Naked Science

/ 7:00pm National Geographic Channel US 60 min.
National Geographic Channel's Naked Science looks at things that effect the planet and answers intriguing science questions.

Season 10

8 Episodes

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Sep 28 2011
When the ocean's top predators strike, their prey doesn't even know what hit them! NGC dives into the attack strategies that sea hunters employ to deliver killer blows.
Aug 26 2011
Space tourism will literally revolutionize our view of the world, and some of the world's leading scientists and engineers are working at light speed to bust the industry wide open.
Aug 25 2011
Jun 16 2011
May 26 2011
May 19 2011
May 12 2011

Season 9

8 Episodes

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Season 8

15 Episodes

Sep 28 2011
Aug 29 2011
Life After Dinosaurs recreates the evolutionary history of mammals from the dinosaur age up to the appearance of the first humans to explore how the present ecosystem on this planet was formed and how remarkable the fact is that we exist now.
Aug 26 2011
Aug 19 2011
Superhuman capabilities like running faster than a speeding bullet or being more powerful than a locomotive could be available at the push of a button. NGC explores the latest in wearable mechanical getups, designed to duplicate human movement with enhanced strength and locomotion. See how these futuristic suits are being used for medical, military, industrial and recreational uses.
Aug 12 2011
Did ancient children play, learn and laugh the way children do today? A Moroccan skull, more than one hundred thousand years old, is revealed to be that of a 6-year-old child. Dental examinations confirm that the child lived and died well before the founding of modern religion, the construction of Egypt's pyramids and even the advent of agriculture. A scientific team works to decipher the mysteries of this lost child's life.
Jun 16 2011
Bryan Fry has always been intrigued with things that can kill you. Since surviving a near fatal rattlesnake bite this scientist, turned venom hunter, has made it his mission to seek out the worlds deadliest creatures. Each venom he collects may hold the secret to creating life-saving medicines. Now Bryan targets North America and three of its most toxic species.
May 26 2011
Parallel universes, strange hidden worlds, where an alternative reality exists have haunted science fiction for decades. Parallel universes sound like a myth, but a surprising number of leading scientists believe they are real. National Geographic delves into the mysterious science of other universes and discovers that many of physics most cherished theories actually predict that there are other universes beside our own. But what are they like? Could we ever visit them? And if we did, who or what would we meet? The reality is weirder than any science fiction.
May 23 2011
At this very moment, you could be breathing the same oxygen molecule that Genghis Khan and George Washington did! NGC is putting a unique twist on history by retracing the extraordinary journey of a single molecule of oxygen an adventure that takes place over millions of years. The story begins with the birth of oxygen, moves on to photosynthesis, then travels through the age of the dinosaurs and follows the first steps of early man.
May 12 2011
The most unimaginable weather in our universe occurs at places other than on our planet. This episode imagines what would happen if those bizarre conditions were to manifest themselves on Earth.
Feb 18 2011
The formation of one of nature's greatest wonders continues to be debated. Experts explore various theories as to how the Grand Canyon was formed, and how it continues to be shaped by natural forces.
Feb 11 2011
The centuries-old Voynich manuscript has remained an enigma. Filled with bizarre drawings and written in a language that even the best cryptographers cannot decipher, the tome has remained a puzzling mystery. The efforts to decode the book and determine its unknown author continue.
Feb 04 2011
We were all taught that dinosaurs were scaly creatures with skin like we're accustomed to seeing on reptiles. With the discovery of new fossils including feathered prehistoric beasts in China, scientists now believe they were wrong. Using computers to realize the new discoveries, Naked Science gives a more accurate look at the fathered monsters from the past.
Jan 27 2011
Over a century ago, sponge divers recovered an extremely complex mechanical device from a shipwreck. It was decades before they determined it's purpose, to accurately track the movement of the stars in the night sky. Dubbed the Antikythera mechanism (for the location of the shipwreck from which it came), the device is considered the world's first computer, developed by the Greeks around the 1st century B.C. Scientists continue to marvel at its intricate system of gears which rival that of the most complex Swiss watch.
Jan 20 2011
Engineers wondered if a plane that operated solely on solar power could be built. Their efforts over a decade result in the Solar Impulse HB-SIA, the plane that triumphantly takes to the air. Making a 26-hour nonstop day-night-day flight climaxes the success of the Solar Impulse.
Jan 13 2011

