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Newton - Turtle Voices
Newton - Turtle Voices

Schildkrötensprache - Geheimnisse aus der Urzeit

Lange galten sie auch in der Wissenschaft als stumm und taub: Schildkröten. Doch neueste Forschungen belegen: Sie sprechen doch! Und zwar auf eine ausgeklügelte und raffinierte Art und Weise. Mit niederfrequenten Lauten in tieferen Gewässern, um über große Entfernungen miteinander kommunizieren zu können. Mit hohen Frequenzen im seichten Wasser, um sich gegenseitig zu orten. Doch nicht nur das: sogar die Schildkrötenembryos im Ei "sprechen" miteinander und stimmen ihren Schlupf untereinander ab.Newton zeigt einen faszinierenden Querschnitt durch die aktuellste Schildkrötenforschung, taucht in die Welt der Schildkrötensprache ein und räumt mit so manchem Vorurteil auf, das den Geschöpfen aus der Urzeit anhaftet. Denn Schildkröten sind gesprächig, blitzschnell und - vor allem - sozial!

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Newton - Digital, Easy, out of Place - Who will have a Job tomorrow?
Newton - Digital, Easy, out of Place - Who will have a Job tomorrow?
More and more people are working from their own sofa or from one of the new flexible work centres.
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Newton - The End of Rosetta
Newton - The End of Rosetta
Follow the highlights and scientific findings of the rosetta mission.
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Newton - The Rosetta Mission
Newton - The Rosetta Mission
The breathtaking landing of the Rosetta Mission on a comet unveils most secrets about our existence and the genesis of the solar system
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Newton - Underground - Tunnel Constructions
Newton - Underground - Tunnel Constructions

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Newton - Hallstatt
Newton - Hallstatt
Explore the oldest and best preserved salt mine in the world
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Newton - Spring Cleaning at a refinery
Newton - Spring Cleaning at a refinery
How does the spring cleaning at a refinery work?
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Newton - Drones Conquer the Skies
Newton - Drones Conquer the Skies
Are drones a blessing or a curse, progress or risk?
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Newton - What do we dream about?
Newton - What do we dream about?
Is Freud's interpretation of dreams still relevant?
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Newton - Wolves
Newton - Wolves
In fables and fairytales, the wolf is often described as aggressive, dangerous and scary - but can these characteristics really be attributed to the ancestors of our pet dogs?
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Newton - Why do we Laugh?
Newton - Why do we Laugh?
This episode traces the origins of laughter, making
not only comparisons with great apes, but also filming
people taking part in laughter exercises.
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Newton - The Fight Against Food Waste
Newton - The Fight Against Food Waste
Scientists, food savers and chefs in the smart fight against food wastage.
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Newton - Beer - Science in a Glass
Newton - Beer - Science in a Glass
Explore the world of brewing and the variety of
ingredients that master brewers use
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Newton - Above the Clouds - What Happens Behind the Scenes When We Fly?
Newton - Above the Clouds - What Happens Behind the Scenes When We Fly?
Viewers find out everything they need to know about safety, engineering and the physics of flight
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Newton - Nano research
Newton - Nano research
«Nano research» illustrates how flexible batteries
and wafer-thin solar cells can revolutionise energy
generation.
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Newton - Citizen Science
Newton - Citizen Science
Discover your inner scientist with Citizen Science! Hobby researchers are working with scientists to
find new ways and solutions to scientific questions using group intelligence.
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Newton - The Pearl Divers
Newton - The Pearl Divers
Join pearl divers and dive into the Viennese Oyster reef.
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Newton - Tips from Engine Builders
Newton - Tips from Engine Builders
Davis Straetz, the author and test driver, explains how the history of emissions tricks goes back well into the 1970s
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Newton - The Nobel Prize Winners of the Future
Newton - The Nobel Prize Winners of the Future
Newton, ORF's weekly science programme, profiles three researchers who just might win a Nobel Prize for Austria in 2030. What it means when molecules are symmetrically arranged or - conversely - are not, is shown by Nuno Maulide, a Portuguese Professor of Organic Chemistry and trained pianist, in the gym, on the piano and, quite simply, with two egg spoons.And because the nuclear pores in the cell nucleus are not just simply there to transport molecules here and there at terrific speed, but instead are directly involved in the production of genetic information, the molecular biologist and horn player, Alwin Köhler, travelled with us to places that do not normally call to mind the work of a cell nucleus. The researcher from Transylvania explains to an underground ticket collector how copies of DNA come about and simulates order in the chaos of the cells in Vienna City Library, by misaligning books. Finally, he heads to the Naschmarkt, where he compares market vegetables with human cells to help us gain a clearer understanding of his discoveries about nuclear pores. Reinhold Scherer, a neuroengineer from Graz, resorts to props for Newton. He makes a neuron from scratch, simulates brain activity and rocks his research work at the European Science Slam in front of an international audience. The researcher hopes to develop systems that will establish an interface between the brain and computers - machines that could possibly help quadriplegics to move.
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Newton - Traffic in Motion
Newton - Traffic in Motion
Newton, the TV science Magazine, takes a glimpse at the Major technical challenges in cable-way construction
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Newton - Water
Newton - Water
"Water" examines the use of the resource water and shows how many tons of plastic are washed into the Black Sea every day.
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Newton - History's Profiler
Newton - History's Profiler
History's profiler" combines modern Technology to draw secrets and yet unknown Details from the world's past.
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Newton - Soil, insects, high-tech and junk food
Newton - Soil, insects, high-tech and junk food
How do science and digital cooking change our Food?
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Newton - Winter Sports without Snow
Newton - Winter Sports without Snow
The last winters have made is painfully obvious: snow is in short supply. Ski resorts below 1,000 metres above sea Level are particlarly affected. The ongoing global warming could spell the end for these businesses. To avoid that, special plastic mats or snow cannons are used to reproduce a snowy surface. "Winter Sports without Snow" shows how such special mats are developed and what the future of snowmaking technology holds
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Newton - "Urban Legends» - The Fear Business
Newton - "Urban Legends» - The Fear Business
Cell phone radiation, dowsing, gurus -- "Urban Legends" tracks myths and legends that we believe without questioning them.
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Newton - Stop or Go for Electric Cars
Newton - Stop or Go for Electric Cars
The future of new avenues in battery research will decide the future of mobility.
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Newton - Perpetuum Mobile
Newton - Perpetuum Mobile
"Perpetual Motion Machines" shows the physical reasons for the impossibility of a perpetual motion machine as well as the concepts and models that keep trying anyway
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Newton - Forensics -- Chief Inspector Science
Newton - Forensics -- Chief Inspector Science
CSI Newton: hunting killers with pollen and rays.«Forensics -- Chief Inspector Science» follows scientific«trackers» and shows the science that investigatorsuse to track criminals
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Newton - Looking for the Kick
Newton - Looking for the Kick
This episode analyzes the dangers and effects of drugs.  
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Newton - Science: A Job for Women
Newton - Science: A Job for Women
Science: a Job for woman" seeks to find out whether women in Research still have to battle stubborn clichés and prejudice.
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Newton - Jordan
Newton - Jordan
This episode shows the impending destruction of cultural and natural wonders and scientists' fight for their preservation
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Newton - Snuffling Animals
Newton - Snuffling Animals
"Snuffling Animals" follows rats - the police`s new allies - who, with their excellent "sniffers" are helping to solve criminal cases and provide useful pointers.
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Newton - Pyrotechnics
Newton - Pyrotechnics
"Pyrotechnics" illuminates how much Technology is necessary to make flashes and bangs, and casts an eye behind the scenes of this billion-dollar business.
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Newton - The Fascination of Space
Newton - The Fascination of Space
"The Fascination of Space" shows the amazing aspects of space travel and the possibilities of a journey into the vast expanses of the universe.
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Newton - Energy Drinks
Newton - Energy Drinks
"Energy Drinks" Looks at this booming Marketing phenomenon and tests out what is actually behind the promises of the many manufacturers.
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Newton - Hydrogen - fuelling our future?
Newton - Hydrogen - fuelling our future?
Dwindling resources,
fast-growing economies and climate change concerns have made alternative
energies one of the key issues of the 21st century. Is hydrogen the answer?

