Life on Earth is a miracle and an enigma. The great mystery of it’s origin has beguiled the human mind since we developed the capacity for wonder. But on the eve of the 21st Century that mystery took on a new dimension. The discovery that there are Earth-like worlds outside our solar system confronts scientists with a new question: How many more miracles might be out there hidden among the stars?

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    網上重溫至 01/08/2020


    • 超人類系列之感官世界




      Our senses are not designed to give us the most accurate representation of the outside world, instead the array of data they collect emphasizes certain things and allows others to take a back seat – it’s a magnificent orchestra and the conductor is your brain. Nothing can match the brain’s talent. It is capable of change and adaptation. For example, John Bramblitt is blind yet paints with incredible precision. Mandy Harvey is deaf and sings in harmony with her group thanks to sensing vibrations through the floor. An 11-year-old piano virtuoso is able to hear the melody of each of the 5 streams of a fountain in the Vatican. The potential of our senses is so powerful that it’s time to ask if losing one of them can really be considered a handicap. Could it simply be a different way of perceiving the world? The more science progresses, the better understanding we have of how and why some people develop extraordinary sensory abilities. The idea of our 5 senses has held from Aristotle forward, but scientists are now convinced we have more than 5 senses, and are beginning to uncover their mysteries. The untapped potential of sensory perception is mind-boggling.

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    • 超人類系列之尋味




      Taste and smell are intertwined, and together they reveal the flavors of the food we eat. But we’re learning that senses are not limited to their primary, traditional functions. We are moving towards a world where smell can be exploited to influence our behaviour, even without our knowledge. Marketeers are finding certain scents can make you purchase more, or even influence you to make a specific purchase. Does that give you the shivers? We will get to know a woman whose sense of smell is so refined she is able to detect Parkinson’s disease in people.

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    • 超人類系列之聽無限




      Scientific advances in hearing truly defy the imagination. Technology is actively reinventing the ear. Not only is science currently able to implant devices to overcome deafness, but it is also developing hearing aids that surpass the ear’s natural acoustic abilities. More surprisingly, these aids allow the elderly to improve working memory and selective attention, which tend to degrade faster in seniors who are hearing-impaired. Hearing is gradually revealing its full potential. We will meet a blind man whose hearing is so acute that he can navigate a bicycle using echolocation alone. Another man who once could only see the world in shades of grey now “sees” all colors through his ears. Research is moving forward quickly. Today, some scientists can 3D-print ears with living mammalian cells, another scientist has created them from apples and human cells. Still others explore the idea of hearing via our cerebral ventricles - the cavities that lie within the brain. Yes, you heard that right.

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    • 超人類系列之新視力




      The science of sight has entered a new era. By uncovering the mysteries of sight, and pairing this new knowledge with technology, research is changing the lives of a great many people. Imagine the emotional high of a blind mother who is able to see the facial expressions of her child for the very first time. We will meet a blind rock climber who, using a sensory-substitution device, “sees” via vibrations on his tongue, as well as athletes who up their wins with brain-training techniques that improve their visual acuity. We will go even further, and check out what was once the realm of science fiction: the bionic lens, Scary, or awesome? Sit up and take it all in!

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    • 超人類系列之虛擬觸感



      If there is one sense undergoing a gargantuan revolution, it’s touch. Today, technology makes it possible to touch holograms, feel materials on a screen and control objects from a distance with a simple, specific gesture in mid-air. Awesome right? The world of touch is dizzying. We think of touch as resulting in a single sensation but many thousands of nerve endings work in concert to create it. Every occasion to use touch has a vital role in our lives, we would be lost without it. It is the very first sense we experience in the womb, and the emotional bedrock of our wellbeing. Scientists have found ways to simulate a false sense of touch in the brain, in order to overcome the terrible phantom pains of amputated limbs. Managing to give bionic limbs a sense of touch is one of the latest successes of medical technology. Slowly but surely, bionic prostheses are becoming more efficient than natural limbs. Where will this revolution lead us?

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    • 細菌殺手

      一百年前,科學家菲利斯‧德夏拉里發現了一種神秘的「細菌殺手」病毒 –噬菌體。隨著細菌越來越強,抗生素的效用越來越低,噬菌體療法會否成為明日的科學焦點?




      One hundred years ago, the scientist Félix d’Herelle discovered the existence of the bacteriophage, a mysterious "bacteria killing" virus. As antibiotics are becoming less efficient in fighting increasingly strong bacteria, will phage therapy become the science of tomorrow?

      This story takes us from the banks of the Ganges to the shores of the Black Sea in Russia and Georgia, from Paris to the United States, as it retraces the discovery of bacteriophages, viruses that only infect bacteria, destroying them by reproducing using the bacteria’s own cellular mechanisms.

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    • 另一個太陽系

      於2015年被發現的Trappist -1 星系,帶來革命性改變,人類首次發現七個體積與地球相若的行星圍繞其紅矮星運行。今集將剖解這個不尋常的星系,並會探索科學家在其他行星尋找生命的進展。


      Discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 solar system in 2015 was a game-changer; its red dwarf star is surrounded by seven Earth-sized planets, making it a first-of-its-kind find. Battle of the Exoplanets examines this unusual system and asks what progress has been made in the search for life on another planets.

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    • 抑鬱症與我



      In an intensely personal and often surprising film for BBC Two, Alastair Campbell candidly talks about his experience living with depression and explores if radical new treatments can make a difference.

      Alastair is best known for his role as Tony Blair’s formidable and often contentious spin doctor, but, away from the public eye, he has been dogged by crippling bouts of depression for most of his life. Some days, just getting out of bed is too hard. Therapy and anti-depressant medication is helping him keep his head above water, but is that really the best he can hope for?

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    • 大麻兩面睇




      At an extraordinary moment in the history of one of the world’s oldest and most controversial drugs, Horizon investigates the very latest medical and scientific research into the effects of cannabis on the brain and the body.

      Medicinal cannabis became legal in the UK on 1 November 2018, but it is still shrouded in controversy. A&E doctor Javid Abdelmoneim wants to find out whether it will help or harm patients.

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    • 基因新發現(下)



      All genes have "switches" that turn on and off in response to environmental stimuli. They play a role in preventing cancer or obesity, determining an individual's abilities in retaining memory, or even whether a person has musical talent. Controlling these switches may be possible. This episode delves into the latest research in a realm that could change our lives.

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