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  • WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    WEATHER AND ARCHITECTURE

    Sea levels are rising and storms are becoming increasingly powerful. Climate change has serious consequences. The cost of the damage caused by extreme weather events around the world is on the increase. Hurricane Katrina cost USD 80 billion; Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 5,000 people – many in their homes. Is our architecture still fulfilling its actual purpose – namely to protect us from the cold and heat, from rain and storms? Architects and engineers have long been discussing how […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

      Imagine driving to the opera, getting out of your car and leaving it to find a parking spot on its own while you go in to take your seat? Sounds convenient, doesn’t it? The global race to build the first autonomous car has already begun. In fact, vehicle manufacturers have been studying the concept of self-driving cars for over 60 years. Science / Technology Length 45’ HD Film by Harald Stocker Original title: Autonomes Fahren Production: bavariaone Film- und […]

  • LUCID DREAMING

    LUCID DREAMING

    With opulent imagery, this film documents the latest research into the dream state abilities of our brain and the advances being made by science into the last refuges of the (supposed) unconscious. According to Sigmund Freud dreams are the “royal road to the unconscious”. Neuroscientists, on the other hand, maintained that dreams are nothing but the “waste products” of neuronal activity. The scientific study of dreams is experiencing a new boom, across all research disciplines. One of the reasons for […]

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  • THE EXPLORERS CLUB

    THE EXPLORERS CLUB

    We follow five modern adventurers through exotic landscapes, harsh deserts and hostile ice flieds – an adventure far removed from traditional nature documentaries. The Explorers Club in New York is the epicentre of the last heroes – it is the meeting place for the planet’s most distinguished explorers. The club was formed 109 years ago and has since had some wellknown members: the Wright brothers, Roald Amundsen, Edmund Hillary, Charles Lindbergh. Today, hardly a patch is left that has not […]

  • CHRONOBIOLOGY

    CHRONOBIOLOGY

        For thousands of years, people were able to live in sync with their “inner clock”. In our modern world, however, this is scarcely possible. Work, school or studies – for many people the day starts with the sound of an alarm clock. Still tired and sleepy, we try to get up to start the day. So why don’t we simply go to bed earlier the night before, despite having firmly decided to do so? Late risers have a […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ENERGY STORAGE – POWER ON DEMAND?

    Every power network requires some form of energy storage, because the consumption of electrical energy fluctuates constantly and power stations cannot adapt quickly enough. Many hydraulic power stations, for example, can dam up water and thus allow more or less energy to flow through the turbines as demand requires. The problem is that there are not enough water storage power plants. To save power from renewable energies, scientists are investigating new forms of energy storage. Some houses in Munich have […]

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  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – BIOMASS – THE KEY TO THE MOVE TO ALTERNATIVE ENERGY?

    It will only be possible to cover all our power supply needs with renewable energies if we use a mix of different energy sources that supplement each other perfectly. These include wind energy, hydraulic power, photovoltaics and biomass. But what role will biogas power plants really play in the move to alternative energy? In these systems, bacteria break down biomass from agricultural waste to create biogas. However, the waste materials are not available in sufficient quantities, so a further renewable […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – HYDROELECTRIC POWER STATIONS

    For more than 5000 years, humankind has harnessed the power of water. Today, too, hydraulic power is the most important renewable energy source in the world. Austria and Switzerland source more than half their electricity consumption needs from hydraulic power; in Germany this figure is around 4%. When it was built in the Alps in 1924, the Walchensee power station was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. Nowadays it is still the largest in Germany, although with an […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ELECTRIC MOBILITY

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ELECTRIC MOBILITY

    The Japanese have had electric cars on the market since early 2011. Peugeot, Nissan and Citroen too have been selling their electric models since 2011. Up until 2012 however, German manufacturers had delivered only show cars and promises. The Audi A1 Etron will not be launched until 2013. And BMW has announced that its first electric car will not be available before 2014. Its models I3 and I8 will apparently be proper electric cars and not just retrofitted petrol cars. […]

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  • THE BERLIN PATIENT

    THE BERLIN PATIENT

    A sensation in the scientific community: The first person to ever be cured of AIDS. Get an insight into three promising research approaches across the globe. For years, researchers believed that a cure for AIDS was impossible. But all that changed four years ago when an American, Timothy Ray Brown, became the first patient in the world to be cured of HIV at the Berlin Charité hospital. In fact he was cured of both HIV and leukaemia, by using stem […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE „WOW“ EFFECT

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – 3D – THE „WOW“ EFFECT

    3D is booming – and not just in cinemas. 3D is apparently on its way to a living room near you! Practically every TV manufacturer already offers 3D televisions, even though there are not many films or broadcasts available in 3D, So what does this muchcoveted “WOW” effect bring us? This easily comprehensible science documentary illustrates from various perspectives the opportunities offered by this new technology as well as the associated challenges. Neurologists, opticians, engineers, graphic designers and actors give […]

  • SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO-PLANES

    SCIENCES OF THE 21ST CENTURY – ECO-PLANES

    More than 80,000 air transport movements take place around the globe every day. Since the start of the Jet Age 50 years ago, air travel has recorded mammoth growth rates, placing a very real burden on the earth’s climate and on people living near airports. For this reason, engineers are working hard on ‘eco’ or ‘green’ jet engines. Optimising the turbines can lower fuel consumption, a concept that impresses many aircraft manufacturers such as Airbus and Mitsubishi Aircraft. In terms […]

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