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Newton - The Power of Sound
Newton - The Power of Sound
"The Power of Sound" shows the therapeutic power of sounds and music on the human psyche and explains their effect in the brain.
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Newton - Insect Cuisine
Newton - Insect Cuisine
"Insect Cuisine"
presents a menu that, for European tastes, is rather unusual, and asks whether
insect cuisine could present a serious nutritional alternative.

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Newton - Digital Dementia
Newton - Digital Dementia
"Digital Dementia" examines the phenomenon of increasingly digitalised humans and the possible consequences for communication.
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Newton - Indie Games vs. Free to Play
Newton - Indie Games vs. Free to Play
This documentary talks to developers of "free to play" and "indie games" and shows the different concepts and ideologies behind the new business models.
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Newton - 3D Printers
Newton - 3D Printers
The documentary "3D Printers" dives into the exciting world of 3D printing and examines the consequences of this new technology.
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Newton - Data Dealers
Newton - Data Dealers
In cooperation with game developers, "Data Dealers" tests whether it is actually that easy to access important personal data and shows what data snooping of large companies means for society and individuals.
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Newton - Science for Sale
Newton - Science for Sale
This documentary addresses fascinating questions and portrays the balancing act between science on behalf of research and its industrial partners.
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Newton - The History of the Mobile
Newton - The History of the Mobile
On the 30th birthday of the mobile telephone, the documentary "The History of the Mobile" looks at the history of mobile telecommunications and shows what the mobile has in store for us in future.
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Newton - Surtsey - The Birth of an Island
Newton - Surtsey - The Birth of an Island
This extraordinary documentary follows the emergence of an island and the development of an ecosystem that is growing with it.
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Newton - Freezing for Science
Newton - Freezing for Science
"Freezing for
Science" shows which material the perfect winter coat is made from and
surprises with new findings.

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Newton - Hormones in Cosmetics
Newton - Hormones in Cosmetics
"Hormones in Cosmetics" uncovers the health hazards hidden in shampoos, body lotions, lipsticks and more.
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Newton - Biotopia - The Organic Boom
Newton - Biotopia - The Organic Boom
A closer look at the new obsession with organic products. Is organic really the better option?
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Newton - Solar Decathlon
Newton - Solar Decathlon
»Solar Decathlon« follows young researchers to California and shows international engineering students in competition to construct the best energy-autonomous, sustainably built house.
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Newton - The Sugar Trap
Newton - The Sugar Trap
»The Sugar Trap« shows the bitter truth about sugar and its effects on our »Stone Age« brain
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Newton - Vertical Farming
Newton - Vertical Farming
The world's population is constantly growing, and with it the demand for food. Climate change and failed harvests are exacerbating the situation. Could vertical agriculture in high rise buildings offer a solution?
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Newton - Intelligent Animals
Newton - Intelligent Animals
"Intelligent Animals" shows the enormous cognitive, creative and communicative services that animals can perform.
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Newton - Extreme Cold
Newton - Extreme Cold
While the cold holds Austria hostage and everyone has a runny nose, ice bath enthusiasts celebrate their peak season. "The Iceman", the dutch Wim Hof, has developed a training method  to boost his immune system through exposure to cold. Studies have shown that people regularly exposed to cold environments have a better blood flow and are healthier. Newton has tested this method with two volunteers to check if we really should embrace the cold.
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"Blossoming» Business
"Blossoming» Business

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Self-Healing Forces
Self-Healing Forces
Without rejecting medication altogether, this documentary shows how esoteric medicine might focus more on the distributor's interests rather than on the patients'. Where traditional medicine fails, alternative methods such as omeopathy and Tai Chi can help.
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The Vitamin Lie
The Vitamin Lie
Although it has been proven that a healthy diet does not require vitamin tablets or food supplements, many of us still purchase them in large quantities. We often forget that taking too many of them can be damaging for our health. How come?
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Newton - Wood
Newton - Wood
Can we rely on wood to build the houses of the future? Doesn't this material burn in a fire? Aren't we going to run out of wood? Shouldn't we find alternative solutions?  Experts answer those questions to shatter your prejudice against one of the most versatile materials on earth. We dare you not to change your mind.
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How Safe Are Our Networks?
How Safe Are Our Networks?
Our well-being is based on highly developed networks and all components have one thing in common: in order to function, they need electricity. We have become used to having access to electricity whenever and wherever we need it. Yet experts have recently pointed out the potential threats to our networks. Energy transition, increasing usage, bad weather and the liberalised energy market push it further and further to the limits of its capacities. On top of this, there is the existing danger of a certain manipulation such as terrorist or cyber-attacks. The list of systems which would also work without electricity is very short. Electricity is the lifeline for countless crucial infrastructures: communication, transport, food, healthcare, security, finance and production would be greatly affected. Peppo Wagner asks leading, international experts, which factors our electrical networks are vulnerable to, what the risks actually comprise and which solutions could be imagined.
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Newton - The Electromobile Revolution
Newton - The Electromobile Revolution
Three brothers, Markus, Johann and Philipp Kreisel have found a battery system which can help electric cars dominate the international market. They promise batteries, which charge faster and last longer than those currently being distributed. The electromobile revolution has begun. Will its competitive advantage be maintained across the world? - because even the big automative companies have learnt from their mistakes and are now putting high achieving models in the race for success.
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Austrians in Space
Austrians in Space

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The Revenge of the Bacteria
The Revenge of the Bacteria

There is more and more talk of antibiotic resistance. We read that inflammations are becoming harder and harder to treat. The cause, among other things, is the slapdash approach doctors, vets and patients have taken to how they handle antibiotics, the miracle cure. But what does that mean for our day-to-day lives? Do doctors still stand a chance - to treat middle ear infections for example? 'The Revenge of the Bacteria' tells the story of a manmade medical problem about which not only the WHO are issuing warnings.

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The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Impact
The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helper, Big Impact

More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our «lodgers» are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as «intestinal flora», they facilitate our metabolism.

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La Dolce Morte - The Bitter Side of Sweetness
La Dolce Morte - The Bitter Side of Sweetness

What we eat has consequences - and not just personal ones for our own health. The fact that excessive consumption of meat can harm not only our own health, but indirectly that of other people and the global climate, is nowadays something of which many people are well aware. When it comes to indulging our sweet tooth, however, this realization comes as a surprise to many. And yet the «sweet life» comes with a whole host of ethical consequences that range from our own bodies to the furthest corners of the world.

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Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
Techno Sapiens - The Future of the Human Species
The boundaries between man and machine, between technology and nature, are becoming increasingly blurred and might even disappear completely in the future. Information technology, genetic engineering and nanotechnology are not only making considerable inroads into society, but also more and more directly into human nature. The day when Homo sapiens is able to consciously design and radically change himself is not far away. A far-reaching optimisation of the human race using both existing and future technology seems to be the next logical step that mankind will take to bring himself closer to perfection.
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Oil-Power versus E-Power: An Industry Reinvents Itself
Oil-Power versus E-Power: An Industry Reinvents Itself
The spectacular circumnavigation of the globe by a purely solar-powered plane has shown what new energy is capable of. Hot on the heels of the electric car comes the electric aeroplane. Even if Solar Impulse, the company behind the plane, has not yet developed a fully market-ready product, it has demonstrated its feasibility. And in e-commerce, business models usually grow exponentially. The success of the e-mobility industry is helping it make strides into well-defended cushy fiefdoms. In the same way that Audi and BMW fear Tesla and Google, it may well be that the aviation giants, Boeing and Airbus, are threatened by competition from the realm of the battery. Schindler, the elevator manufacturer, has embraced the e-philosophy and put its weight behind the Solar Impulse project.
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Sexuality: It's all in the Head
Sexuality: It's all in the Head
Sexuality is a human desire beyond all rational controllability and operates at a remove from social and moral expectations. However, a hundred years after Sigmund Freud's psychoanalysis, sexual fantasies are still overshadowed by bad conscience and complexes. A new scientific study from Canada has recently called the idea of «normality» into question. The study examined 55 sexual fantasies and surveyed people about their experiences. At least half stated that they had already acted out 30 of these fantasies, including sex in public or being dominated by their partner. Medical doctor Bernhard Hain looks at this topic as a documentary director and,  with the help of colleagues from the Vienna Academy of Sexual Health (AfSG) explains what's going on in our heads when it comes to sexuality.
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Newton - Smart Cities
Newton - Smart Cities
At the start of the 20th century, just 10 percent of the world's population lived in cities. Today this figure already stands at 50 percent. By the end of this century, humanity will be an overwhelmingly urban species. The Urban Age has begun. But what should the cities of the future look like? How should they function? Urban planners are broadly in agreement that they should be green, efficient, technologically advanced, and above all sustainable, and to this end are planning the smart cities of the future.

