the story of how that power has been harnessed – from wind, steam and from inside the atom. In the early years the drive for new sources of power was led by practical men who wanted to make money.


Their inventions and ideas created fortunes and changed the course of history, but it took centuries for science to catch up, to explain what power is, rather than simply what it does. This search revealed fundamental laws of nature which apply across the universe, including the most famous equation in all of science, e=mc2.

The Story Of Science – Can We Have Unlimited Power?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/ANI1OZP2b33d1f68cc7c50c25375bd52d3b3c4c3

May 31, 2010

The Story of Science – How Did We Get Here?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the third episode a new BBC documentary series about the history of science entitled “The Story of Science” hosted by Michael Mosley.

In the third installment of the series, Mosley explores the most controversial and contentious questions that science has ever wrestled with – that of our human origins.


This is the story of how scientists came to explain the beauty and diversity of life on earth, and reveal how its evolution is connected to the long and violent history of our planet. Featuring ocean adventurers, eccentric French aristocrats, mountain climbers, a secret Victorian publisher with 12 fingers, a ridiculed German meteorologist, and only a brief hint of Charles Darwin.

The Story of Science – How Did We Get Here?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/X8HSQ10432302374ed3fba0884ecba02dc720b77

May 26, 2010

The Story of Science – What is the World Made of?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the second episode a new BBC documentary series about the history of science entitled “The Story of Science” hosted by Michael Mosley.


In the second instalment of the series, Mosley demonstrates how our society is built on our search to find the answer to what makes up everything in the material world. This is a story that moves from the secret labs of the alchemists and their search for gold to the creation of the world’s first synthetic dye – mauve – and onto the invention of the transistor.

This quest may seem abstract and highly theoretical. Yet it has delivered the greatest impact on humanity. By trying to answer this question, scientists have created theories from elements to atoms, and the strange concepts of quantum physics that underpin our modern, technological world.

The Story of Science – What is the World Made of?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/P0DK78Y74b66e25d183c52f12547b0e426f1e99c

May 19, 2010

The Story Of Science – What Is Out There?

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the first episode a new BBC documentary series about the history of science entitled “The Story of Science” hosted by Michael Mosley.

In the first episode “What is out there?” Michael Mosley embarks on an informative and ambitious journey exploring how the evolution of scientific understanding is intimately interwoven with society’s historical path.


Michael begins with the story of one of the great upheavals in human history – how we came to understand that our planet was not at the centre of everything in the cosmos, but just one of billions of bodies in a vast and expanding universe.

He reveals the critical role of medieval astrologers in changing our view of the heavens, and the surprising connections to the upheavals of the Renaissance, the growth of coffee shops and Californian oil and railway barons.

Michael shows how important the practical skills of craftsmen have been to this story and finds out how Galileo made his telescope to peer at the heavens and by doing so helped change our view of the universe forever.

The Story Of Science: What Is Out There?

http://www.megavideo.com/v/LU56VOGS7c3f98b683937db1a51148ca4c75119e

May 16, 2010

Hunting the Edge of Space – The Ever Expanding Universe

Today on Discovery Enterprise we celebrate the Golden Age of Cosmic Discovery.

In the second episode of NOVA’s “Hunting the Edge of Space” we explore how the advent of the telescope forever altered humanity’s view of the Cosmos and how it revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion, forever expanding humankind’s intellectual and mental horizon to the very edge of the known universe.

We are also introduced to the pioneering work of American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble who profoundly changed our understanding of the universe by demonstrating the existence of galaxies other than our own, the Milky Way. He also discovered that the degree of “Doppler shift” (specifically “redshift”) observed in the light spectra from other galaxies increased in proportion to a particular galaxy’s distance from Earth. This relationship became known as Hubble’s law, and helped establish that the known universe is expanding.

NOVA Hunting the Edge of Space – The Ever Expanding Universe

http://www.youtube.com/p/FE1F8154CF32EE34?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

May 12, 2010

Hunting the Edge of Space – The Mystery of the Milky Way

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present an exciting documentary from the PBS series NOVA entitled “Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way” which examines how the telescope has fundamentally changed our perception of the Universe.

So prepare for an edge of your seat voyage through the four hundred year history of the telescope.

Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way

http://www.youtube.com/p/311F44C71DDE9D55?fs=1&ap=%2526fmt%3D22&hd=1

May 2, 2010

400 Years of the Telescope

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present a landmark PBS documentary entitled “400 Years of the Telescope” which is a celebration of Galileo’s first telescopic observations of the cosmos in 1609, and the resulting journey of discovery for humanity that has transpired over the past four centuries.



This documentary features interviews with leading astrophysicists and cosmologists from the world’s renowned universities and observatories, who explain concepts ranging from Galileo’s act of revealing the cosmos with a simple telescope, to the latest discoveries in space, including startling new ideas about life on other planets and dark energy — a mysterious vacuum energy that is accelerating the expansion of the universe.

Panoramic visuals and engaging interviews made 400 Years of the Telescope the must-see documentary of the International Year of Astronomy in 2009. To heighten this intellectual voyage through time and space, be sure to visit the interactive companion website which is loaded with fascinating educational resources for all ages — learn about planetarium programs in your area and discover local and faraway opportunities to experience our incredible universe firsthand.

400 Years of the Telescope

http://www.123video.nl/123video_share.swf?mediaSrc=651274

April 14, 2010

Einstein and the Annus Mirabilis of 1905

“I am sending you some papers which may be of interest,” wrote a young patent clerk named Albert Einstein to a friend in 1905.

The year 1905 will always be remembered as the “Annus Mirabilis” in the annuals of Physics and the year where a series of events would catapult a young Swiss patent clerk named Albert Einstein onto the world stage as the twentieth century’s greatest physicist fourteen years later.

In that year Einstein published four papers that were to substantially alter our views regarding the fundamental nature of space, time, and matter and lay the foundation of modern physics.


The first “Annus Mirabilis” in physics is linked to the year 1666 with Isaac Newton’s discoveries in calculus, motion, optics and gravitation culminating with the publication of Newton’s tour de force – the Principia, published on July 5th, 1687. Here Newton outlined his theory of Universal Gravitation.

Today on Discovery Enterprise we travel back to “Einstein’s Miracle Year” of 1905 and follow the events that would transform a young Albert Einstein from an obscure patent clerk into an icon – as scientific genius, pacifist and writer. This CBC Radio report explores Einstein’s life, loves and prolific career before he immigrated to the United States.


Einstein’s Miracle Year

http://www.youtube.com/p/D6A1A89C47482FA2&fs=1

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