National Geographic

National Geographic‘s many nature, wildlife, cultural and scientific programs, documenting humans’ exploration, conservation and research, contribute to the realization of its stated mission: inspiring people to care about planet Earth.

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  • National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job in The Wolrd
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    May 23, 2015

    For 125 years, men and women with cameras slung around their necks have tramped every corner of the planet to bring back glimpses of our world - photographs that will grace the pages of National Geographic Magazine. Their assignments are legendary - from Kathmandu to Kansas City, the images stun, amaze, outrage, and touch readers. But it's the stories of what it takes to get those pictures that have created the legend of the National Geographic photographer as the ultimate adventurer. The X-Men have nothing on these guys. Cory Richards is the new generation of camera warrior - on the frontlines for National Geographic. Young, charismatic and fearless, he is tackling an assignment that will take him into unknown territory and challenge both his wits and his skills. He's headed to Queen Maud Land, Antarctica where he will make first ascents of unexplored peaks. He and his team are dropped at a remote location in the Wolthat Mountains some 100 miles from the nearest research station and any hope of rescue. Here they build a base camp and attempt to scale the ancient granite towers that surround them using the fast and light Alpine style. But nature has surprises in store for them, including hurricane-force katabatic winds which threaten not only their climbing, but their very lives.

  • Mysteries of the Human Voice
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    May 12, 2015

    The human voice is an anatomical wonder and the signature of our identity. Our voice is considered the mirror of our soul and like a fingerprint, is totally unique. It is the evolutionary key to the survival of our species. Through our voices we choose our friends, our lovers, our leaders and express our deepest emotions. Yet today, scientists are in a race to produce new voiceless technologies and artificial voices that we relate to as real. Are we at the dawn of a new era where we communicate more with computers and robots than we do with humans? Do we really want to talk to something that has never known life? The human voice is a complex musical instrument that took 200,000 years to evolve. In modern times, scientists have attempted to record it, transmit it and reproduce it with the most advanced computer technology ever devised. But currently, no combination of artificial sounds can begin to equal the vast complexity and emotional power of the human voice. Our voices have been shaped by evolution and culture steeped in tradition. In the age of computers, voice synthesizing robots and global communications, will the human voice survive as we know it?

  • Wild Hawaii: Part Two -Secrets of the Deep
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    April 25, 2015

    Where the shores end, the real story begins. Head to the wet and wild Hawaii, with undersea rivers and creatures that only thrive and survive in this spot on Earth. See giant mantas fly through the sea, humpback whales fight to the death and tiger sharks amaze us with their savagery.

  • Wild Hawaii - Part One - Land of Fire
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    April 18, 2015

    Explore the fiery heart of Hawaii -- from volcanic eruptions spewing rivers of molten lava to spiders that smile, fish that climb and turtles that bury secrets in a landscape that defies expectations. Learn about the monster at Hawaii's molten core, Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. See how Hawaii's creatures have evolved to be different from their cousins the world over. Finally, we show how 95 percent of the flora on these islands does not exist anywhere else in the world.

  • A Penguin's Life
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    March 28, 2015

    A Penguin's Life, is a story of survival and reproduction in the harshest climate on Earth. Having babies is hard work anywhere, any time. Antarctica's large emperor penguins make the perils and challenges of human parenthood look easy. They breed and incubate in the freezing cold of deep polar winter so their chicks can be ready for life at sea after one brief season. Over millions of years, emperors have adapted to a narrow biological niche: flat, stable sea ice with few predators other than extreme cold, gulls and the vicious leopard seal that lurks offshore. They trek vast distances to hunt for fish, krill and squid, then return to nourish their chicks. Their tribulations are many, but the parents' devotion pays off and as the ice melts away, adolescent emperors plunge into their new home, the limitless sea.

  • A New Age of Exploration
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    February 19, 2015

    Trek across the globe, plunge to the greatest depths, investigate the microcosm of the human genome and explore distant regions in space to uncover mind-blowing discoveries and the latest innovations. Today it seems there are no limits to what human beings can accomplish and conquer through knowledge and technology. Like characters from science fiction and comic book lore, humans are now shattering boundaries that have long been considered unbreakable. Meet the trailblazers who are working on the unexplored frontiers of human imagination and innovation such as explorer and finder of the Titanic, Bob Ballard and the anthropologist behind the Genographic Project, Spencer Wells. A New Age of Exploration also captures the compelling behind-the-scenes stories that make going to extremes worth the blood, sweat and tears.

  • Secrets of the Duomo
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    October 9, 2014

    The octagonal dome of the basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore has towered over the city of Florence for over 600 years. 375 feet tall and weighing in at 37,000 tons, it still stands as the largest masonry dome on earth and is the icon of Renaissance ingenuity. But Il Duomo isn't just big. It's also revolutionary. Until construction began in 1420, domes and vaults had always been built with the aid of support - scaffolding to centre and support the masonry until the mortar dried, or flying buttresses that held up impossibly high ceilings. Filippo Brunelleschi, an eccentric goldsmith-turned-architect, invented completely new machines to hoist materials into the cupola, technology that was so ahead of its time that it wouldn't be duplicated until the Industrial Revolution. He designed platforms and stairways so meticulously that only one worker died in 28 years of construction. And, most impressive of all, he engineered an elaborate puzzle of four million interlocked bricks to build his dome, vaulting the void without scaffolding, while laying bricks angled almost perpendicular to the ground. It's an engineering feat that has never been duplicated. And there's a reason why - Brunelleschi never revealed how he did it.

  • Game of Lions
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    September 27, 2014

    One out of eight lions survives into adulthood, and the males that do, enter into a game of kings, as each bloodline fights for its ultimate survival and right to win a pride. Those that do not survive are the noble offspring that fate or natural selection simply determines are dead ends in their particular family tree. Each survivor, however, is the result of hard battles won against hunger, attack by older males, and run-ins with different nomads all trying to win the ultimate prize: life.

  • Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes
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    July 5, 2014

    The discovery of a human skull in the depths of Lake Superior, USA begins a story that will take historian and author Brendon Baillod across two Great Lakes and a century of history. It takes him and a team of elite technical divers more than 20 miles off Milwaukee where they discover the wreck of one of Lake Michigan's lost queens and to the remote waters of Lake Superior where they determine the identity of another lost ship. This discovery takes us into the forgotten life of a brave and stubborn woman who lived and died on these wild waters. Whether her presence cursed these ships, or a more earthly explanation can be found, the Great Lakes' reputation as a graveyard for mariners stands firm.

  • Wild Alaska
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    May 24, 2014

    As Alaska thaws from a long dark winter, animals have just a few short months to make the most of the endless sunshine - and there's a lot for everyone to do. The rugged coast of Alaska harbors the most incredible wildlife in America and their life in these northern lands isn't affected by these extremes. Featuring footage of bears catching leaping salmon and a herd of caribou migrating from Canada to where the grass is greener, Wild Alaska is a fascinating insight into the wildlife that calls this place home. This is the story of the creatures, both great and small, that endure this harsh reality and live life on Alaska's edge.