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Healing Tones
Healing Tones
The subject of sound is very much in keeping with the current spirit of the times, since the desire for deep inner balance and harmony is everywhere. Sound therapy today goes far beyond esoteric communities and has now become a part of programmes at established health care institutions, as the meditative force of sound and its positive impact on healing have become widely accepted. Viewers will embark on an extremely diverse and emotional journey through the broad spectrum of effects in the phenomenon of sound.
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The Effects of Light
The Effects of Light
Light does more than meets the eye. Light has a positive effect on the psyche; sensitive people need sun or light for their well-being. Our circadian clock is set by light and darkness. The right lighting at the workplace is becoming increasingly important, the research on the effects of light more thorough. Overall, Europeans are surrounded by too much rather than too little light. The fight against light pollution has begun, a light pollution that affects insects and migratory birds. And finally buildings can be heated by light.
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Life with Mixed Senses --The World of Synaesthetes
Life with Mixed Senses --The World of Synaesthetes
Who "hears" colours or "sees" sounds was once considered "sick". Today synaesthetic abilities are interesting for brain research and an inspiration for artists. The painter Wassily Kandinsky for example describes in his childhood memories how the Moscow sky during a sunset changed colour "like a mad Tuba". The dancer Alejandra Pineda de Avila "sees the rhythm". Only modern brain research makes it possible, by means of magnetic resonance, to watch the brain think. Today one can see how stimuli work. What they mean, however, remains little understood.
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Artificial Time and Circadian Clock - How Our Lives Get out of Time
Artificial Time and Circadian Clock - How Our Lives Get out of Time
Chronobiology is a relatively young science. Man's circadian clock is located in the brain and, broadly speaking, consists of bundles of nerve cells. It controls the various biorhythms of the body that even occur in every cell. The research areas of chronobiology are diverse; they are looking for answers to questions like: Do chronotypes change in the course of a lifetime? Is shift work a health hazard? Does light deficiency make you sick? What role does the circadian clock play in digestion?
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Digital Side Effects - When Computers Think For Us
Digital Side Effects - When Computers Think For Us
Young people use media on screens for an average of seven and a half hours per day. It is expected that cafés, restaurants and even holiday apartments have Wi-Fi, and an estimated 70 % of riders type, swipe or phone in the underground. Determining the negative consequences that this has on our brain has become the subject of extensive research.  Over the last 30 years, important findings have been made in neuroplasticity and showed: The brain develops by using it. If the brain does not achieve the functional level that is actually possible when we are young because we no longer have to remember anything - thanks to smartphones, google, navigation, etc. - it will decay more quickly later.
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Black Holes - Mysteries of the Universe
Black Holes - Mysteries of the Universe
Everybody is talking about Black Holes. Lately, after being a main topic in several movies, this spacetime curiosities have advanced to a well known issue, attracting everyone's attention. Scientists from all over the world have dedicated their life's work to disclosing the secrets and dangers of Black Holes. But is there a real danger for humanity? Or are we on the path to finding the key to time travel? And how close are fiction and reality?
These mysterious phenomena raise a series of yet unanswered questions - and some controversies between distinguished scientists. On the trails of Einstein and Hawkins, in this movie scientists and experts examine these dark phenomena.
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Mobility and Innovation from Austria
Mobility and Innovation from Austria
In a modern society, mobility is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon. Influenced by occupational requirements, leisure activities, urban planning, and social shifts, "being mobile" is subject to constant change. Austria's answers to our altered mobility behavior are impressive: Whether rails for China, urban cable cars for La Paz, biogas tractors for the third world, or designs for high-speed trains, know-how "Made in Austria" is in demand worldwide. With research and industry experts, the documentary discusses the question of where our journey will take us in the near and distant future.
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Profiling in Criminal Psychology
Profiling in Criminal Psychology
One principle is paramount: No one can hide behind himself. For every crime, countless individual decisions have to be made. These decisions distinguish the criminal, his motive, and his modus operandi. Profiling is the art of describing an unknown person. Profilers are called in whenever conventional investigations get stalled. A pure analyst can advance an investigation significantly by purposeful combination of information. This is illustrated by the solutions of the RAF terror and the Austrian letter bomb series. The documentary shows the great potential of today's profilers and advances the political discussion of it.
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Healing Beyond Mainstream
Healing Beyond Mainstream
Modern medicine has achieved much. But many chronic diseases and cancer stretch it to its limits. More and more people consult therapists, doctors, and healers who achieve great and seemingly inexplicable success with their often unconventional methods. Over the last decade, brain, nervous system, and immune system research has yielded many new insights into how and why mental techniques and other complementary therapies can be successful. Meditation, hypnosis, relaxation exercises, massage techniques, and other chiropractic therapies have long since passed the test of serious studies and -- if performed by reputable therapists -- are among the important complementary therapies, which can spell success particularly with chronic suffering. Healing beyond Mainstream Medicine introduces the various mechanisms that are helpful for a cure.
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The Rosetta Mission
In 2014 the breathtaking landing of the Rosetta Mission on a comet unveils most secrets about our existence and the genesis of the solar system. After a 10-year-journey straight across the universe the space probe «Rosetta» finally landed its robot «Philae» on the comet Tschurjumov-Gerassimenko. With this major mission scientists anticipate to get long-desired information about our existence and the sun system's evolution. This mission and many other upcoming explorations of ESA and NASA will lead to future missions, such as the return to the Moon and later, scheduled for 2030 on to Mars. Within the last 50 years of Space Exploration NASA and ESA achieved successfully after the spectacular moonlanding in 1969, several groundbreaking robotic landings on most Planets of our solar system and to «populate» the near Earth orbit with the human technological masterpiece - the International Space Station - ISS. In fact our daily life also depends irreplaceably on satellites and digital communication via space. This film tells the story of an adventurous mission of 50 years of European space history in association with ESA and NASA filming on location in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia and France.
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Future Markets - Hightech for the world of tomorrow
Future Markets - Hightech for the world of tomorrow
A new propulsion system for an affordable eco-car, the skeleton
for a humanoid robot or extremely fast lasers for eye surgery.
When resourceful minds innovate and experiment, exciting
products are the result. Be it entrepreneurs, investors or scientists
- the passion for technology inspires the spirit of research
and hones the feel for new areas of business. An inspiring and
interesting documentary about new technologies and their
practical applications.
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Newton
Newton
Whether it is about the joys and wonders of machinery, computers or robotics, the fascination of nature, biology and wildlife or the functioning of society or our personal behaviour among each other, «Newton« presents all scientific and fascinating facts about human beings, animals, nature and technology and explains the latest news, the basics and contexts. Elaborate and stylish film clips make interesting stories easier to understand, supported by computer animations and graphics, experiments and interviews with experts. «Newton« is aimed at anyone who likes to find out new things, enjoys the odd light-bulb moment and wants to discover what is behind many everyday things and events.