Season 7

25 Episodes

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May 17 2010
Dec 02 2010
It may be the best documented meteorite fall in history. Scientists at the University of Western Ontario record a meteorite lighting up the Canadian skies one a Friday night. Using a network of cameras, radar and listening equipment they had aimed at the skies, they know where to hunt for the rock that entered our atmosphere from outer space.
Nov 18 2010
In July 2008, paleontologists Nadia Frobisch, Jorg Frobisch, and Lars Schmitz unearthed the nearly complete fossilized remains of a 35 foot, 240 million year old Ichthyosaur in Nevada's Augusta mountains. Scientists instantly knew this creature would have been the top predator of the oceans in its time. Now, the investigation begins into this unique creature as scientists attempt to understand where it fits in the evolutionary history of the first sea reptiles.
Nov 11 2010
With most of the planet covered by oceans and overcrowding an issue on land, the time may be right to turn the science fiction idea of living beneath the sea into a reality. This episode examines what it would take to construct and operate an undersea colony of 100 families. The technology that could make it happen is already being developed.
Nov 01 2010
Some believe that man's insatiable desire to alter his environment is actually causing natural disasters. Urban sprawl perhaps strengthened a tornado in Atlanta; massive amounts of coal and water removal may have triggered Australia's strongest-ever earthquake; natural gas drilling causing a mud volcano in Java; these specific examples examined.
Aug 22 2010
Have you ever seen lightning strike from the ground to the sky or float in midair? Spectacular and exotic forms of this natural phenomenon are slowed down on film to reveal minute detail. Luminous spheres that linger in airplanes are recreated. We will show you how rockets launched into storm clouds coax lightning down to earth. Naked Science: Lightning Chasers illuminates secrets of nature's most striking power.
Aug 05 2010
This episode provides answers to the unlikely question of what would happen to our planet if it should stop spinning. Day and night would each last for six months on alternating sides of the planet; sea levels at the equator would drop; the atmosphere would disappear and life as we know it would not survive.
Jul 29 2010
As the sun continues to age, it becomes increasingly hot and begins to expand, eventually swallowing up Earth. The temperatures on our planet will rise, turning the third rock from the sun into a scorched and uninhabitable wasteland. The changes our planet will undergo are depicted.
Jul 22 2010
This program looks at the remarkable occurrence of the total solar eclipse over Easter Island on July 11, 2010. The program looks at the science of the sun as it is revealed via the eclipse phenomenon and then takes us "near live" to the actual event as the film will be aired domestically only a few hours after it takes place there.
Jul 11 2010
Cameras offer a rare look inside the Navy's latest weapon in the fight against terrorism: the USS Florida, a guided missile submarine. In a Joint Operations mission, the sub smuggles Navy SEALS ashore to identify a terrorist location and the use shipboard guided missiles to destroy the target. The technology on the sub allows it to operate quieter and stay underwater longer than previous ships.
Jun 24 2010
Dead Tired uncovers research exploring whether tiredness may lead to heart attack, diabetes, obesity, and depression. In a unique TV experiment, witness what happens to a healthy 25-year old when he cuts back his sleep from eight to three hours a night for one week. The results are shocking! He loses lucidity, dreams whilst awake and drives a car while fast asleep!
