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Limits of Perception, The Secrets of Nature - Documentary

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Limits of Perception - The Secrets of Nature

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This is a journey form the smallest manmade hole - by removing just one single atom - to the edge of the universe. Man has finally succeeded in making the ancient dream of Greek philosophers come true - to «see» an atom. In another direction we also seem to have unlimited sight: the «Hubble Telescope» grants us a glimpse of the remotest galaxies. This documentary assesses the limits of human perception, taking us on a journey through time from the quasars, millions of light-years away from earth, via the wonders of our populated world to the depths of human genotype and the structure of a single atom. «Limits of Perception» promises a filmic journey of exploration from micro- into macrocosm.

Limits of Light - The Secrets of Nature

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Following on from the multiple award-winning Limits of Perception and Time Limits, this is the third and final part of the trilogy of films that explores the limits of our everyday perceptions and beyond, showing that the world is a far more remarkable place than most of us ever realise. Humans are visual creatures -- sight is our main sense. Yet our eyes often deceive us in peculiar ways. There is far more to light than meets the eye. This fascinating documentary explores the human's visible spectrum of light and ventures even further into territories we cannot sense by ourselves without technical equipment: from coloured light to gamma rays, that could destroy all life on Earth, as well as radio waves, without which our modern society would be impossible. The film also follows the great pioneers, from Newton and Einstein, to Herschel and Roentgen, whose genius uncovered the marvels of the electro-magnetic spectrum and took us far beyond the limits of light.
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Limits of Perception, The Secrets of Nature - Documentary

Time Limits - The Secrets of Nature

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We perceive time in terms of seconds -- the length of a heartbeat. We can't even imagine events that unfold over several days and years or be aware of elementary particles that flash into existence for less than a billionth of a second without high-tech camera equipment and exceptional filming techniques.
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Limits of Perception - The Secrets of Nature

When it rains in the Namib, a thick carpet of grass covers the sand and stony desert. But this green layer is punctuated by bare circular patches, as regular as if .

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Scientists believe they have an explanation for the mysterious grassless patches dubbed fairy circles that appear regularly throughout the Namib desert in .

Full story: Footsteps of gods, underground dragons or UFOs? Rachel Nuwer joins the fellowship of the rings out to solve the enigma in the .

Nature Tech Episode 1 - The Magic of Motion - The Secrets of Nature

Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider's web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature's designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature -- they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.
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Full video from Being Human is available at: David Eagleman shows the biological limits of human .

Salt, Tears of the Earth - The Secrets of Nature

No creature can live without this magic mineral -- and no living organism can produce it on its own. Amoebas, algae or humans -- all life-forms are completely at the mercy of this simple chemical compound. In all bodies of water on earth, there is salt in abundance, and animals and humans have always been able to extract the valuable crystals from water -- directly through their organs or with the aid of evaporation in salt lagoons.

Poisoned - The Secrets of Nature

This film takes a look at the various ways poisons have been used throughout history, using dramatic reconstructions of some of the most infamous poisonings. But the film doesn't stop there. Using advanced computer animation, we travel inside the bodies of a victim of the Borgias, as well as Cleopatra, Hannibal, Socrates, Emperor Leopold and a host of other unfortunate victims, to witness from the inside how they died. The film follows humanity's macabre search over thousands of years for the perfect poison. A poisoner needs a poison that is tasteless and colorless, and therefore won't be noticed by the victim. It needs to work in low doses, so a poisoner doesn't have to feed his victim large quantities. And it needs to be reliably and quickly lethal. Finally, it needs to be undetectable after the event, so the poisoner leaves no trail of guilt. In fact, for preference it should mimic the symptoms of a disease, so no-one even suspects poisoning. Not surprisingly, such a perfect poison is not easy to find or make, and the search has occupied some of humanity's finest minds.

Termites - The Inner Sanctum - The Secrets of Nature

They cannot tolerate sunlight; some of them are even blind. However they are one of the world’s most ingenious builders: Termites. They build high-risers without any technical devices that are, compared to the Empire State Building in New York, 25 times higher. They are the only animals that have managed to build an air-conditioning system without electricity. Their nests are architectural masterpieces that rise up to eight meters from the ground and dispose brood chambers for larvae, corridors for transportation, fungal gardens for nutrition and even emergency exits for hostile attacks.
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Nature Tech Episode 2 - The Material World - The Secrets of Nature

Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider's web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature's designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature - they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.

Nature Tech Episode 3 - Life Power - The Secrets of Nature

Why are blossoms never dirty and can we also make our cars that way? Why can geckos walk on the ceiling and can we use their tricks to create better adhesives? Why is the spider's web tougher than steel? Exciting new developments in computer technology, chemistry and physics are now enabling us to understand Nature's designs better than ever before. Scientists are not simply trying to copy nature - they are taking hints, extracting principles and applying winning designs of evolution in a new, human context.
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Greece Garden of the Gods - The Secrets of Nature

Greece, the Ancient Empire, is the residence of the Gods from Artemis to Zeus. A sanctuary of impressive temples, ruins, mystical places of worship and home to a rich fauna and flora. Steeped in legends, this countryside provides the backdrop for the unique natural history of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. This unconventional documentary moves to and from between the world of ideas and natural facts and takes us through the realm of the Gods where hardly known animals live in a breathtaking landscape. Schlamberger combines the magnificent visual imagery of nature-film with a journey into the world of ancient Greek ideology, inviting us on an entertaining stroll through the «Garden of the Gods».

