Technical Education


Asteroids—Space Colonies 53 min.

Recent discoveries of water at the moon’s poles and on Mars have encouraged public institutions, such as NASA and the European Space Agency, as well as private companies, like SpaceX, to lead projects that will let us settle in these harsh, distant environments in the near future. This episode explores the challenges of setting up an orbital space colony or a settlement on an asteroid, such as the...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Mars—Space Colonies 54 min.

The Red Planet, with the most similar environment to earth in our entire solar system, is a third alternative being explored for colonization. The discovery of ice on its surface has excited and encouraged many space scientists, despite the many challenges. The distance of Mars from the earth makes a space flight dangerous and possibly lethal for astronauts, while the lack of atmosphere would make...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The Moon—Space Colonies 53 min.

The moon’s proximity to earth, as well as the discovery of water there, have placed this natural satellite front and center as a viable location for our first interstellar colony. In fact, the director of the European Space Agency has already outlined their plans for a “moon village”, intended not only for scientific and technological research, but also for activities based on exploiting resources...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

Dust Storm 51 min.

This film looks at the science of what we know about dust storms. It explores what causes them, why they appear to be occurring more frequently and severely in some parts of the world, and what advances have been made in predicting and managing these storms. Filmed in the US, Europe, and the Middle East, the film sheds light on what can be achieved using scientific data, and how this data can guid...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Rise of Vertical Farming 48 min.

Our food system is currently organized very inefficiently. Our food travels for many kilometers, uses an excessive amount of water, is wasted on a tremendous scale, and also contaminates the environment. And yet, the 7 billion residents of planet Earth—all mainly living in large cities—must be fed. In an attempt to achieve this in a sustainable manner, food production must, for the most part, be i...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Cars that Made America 172 min.

The Cars That Made America explores the epic stories behind the wheels and under the hoods of the machines we've steered around every turn on the road of modern history.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

How Safe Are Our Power Grids? 52 min.

Our well-being is based on highly developed networks and all components have one thing in common: in order to function, they need electricity. We have become used to having access to electricity whenever and wherever we need it. Yet experts have recently pointed out the potential threats to our networks. Energy transition, increasing usage, bad weather and the liberalized energy market push it fur...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Dawn of the Driverless Car 53 min.

The age of artificial intelligence is dawning. In fact, it’s already here—in the guise of the self-driving car. This technology will have a world-changing impact. But how does an AI car see and communicate? Does it really think? Does it have morals? To investigate this complex world of algorithms that will soon be driving us to work, BBC builds its own self-driving car and tours Silicon Valley. Wi...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Nano Research and Energy 22 min.

Nano research illustrates how flexible batteries and wafer-thin solar cells can revolutionise energy generation and provide renewable energy. Carbon nanotubes are also explored in this episode of Newton.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016

Insects To The Rescue 53 min.

Are biopesticides - micro-organisms that fight pests naturally – the promise of a chemical-free agriculture? Farmers all over the world are converting to biopesticides, stimulated by scientific research that is opening up new perspectives. But is the technique risk-free for the environment? Invertebrates, insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, viruses … these living mini-organisms that scientists are st...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2016