Jun 17 2010
These massive walls of water are responsible throughout history for massive death and destruction. Civilizations have been destroyed by the unannounced arrival of waves reaching as high as a skyscraper. Dr. Iain Stewart hosts this telling of little-known 10 stories of tsunamis.
Jun 10 2010
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano on April 14, 2010 was massive, sending a plume of ash 30,000 feet into the air. The result had both local and international effects including massive flooding, evacuations, and a halt to air travel in Europe for days. This episode looks at the volcano's behavior in the days leading up to the event and the explosion itself. The question arises about what effect this eruption might have on nearby Katla volcano, which holds the potential for even more destruction.
Apr 29 2010
Navigating your way around the gaseous giant would be quite an accomplishment. The planet's rings are made of rocky and icy debris, and there are move than 60 moons to dodge. This episode presents a CGI tour of the planet.
Apr 22 2010
With hundreds of satellites in orbit, the past 50 years have provided us with a remarkable new understand of our planet. Their ability to see Earth from such a vantage point has given us answers to some of Earth's most puzzling mysteries and a chance to see its changes, from global warming to a simple passing of the seasons.
Apr 15 2010
The famous explosion that took place in Siberia early in the 20th century, known as the Tunguska Event, obliterated everything within thousands of square miles. It was so intense that the skies of Europe were lit for several nights. The debate continues over its cause: meteor, comet, or volcanic gasses?
Apr 08 2010
Renowned NASA scientists, planet-hunters and astronomers reveal emerging methods of finding earthlike planets and alien life and look at possible future techniques, including fiber-optic probing and interstellar travel powered by light at warp speeds. Also, get an inside look at the $50 million Allen Telescope Array in northern California designed to hear from extraterrestrials. Could our time alone in the universe be coming to an end?
Apr 01 2010
Until recently, there was nothing that could be done about natural disasters like super-volcanic eruptions, meteors striking Earth, and severe hurricanes. Now, both science and government are looking at possible game-changing options that include giant space mirrors, hurricane-draining pumps and lasers to save people and the planet.
Feb 18 2010
Feb 14 2010
There are numerous theories about how life began on Earth. One thought is that it sprang up in the warm waters of a pond. Another suggests it arrived via comets. A different theory says life sprang from lightening and volcanoes. Scientists demonstrate that a spark of electricity applied to a primordial soup forms amino acids--the building blocks of life.
Feb 11 2010
Each year, the moon moves an inch and one half farther away from Earth and is gaining momentum. The gravity it exerts on our planet acts as a stabilization mechinism, allowing for a consistent range of temperatures, seasons and days. If the moon moves just ten percent farther, it will cause unbelievable disaster for our planet, as Earth tips up to 90 degrees on its axis.
Feb 04 2010
Archaeologists at Denali Nation Park have unearthed evidence of hunter-gathers who inhabited the area 14,000 years ago. Tools, weapons, hundreds of artifacts and human remains have been revealed. Receding glaciers in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve have yielded beautifully preserved human remains. Scientists try to determine how these early inhabitants were able to survive Alaska's harsh environment.
Jan 28 2010

