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Megastructures: Eco School
April 17, 2014
Devastating forces of nature plague the countryside of Taiwan. The country's latest solution is simple but ingenious - A high-tech, net-zero, "Eco-School" that's more than just for teaching.
Hunt for the Shadow Cat
April 12, 2014
The jaguar is considered the most mysterious and magnificent of all big cats. Ancient cultures considered them gods for their power, beauty and speed. But little is really known about this species that stalks the deepest jungles. Researchers have collected information about male jaguars, but half of the picture is missing as we know remarkably little about females. For the first time, Boone Smith brings his expertise to Central and South America as he teams up with Dr. Howard Quigley, who leads Panthera's Jaguar Program. They are on a mission to capture, film and attach sophisticated tracking collars on the cunning and elusive jaguars - including a female - in the jungles of Belize and the swamps of Brazil and finally enter the jaguar's secret lair.
April 10, 2014
A small number of scientists from around the world are attempting to fix the earth. One cloud expert is looking to the sky for the solution and in Bermuda a scientist is working to use algae. But this is just the beginning. Nobody knows tough fixes better than Sean Riley and he's on a quest to learn more about these technologies and if they're realistic. Riley checks on how chickens may save the world, contemplates sending mirrors into space in San Francisco, looks into artificial trees in NYC and many others because no idea is too far-fetched when it comes to fixing the earth.
Finding the Lost Da Vinci
November 30, 2013
One of the greatest mysteries of the art world is the disappearance of Leonardo da Vinci's The Battle of Anghiari. The masterpiece vanished 500 hundred years ago and after 36 years trying to track down the missing mural, scientist and art enthusiast Maurizio Seracini is on the verge of uncovering the hidden fresco behind the walls of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. Seracini is convinced he has cracked the case, and armed with modern technology, architectural diagrams, and years of accumulated research, he is spearheading a new effort to pinpoint the lost masterpiece - and staking his reputation on the theory that Leonardo's lost mural is hidden behind the walls of Vasari's fresco.
The Man Who Can Fly
November 23, 2013
Some think of Dean Potter as a real life superhero. He can climb the unclimbable, visualize the invisible and fly through the air with the greatest of speed. He is Batman, Spiderman and Superman wrapped into one man obsessed with a dream to fly. He has set the world record for height, distance and duration in a wing-suit, an outfit that allows BASE jumpers to soar like flying squirrels, reaching speeds of 120 miles per hour and land by deploying a parachute. Dean sets his sights on a breaking his own record. The location is the 9,000-foot Mount Bute. But before he leaps, he must perfect both his wings and technique. For that, he turns to scientists, engineers and the birds for inspiration.
World's Oldest Child
November 3, 2013
Dr Harold Dibble and a crew of archaeologists and students dig in the ancient soil of a small cave known as La Grotte des Contrebandiers near the Moroccan coast. As in previous seasons here and elsewhere, Dibble's team is looking for lithics - ancient stone tools created by people who died tens of thousands of years ago. But this year, they will find something quite different. A human skull. For Dibble it is a first. Prehistoric human skulls are extremely rare. Even more unusual - based on the size of this specimen it appears to be a child. Quite simply, it's the find of a lifetime. The archaeological team can't even tell if the child was a boy or girl, though they opt to call it 'Bouchra', a feminine name meaning 'good news'. But celebration quickly gives way to worry. Dibble treats every artefact he discovers with the utmost care, but now the science world is watching - the pressure is on. Our cameras are there to record as the skull is carefully excavated from the soil.
When Continents Collide
August 10, 2013
Three million years ago, the rise of the Panamanian land bridge connected the American continents and unleashed an astonishing animal encounter. The emergence of the narrow, 400-mile-long Isthmus of Panama is one of the most important events in Earth's history - and one of the least understood. In this new show, we reveal the story of how the area comprising the current-day Republic of Panama connected two continents - each with its own full-blown animal kingdom - separated two oceans, and transformed the world as we know it.
