The human brain is a marvel of biological engineering and whilst the basics of each of our brains are the same there are also very real differences between us both in terms of what we are born able to do and also what we can teach ourselves to do. In this episode, we meet a super-linguist, able to speak more than 30 languages fluently, a six-year old chess champion, a memory master and one of France’s best magicians as we explain just wat our amazing brains are capable of!

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    • 再生醫學





      The age of regenerative medicine is here!

      NHK documents Sapporo Medical University's clinical trials in regenerative medicine. Over a three-year period, the program follows two patients who suffer from severe paralysis, where their stem cells are cultured and reintroduced into their bodies via IV drip. These Mesenchymal stem cells repair damage in the spine, and both patients show remarkable improvement, with one even driving again. The program captures the phenomenal progress being made in this field.

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    • 魔點




      Here comes the Blob! More commonly known as slime-mold, this extraordinary one-billion-year-old organism challenges our worldview on living matter and is about to revolutionize the concept of intelligence.

      Blending science fiction, the beauty of nature, humor and cutting-edge science, director Jacques Mitsch (In the Mind of Plants, Animal Doctors…) takes us to a quirky trip exploring this most surprising and mind-blowing organism. Neither animal, nor plant, nor fungi, the blob is one giant single cell whose amazing capacities are leading pioneer scientists to a very new world – that of brainless intelligence.

      Shot on 3 continents, the film is a scientific investigation shaped like a thriller, following top international experts from Europe, Japan and the US, through their major discoveries, and offering a mind-blowing experience into the very roots of cognition.

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    • 火箭升空


      大量私人公司開始開發航天科技發展項目,以各種方式把太空航行的成本減低,同時,美國太空總署重啟有人駕駛的太空航行研究。Space X以及維珍銀河等會否成為太空旅遊的先驅者?可以肯定的是,將來必定有更多新型火箭投入市場,屆時太空旅行或者可以成真。


      We may be witnessing the dawn of a bold new era of human activity in space for science and exploration—but also for profit. An explosion of private companies are developing new technologies and lowering costs to bring space closer than ever. And at the same time, NASA is returning to manned spaceflight with gusto—once again building a rocket to take us far beyond Earth—a rocket more powerful even than the storied Saturn V. But this is not the first time we’ve seen signs of a rocketry renaissance. In the 1980s, there was a boom—and bust—in the privatization of space travel. Will today’s optimism over companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic prove prescient, or nothing more than hype and wishful thinking? One thing is certain: As costs come down and new rockets with new capabilities come online, a new generation is reaching for the cosmos, once more daring to dream big, and yearning to go farther, in greater numbers than ever before.

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    • 咫尺天空




      In Hawaii, on the top of Mauna Kea, in Chile, in the Atacama desert, and in the Canary Islands, we will meet this “people of the stars”, discovering what makes the astronomers’ hearts beat today. How does Astronomy analyze our past and build our future? What about the origins of the Universe and its cartography? Where are we in the discovery of extraterrestrial life? 

      Astounding, original, mysterious, but also really esthetic... Those places of observation possess a unique atmosphere. One made of philosophy and science-fiction.

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    • 人類演化史(下)




      By coming out of the water, our ancestors opened a new chapter of our evolution. It's on land that the organs that allow us today to hear, think or manipulate developed. 
      Throughout this exploration, surprising discoveries emerge. Bones that permitted our reptilian ancestors to chew today allow us to hear. Our hand proportions are very similar to those of primates that lived 18 million years ago. Finally, 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals had a larger brain than ours.

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    • 人類演化史(上)




      The first major chapters of our evolution take us back to a distant past when our ancestors lived in the oceans. It's in the water that are born the organs that allow us today to see, touch, or reproduce. Throughout this exploration, surprising discoveries emerge. Our eye is very similar to that of the lamprey, the oldest jawless vertebrate still alive. The gills of cartilaginous fish such as sharks and rays would be the precursors of our members. Coitus was born in the water over 300 million years ago, invented by the placoderms, curious armored fish.

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    • 微型魔獸




      Since the dawn of time, humans and animals are assaulted by a tiny and microscopic fauna. These charming little creatures, lice, mites, bedbugs, ticks, mosquitoes... have always caused problems to humans and bothered their existence. And so, in recent years, all hells’ broken loose again, as these micro-monsters effectuate a mass invasion and threaten our tranquility.

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    • 神奇安慰劑



      Could the power of fake pills be used to treat some of our most common medical complaints? To find out, Dr Michael Mosley embarks on Britain's largest ever trial to investigate the placebo effect. He is heading to Blackpool to gather 117 people suffering from backache - one of the leading types of chronic pain - before trying to treat them with nothing but fake pills and the power of the mind.

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    • 金字塔之謎:阿布拉瓦什金字塔




      Buried under the sand for a long time, one needs to climb uphill and take sometimes uncharted path to discover one of the best-kept secrets of the pharaoh dynasties. Here, Egyptologists believe there once stood a perfect pyramid that was the tomb of pharaoh Djedefre. A pyramid hidding a pit 20m deep along with a huge passage going deep inside the building. Djedefre’s pyramid in Abu Rawash remains a key element to understand the secrets of Egyptian architects. Experts consider this pyramid - now only 12m high - a unique site. A monument torn open, that looks like a work in progress. As if time had stopped. A treasure that can be studied from every possible angle.

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    • 金字塔之謎:代赫舒爾金字塔




      In Dahshur, 40km south of Cairo, two pyramids vie to be the most beautiful. Two ground-breaking monuments that are allegedly the first true pyramids - a vital element to understand the evolution of pyramid building. To the south lies the Bent Pyramid and its peculiar angle. To the north lies the Red Pyramid, perhaps the very first triangle-shaped pyramid. Both pyramids were supposedly made by Snefru - founder of the 4th pharaoh dynasty and father of the famous Khufu. The greatest builder in Ancient Egypt. Two pyramids whose brand new building techniques were probably used as reference by all pharaohs who came after.

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