Season 6

28 Episodes

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Scientists believe that our universe started with a colossal explosion called the Big Bang. That powerful blast created all the matter and energy in the universe and laid the groundwork for every explosion since.
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A ticking time bomb that could kill millions in a fraction of a second sits a mere five miles outside of Naples, Italy. Join leading researchers and archaeologists as they attempt to predict when the active volcano Vesuvius, infamous for the ancient destruction it once caused, will erupt again.
Dec 17 2009
Overlooking the picturesque city of Napels, Italy is the active volcano Vesuvius. Its history includes hundreds of eruptions, the most well-known being the eruption in 79 A.D. that wiped Pomeii off of the map. Scientists have no doubt it will erupt again and will cause even more death and destruction as the area's population continues to grow. Their job now is to try and predict when the inevitable will happen.
Dec 10 2009
Last year, for the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists spotted and tracked an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. About the size of a truck, the asteroid slammed into the Nubian Desert in Sudan, in nearly the exact spot and only a few seconds from the time scientists had predicted. Now, together with NASA scientists, NAKED SCIENCE joins researchers as they examine the remnants of the asteroid to unlock the clues to help us prevent--or simply survive--future incidents. Read more: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/naked-science/4652/Overview#ixzz0h2O4AWhe
Dec 03 2009
In Dirty Bomb Attack, a one-hour docudrama for the National Geographic Channel, a US city is the target of a hypothetical radiological attack. The episode begins with a dramatization of a car bomb detonating in a busy street and sets up the question, what happens next?" The answer is given through the lens of representative characters: a victim near the blast site whose radiation symptoms develop over time; first responders who go into the hot zone to save lives and help with the clean up; a pregnant mother and her child living in a contaminated area who must be evacuated and forensic scientists who comb through evidence to determine how lethal the attack was and who is responsible. By concentrating on these key story lines and weaving back and forth between them Dirty Bomb Attack paints an accurate and often gripping picture of the aftermath of a radiological attack and gives viewers useful information in the event that we ever find ourselves faced with this kind of disaster in the future.
Nov 12 2009
Imagine if your community was rocked by multiple earthquakes every day. That's just what happened in Reno, Nevada, in 2008. What began as a weekly occurrence eventually escalated to several earthquakes big enough to be felt every day. In less than three months, the city was shaken by hundreds of quakes, some strong enough to rattle buildings. Residents feared for their homes and scientists were baffled -- was their city destined for destruction?
Nov 05 2009
Scientists believe they have found new evidence concerning the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs.
Oct 22 2009
An exploration of the theories of the universes origin from the mind of Stephan Hawking. Includes interviews with the famous physician, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's at the age of 21.
Aug 23 2009
A look at the best theories concerning the origins of the earth's water supply.
Aug 20 2009
A look at NASA's Project Constellation, which hopes to create on outpost on the moon for humans to live in by the year 2020.
Jul 23 2009
A look at the iconic landscapes of the American West and examine the geological events that shaped the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and Washington's Channeled Scablands.
Jul 16 2009
Scientists try to prove that a mega-tsunami battered the coastline of Australia, when a catastrophic meteor struck the Earth 500 years ago.
Jul 09 2009
A look at the Zambelli Fireworks factory in New Castle, PA, reveals how fireworks displays are created from string, paper and gunpowder. Also included is how firework displays are choreographed by a computer.
Jul 02 2009
The Venus Express Spacecraft has sent back some footage which gives an unprecedented view of the planet's surface.
Jun 25 2009
An investigative look into a twister outbreak between Feb. 5 - Feb. 6, 2008, which saw 87 tornadoes pass over nine states, leaving 57 citizens dead.
Jun 11 2009
A look at how forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami make storm predictions. Included is a glimpse of the world's largest portable hurricane simulator.
Jun 04 2009
A look at our universe through the vision of the Hubble Space Telescope.
May 14 2009
A group of scientists discuss five ways in which Earth could be destroyed, from black holes to self-replicating robot.
Apr 23 2009
Astronomers continue to study black holes to understand what role they play in the universe. Scientists understand that their incredible pull can swallow nearby stars and entire galaxies and that they warp time and space. Investigators use the equations of Einstein and theories of Hawking to figure out what the inside of a black hole looks like and what time, place, or dimension lies on the other side. AKA Monster of the Milky Way AKA Cosmic Monsters
Apr 16 2009
An examination into how the earth adapted to the climate changes quickly following the end of the last ice age.
Apr 09 2009
North America was covered in a sheet of ice just 14,000 years ago. Concealed beneath this was on of the greatest of mysteries, the formation of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are the worlds largest fresh water system but how these Great Lakes formed is still a mystery that scientists are trying to figure out. Now, theories will be discussed on what possibly formed the Great Lakes.
Mar 12 2009
An exploration of the findings from recent journey to the planet Jupiter and it's largest of moons.
Mar 11 2009
An exploration of what would occur on Earth during the Sun's death phase. Also, a look at the plausibility of living on Mars under a created livable atmosphere.
Mar 09 2009
A group of astronomers discuss the ultimate fate of the Earth.
Mar 05 2009
A look at the many uses of synthetic diamonds and how they are used in science.
Feb 26 2009
A look at the effects that solar storms play on the Earth.
Feb 05 2009