Extreme Light and Dark - The Secrets of Nature

Humans prefer moderation - neither too hot nor too cold, neither too light nor too dark. But Earth doesn't cater to our preferences. Our planet offers an abundance of extreme conditions, and people everywhere have had to learn to adapt to their surroundings. «EXTREME! - Light and Dark» is a journey to the brightest and darkest inhabited areas of the world: places where a cloud hardly ever crosses the sky or months pass without a single ray of sunlight reaching the ground. How does so much light, or so little, affect the mindset and emotional well-being of the people who live with it? How do they protect themselves? And how do they take advantage of their situation? Yuma in Arizona just recently lost the title «world's brightest town» to Agadem, a tiny oasis in the Sahara Desert. Meanwhile, the Italian village of Viganella has winter sunshine even in the depths of its alpine ravine - ever since the mayor attached parabolic reflectors to the mountaintops.

The Nature of Perception

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There is no separate, inside self and no separate outside object, other or world. Rather, there is one seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the perspective of objects, never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality.
~ Rupert Spira


Perception underpins all human behavior and helps interpret sensory information to make sense from the senseless. The brain, to create meaning where there is possibly none, processes perception from the unperceived and thought from the unthinkable. The process of perception is in fact one of creation. What we perceive is not what is out there or within. There is no inherent value in the incredibly complex patterns of light that fall onto our eyes, and yet we see coherent forms and motions that enable us to survive. Exploring the nature of perception can help us glimpse life beyond experiencer and experience, perceiver and perception.

Video by: Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo
Music by: Olive Musique
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Schönbrunn - Well of Beauty - The Secrets of Nature

Georg Riha applies unusual perspectives to the “Schoenbrunn” theme. A transformation the like of which the viewer has never seen unfolds before his eyes. Schoenbrunn in the protean succession of the seasons, of light and shadow, day and night is presented by Sir Peter Ustinov who leads the viewer through Schoenbrunn palace with its marvellous garden and the Schoenbrunn Zoo.

Perception (Documentary)

Documentary by Maria Bonilla, Gabriela Marcano, and Isabel Maya for the AICE Media Studies A Level Course (Cypress Bay High School)
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Facts About Plants 🌺 - Secret Nature | Plant Documentary | Natural History Channel

Plants are in a constant battle for survival and many couldn't survive without animals. However, plants also use animals to their advantage by fooling them into carrying their spores around. To learn more about flower power, watch this amazing Secret Nature documentary!

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Wild China: China's Insects | Insect Documentary | Natural History

This documentary looks at but a spectacular few of China's 40,000 species of insects that we know about so far. We examine how their prosperity and their role in the biodiversity of China is fundamental to the long-term survival of the larger animals and, indeed, to the Chinese population. The Chinese have long had an appreciation of insects, particularly in their art, and many species are also used in traditional Chinese medicines. This film shows how now they are gaining an even greater respect for the widespread importance of these tiny creatures and are developing an understanding of the significance in the conservation of larger animals and their crucial role in the food chain.

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Empire of the Ants - BBC Documentary HD

Most ants are merely a nuisance; they crawl on you outside or they try to sneak a chip at your picnic. All in all though, they seem pretty harmless. You may even have fond childhood memories singing, 'The ants go marching two by two', but, don't let these particular ants fool you- they're no joke. Army ants are more like pillaging hordes of invading barbarians rather than the sweet creatures you saw in Pixar's A Bugs Life.

The classification 'army ant' is actually a general term that refers to any of about 18 genera (plural of genus) of ant that exhibit extremely aggressive nomadic behaviors and indiscriminately kill by overwhelming prey with their massive numbers. They're also known as 'driving ants', 'legionary ants', or 'visiting ants' because they 'visit' but don't stay; they pass through an area like a swarm of locusts and wipe out anything in their path.
There are about 12 thousand identified species of ant, but only about 200 are considered 'army ants'. While ants are ubiquitous, army ants only exist in hot and humid environments. They're commonly found in the southern U.S., Central and Southern America, as well as Africa and Asia, however, not all army ants are created equal. U.S. army ants, while being equally successful search and destroy drones as their African and Asian cousins, are not nearly as aggressive. In the U.S., if your house was in their path you wouldn't have to worry about your chickens or small livestock, but some African and Asian species have been known to 'take no prisoners' and dismember livestock.
Army ants differ from 'typical' ants in that they have much more developed mandibles. These massive jaws aren't for chewing though; they're for battle, as well as dismemberment of prey for easy transport back to the nest. What's disturbing is that, as these army ants attack their prey, they secrete an enzyme that breaks down the tissue for easier quartering but, all of this happens while the prey is still alive!

Interestingly, army ants are totally blind; they can only sense light intensity, but not discern anything in front of them. Because of this, they rely on a form of chemical communication called pheromones, which they taste and/or smell with their antennae. Ants use about 10-20 different pheromone cues to communicate with their colony as well as discern friend from foe. Some beetles, wasps, and millipedes are actually able to produce a chemical that mimics the army ant pheromone scent. This way they can actually cloak themselves from army ant 'radar' and avoid being eaten.
Most ant species are solitary hunters and gatherers. They strike out on their own and, when food is found, they release a 'dinner bell'-like pheromone to which the nest responds. This is why that one lonely ant at your picnic seems to multiply into a hundred in no time flat. Army ants aren't nearly as covert about gathering food though.

Army ant hunting groups, called swarm raids or column raids, can be 200,000-20 million ants strong, fanning out into a 15-110 yard wide swath of voracious killers. These raids aren't random though- they fall into a carefully organized cycle based on the hatching and growth cycle of the young.
Empire of the Ants
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