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Science Film Programme

Have you ever been caught in peak-hour traffic and wondered why you are sitting in a glorified tin can? Ever wondered whether a UFO might conclude that cars are the dominant species on Earth? Then this film could be for you. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons narrates Heathcote Williams' sombre, chilling ... Read more
The silvery-white metal calcium plays an important part in human health. It provides the structural material for teeth and the 206 bones in our bodies and also regulates many physiological and neurological processes. This straightforward film illustrates China's attempts to raise consciousness ... Read more
Africa is the continent that saw the birth of humanity. It has also been ruled in equal measure by an animal of gargantuan proportions. An animal that is now losing the battle to live in the very land it helped create. And if the elephant goes, Africa will never be the same again. A resident of ... Read more
The power to control human evolution is now within our grasp, thanks to developments in reproductive and genetic technology. But who will wield that power? Will scientists and doc­tors decide who should and who should not be born? Will women have the right to say no to technology? In this ... Read more
In 1977 Canadian scientists decided to sacrifice one lake to study the effect of acid rain on the thousands of lakes spread across North America. Each year measured amounts of raw acid were dumped into the lake, leading to a rapid depletion of species at all levels of the food chain. Within seven ... Read more
Over 400 hundred active volcanos are dotted around the Pacific rim, the so-called ring of fire. A clever use of computer animation and footage of events such as the Mount St Helen eruption in 1988 and the San Francisco earth­quake in 1989 illustrate the awesome geologi­cal forces that shape ... Read more
Next time your house comes down around your head, don't put all the blame on termites. The real culprits are tiny flagellates that live in the gut of the termite and turn wood cellulose into food digestible to the termite. Stunning cine-microscopy takes us on a brief tour of this world of the ... Read more
Twenty years of painstaking research has now unveiled the time, the environment, the climate, the habitation and the cultural setting of the Man of Tautavel. The Tautavel Grotto in France is an extraordinary relic of human prehistory. This film presents a fascinating account of the latest ... Read more
Since the beginning of time people have gazed into the polar skies, spellbound by dancing beams of colour...the northern lights. Scientists have advanced theories to explain the aurora borealis in the north and the aurora australis in the south, but the beauty and mystery of the lights has not been ... Read more
Spend a day with Max Konig, a high school astronomy teacher. Max wishes that his life and personal relationships could follow the same precise laws of nature as the planets and the stars he knows so well. He discovers that it is not possible to exert total control over his life, and that maybe ... Read more
Neutrophil is the key factor in how white blood cells protect us from Infection. Japanese researchers have recently succeeded in extracting and purifying a hormone called G-CSF, known for its efficiency in propagating the neutrophil. This film studies the role of G-CSF with state-of-the-art ... Read more
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