Season 5

26 Episodes

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On February 5th 2008 Super Tuesday 57 people lost their lives as 87 tornadoes devastated 5 states. It was Americas deadliest tornado outbreak in nearly a quarter of a century. Tornados are one of the most destructive forces of the planets with winds at 300 mile an hour. They can destroy buildings and hurl cars hundreds of feet through the air. Every year tornadoes decimate communities around the world killing hundreds of people. Planet Science deconstructs a tornado to learn how they form and how the develop such ferocious winds.
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It's widely believed that the awesome Aztec civilization was wiped out during the 1500s by diseases introduced by Spanish Conquistadores. Eighty percent of that Central Mexican population died in the devestating epidemics that followed their arrival. Research by a pair of scientists, however, suggests that their fate was not a result of visitors from the New World. If their conclusions are correct, the same ting that killed the Aztecs could happen again in this century.
Nov 13 2008
This episode concentrates on how the universe was made in the Big Bang and how scientists predict it could end similarly as it continues to expand. Several theories are covered including the "Big Crunch" where the universe shrinks back to its original size, and the "Big Chill" with the universe slowly freezing to death.
Oct 16 2008
It looks like Superman's fortress. Hidden deep beneath the surface of the Earth is one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet: a giant crystal cave with crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. But this scorching cavern could kill humans after just 15 minutes of exposure. Follow an international team of scientists as they don high-tech protective gear to safely unlock the secrets of the crystal cave. They'll attempt to answer the questions, What are the crystals made of? How did they reach such superheroic proportions? And is there life here?
Oct 12 2008
Few scientists like to predict the future. But geographer Chris Scotese has drawn a map of Earth 250 million years from now. This supercontinent is a place of wild extremes. In this one hour program scientists such as climatologist Dr Paul Valdes, atmospheric scientist George Bryan and paleobiologist Bruce Tiffney predict what life might be like on a future Earth. But other scientists believe a future single landmass world could sow the seeds of destruction for all life on Earth and the formation of a scorched and barren planet in its place.
Oct 09 2008
It's perhaps the most renowned telescope in the world; responsible for unlocking many mysteries of the final frontier; and now it is in danger of being lost forever. The Hubble Space Telescope has explored the creation of stars and planets, the glory of supernovas and the formation of super massive black holes, charted dark matter and changed forever our understanding of reality itself. Now, it's spiraling toward the Earth, and astronauts are embarking on a dangerous mission to fix it. In Hubble's Amazing Universe, we'll glimpse the far ends of the universe as seen through the amazing Hubble Space Telescope, and meet one of the astronauts risking everything to save it.
Oct 05 2008
13.7 Billion years ago, there was absolutely nothing. No space, no time, and no matter. Then there was the Big Bang. Naked Science follows the first second of creation, when a minute speck of light appeared from nothing, expanded at unimaginable speed, and created everything we see in the Universe today.
Sep 25 2008
Since the formation of the planet, Earth's magnetic field has shifted poles thousands of times. The last time it happened, humans weren't around. Now with the field weakening, scientists believe another flip is near. Soon, several satellites will be launched with magnetometers to detect even subtle changes, helping experts predict when the field may reverse.
Sep 18 2008
The idea of traveling through time has long been a fanciful dream of scientists and fiction writers. Since determining that we live on a space-time continuium that can be warped by gravity, thinkers have pondered how to make that happen. Now scientists are wondering if lasers would allow us to twist the fabric and make possible leaps forward and backward in time.
Sep 11 2008
This is the story of mankind's first major ocean crossing the groundbreaking first arrival in Australia. It holds the secrets as to how and why modern humans were able to dominate this planet and beyond. In this one hour film experts explore the mysteries that surround this historic journey - how and when it was achieved, was it a purposeful mission or simply an accident and exactly what it is different about modern humans that give us the capabilities to go where no man has gone before
Aug 28 2008
A look at the impact solar storms play on the Earth, and the efforts being used to protect it.
Jan 05 2009
A group of astronomers tie together information concerning black holes to get a better understanding in their role in our universe.
Dec 07 2008
An investigative look at the disease which spread through the 16th century which killed off the Aztecs. Also, scientists discuss whether a similar epidemic can happen in the modern world.
Nov 13 2008
"Death of the Universe" takes viewers on an incredible journey through the cosmos in search of answers about how it is all going to end. Three theories about the universe's fate come to life as the program explores the battle between dark matter and dark energy, the forces that will determine whether the cosmos will collapse, freeze, or rip to oblivion. Spectacular never-before-seen graphics help explain the principles behind each theory, and backyard examples make some of the most complex scientific questions ever asked accessible to the viewing audience. In the end, viewers are provided with a greater understanding of where our universe has been, and what the fate of everything we know could entail.
Oct 16 2008
Few scientists like to predict the future. But geographer Chris Scotese has drawn a map of Earth 250 million years from now. This supercontinent is a place of wild extremes. In this one hour programme scientists such as climatologist Dr Paul Valdes, atmospheric scientist George Bryan and paleo-biologist Bruce Tiffney predict what life might be like on a future Earth. But other scientists believe a future single landmass world could sow the seeds of destruction for all life on Earth and the formation of a scorched and barren planet in its place.
Oct 09 2008
A discussion examining the big bang theory and the creation of the universe.
Sep 25 2008
Scientists examine the Earth's weakening magnetic field and discuss the possibilities of the North and South poles switching.
Sep 18 2008
A group of physicists hold a discussion over the possibilities of time travel.
Sep 11 2008

