The Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union sparked a series of reverberations that continue to resound throughout the international community even to this day. Some echoes from this intense period of conflict have made themselves evident in arenas we would least expect. Nuclear Fruit examines one such arena: the modern video game.
"Many of us have grown up with video games," the narrator announces early in the film. "But video games grew up during the war." Separated in five distinct sections, Nuclear Fruit traces that evolution in startling detail. It begins by spotlighting the increasingly prominent role of computers in defining wartime strategies, most notably evidenced by the history-altering contributions of Alan Turing, a noted mathematician who managed to successfully decipher the secret codes of... read more
Clive was once a famous conductor in the 1980's he was struck down with a virus that decimated his brain and left him unable to remember anything for longer than 7 or so seconds. At the time nobody knew that he would become the most severe case of amnesia ever recorded. Decades later he cannot hold a memory for any longer, the only person he recognises is his wife Deborah and the only remaining memory he has is his ability to play music. This film looks at his life now to see what has happened to... read more
A lot of people are originally drawn to yoga for the health benefits. People are interested in getting in shape and looking fit. But once they discover the spiritual benefits, and all that it entails, they begin to see yoga as more than just a fitness routine.
Yoga is an ancient Indian body of knowledge that dates back more than 500 years. The word “Yoga” came from the Sanskrit word “yuj” which means “to unite or integrate.” Yoga is about the union of a person’s own consciousness with universal consciousness.
Ancient Yogis believed that in order for man to be in harmony with himself and his environment, he had to integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit. These three become integrated when emotion, action, and intelligence are in balance. There is a way to achieve and maintain this balance. The ancient Yogis taught that this is done through exercise, breathing, and meditation. These are the three main Yoga structures.
Yoga offers a huge potential for growth and heightened awareness. When you start to practice it, you soon realize that the more you go to yoga classes, the better you feel. It helps you focus on... read more
"For the first time ever, we will be able to fly by a brand new object," testifies James Green, Director of Planetary Science for NASA, "and understand what the outer parts of the solar system are all about." Our quest for understanding enjoyed its initial breakthrough in 1930 when the planet was first discovered by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh. Knowledge of the region was further amplified in subsequent years as scientists uncovered the Kuiper belt - a wide swath of small formations and moons which surround Pluto.
What do Pluto and its moons look like, and what revelations await through a collection of data around their orbit? The hugely ambitious mission to find those answers began in January of 2006 as NASA mounted the New Horizons project. Originated by a small team of eager and endlessly curious researchers, New Horizons hopes to write the defining chapter on a region of space which has gone largely unconsidered.
"The thing that drew me to it the most was the fact that we knew so little," says Marc Buie, a lead co-investigator of the project and one of ... read more
For a few crucial moments on September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the fate of the world in his hands.
When an alarm suddenly went off at Soviet nuclear early warning center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting to a report that five American nuclear missiles were heading toward the Soviet Union. Rather than retaliate, Stanislav followed his gut feeling and went against protocol, convincing the armed forces that it was a false alarm. His decision saved the world from a potential devastating nuclear holocaust.
Three decades later, this forgotten hero went on a spectacular journey to the United States, where he was finally acknowledged for his historic deed and found the strength to reconcile with his past. On his journey, he was greeted by Walter Cronkite as "The Man Who Saved the World" and met Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, and Ashton Kutcher.... read more
How does a dictator live? What is daily life like for a monster in power? From when he wakes up to when he sleeps, what goes on in the life of someone who will decide the fate of millions of people? What are the mechanisms that lead an ambitious individual to a spiral of cruelty and excess?
Using spectacular editing and effects, A Day in the life of a dictator offers an immersion into the intimate life of the most emblematic dictators of the 20th century during the... read more
In the summer of 1939 Albert Einstein was on holiday in a small resort town on the tip of Long Island. His peaceful summer, however, was about to be shattered by a visit from an old friend and colleague from his years in Berlin. The visitor was the physicist Leo Szilard. He had come to tell Einstein that he feared the Nazis could soon be in possession of a terrible new weapon and that something had to be done.
Szilard believed that recent scientific breakthroughs meant it was now possible to convert mass into energy. And that this could be used to make a bomb. If this were to happen, it would be a terrible realisation of the law of nature Einstein had discovered some 34 years earlier.
September 1905 was Einstein's 'miracle year'. While working as a patents clerk in the Swiss capital Berne Einstein submitted a three-page supplement to his special theory of relativity, published earlier that year. In those pages he derived the most famous equation of all time; e=mc², energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared.... read more
In this short documentary, Dawkins takes a look at the purpose of human existance and asks the earthshaking question – Why are we here?
Pointing out that religious stories of human purpose fail miserably, Dawkins indicates that science may be able to offer a better explanation for human existence. Starting out with Darwin, he claims that Darwin’s theory of evolution may offer the only explanation for humanity’s raison d’état that we are likely to ever get.
Many religious believers may claim that answers for our existence offered by evolution theory mean that... read more
Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Back in the 1960s, Cornell University nutritional scientist Dr. T. Colin Campbell was working to find a way to feed the citizens of impoverished Third World nations when a trip to the Philippines forever changed the way he thought about food consumption. There, he discovered that the rates of liver cancer among affluent ren who subsisted on diets rich in animal-based foods were notably higher than in ren consuming plant-based diets. Meanwhile, surgeon Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at Cleveland Clinic, was also discovering that many of the diseases he was seeing in patients were... read more
Go on a mathematical mystery tour - a provocative exploration of math's astonishing power across the centuries. We discover math's signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the successful landing of rovers on Mars.
But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ... read more