37 episodes

3x 14min.
1x 21min.
33x 22min.
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Tricks of the Pharma Industry
Tricks of the Pharma Industry
They dominate medical research, conceal negative trial results and sell us outrageously expensive medicines, about the ineffectiveness and risks of which they have long been aware. And in the process the managers in the pharmaceutical industry generate the highest profits of any sector. Now women are filing complaints. They took the contraceptive pill, Yasmin, because it was pitched to them as an innovative product that would also help to alleviate skin conditions. Now these young women are stroke patients. "Bought" guidelines. Critical doctors point out that there are dozens of conflicts of interest on the committees of experts that draw up the treatment guidelines. And insiders divulge how the industry manipulates articles ostensibly written by professors by using ghost writers.
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Interfaces - Our Digital Life
Interfaces - Our Digital Life
Hardly anything in the world works without a PC any more. Practically, everything is controlled by computer - with networks, communication, sending and receiving all digital. Our world is an analogue world that is increasingly being dominated by binary processes and programmes. This digital omnipresence has co-opted us and is continuing to grow in strength; it won't be long, for example, until household technology can only be controlled digitally, and even remotely, or until 2018 when the first self-driving vehicles hit the roads in California.
How much "digital" does humankind need? And how much "human" does digital need? This documentary illuminates digital environments and descriptively tells its story using four different generations - ranging from the generation that was not born into the telepathic society through to Generation Vipe.
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The Power of Thought
The Power of Thought
We are already able to control computers, use devices and move prostheses by thought alone. Thoughts have a major influence on our physical well-being and can bring about cures spontaneously. But what are thoughts? Just brain waves? Or are there serious indications that they are linked to more far-reaching forces? «The Power of Thoughts» is a fascinating journey into mankind's inner world. Brain researchers talk about newly explored connections between thoughts, feelings and personality development. Biologists and medical doctors deal with astonishing experiences of consciousness. New theories based on quantum physics explain the interaction between mind and body.
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Eyes on the Universe - A Journey to the Largest Telescopes on Earth
Eyes on the Universe - A Journey to the Largest Telescopes on Earth
The answer to one of the most fundamental questions of mankind - are we alone in the universe? - appears to have come within touching distance. The ESO, the leading research and development organisation in the field of astronomy enables top class astronomic research. At the present time the world's largest telescope is being built in the unique observatory in Chile's Atacama Desert at around 5000 metres above sea level. It is expected to provide the first pictures of planets similar to earth. Scientists from all over the globe have devoted their lives to uncovering cosmic secrets, living and working for years at a time in this inhospitable part of the world. Far from civilisation, the researchers are attempting to solve the puzzle of the universe.
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Breath of the Gods
Breath of the Gods
We cannot see, hear or smell it. But we can feel it, and its effects are hugely important to humankind. For thousands of years the wind has supplied energy, it has threatened us when it blows too hard, at medium strength it inspires us to all kinds of technical shenanigans and its total absence creates an unease in us that only goes away when a fresh breeze springs up. Three thousand years ago people thought that the wind starts to blow when the earth breathes in and out. Others were certain that it was the breath of the gods. This is a documentary about the origins of the wind, what it actually is, how it influences human thought and actions and how essential it is for our lives. The film also answers obvious and surprising questions on the subject of wind. Are there winds that exceed 500 km per hour? What does the wind have to do with poetry? Is it possible to raise 100 kites on a single string? Does the wind blow differently in the city compared to in the country? Who owns the wind? Can it be fun to be at the mercy of the wind?
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Pol-Ares - On the Way to Mars
Pol-Ares - On the Way to Mars
It's supposed to happen in 20 to 30 years. Thefirst man sets foot on the Red Planet, Mars. Allthe world conducts research and developmentto that end. In Austria, the Austrian SpaceForum is in charge. One of their developments, forexample, is the space suit Aouda X. For one week,a Mars landing was simulated at the Rio Tinto inSpain. The area is a semidesert and has Martianfeatures. In the process, the Eurobot, the Marscar of the European Space Agency with a pricetag of 1.5 million, was field tested for the firsttime.
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Extreme! - Light and Dark
Extreme! - Light and Dark
Humans prefer moderation - neither too hot nor too cold, neither too light nor too dark. But Earth doesn't cater to our preferences. Our planet offers an abundance of extreme conditions, and people everywhere have had to learn to adapt to their surroundings. «EXTREME! - Light and Dark» is a journey to the brightest and darkest inhabited areas of the world: places where a cloud hardly ever crosses the sky - or months pass without a single ray of sunlight reaching the ground. How does so much light, or so little, affect the mindset and emotional well-being of the people who live with it? How do they protect themselves? And how do they take advan- tage of their situation?

Following the previous episodes of «EXTREME!»-«Valley Deep - Mountain High», «Drought to Deluge» and «Freezer to Furnace»- this episode brings to life the brightest and darkest places on Earth in spectacular images.
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Living in a Selfish World?
Living in a Selfish World?

For decades economists have portrayed mankind as a species that seeks only its own advantage and profit in a coolly calculating manner. «Struggling for Life»- many economists view the global markets and their mechanisms in accordance with this image to the present day. People chase individual success with all their might - even at the expense of their neighbours. Yet recently scientists from various different disciplines have begun to question this view of things. The financial crisis gave a special urgency to their work, and in the meantime, neuroscientists, evolutionary researchers and economists have turned the old, pseudo-Darwinist picture of mankind on its head. They are coming to the conclusion that through his tribal history, mankind is characterised by mutual support, readiness to help and teamwork.


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BioArt
BioArt

The relationship between art and science has always been multifarious and today, in the age of technoscience, has become decidedly ambiguous. Between the mechanisation of living things in biological science and the «bringing to life» of machines within the exploration of artificial life, the protagonists of transgenic art and artificial life art have dared to adopt the methods and procedures of life sciences, creating new art forms in the process. Art from the Laboratory is a documentary about the BioArt movement, its technical aspects, new visions and a new approach to mankind's great philosophical questions coupled with insights into the everyday life of progressive bio-artists.


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Wonder Wood
Wonder Wood

Homes, items of clothing, cosmetic wipes, instruments, motor fuel, toys, sweeteners, paper and finally heating fuel - all of them can be made from wood. In addition, ever more surprising discoveries are being made as wood has boomed over the past few years as a highly sought-after means of moving away from the fossil fuel age. This film presents Austrian innovations that have attracted international interest or are well on the way to doing so.

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App World
App World
Small yet powerful. A groundbreaking innovation also referred to as «Apps» are taking over our everyday lives. Apps are available to everyone and each Smartphone user has the ability to own a countless number of these mini-programs. Just one click can open up a whole world of games-apps, Apps for news, sports, translation, navigation as well as social networks such as Facebook. These are just a few of the 550 000 mobile applications available worldwide. With the introduction of this new phenomenon, there has been a clear shift in society. In the past, one was able to judge a person based on the books they read, or the works they pursued. In today's society this is judged by one's mobile applications; in the words of Intel's Wolfgang Petersen «Show me your Apps and I will tell you who you are». Many of the Apps originate in Austria. The college in Hagenberg in Upper Austria is considered one of Austria's most imperative training grounds for young talent in the AppWorld. It is unnecessary to doubt the demand for in the App labor market, as their demand is constantly rising. Many people have become dependent on Apps to help them make their way through everyday struggles; their main attributes being their practicality and their helpfulness. Regardless of the Smartphone device, any suitable App is able to provide one with the required information and content, anytime and anywhere. With the growing influence Apps are having on our everyday lives, the question is how long will it take for Apps to operate our refrigerators and replace our wallets? Which also leads us to the question of whether in fact we need these Apps?
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Vienna's Water
Vienna's Water

The city of Vienna is world famous for its position on the River Danube. Every day Vienna's residents consume around 370,000 cubic metres of water, which is not uncommon for a city of over a million people. However the fact that not a single drop comes from the great river is amazing. All of the water that is drunk or cooked with, that flows through showers, sinks and fountains into the city's drains and wastewater treatment plants comes from the alps. Vienna's exclusive water factory lies in the eastern limestone alps. The Rax-Schneeberg region in Lower Austria and the Styrian Hoschschwab are the natural reservoirs from which water has flowed to Vienna for almost 150 years. It follows the natural inclines from the mountains along two pipelines into the federal capital, where it collects in large reservoirs and is distributed via a network that is approximately 3000 km long.

The film shows the routes that this diverted mountain stream takes through the city and how the precious liquid transforms both itself and the city; it explains why Vienna General Hospital is the city's greatest water consumer, accompanies dirty water through one of the most modern wastewater treatment plants in the world and observes its wondrous transformation on its way to the Danube.