Season 4

19 Episodes

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The famous telescope that orbits the Earth was initially considered a failure because of its long list of problems. The scientists who designed the device and those who ultimately fixed it discuss the project, as well as the surprising photos and information it has been able to collect about the universe. Aired:
Jun 17 2008
Thanks to new developments in the technology of astronomy, scientists have been able to collect new information, giving them clues to how our solar system was formed.
Jun 10 2008
Do the sun's invisible cosmic rays influence our weather? Can solar winds impact Earth? Explore the ways fluctuations in the sun's energy influence our climate.
Jun 10 2008
More humans have traveled to the moon that have been to the ocean's floor. Virtually unexplored, the trenches trenches of the oceans could swallow Mt. Everest. Despite the crushing pressure, Earth's final frontier holds great potential for meeting the planet's energy needs and perhaps to cure diseases.
Jun 03 2008
Scientists discuss the likelihood of an asteroid hitting the earths surface. Included is a plan that is in place to protect the human race if such a thing should become reality.
May 27 2008
A look at the NASA mission for Phoenix, which is searching for water upon the surface of Mars and to determine if the planet has sustained life at one time.
Mar 25 2008
A look at the first mission to Pluto by NASA, which was launched on January 19, 2006 for a fifteen year trip.
Mar 20 2008
A discussion is held involving the top theories for the origins of life.
Mar 13 2008
A chronicle of America's geological history.
Mar 06 2008
The mysteries which shroud the Rockie Mountains, which includes the theories of their formation and the comparison of the growth rate between the American Rockies and its Canadian counterpart.
Feb 11 2008
A look at the history and formation as well as the theories of iconic rock layers which helped create one of the seven wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon.
Feb 11 2008
A profile of the Engineers, astronauts and astronomers who've worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Nov 06 2007
Scientists study different theories to study the origins of the solar system.
Nov 06 2007
A scientific look at the sun and how the Earth's weather is impacted by its presence.
Oct 30 2007
A journey to the deep ocean floor to examine unique life forms that exist under extreme conditions.
Oct 25 2007
There have been many concerns in recent years about global warming, and the potential impact that it might have each hurricane season. However, is global warming really responsible? The NGC team decide to look at all of the statistics and speak with a wide array of experts in hopes of finding out.
Oct 18 2007
Scientists from around the world weigh in on the debate regarding the existence of alien life forms.
Aug 09 2007
A look at dangers involving the Ring of Fire, a roughly 25,000-mile-long chain of volcanoes and seismic zones in the Pacific Ocean.
Aug 02 2007

