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Science & Technology Programmes

Bang Goes the Theory

Hands-on experiments exploring everything from amateur space travel to artificial life. Flight engineer Jem, biochemist Liz, science-mad Dallas and roving reporter Dr Yan take part in big stunts and team challenges. The team go behind the scenes of the real CSI, figure out how 3D cinema works and look at the impact of an oil spill.

Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing

Ada Lovelace was a most unlikely computer pioneer. Dr Hannah Fry tells the story of Ada’s remarkable life. 

Cold War, Hot Jets

The jet engine is one of the most important inventions of the twentieth centuary. A triumph of engineering born out of conflict; it accelerated life and revolutionised the world. In the post war World, the jet plane and its daredevil pilots were doing victory rolls over Europe, impressing adoring crowds, and pushing technology to its limits to break the sound barrier.

Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley

Cybercrime is THE major threat to our digital age, our era of unparalleled change; and this new, engaging series will present a definitive look at the threats, tactics, enemies and guardian angels of the online world. 

Everyday Miracles

Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind everyday objects, both in the home, and away from home in the wider world. Mark’s contention is that much of the comfort, excitement and pleasure on offer in the modern world is a result of the inspiring collision between innovative new materials, clever design and the genius of mass production. The everyday miracles that have resulted have transformed our lives. 

Gene Code

It is the most ingenious code in the known universe. Ten years ago, scientists finally read every single piece of the human genome, the code within our DNA. So what are the consequences of one of the biggest scientific projects of all time? If DNA can help us find out how we got here, can it tell us what our future holds?

How to Build

With unprecedented access to some of the world's most advanced engineers, this series goes inside our high performance technology. Three episodes probe the car bringing Formula One racing technology to our regular roads, the world's biggest aircraft wing and the satellite that can send a live TV signal around the world in under a second.

Jimmy Doherty in Darwins Garden

Jimmy Doherty, farmer and entomologist, follows Darwin's intellectual journey towards publishing "On the Origin of Species", recreating his ground breaking experiments. Working from Darwin's detailed notes, Jimmy looks at in-breeding in plants and the mechanics of natural selection. However, Jimmy also pursues some of Darwin's more unusual experiments, putting a snake into a monkey enclosure at a zoo, and playing a bassoon to an earthworm.

Pain, Pus and Poison

What doesn't kill you can make you stronger. Science has unlocked the human body, enabling us to survive diseases and infections. We've gone from finding antidotes to using the poisons themselves as a cure; the most poisonous toxin known to man - Botulinum - is now used as an anti-wrinkle drug called Botox. Scorpion venom is even being tested for the treatment of life threatening diseases.

Precision: The Measure of All Things

Measurement has helped to define and advance civilisation, and been key to all the great leaps in science. It has taken us from stone age skymaps to the exploration of outer space. Without accurate time the internet wouldn't work, GPS would be impossible and your phone would be useless. Packed with cutting-edge science and jaw-dropping examples from the modern world, this is our journey from sundials and cubits to time lords and lasers.

Secrets Of The Universe: Great Scientists In Their Own Words

This is the story of some of the greatest physicists of the 20th century. From unlocking the secrets of the atom to solving the mysteries of the cosmos our understanding of the universe was completely transformed. But how much do we know about the lives and personalities of the scientists who made these remarkable discoveries? Revealing archive of these great minds, telling their own stories, gives us a unique insight into complex characters, personal struggles and bitter rivalries. Which, more than intellect or talent, were the real driving force behind their groundbreaking discoveries and the revolution in physics. 

Shock & Awe: The Story of Electricity 
The electrifying story of our quest to master nature's most mysterious force and the extraordinary people that did it. Until recently, electricity was seen as a magical power; one that could slay the living, revive the dead and bend the laws of nature. It is now the lifeblood of the modern world, fuelling our lives and underpinning every aspect of technological advancement.

The Beginning and End of The Universe

Prof Jim Al-Khalili tackles the biggest subject of all, the universe. Through a series of critical observations and experiments that revolutionised our understanding of our world Jim guides us through the greatest cosmic detective story of all. He takes us from the beginning of the universe to the end time and answers the question: Where did we (the universe) come from and where is it going (how will it end)? 

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms

Mathematician Prof Marcus Du Sautoy demystifies the hidden world of algorithms. By showing us some of the algorithms most essential to our lives, he reveals where these two-thousand year old problem solvers came from; how they work, what they have achieved and how they are now so advanced they can even programme themselves.

The Virtual Revolution

The Virtual Revolution is the BBC's statement on two decades of profound change since the invention of the World Wide Web. Provocative, dynamic and full of attitude, the series lays bare how, for better and for worse, the web is transforming our world - empowering us with extraordinary access to the library of human knowledge while, at the same time, overturning centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, ownership and even the nature of truth itself.

Volcano Live

Find out about the awesome power of volcanoes in some of the most geologically active places on Earth.  Kate Humble and Professor Iain Stewart present a four day journey into our extraordinary and dynamic planet, live from Kilauea on Hawaii, the world’s most active volcano. 


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