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Looking for Life on Mars

Looking for Life on Mars: Follow along as NASA launches the Mars 2020 Mission, perhaps the most ambitious hunt yet for signs of ancient life on Mars.     The spacecraft will blaze into the Martian atmosphere at some 12,000 miles per hour and attempt to lower the Perseverance Rover in the rocky Jezero Crater, home to a dried-up river delta scientists think could have harbored life. Perseverance will comb the area for signs of life and collect samples for…

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Read more about the article Absolute Zero episode 2 – The Race for Absolute Zero
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Absolute Zero episode 2 – The Race for Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero episode 2 - The Race for Absolute Zero: Documentary charting rival attempts to reach absolute zero, the ultimate limit of cold, by scientists in London and Leiden. A second race unfolded 100 years later, towards the end of the 20th century, as scientists attempted to produce a Bose Einstein Condensate, a new state of matter predicted by Einstein.     With the winner of each scientific race going on to win the Nobel Prize for their work, ultra-cold…

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Read more about the article Absolute Zero episode 1 – The Conquest of Cold
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Absolute Zero episode 1 – The Conquest of Cold

Absolute Zero episode 1 - The Conquest of Cold: Absolute Zero is the ultimate limit of cold – a Holy Grail as exciting for scientists as the North and South Poles were to the great polar explorers. The Conquest of Cold is an epic journey from dark beginnings to an ultra-cool frontier.     For thousands of years it seemed like a malevolent force associated with death and darkness. Nobody had any idea what it was, much less how to…

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Read more about the article The Story of Science episode 6 – Who Are We?
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The Story of Science episode 6 – Who Are We?

The Story of Science episode 6 - Who Are We? -We now know that the brain - the organ that more than any other makes us human - is one of the wonders of the universe, and yet until the 17th century it was barely studied.     The twin sciences of brain anatomy and psychology have offered different visions of who we are. Now these sciences are coming together and in the process have revealed some surprising and uncomfortable…

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The Story of Science episode 5 – What Is the Secret of Life?

The Story of Science episode 5 - What Is the Secret of Life? - The story of how the secret of life has been examined through the prism of the most complex organism known - the human body.     It begins with attempts to save the lives of gladiators in Ancient Rome, unfolds with the macabre work and near-perfect drawings of Leonardo in the Renaissance, through the idea of the 'life force' of electricity, to the microscopic world of…

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