Season 3

25 Episodes

Scientists examine a cataclysmic asteroid bombardment on Earth billions of years ago and discuss the possibility of it reoccurring. Also: tracking the asteroid Apophis.
Apr 28 2007
Scientists examine a cataclysmic asteroid bombardment on Earth billions of years ago and discuss the possibility of it reoccurring. Also: tracking the asteroid Apophis.
Apr 21 2007
Scientists examine the origin and demise of dinosaurs in Canada, a Hawaiian volcano and a lake in upstate New York.
Apr 12 2007
A look at how robotic space probes are being used to search for signs of life on Mars and on Saturn's largest moon, Titan.
Mar 28 2007
High-tech forensic science is utilized to examine origins of Native Americans and how long they have inhabited the Americas. Included: an archaeology-based dispute of the land-bridge theory.
Mar 14 2007
Comets 3x20
A study of the nature and origins of comets examines what they reveal about the formation of the solar system.
Mar 07 2007
A massive volcanic eruption at Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia, some 75,000 years ago, is investigated. Included: the Toba Catastrophe Theory, which holds that the blast triggered a human genetic bottleneck, leaving only a few thousand survivors to preserve the species. Also: the threat of super- volcanoes in the 21st century.
Feb 28 2007
A geologic journey through time explores how water, wind and ice have shaped the Earth. Included: the Grand Canyon; the Sahara Desert.
Feb 21 2007
A report on climate change over the past million years examines global warming and a possible connection to a dangerous rise in sea levels.
Jan 31 2007
Charles Darwin's evolution theories are examined, as experts test his different claims to determine their validity.
Dec 07 2006
A look at Earth's planetary neighbors and the possibility that humans may one day be able to inhabit them.
Dec 06 2006
Examining three mass extinctions on Earth. Included: experts discuss causes and the probability of another massive catastrophic event.
Nov 02 2006
Examining the scientific reality of forensic techniques seen on television shows such as “CSI.” Also: a look at challenges facing the forensic field, such as flawed and unreliable test results.
Oct 12 2006
A look at cryopreservation, a process in which people pay to deep freeze their bodies in steel tubes of liquid nitrogen after they die, with the hope that science will one day find a way to revive them.
Sep 20 2006
The origin, growth and future of the universe is explored. Included: Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) and his universe-expansion theory in the 1920s.
Sep 06 2006
The science behind volcanos is explored with a look at how some experts attempt to predict future eruptions by studying gas emissions, ground deformation, temperature changes and seismic and electromagnetic data.
Jul 26 2006
Exploring the forces that have shaped---and are constantly reshaping---Earth's continents. The hour also speculates on how the continents might shift in the next 250 million years.
Jul 19 2006
A primer on the pyramids of ancient Egypt exploring how and why they were built, and examining pyramid myths and legends.
Jul 12 2006
Tracing the history of explosives from gunpowder to atomic weapons. The hour also speculates on what explosives might be like in the future. One possibility: explosives from antimatter.
Jul 05 2006
Exploring the varied terrains of the ocean floor. Actually, “floor” might be a misnomer in some areas, which are quite mountainous. There are also thousands of undersea volcanoes.
Jun 28 2006
A report on lightning that seeks answers to some of its mysteries as it explores research linking the destructive bolts to cosmic rays. The hour also follows the path of a lightning bolt from its inception during a storm.
May 24 2006
Exploring ancient Roman technology in such areas as concrete, surgical instruments, window glass and double glazing, plywood, sports arenas and even the bikini.
Apr 26 2006
Speculation on abrupt climate change, including the possibility of catastrophic cooling ironically triggered by global warming.
Mar 29 2006
Exploring the volatility of the sun, how it will eventually die and how that would affect the solar system. The hour also explores the effect of solar storms on Earth and the rest of the solar system.
Mar 20 2006
The Atkins Diet is discussed.
Mar 06 2006

