When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine – an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
Pleasure is vital for our survival – without it we wouldn’t eat or have sex, and would soon die out as a species. The journalist and presenter examines why pleasure and pain are integral to human survival, submitting himself to some of the most extreme forms of both sensations.
Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity – whether big, small or life-changing – come about. They have devised a series of puzzles and brainteasers to draw out our creative behaviour, while the very latest neuroimaging technology means researchers can actually peer inside our brains and witness the creative spark as it happens.
Документальный проект “Обыкновенные зомби. Как работает ложь” расскажет зрителям о техниках манипуляции сознанием, о том, как работают технологии убеждения, и даже о том, как заставить любого человека поверить в самые невероятные вещи.
Как ученые самостоятельно выстраивают для себя системы здорового образа жизни, отметая как шарлатанство дилетантов, так и архаичные медицинские предписания.
The mating ritual is as old as humankind itself, and scientists are putting the chemistry of love and lust under the microscope.
Take an up close look at how genetics, hormones and neurological factors are believed to influence our sexual attraction levels to one another. The Science of Sex Appeal isolates every detail of human sex appeal and explores it in terms of its evolution and function. It shows us what is genetic, what is hormonal, and what neurological.
The Big Question is a five part documentary that seeks scientific answers to vital questions. The host of every episode is a different famous scientist.
Part 1 – How Did the Universe Begin?
In this first part you’ll make a trip with Stephen Hawking to learn how science reveals the greatest mystery of the universe: the creation.
Part 2 – How Did Life Begin?
The chemistry has amazing power to explain the world around us. Seek an answer for the deepest question the human beings asked themselves with Nobel Prize winner chemist Sir Harold (Harry) Walter Kroto.
Part 3 – Why Are We Here?
The human race is one of the wonders of the universe. We may be unique. But why are we here? What is the purpose of life? To professor Richard Dawkins, science can tell us why are we here, and the purpose of human existence.
Part 4 – Why Am I Me?
British scientist Susan Adele Greenfield who brings attention to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, explains how the brains generate a mind that is individual to each of us.
Part 5 – How Will It All End?
In this film you will explore the forces which could destroy us with popular science fiction writer and mathematician Ian Nicholas Stewart.
Historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC’s archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world.
The Enemies of Reason is a two-part television documentary, written and presented by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, in which he seeks to expose “those areas of belief that exist without scientific proof, yet manage to hold the nation under their spell”, including mediumship, acupuncture and psychokinesis.
Short film about the restaurant DiverXO, a three Michelin-star restaurant in Madrid, Spain – is known for its radical flavors and textures.
Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Documentary investigating Nigerian musician William Onyeabor, a man shrouded in mystery and myth. The film tells the story of a label’s attempt to track William down, speaking to fans such as Damon Albarn, Caribou and Femi Kuti and travelling to Nigeria to meet those who’ve worked with him in a bid to uncover the truth about his story.
With a career spanning eight self-released albums from the mid-1970s to 80s, Onyeabor has been mysterious for his distinct, prolific synth-based sound, and his means of self-production, as he recorded and pressed his albums at his own studio, Wilfilms Ltd. With synthesizers already being a rare luxury at the time, and especially in Africa, many rumors circulate about Onyeabor and his financial connections, even speculating Russian ties.
The film is entirely composed of aerial shots of various places around Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.
Watson is a result of IBM’s DeepQA Project whose goal is to develop “a computer system that can directly and precisely answer natural language questions over an open and broad range of knowledge”. Watson is made up of a cluster of ninety IBM Power 750 servers (plus additional I/O, network and cluster controller nodes in 10 racks) with a total of 2880 POWER7 processor cores and 16 Terabytes of RAM. Each Power 750 server uses a 3.5 GHz POWER7 eight core processor, with four threads per core.
The difficulty of mimicking the human thought process with software is showing artificial-intelligence researchers that there’s more than one way to be “intelligent.”
Специалист по медиа-манипулированию Валерий Дмитриевич Соловей рассказывает о методах и принципах ведения информационной войны.
Почему идет деградация человечества и мы стремительно тупеем? Людям больше не нужны умники?
Монолог о системе представлений о смерти и взгляде на всё это дело с точки зрения современного понимания науки принципов работы нашего самого загадочного органа – мозга.
3 коротких фильма под авторством Павла С. о том, какую пищу следует употреблять. Автор ссылается на труды академика Уголева А.М. Большинство людей представляют пищеварительную систему как трубу с желудочным соком, а процесс пищеварения как растворение пищи этим соком. Этот взгляд очень далек от истины. Растворение пищи собственными силами организма – это только один из видов пищеварения, причем не основной.
We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis – and fiction cinema.
In this deeply provocative examination of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, filmmaker and researcher Jay Weidner reveals that besides being a great science fiction movie, 2001 is also a multi-layered revelation concerning the human condition and our place in the universe. In this secret story we can see that 2001: A Space Odyssey is a actually a work of alchemy; a film that initiates the viewer into a higher consciousness and opens the mind and heart to new vistas for the entire human race.
In Kubrick’s Odyssey, Part I, Kubrick and Apollo, author and filmmaker, Jay Weidner presents compelling evidence of how Stanley Kubrick directed the Apollo moon landings. He reveals that the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey was not only a retelling of Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s novel, but also a research and development project that assisted Kubrick in the creation of the Apollo moon footage. In light of this revelation, Weidner also explores Kubrick’s film, The Shining and shows that this film is, in actuality, the story of Kubrick’s personal travails as he secretly worked on the Apollo footage for NASA.
Professor Edward Frenkel discusses the mathematics behind the NSA Surveillance controversy.
John Perkins was a prominent member of the top-secret team of “economic hit men”, who used fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, military coups and murder to create the global American empire after World War II.
A short documentary on the effects of the newish but controversial currency known as Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a distributed peer-to-peer digital currency that functions without the intermediation of any central authority. The concept was introduced in a 2008 paper by a pseudonymous developer known only as “Satoshi Nakamoto”.
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.” – Betrand Russell.
Controversial to its core, this hard-hitting anti-Western propaganda film, which looks at the influence of American visual and consumption culture on the rest of the world from a North Korean perspective, has also been described as “either a damning indictment of 21st Century culture or the best piece of propaganda in a generation”.
Two physicists, François Englert and Peter Higgs, won the Nobel Prize on Tuesday for their theory explaining how particles acquire mass. One of the most significant scientific discoveries of the early 21st century is surely the Higgs boson, but the boson and the Higgs Field that allows for that magic particle are extremely difficult to grasp.
The issue of wealth inequality across the United States is well known, but this video shows you the extent of that imbalance in dramatic and graphic fashion. The reality is often much, much worse than we think.
Originally published in November on Youtube, the video is making the rounds on the Monday after Obama signed into law $85 billion worth of government spending cuts after no deal was reached last week on sequestration. Perhaps more tellingly, it’s also the same day that Forbes magazine released its annual billionaires list, highlighting the 1,426 people who control $5.4 trillion of the world’s wealth.