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Artists are exploring and creating new forms of electronic art in a world known as cyberculture. Recorded during an international symposium held in Sydney in 1992, artists present their work and discuss the challenges of working within computer cyberspace. ... Read more
Athletes are training smarter, running faster, jumping higher and outperforming past champions - thanks to sports science. With every possible way of improving performance now being pursued, records seem destined to keep falling in the future. Several Australian champions feature in this US ... Read more
A selection of short films featuring state of the art computer animation. Titles include The Third Millennium - A User's Guide (Canada), In The Time Of Angels (UK) and The Infinite Tree (Australia) (approx 40mins). ... Read more
For thousands of years mystery and myth have shrouded the secrets of the grape Winemakers in America and Australia are now slowly master­ing its basic biochemistry and are sweeping the international awards with a new breed of fresh and fruity wines. Today they are exporting their discoveries ... Read more
A study of the natural beauty and rich textures of the Earth's surface seen from space. Accompanied by the music of Gennadiy Gladkov. ... Read more
Next time your cat falls out the window make sure it does it at least seven storeys up. Karl Kruszelnicki shows us how high rise buildings and open windows provide a strange way to test the aerodynamics and impact resistance of falling cats. ... Read more
Home movies by cosmonauts onboard the space station 'Mir'. A slapstick look at the lighter side of life and weightlessness in space. ... Read more
The mother of all natural disasters might well be the collision of the Earth with a large asteroid. Thousands of these huge objects swarm across the Earth's orbital track around the Sun. The extinction of the dinosaurs is now believed to have been caused by one of these collisions. The odds are ... Read more
Prize-winning documentary on the discovery of the 5000 year-old remains of a hunter high in the Austrian-Italian Alps. His remarkably well-preserved corpse, clothing, tools and other possessions have posed a major archeological puzzle. The Iceman is overturning our views on Stone Age life and ... Read more
How did life begin on Earth? When science seems to know so much, why has this great question been impossible to answer? Microfossils found in rock show that life was underway four billion years ago, but how did the first replicating organisms form? A look at this dynamic and controversial area of ... Read more
While studying at Cambridge University, Jeremy suddenly lost the ability to remember events occurring in the immediate past. Drawing on the experience of Jeremy and the lives of oth­ers, we learn how memory creates our sense of existence. Exciting computer graphics illustrate the way neurons ... Read more
100 million years ago the great southern continent of Gondwana was inhabited by a unique species of dinosaur - the Muttaburrasaurus. Evidence for this dinosaur has been found only in Australia. An imaginative combination of animation and footage from 'digs' such as Dinosaur Cove and Inverloch ... Read more
Described as a wandering genius, at age 80 Paul Erdös has no home, no job, yet he is the most prolific mathematician alive. This documentary presents his struggle to uncover truths hidden by what he describes as a stubborn adversary - God - and the tragic historical events that have shaped his ... Read more
How distant are the galaxies and how are they distributed throughout the vast reaches of space? This live-action documentary combined with computer graphics features two astronomers and their graduate students at the Smithsonian Institution in Harvard. Their observations have shown a foamy ... Read more
A young French violinist receives advanced instruction from a master virtuoso. How much can be learnt by constant practice and how much comes from the creative talent of the per­former? Modern research is revealing much about the complex processes occurring within the human brain. ... Read more
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