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Life Has No Meaning, It is Meaning - Herbert Pietschmann, Physicist
Life Has No Meaning, It is Meaning - Herbert Pietschmann, Physicist
Society is falling apart, it is being atomised. That is the opinion of the world renowned physicist, mathematician, philosopher and author Herbert Pietschmann. «I communicate,therefore we are» is the credo of the scientist born in Vienna in 1936, who studied underthe Nobel Prize winner, Erwin Schrödinger and who worked at CERN. In more than 350 publications the all-round academic grappled not only with particle physics but also withquestions of philosophy, theology, medicine and management doctrine.He advocates that people should come together again to create a whole out of the innumerable »me's«, which swirl around like the isolated atoms of an inert gas; collidingwith each other every now again but never coming into direct contact. A portrait of anenthusiastic scientist, pianist and Beethoven expert who made it his goal to make life better.
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Intelligence is Genderless - Women in Technical Research
Intelligence is Genderless - Women in Technical Research
More and more women are forcing their way into the male dominated domain of technical research and proving that they have what it takes to make a successful career in this area. In fact they often tackle tasks with more enthusiasm and motivation than their male colleagues. Women have achieved outstanding results, for example, in research into nanotechnology, nuclear physics and biotechnology. However, far too few women continue to choose a career in a technical field, even though after graduating they can quickly find themselves, not just with a job, but in a senior position. A film about the «battle of the sexes» in science.  
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Science Creates the Future
Science Creates the Future
Scientific research finds itself at an unprecedented juncture. Scientific theories are being applied to everyday applications faster than ever before, the leap from experiment to success is shorter every day. What are the key technologies and what is science pinning its hopes on for the 21st Century? This documentary highlights the facts and visions of five of the most innovative research areas: quantum mechanics, which is on the verge of turning classical physics on its head, molecular genetics, which has ushered in a new age of medicine with the discovery of new therapies or space exploration, finding for the first time serious traces of life on other planets. Advances in nanotechnology, which can diagnose and treat diseases long before they produce symptoms are also expected as are improvements in sensor development, which has made modern research possible in turn made our everyday lives easier. The future is going to be bright - that is for sure.
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Aids Kills! - The Fight against HIV
Aids Kills! - The Fight against HIV
22 million People are infected with the HI virus in Africa. With such a large number of infections, public health systems in almost all African countries are struggling to cope. This film shows everyday life in Africa's largest HIV clinic and research institute: the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Uganda. The institute trains medical personnel, who are urgently required across Africa, and helps to stem the flow of young doctors leaving for developed countries. Every day hundreds of infected people arrive hoping for treatment and doctors search for the ways and means to fight effectively against HIV and AIDS.
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Space Architecture
Space Architecture

Barbara Imhof has a pretty unusual job: She is a space architect. On behalf of European Space Agency ESA, Imhof designs space ships and even habitats for distant planets.
What sounds like utopia does have a realistic background: In 2030, man is to set foot on Mars, while in 2018 American astronauts are to land on the moon again to accomplish first steps in creating a lunar interstation for manned long-term missions into space. Astronautics are increasingly focussing on manned missions again, visionary concepts mapping architectures for colonisation of extraterrestrial planets are becoming ever more important. The documentary not only shows how construction can be accomplished under conditions of minimal gravity, but also offers an insight into the means of how astronauts could travel comfortably to planets far away, often having to spend months within their spacecraft. Previously unreleased material from space agencies of Japan, USA and Europe is shown for the first time!

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Extreme! - From Valley Deep to Mountain High
Extreme! - From Valley Deep to Mountain High
In the near future, some of the settlement areas will become uninhabitable, and new land will need to be tapped into because of climate change. Are there any limitations to realizing the impossible? The third part of filmmaker Udo Maurer's voyage through the world's extremes compares life at sea level with the highest mountains of the world. From the lagoons and palm beaches of the South Sea Islands whose highest peak is often only soem few meters high to the highlands of Ethiopia at four thousand metres. From the shores of Dead Sea, located at 408 meters below sea level, to the 5400 meter high La Rinconada, the gold minder city, in the Peruvian Andes. La Rinconada is not like any other place, it is the highest inhabited place on Earth. If someone dares to go that long stretch, it is only for one reason: to become rich. In fact, there is gold in La Rinconada - and that attracts adventurers from all over the world.
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Extreme! - From Drought to Deluge
Extreme! - From Drought to Deluge
In the 21st century, the average rainfall will increase and likewise its intensity. Many party of Earth will therefore drown in rain and snow, whilst other parts will dry out. What should we expect? How should we deal with these new conditions? How to adapt to it? One answer can be found there where humankind has already gotten used to exceptionally high rainfalls, there where there is never a drop of rainfall, and there where rain and snowfall reach world records. The French Island, La Réunion, in the Indian Ocean offers almost certainly a guarantee for torrential rainfall. When it comes to world records, La Réunion is by far the champion. The big legend amidst the places with the most rain is the city Cherrapunjee in Eastern India. Cherrapunjee is proud to call itself the wettest place on Earth. Here one has to get acclimated to five months of continous rainfall. According to the most recent measurements, the amount of downpour is even increasing. On the other extreme there is the Atacama desert in Chile. It is considered the driest desert on Earth. Allegedly, some places have not even seen rainfall for four thousand years.
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Science Clips
Science Clips

Do you look like your first name? Will asteroid «Apophis» hit the earth in 2029? Ever heard of nano-technology?

 

These are not the only extraordinary topics this series is dealing with: From the mathematical solution to avoid standing in lines forever to the question if computer addicts are solitary loners or cheerful, social folks reaching out for more, from «wearable technologies» to the mystery of animal languages.

 

Take a trip into unknown territories and discover scientific mysteries you never thought of. Are blue eyes a genetic error? Why female guinea pigs don't like machos?... we have the answers!

 

Duration: und 8 x approx. 10' and 36 x approx. 20'

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My Brain and I
My Brain and I

In one of the world's most powerful computers, 10,000 electronic brain cell clones are operating independently. In the next ten years Henry Markram wants to simulate the entire workings of the human brain. With his «Blue Brain» project in Lausanne in Switzerland the brain researcher has set new standards in brain research. This documentary  shows, using examples from everyday life, the rivalry between those who believe in determinist theories and advocates of free will and takes a look at the results of brain research over the last couple of years.


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Space Medicine
Space Medicine

Space - for thousands of years it has exerted a powerful attraction on humankind. However only a few have had the privilege of actually travelling into space and most people don't realise that a journey into space places the human body under extreme stress. Astronauts have to battle with dizziness and nausea, as well as muscle deterioration, bone degradation and even heart disorders. Stress, isolation and monotony just exacerbate the already extreme conditions on board a space station. However these experiences are invaluable for medicine. They are problems that occur to millions living on earth, especially older people. Much of the medical research from space is already being used in clinical diagnosis and therapy and in caring for the elderly. This fascinating documentary follows the work of researchers at aviation and space medicine centres and shows how their efforts make life easier for both astronauts and us, introducing volunteers, who spend weeks lying motionless in bed, in the name of space research.

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Our Knowledge is But a Drop - Water, the Unknown Element
Our Knowledge is But a Drop - Water, the Unknown Element

Water - just a liquid or much more? New analyses of this life giving substance have caused a sensation around the world. Many researchers are convinced that water is capable of storing information and retrieving it. This documentary looks at water's «memory» and attempts to find out what scientific surprises still lie in store from worldwide research into this area. Scientists have found out, for example, that water can store measurable information - even without any contact. Bacteria can also assess changes in water, a thousand times more precisely than any physical or chemical measuring instruments. The possible applications are innumerable: limitless retention and storage capacity and the key to discovering the origins of life on our planet. One thing is clear - research into water is just at the beginning.

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Energy 2050 - Life After the Oil Crash
Energy 2050 - Life After the Oil Crash

Our energy system is on the threshold of a fundamental change. 50 years ago the foundations of our current energy supply were laid and now the time has come to set the course for the next 50 years. By 2050 our yearly energy requirements will have more than doubled as more and more people use more and more fuel.