Lost Sharks of Easter Island
August 3, 2013
This hour special begins with high seas adventure as shark expert Enric Sala and his team of scientists and explorers set out from Chile and brave the tempestuous Southern Pacific Ocean. First stop, Easter Island - a land of mammoth ancestral stone statues and a population of people with a cultural memory full of catastrophes. Diving underwater reveals an ocean desert that the team are quick to document.
Quest for the Lost Maya
July 27, 2013
National Geographic Television's Quest for the Lost Maya addresses new findings about the Maya civilization. The Maya's soaring pyramids, monumental cities, and mastery of astronomy and mathematics have spurred generations of explorers into the jungles of Central America on a quest to understand them. In the past decade, researchers working in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula have made a series of startling discoveries that reveal a gaping hole in our understanding of the Maya. What we thought we knew about the Maya could suddenly turn out to be just half the story. Quest for the Lost Maya follows a team of archaeologists as they uncover evidence of a forgotten Mayan society in the Yucatán. Buried beneath an ancient pyramid deep in the Yucatán jungle, the team discovers an even more ancient royal palace complex. They unearth a massive stone acropolis that rises nearly 30 feet above the jungle floor and is crowned with a ceremonial platform the size of four football fields; it could have held thousands of people. And, nearly 300 feet underground, they discover cryptic cave paintings that may be among the oldest Mayan iconography ever discovered in Mexico. The educational resources on this page include video clips from the show, background text, and questions to engage students in learning more about these amazing discoveries, demonstrating how science and social studies intersect in reaching new understandings about ancient civilizations.
Science of Saints
May 4, 2013
A third century pair of Christian lovers is stoned to death by an angry mob. Now, 18 centuries later, in a rare collaboration between science and religion, the purported remains of these early Christian martyred saints will be exhumed by the Vatican and examined through the lens of science. Armed with cutting-edge forensic science and sanctioned by the Catholic Church, a National Geographic funded investigation opens the crypt and examines the evidence. Subjecting the remains to a battery of tests, including radiocarbon dating, DNA and 3D CAT-scan analysis, scientists will be able to pinpoint if they belong to the ill-fated martyrs. What might these remains reveal about how these young lovers lived and died? And are they actual third century relics - or clever fakes? What can 21st century science tell us about Chrysanthus and Daria? We join Italian pathologist Dr Ezio Fulcheri, one of the world's leading experts on the mysteries of the Incorruptibles, who has spent years examining saints' sacred remains. With modern science his team will embark on a forensic quest to examine the martyrs' remains. Will two complete skeletons - male and female - be found in the crypt? Will they show evidence of multiple fractures - consistent with execution by stoning, and so confirming the historic account? The precise nature of the skeletons' injuries may help to reconstruct the lovers' final moments. What did the martyrs actually look like? With sophisticated digital reconstruction, we'll gaze upon the faces of Chrysanthus and Daria. How does the Church declare Saints? We also shed light on the fascinating and mysterious process through interviews with secular historians, independent theologians and members of the Vatican's closely guarded Congregation for the Causes of Saints. We'll also turn to Fulcheri to ask: how does science interpret a miracle? The bones of saints, even the clothing they touched, are venerated by more than a billion Catholics worldwide. How are such relics confirmed? Many so-called relics are clearly fakes. The Catholic Church is more active in the hunt for false relics than most would imagine. The Vatican employs its own team of Priest-Detectives and forensic scientists to investigate and either confirm or deny the legitimacy of relics. Accompanied by Fulcheri, we will uncover the inner-workings of this mysterious team, as they separate forgeries from the real thing. We'll ultimately learn how Chrysanthus and Daria fare under this rigorous testing, and what the Church hopes to prove in this rare exhumation. The opportunity to film the testing and preservation of these relics is a once-in-alifetime event. When the bones of these ancient lovers have been returned to their shared crypt, they will remain undisturbed for centuries.