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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    网上重温至 01/08/2020


    • 仿生学:超级胶水




      A lot of organisms have found wonderful solutions to adhere to all kinds of surfaces in nature, whether it is to accommodate, to move or to protect themselves. Others, on the contrary, succeeded to create the most slippery surfacing on which no dirt, no germ or anything else can hang.

      What if these adhesion and slip superpowers created by the living world could enable us to innovate? Materials that “bind” or “repel” are essential and have always been a part of our fundamental needs. More and more scientists, designers and entrepreneurs draw inspiration from fauna and flora to create cheaper, more efficient and more sustainable sticky or slippery materials and surfacing than the ones currently used.
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    • 解构新冠病毒




      The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and find a treatment for the disease it causes—is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

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    • 大迁徙之纳氏伏翼蝙蝠




      Among the great family of European bats, Nathusius' pipistrelle is one the rare species capable of undertaking significant migrations.

      This journey of up to 2,000 kilometers begins in Northern Europe towards the end of summer and finishes at wintering sites in the west and south of the Old Continent. During the long haul, Nathusius' pipistrelle completes a fascinating biological cycle, while contributing to maintaining the balance of the ecosystems that it crosses.

      This bat even hold the record for longest migratory route among all terrestrial European mammals. 

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    • 大迁徙之小红蛱蝶




      Vanessa cardui, better known as the Painted Lady, is a very common butterfly in Europe in spring and summer. Very common, yet exceptional!

      We lift the veil on the mysteries of this long-haul traveler. A butterfly that engages in one of the longest insect migrations ever recorded.

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    • 大迁徙之黑头莺




      Although discreet, tens of millions of them nest in Europe. The blackcap warbler is a conqueror with an astonishingly varied migratory system that fascinates scientists. While some migrate to Spain and Western Africa, others reach the Eastern Mediterranean and East Africa. Yet, a third strategy is currently emerging: Certain blackcaps migrate north in winter! And they seem more numerous each year.

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    • 大迁徙之艾氏隼



      Eleonora's falcons, emblematic raptors of the Mediterranean islands, are long-distance travelers. Scientists are slowly putting together the puzzle of their astonishing migrations that take them off the beaten path. We follow them on an epic journey across Southern Europe and all of Africa, above seas, deserts, and steppes.

      To each his route... However, all will attempt to converge to a very specific location to spend the winter: Madagascar.

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    • 小地球大建筑



      Sustainable architecture is on the rise all over the world. Architects are reinventing the way we are going to live and build in the future. By 2050, the world population will reach 10 billion people. More and more people will settle in constantly growing cities, putting  nature and our climate under pressure. Around the world, Danish architects are dealing with global challenges in ways that also give us a better everyday life. They strive to create Great architecture on a Small planet.

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    • 超人类系列之感官世界



      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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    • 超人类系列之寻味



      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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    • 超人类系列之听无限



      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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