Until late in the 19th century our energy needs were largely supplied by the sun, water and biomass. They are also the way of the future. In light of the massive demand for energy, extremely efficient methods of energy production are required. Scientists are working around the clock to develop sustainable technologies that can operate on a tenth of current energy requirements and which, it's hoped, will soon replace fossil fuels.

The documentary «Energy 2050» follows a number of these exciting projects and examines issues such as the rise of China, the increase in blackouts and intelligent supply networks of the future.
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Hydropower - Green Electricity
Hydropower - Green Electricity

A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years.The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head.Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit.

This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work.From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per year.Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.


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The Future has Begun - New Environmental Technology in Austria
The Future has Begun - New Environmental Technology in Austria

 

A complete reconstruction lies ahead for our energy system over the next ten years.The traditional hierarchical energy supply structure is being turned on its head.Thanks to smart grids, people have the option of feeding electricity that they have produced themselves into the network, whilst on the other hand being able to continue to draw power from it when they need it.The overall optimisation of network loads is to everyone's benefit.

This film shows current developments and the way that such technologies work.From the energy-saving swimming pool to increasing the energy efficiency of buildings, the measures result in energy savings that lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 600 tonnes per year.Today, modernisation work carried out on power plants is bringing about record efficiency factors of an impressive 59 per cent.Practical examples and theoretical considerations show how in future it will be possible to foster, generate and transport energy in an even cleaner, more efficient and environmentally friendly way.


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Natural Home - Ecological Construction
Natural Home - Ecological Construction
Housing that does without heating systems or mud houses constructed using the material excavated at building sites -»Ecological construction« is In and brings a new meaning to the buzzword »sustainability«.  According to the latest calculations buildings account for an unbelievable 50% of energy use. As a result world-wide CO2 emissions are on the increase. At a time when everyone is talking about the financial crisis and global warming building ecologically would seem to be the order of the day. In the meantime designers and architects have also jumped on the bandwagon and are collaborating intensively with famous property developers to increase the attraction of passive construction. This documentary shows outstanding »Eco-Houses« which are also optically convincing and whose unused building material can be reprocessed in an environmentally friendly way.
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Mission: Zero Emissions - The Factory of Tomorrow
Mission: Zero Emissions - The Factory of Tomorrow
Over the course of several months they observe fascinating pilot projects as particularly innovative production processes are designed and implemented.The film documents the history of how these projects came about, reports on research progress and setbacks, and shows the hopes of the researchers and the potential of the new technologies. Numerous examples demonstrate how the factory of the future is already working today.How can fossil fuels be replaced by renewable sources in future?How might an industrial and working environment where production is sustainable look in around 50 years' time?What do the factory of the future's eco-intelligent products - products that are produced and used in an eco-friendly way, yet which are still competitive - look like?
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The Big Bang Machine: CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research
The Big Bang Machine: CERN - The European Organisation for Nuclear Research

CERN is Europe's organisation for nuclear research. Particles are accelerated to almost the speed of light in this gigantic structure, then made to collide and split into even smaller particles. However, public opinion is also split on this project. Antimatter has already been generated here, and sceptics fear that black holes might be produced. Is there a possibility of endangering the world by seeking to find out more about how it was created? The Austrian scientist Norbert Frischauf has worked at CERN for many years. With him it was possible to gain access to the fascinating core of the world's largest research centre, to obtain an insight into the scientists' work and to complete a crash course in particle physics.

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In the Beginning Was the Particle - CERN and the Question of God's Existence
In the Beginning Was the Particle - CERN and the Question of God's Existence
It is the world's largest machine and consumes the same amount of electricity as a medium-sized town: the particle accelerator that the CERN European research centre for particle physics has built near Geneva is big in every respect. The research it is being used to conduct relates to no less a matter than the origin of the universe. Taking questions of this magnitude as its starting point, this documentary leads to a discussion between physicists and theologians regarding the role of chance, people's individual responsibility and whether, between all of these questions and answers, there is any room at all for God. Or indeed whether at this precise time modern Physics again sees a place for God in its world.   Researchers and scientists are largely agreed that there was a big bang. However, the recent research results are looking to lay to rest attempts to describe it as the beginning of everything. The question of what there was before the big bang has, until now, pushed up against the limits of the human understanding of space and time. At least theoretically, however, some researchers are attempting to look over the edge of our universe and thus back into the possible worlds before the big bang. What exactly the big bang theory can prove, and to what extent - through new findings - must it be rebutted or cast in a new light? Is it actually possible to say what existed before the big bang, or is it all as yet merely speculation?
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Paracelsus - Man is his own Medicine
Paracelsus - Man is his own Medicine

Paracelsus - a philosopher, physician, alchemist and field researcher of traditional European folk medicine.

Paracelsus rejected theoretical learning; for him only his experience and the observations he had made on his travels throughout Europe counted.His aim was to understand the true nature of man and his relationship to the cosmos, and he sought ways to produce genuinely curative medicines with whose help he hoped to be able to create in man a harmony of body, mind and spirit. Even in his day Paracelsus had discovered man's ability to heal himself.What remains of Paracelsus' holistic view of the world in today's system of medicine?We found people who look to Paracelsus and apply his knowledge of holistic healing in a practical way:anthroposophical physicians, naturopaths, pharmacists and spagyricists, exponents of astromedicine and herbalism as well as representatives of the EU platform for complementary medicine.


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Lightning Reloaded
Lightning Reloaded
Even today day still we don't know exactly where lightning strikes come from and how they are created. This documentary focuses on the latest lightning and thunderstorm research, using the cutting-edge digital video technology. It solves the mystery of ball-lightning and explores in detail the anatomy of a lightning strike, as well as investigating the phenomena of sprites and lightning bolts that explode in the depths of space.
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The Voynich Code - The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript
The Voynich Code - The World's Most Mysterious Manuscript

It is the world's most mysterious manuscript. A book, written by an unknown author, illustrated with pictures that are as bizarre as they are puzzling - and written in a language that even the best cryptographers have been unable to decode. No wonder then, that this script even has a part in Dan Brown's latest bestseller, «The Lost Symbol». The Voynich Manuscript has captivated academics and occultists in equal measure since its discovery 100 years ago. The decoders of the Japanese Purple Code, physicists with high-performance modern computers and polymath historians have all tried their luck. But to date nobody has been able to decipher the book's contents. «The Voynich Mystery» follows a completely new lead in the hunt for the author's identity and uncovers the secret of the mysterious manuscript using the methods of materials science. To the present day many historians believe the manuscript to be a fake, allegedly circulated by the New York antique book dealer, Wilfrid Voynich, in 1912 so that he could offer it to wealthy manuscript collectors. Voynich did not, however, succeed in selling the mysterious manuscript to a collector during his lifetime. After his death, it eventually found its way into the collection of the University of Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The manuscript's age, origin and contents remained unknown. For almost a century, the numerous illustrations in particular have given rise to the most adventurous speculation and astounding theories. The secret lettering itself is also still a source of great mystery. But now a new investigative approach has shed new light into the maze of conflicting theories and ideas. At the home of the Voynich Manuscript, the University of Yale, the mysterious text has been looked at again using the methods of material science.