Season 2

18 Episodes

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Has planet Earth ever had a close encounter with aliens? NGC explores significant UFO sightings, interstellar travel, whether ETs could survive on Earth, interspecies communication, alien abduction cases, and whether life on Earth originated in space.
Dec 17 2005
Are there actually strange creatures swimming in Loch Ness? This episode examines the photographic evidence and the many high tech attemps to gain proof of Nessie's existence. Using computers, the famous photos and films are analyzed and the results are less than convincing.
Nov 07 2005
Human sexual attraction is examined. “They say that when you fall in love, your eyes light up,” says narrator Eric Meyers. “But so do parts of your brain,” and in this report scientists focus on how and why our brains react through three stages of attraction: lust, love and attachment. They also look at the roles that body odor and facial symmetry play, as well as that of the hormone oxytocin. It's the body's “natural love potion,” says Meyers.
Feb 13 2006
Canadian research is discussed, including the development of a liquid telescope and the study of neutrons.
Jan 23 2006
Exploring the moon's effect on Earth and its evolution: how its gravitational pull affected Earth's daily cycle, seasons, tides and primitive life; and how it might play a role in triggering natural disasters today.
Jan 15 2006
The possibility of extraterrestrial life is the topic of a report that explores questions of interstellar travel, survivability of ET species on earth, significant UFO sightings, interspecies communication, alien-abduction reports and whether life on earth could have originated in space.
Dec 12 2005
An investigation of the Loch Ness monster.
Nov 07 2005
Examining the causes and effects of deadly landslides, and what can be done to prevent them.
Oct 31 2005
The evolution of life on Earth is examined through an imaginary time traveler who journeys back to the moment of the formation of the solar system. Also: scientists uncover clues about what the planet was like 4 billion years ago.
Oct 24 2005
Examining the possibility of the continental U.S. being struck by a catastrophic tsunami. Also: predicting where and when a tsunami may strike.
Oct 17 2005
Bullets 2x02
Firearms and ballistics technology are examined.
Sep 12 2005
Scientists examine challenges involved in manned flights beyond the solar system. Included: the likelihood of finding Earthlike planets; problems inherent to contemporary propulsion systems.
Aug 29 2005

Season 1

13 Episodes

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The power of mental telepathy is tested in an experiment using two people in different rooms. Also: telepathic powers of twins; uses for telepathy in espionage.
Feb 16 2005
Shark attacks on humans, and the physiology and behavior of the great white shark, bull shark and tiger shark. Included: an endoscope is inserted into the stomach of a live tiger shark; great whites leap out of the water to catch seals off the coast of South Africa. Also: bull sharks in shallow water off Florida.
Jan 22 2005
A search for Atlantis by archaeologists and trophy hunters.
Jan 19 2005
Violent storms, floods, blizzards and other meteorological menaces are described by people who survived them.
Jan 12 2005
Examining the Earth's core, its physical properties and the magnetic field it generates.
Jan 05 2005
Damaging winds are examined. Included: Hurricane Charley; tornadoes.
Dec 26 2004
Human evolution is examined.
Dec 08 2004
Examining the search for extraterrestrial life. Included: the discovery of new planets that may harbor life.
Dec 01 2004
The science of earthquakes, and how to build structures that can resist the tremendous forces generated by them. Included: survivors and rescue personnel describe their experiences. Also: the possibility of predicting earthquakes.
Oct 13 2004
The mystery of who built Stonehenge is investigated using animation, CGI and special effects.
Oct 06 2004
Scientists hypothesize about an eruption of an active super volcano that exists under Yellowstone National Park.
Sep 22 2004
Profiling scientists of the B-612 project, in which a spacecraft is sent to land on a near-earth asteroid and gently nudge it along, changing the asteroid's orbit.
Sep 15 2004