Stephen Hawking unfolds his personal, compelling vision of the biggest question of all: Who or what created the universe in which we live? The groundbreaking series Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking combined cutting-edge CG with Hawking's witty, distinctive and incisive worldview. Now, we take the journey a step further, as physics and cosmology become tools to answer questions that philosophers have struggled with for thousands of years.
We've read the books, we've seen the movies. War of the Worlds, V, Independence Day. But they're all fiction, right? Well, probably not. New science is suggesting that aliens may be very real, and that they may not be as cuddly as E.T. Host Michelle Rodriguez (Avatar, Battle:LA) brings together top scientists, military strategists and writers to dramatize what would happen if and when aliens attacked.
Sexual pleasure is among the most prized, most meaningful and richest experiences known to man. But the orgasm is a true scientific puzzle. In men, it helps expel sperm. But in women, its role is unknown. Some feel it's just a "bonus" but others think that it may help play a role in conception. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts this revealing investigation -- a true scientific first.
We think we know the full story of what happened aboard the Titanic, which sank almost 100 years ago. But how much do we actually know about what went wrong? In the aftermath of the disaster, a full trial was conducted producing a unique first-person account from those who survived. This special takes those highly emotive testimonies and, for the first time, uses them to forensically piece together the true tale of the Titanic.
Scientists argue that every possible quantum outcome exists, but each in its own parallel universe. How much do you know about the multiverse?
Molten lava and colliding tectonic plates. Floods, asteroid impacts, volcanic explosions, and gigantic floods. From these and other remarkable natural events, the landmass that is North America came into being. We take the land under our feet for granted. But the geological story behind its creation is extraordinary. Welcome to one of nature’s most dramatic and visually arresting puzzles.
The Mayans tell us it will happen next year, on 21st December to be precise. And terrible recent events from Indonesia through Haiti to Japan seem, to some, evidence of impending global doom. But just how likely is a global apocalypse – from a scientific point of view? When will it happen, if at all? Where? And how? Samuel L. Jackson hosts this CGI spectacular that examines the most likely ways the world might end.
Since Plato's first dramatic account around 360 BC of an island sinking into the ocean, philosophers, historians and writers have debated whether the disappearance of Atlantis was real or a legend. Now, new evidence suggests that Atlantis is more than a myth and the island, so long shrouded in mystery, may have left clues to its destruction.
The last ten thousand years have seen change on a scale previously unimaginable. From the first settlements around Ur and Catal Huyuk through the latest innovations in medicine, technology, travel and connectivity, we live in a world that would be utterly unrecognizable to our early ancestors. But alongside all this technological change, how much have we, as humans changed? Our bodies? Our minds?
Only 1% of Ancient Egypt has been discovered - 99% remains hidden. Now for the first time, we can reveal it. Using unique satellite archaeology to blow away the sands, this landmark film reveals Egypt's ancient land as it was 4,000 years ago
What would it be like to be immortal? It's the year 2967 and Adam Savage is 1,000 years old. He reflects on his long life revealing how science in the 21st century transformed his body, creating a supercharged cyber-human, allowing him to live forever.
We shower, we bathe, we apply perfumes and deodorants. We’re cleaner and healthier than at any other point in human history. So it may be surprising to learn there are 10 times more things living on you than cells in your body. From the flora of our guts to the fauna on our skin and hair, this episode explores the wildlife park that is the human body in stunning, microscopic detail – combining the creativity of natural history filmmaking with the charisma of Discovery’s very own Mike Rowe.
As the song goes, birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it -- what? OK, Cole Porter was talking about love, but the same can be said about making babies. Sperm meets egg, which leads to fertilization, cell division ... you get the picture.