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Limits of Light
Limits of Light
We recognize our world primarily through the sense of vision, yet the light we use to see by is only a tiny fraction of the electro- magnetic spectrum that surrounds us and impacts on our lives. From X-rays to microwaves, from ultraviolet to infrared, we explore the world of colour. We find out what colour really is, how our colour vision works, and we explore insects that can see into the ultraviolet, snakes that sense invisible infrared radiation and birds whose colour vision is far more sensitive than ours. Following the multiple award-winning «Limits of Perception» and «Time Limits», this is the third part of the trilogy that explores beyond the limits of our everyday perceptions.
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Extreme! - From Freezer to Furnace
Extreme! - From Freezer to Furnace
This is a journey to the hottest and coldest places on earth, where people go about their everyday lives under extreme conditions - and even enjoy it. The Northern Pole of Cold, where the northern hemisphere's lowest air temperature of minus 71.2 degrees Celsius has been recorded, lies in north-east Siberia. The village of Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on earth - a real «natural freezer». Thousands of miles away lies America's answer to the record-holding Russian village: Furnace Creek, headquarters of Death Valley National Park. In 1913, 56.7 degrees Celsius were measured here. But the world's official hottest place is the city of Al'Aziziyah in Libya, a gateway to the Sahara desert, just 25 miles from Tripoli and the Mediterranean Sea. It holds the world record of 58 degrees Celsius - in the shade! Another infamous blast furnace is the Danakil Depression in the borderland between Eritrea and Ethiopia - one of the most forbidding deserts on earth, a vsolcanic wasteland almost 150 meters below sea level, which boasts the highest measured annual average temperature: 34.6 degrees Celsius.
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Dawn of the Quantum World
Dawn of the Quantum World
The theory of relativity and quantum physics are the greatest scientific achievements of the 20th Century. Even more than relativity theory,
quantum physics has changed our world - in fact, most of the devices we use every day would not have been developed without an understanding of its principles.    
Our entire way of thinking has had to be expanded as objects in the quantum world cannot be clearly represented. The student Nina asks quantum expert Professor Pietschmann naïve questions about the quantum world in a spontaneous, direct and enthusiastic way. Without using mathematical formulas, this richly illustrated documentary attempts to impart an understanding of dualistic ways of thinking, to which there are no definite answers.
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Land of Masterminds
Land of Masterminds
Austria has much more to offer than Mozart and Red Bull. Some of the world's best known inventions come from the small alpine country in the heart of Europe.
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Nature Tech - How Engineers Are Inspired by Nature's Top Designs
Nature Tech - How Engineers Are Inspired by Nature's Top Designs
Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider's web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature's designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature - they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.
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O-Two - The Molecule that Made Our World
O-Two - The Molecule that Made Our World

Using latest CGI combined with live-action reconstructions, this film follows the journey of a molecule of oxygen, an adventure that takes place over a span of thousands of millions of years. The story begins with the photosynthesis of a bacteria - and in doing so it produces the molecule of oxygen gas. The way of the oxygen unfolds and at times it is torn apart and becomes part of other molecules. It is involved in the conflagrations that accompanied the death of the dinosaurs after the great asteroid impact, then travels through a human body to combine with haemoglobin in the blood and to take part in chemical reactions in individual cells. For a while the oxygen even spends some time as ozone, protecting earth from deadly radiation but then connects to a carbon dioxide molecule to help warming earth and bring about unknown consequences of climate change. Following this fascinating story, the film explores key moments in the history of earth and science in an unusual and visual way. «O-Two» is an intriguing and ambitious journey through biology, chemistry and physics.

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Solar City
Solar City

An important experiment in sustainable building has been completed in the industrial city of Linz:

The »Solar City» in the south of Linz was developed as a model city for the 21st century, a prime example of ecologically sound urban development. It's not just another suburban development, but a complete neighborhood including a marketplace, businesses, schools, community centers and all of the other amenities necessary for a modern city of 3000 people. It is connected to the public transportation network, and almost completely car free. The Solar City is situated next to the Danube basin and has it's own bathing lake.

 

As the name might imply, special attention has been given to the use of sustainable building methods, from low to zero energy technology, solar collectors and photovoltaic cells to water use and treatment, the development is a practical implementation of sustainable building practices. The architectural quality of the residential and infrastructural buildings is also impressive. Internationally known architects like Norman Foster and Richard Rogers have developed low energy buildings for the project. It's a rare example of how new technologies and ecologically friendly design can result in an improved quality of living for nearly the same cost of conventional building methods.

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Cyberhand - Hope for a New Life
Cyberhand - Hope for a New Life
Christian Kandlbauer lost both arms in a high voltage accident. And yet the 20 year old can today lead a largely normal life again. This has been made possible by artificial arms and hands - operated only through the power of thought. Developed through a commission from the American ministry of defence in order to return disabled soldiers to duty, Christian was the first patient in Europe to receive the «Cyberhand». This documentary shows the development of this miracle of technology from conception to realisation and accompanies Christian on his arduous journey back to a normal life; from his first tentative attempts with the thought-controlled prostheses to gripping and feeling.
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Weather Lab Alps
Weather Lab Alps

Is it true that our winters are becoming shorter and shorter? Is the number of catastrophes caused by weather phenomenons in the alpine area really growing? Has the eternal ice of the glaciers been tagged with an expiry date? Will low-lying ski areas endure winters without snow? How does climate change affect alpine vegetation? Flying their hot air balloon, which was equipped by the Sonnblick weather station, Meteorologist Andreas Jäger and his camera crew are taking a comprehensive look into the consequences of climate change. 

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The Light of the Future
The Light of the Future
There is no doubt that light is of outmost importance for our wellbeing, health and security. If there were no light, we would not be able to survive. In the Western world, where societies are active 24 hours a day, there is need and demand for more and more sophisticated sources of light which can be used at any place and time. As a result, all around the world, scientists are unremittingly performing research in light laboratories in order to find out more about natural and artificial light. In numerous studies, they develop techniques that help lead the light into spaces which hardly ever see direct sunlight, as for instance certain areas in hospitals or underground stations. By means of huge mirrors, the sunlight can even be cast into entire villages which otherwise would remain in the shadow all day.
 
Another point is raised regarding the importance of light for urban and traffic safety. New solutions in lighting will help avoid accidents at dangerous crossroads and in car tunnels. In this documentary we approach a topic which is more current than ever: we discuss sustainable development in the field of light studies, search for intelligent solutions in architectural design and consider the pros and cons of newly developed lighting systems. Join us and enter a fascinating world of light!
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Top Secret: Water - Investigating an Inexplicable Phenomenon
Top Secret: Water - Investigating an Inexplicable Phenomenon

The theory of «water memory» has long been avidly acclaimed by pseudo scientists and their disciples. To some degree, the healing method of homeopathy is based on this phenomenon as well as the potent capacity of so-called «invigorated» water (Granderwasser). The controversy as to whether this water memory is a fantasy, charlatanism, or one of the most sensational discoveries of all time has been raging for decades- and the quest for the truth leads us to discoverers in the US, Russia, Germany, Austria and Japan.

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Poisoned!
Poisoned!

This film takes a look at the various ways poisons have been used throughout history, using dramatic reconstructions of some of the most infamous poisonings. But the film doesn't stop there. Using advanced computer animation, we travel inside the bodies of a victim of the Borgias, as well as Cleopatra, Hannibal, Socrates, Emperor Leopold and a host of other unfortunate victims, to witness from the inside how they died. The film follows humanity's macabre search over thousands of years for the perfect poison. A poisoner needs a poison that is tasteless and colorless, and therefore won't be noticed by the victim. It needs to work in low doses, so a poisoner doesn't have to feed his victim large quantities. And it needs to be reliably and quickly lethal. Finally, it needs to be undetectable after the event, so the poisoner leaves no trail of guilt. In fact, for preference it should mimic the symptoms of a disease, so no-one even suspects poisoning. Not surprisingly, such a perfect poison is not easy to find or make, and the search has occupied some of humanity's finest minds.

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Let it snow!
Let it snow!
«Snow is snow is snow» one might be tempted to say. Yet people in the Arctic have hundred of different names for snow while other cultures have never seen it. Nor is snowfall the same as snowfall.
In this extraordinary documentary we are going to witness very different kinds and situations of snowing: from howling blizzards to the gentlest and loveliest of weather events, from huge handkerchiefs quietly falling to the needle-sharp attack of hard, heavy grains. Snow - what is it really? How is it created - naturally and artificially? Thanks to CGI and new camera techniques we can actually see this process for the first time and listen to the incredible, inaudible music of snowfall, of myriads of tiny crystals touching and rolling and settling. Each snowflake is unique and bears more secrets than we could imagine. Did you know that different kinds of music influence the crystallization process and the shape of snowflakes? And have you ever imagined that we would be able to produce artificial snow that melts at 30 degrees Celsius? With this in mind: just let it snow!
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Power of the Rainbow
Power of the Rainbow

The beauty of nature's colors only becomes fully visible in sunlight, whether it is the splendid miracle of the rainbow or its various different forms in nature; none of the colors is a coincidence - not the green of the leaves, nor the red of blood or the deep black of space. The film gives an overview of the fascinating world of color in all its different manifestations; a journey from inorganic nature to plants, animals and to people. In the light of the sun all colors are contained. How is this possible? In wildlife and nature colors are messages: flowers, for instance, show insects the way to the nectar and thus to the stamens that load them with pollen and animals use colors as bait, as camouflage or to ward off enemies. Why does this communication works? This documentary tries to explain these questions with all new technology and breathtaking images.

