Human Science

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Redesign My Brain | Season 2 | Episode 3

58m 21s

In Episode 3, Make Me Brave, Todd Sampson wants to prove that we can all overcome fear. Todd aims to combine all his previous brain training and learn to face fear to achieve his ultimate challenge – Sky-walking between two buildings across a 3-cm high wire, 21 floors up with minimal training.

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Redesign My Brain | Season 2 | Episode 2

57m 33s

TV personality Todd Sampson puts brain plasticity to the test in Sharpen My Senses, as he radically improves his sensory perception and awareness. He hones his sight, hearing and touch and his heightened senses are put to the test in an incredible challenge - to crack a safe in under an hour, competing against the world’s best at a Master Locksmith’s Convention.

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Redesign My Brain | Season 2 | Episode 1

57m 33s

In episode one, Help Me Adapt, Todd uses the latest science to train his brain to become more adaptable. To prove that it’s possible, he risks his life rock climbing blindfolded up a rock-face in Utah’s Moab Desert. He ascends the 120-metre corkscrew summit of the Ancient Art Tower, a feat never before attempted without sight, after only six weeks of training.

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The Myopia boom

51m 01s

Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why. East Asia has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia. Today, up to 90% of Chinese teenagers and young adults are short-sighted. Other parts of the world have also seen a dramatic increase in the condition, which now affects around half of young adults in the USA and Europe.

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Human Limits | Season 1 | The Physical Masters

52m 00s

In this part, the focus is set on four individuals going beyond their physical boundaries. There’s freediving world record holder Herbert Nitsch who can hold his breath for more than nine minutes, “ice man” Wim Hof who likes going for a walk in the Arctic preferably without clothes, human echolocation expert Daniel Kish who can ride a bicycle despite his blindness and Bavarian ice climbing champion Ines Papers. How do they all manage to control their bodies? „Human Limits“ has the answer.

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Human Limits | Season 1 | Super Talents

52m 02s

Halvor Angvik loves the mountains, but certainly not for the view: He is a wingsuit flier. Reaching a speed of up to 200 kilometers per hour, he rushes through the sky just like a bird. Sebastian Steudtner is another adrenaline junkie. As one of the world’s best surfers, he’s on a constant quest for the biggest wave. Finally, “electric man” Biba Struja can withstand million volt shocks without taking any damage. “The Human Limits I” tells the thrilling story of people going beyond their limits.

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Transgenic Wars

51m 45s

The march towards the dominance of GM products in agriculture started 15 years ago but where will it end? Today in Argentina all agriculture is transgenic but after 15 years the weeds have adapted and the Glyphosate no longer works. In response farmers have started using hazardous chemicals in an indiscriminate and unregulated manner. In some areas the rate of serious genetic deformities in children has exploded. We meet the families and doctors convinced that living so close farms is the cause.

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Ocean's Monopoly: How Nations Use Science to Conquer the Sea

52m 43s

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 governs our understanding of the extent of the territorial sea that is regarded as the sovereign territory of a coastal state. Adjustments of these boundaries are called maritime delimitation in international law. This documentary follows a small group of geologists whose research supports countries’ territorial claims over the world’s oceans.

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Origami Code

51m 55s

Everything that develops and changes in nature is folded: mountains, blossoms, the brain...Life is an unending series of folding and unfolding. Researchers in robotics, medicine, nanotechnologies, are embracing this "origami philosophy", trying to understand and duplicate nature's folding principles.

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Car Wars

51m 16s

Cars remain the principal means of transportation all over the Western countries, and play a growing role in the rest of the world. Consequences are pollution, traffic, related health issues as well accidents. Governments are trying to find the right solutions, by encouraging new development in car manufacturing: electric cars versus gas- powered cars.

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Pleasure and Pain: The Science of Love

48m 21s

Love can change our lives - in the truest sense of the word. Recent scientific studies prove that love is more than just an emotion. It is a drive that transforms our brain and our body profoundly. This film shows the fascinating science behind what love is, what it does to us - and whether it is good for us at all.

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Speed: In Search of Lost Time

1h 37m

“My experience with time by now is limited to the one feeling – I don’t have enough.” It’s a paradox. Never before have we worked more efficiently. Never before have we saved time with more sophisticated technologies. But nearly everyone feels they don’t have enough time. It seems that the same technology invented to make our life easier, is now enslaving us.

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Bias

55m 13s

"Bias" challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change.

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Body Language Decoded

52m 01s

Body Language Decoded features interviews with some of the world's leading experts in human communication. From San Francisco, Dr. David Matsumoto explains the hard-wired interconnectedness between our thoughts and emotions, our nervous systems, and our bodies.

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Digital addicts

53m 10s

Children as young as three are becoming addicted to mobiles, harming their development and causing possible long-term damage. We follow some of the youngest cases and hear how our brains are affected by exposure to screens. We also learn how platforms like snapchat or facebook are engineered to make them hyper-addictive. Today, scientists are convinced that screens affect our brain development.

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The Altruism Revolution

1h 31m

For generations, we have believed that man is driven by ruthless self-interest. But over the past decade, this idea has been increasingly challenged. New research from fields as diverse as political science, psychology, sociology and experimental economics is forcing us to rethink human actions and motivation.

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Antarctica - A Year On Ice

57m 42s

A visually stunning chronicle of what it is like to live in Antarctica for a full year, including the never before seen deep Antarctic winter, completely isolated from the rest of the world, while enduring months of unending darkness, in the coldest place on Earth.

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The End of Antibiotics

34m 46s

For years antibiotics have been misused to treat both humans and animals for minor illnesses. Careless overprescription has led to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. By 2050 these "superbugs" could cause more deaths than cancer. Meanwhile research into new antibiotics is limited, considered unprofitable. Doctors and scientists fear that this combination of factors will create a "perfect storm”.

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