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Limits of Perception
Limits of Perception
This is a journey form the smallest manmade hole - by removing just one single atom - to the edge of the universe. Man has finally succeeded in making the ancient dream of Greek philosophers come true - to «see» an atom. In another direction we also seem to have unlimited sight: the «Hubble Telescope» grants us a glimpse of the remotest galaxies. This documentary assesses the limits of human perception, taking us on a journey through time from the quasars, millions of light-years away from earth, via the wonders of our populated world to the depths of human genotype and the structure of a single atom. «Limits of Perception» promises a filmic journey of exploration from micro- into macrocosm.
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About Dealing with Reality - NLP
About Dealing with Reality - NLP
NLP: This abbreviation stands for one of the most effective training methods applied to foster expansion and constructive change in human experience and behavior.

But even among experts, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) is controversial. It consists of a «tool-kit» of modern psychotherapeutic techniques now used by politicians, managers and advertising experts to convince the broad public of their opinions, messages or products. Developed thirty years ago as a therapeutic means to enhance personal self-determination, NLP methods nowadays are standard practice to influence the general public.
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A New Creation
A New Creation
Water, wind, sun, biomass, geothermal energy: inexhaustible natural resources which 21st century man needs to harness for his own purpose. Captivating photos shot in the U.S., Sweden, Spain, Morocco, Austria, Iceland and Germany show the fascinating development from the burning of fossil fuels to a solar-based world economy.
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The Big Picture
The Big Picture
Life on Earth captured through satellite technology - a unique picture from space that offers an extraordinary and different view of our planet. Our space detectives create precise satellite pictures and spot potential problems. Floods and fires can be tracked daily and movements of ocean currents and snow-cover can be followed throughout the seasons. «The Big Picture» opens the skies, to let us peek as an outsider into a palette of discoveries on Earth.
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The World in a Drop of Water
The World in a Drop of Water
It has been proved scientifically that water and man influence each other even without coming into contact. The miraculous world in a drop, water as an accompaniment and originator of all life. It surrounds everything and can assume the most bizarre shapes in its frozen state. Inspiring artists from our early days, it has served as man's elixir, as the right medium for day-to-day or magical ritual washing, or for baptising believers. The world in a drop actually shows why our heartbeat is irregular, how a faucet leaks, and how the world of art can point out completely new paths to the world of research.
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Detective DNA
Detective DNA
It is also used for archeological purposes. Nevertheless, DNA analysis also has its critics, who point out that human DNA typing could be abused by insurance companies, for example, to pinpoint genetic disease. Erroneous evidence in criminal cases might result in innocent suspects being convicted of a crime. The "Detective DNA" documentary shows the Crime Scene Investigation unit of the Vienna Police, as well as forensic specialists and archeologists at work, and portrays the history of DNA analysis.
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Electricity from the Sun - Photovoltaics Worldwide
Electricity from the Sun - Photovoltaics Worldwide

The market for solar power is experiencing a world-wide boom. What are the options this new technology has made possible? What opportunities does it provide both to our countries and developing nations? Can solar energy help to address climate change and solve the energy problem? Using first-class pictures and computer animation of superb educational standard, the film casts a glance at the status quo from technological, economic and social points of view.

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Chinese Power of Healing
Chinese Power of Healing

Age-old, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has drawn an increasing number of followers in the West, including many Europeans, who now enrol for training in the Middle Empire. Chengdu, capital of the province of Szechuan, is one of the centres of this traditional school of medicine. This documentary goes beyond cliché to show everyday traditional Chinese medicine and seeks to answer the question of whether a symbiosis between Western and ancient Chinese medicine is at all possible.

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Beetle versus Bee
Beetle versus Bee
The Small Hive Beetle - behind this harmless-sounding name lurks a parasite that is responsible for the biggest bee epidemic of all time. The catastrophe started a few years ago in the US, and now the beetle is at the gates of Europe. Bee keepers and scientists may have lost the fight already. They say that unless something happens very quickly, nothing will be able to stop a worldwide proliferation of the beetle. And then things will look bleak for the European honeybee. Two Austrian scientists, the zoologist Gerald Kastberger and the bee expert Ernst Hüttinger conducted a trip across three continents, on the tracks of the «small hive beetle».
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Lightyears Ahead - Nature as a Source of Energy
Lightyears Ahead - Nature as a Source of Energy
Biomass, solar power, wind and water could supply us with all of the electricity and heat we need. Today some 130,000 persons are employed in Germany in the renewable energy resources sector; however, environmental groups and municipalities are still the only ones coming up with initiatives of this kind. The political will for far-reaching initiatives is lacking, and individual initiatives are no longer enough. Now, the political sphere is faced with the challenge of creating a suitable framework for engineering a complete change-over to renewable resources.
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Hydrogen - Power of the Future
Hydrogen - Power of the Future
What's up with the hydrogen myth? The film shows the future of energy production, transport and processing based on hydrogen as a source of energy. The centres of our energy industry in Central Europe, Iceland and the US are illustrated in sweeping pictures and accompanied by mystical music. The film is supported by detailed research and has a global approach. Fascinating 3-D simulation takes us into the world of electrical chemistry.
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The Big Dam
The Big Dam
The resulting gigantic artificial lake would take up the floodwater and this in turn would protect the flood areas of the middle and lower reaches of the river from future catastrophes. Part of the world famous Three Gorge landscape, however, will sink into the reservoir in favour of floor protection and electricity. "Da Ba" will be a giant, the most powerful hydro-electric power plant in the world. For that reason its construction has also become an object of national prestige. Anyone who criticizes is arrested, according to the Chinese environment journalist, Dai Qing. She was in prison for ten months because she pointed to the foreseeable ecological consequences. The mega-weir also requires the biggest resettlement project in the world's history of dam construction. 1.5 million people will lose their homes and have to move to huge artificial cities. But many people do not want to leave the homes they've been accustomed to for decades. The victims express their displeasure in front of the ORF camera with remarkable openness.
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Hydrogen - The Fuel of the Future
Hydrogen - The Fuel of the Future
Iceland is the world's first country to introduce hydrogen power with the aim of ridding itself of environmentally damaging fossil fuels by the year 2030. It is predicted that the world's resources of fossil fuels will be exhausted in 50 years, and prices for such forms of energy will be on the rise as of 2020 due to climbing demand worldwide in countries such as China, India and Japan. The fuel of the future is hydrogen, available in unlimited quantities and easily produced by using sunlight, wind, geothermal heat and water.
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Tailor Made Drugs - Dream or Reality?
Tailor Made Drugs - Dream or Reality?

According to John Kuriyan, world renowned researcher in the field of molecular medicine and Chancellor's Professor at the University of California, Berkeley: »It's not a revolution, it's many revolutions, a completely new type of medicine - comparable to the development of Anatomy with the first human dissection - that's made possible by the new perspectives and possibilities found at the molecular level.«

Personal, individualized treatments, free of negative side effects are nearly a reality. This documentary examines how these treatments will be developed and shows the effects the revolution in molecular medicine has already had on the world.

 
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Time Limits
Time Limits

We perceive time in terms of seconds - the length of a heartbeat. We can't even imagine events that unfold over several days and years or be aware of elementary particles that flash into existence for less than a billionth of a second without high-tech camera equipment and exceptional filming techniques. «Time Limits» uses a combination of dramatic computer animation, amazing real time images and the latest scientific advances to give a totally new view of our world and our universe. Specially developed motion-control time-lapse photography will bring to life the slow motion world of plants and the beautiful play of day and night. As the journey continues we experience shorter timescales to find elements that exist for less than a millionth of a second diving into a world of its own. Experience events in a completely new visual way and join the team that made «Limits of Perception» such a success on a fascinating journey to the limits of time.

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