Thursday, June 30, 2016

Scientists Rock - an Asteroid Day series




Today on Far Future Horizons we join the rest of the world in commemorating the second annual Asteroid Day by presenting this very special series of videos.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Beyond the Darkness




Today on Far Future Horizons we join host Morgan Freeman in a quest that will take us in search of the Dark Matter and Dark Energy that comprise the bulk of our Universe.


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Invisible Machine: Electromagnetic Warfare


Today on Far Future Horizons we take a look at the future of warfare and a new class of weaponry utilizing the awesome destructive force of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)

Humanity may be facing an “Electronic Armageddon” of its own making, which will in a matter of seconds plunge our technological civilization to levels reminiscent of the eightieth or nineteenth centuries. In the blink of eye the technological comforts and marvels of our age would be reduced to mere junk.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Could We Survive A Mega Tsunami?




Today on Far Far Future Horizons we explore the question Could We Survive A Mega Tsunami?

This BBC Two documentary starts with a horrific scenario a kilometre high tidal wave, travelling at the speed of a jet aircraft, and heading for us. 



The destructive effects of tsunamis have been all too evident in recent years, with one on Boxing Day (December 26th)  2004 killing around 250,000 people in southern Asia and another striking Japan on March 11th, 2011 and nearly bringing this nation close to the edge of a nuclear catastrophe. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Breaking the Code: The Biography of Alan Turing






Today on Far Future Horizons we commemorate the memory of the great mathematical genius and father of computer science Alan Turing by presenting the BBC docudrama "Breaking the Code: The Biography of Alan Turing" starring the veteran actor Derek Jacobi. 


Friday, June 24, 2016

Pangaea Ultima and the End of Man


Today on Far Future Horizons we continue our Two Hundred and Fifty Million year time odyssey with Clash of the Continents (Part 2) - The End of Man.


In the second part of Clash of the Continents we join our intrepid astronaut as he explores a future Earth drastically altered by geological forces into an utterly alien landscape. He will cross the vast desert of the super continent of Pangaea Ultima in search of traces of humankind and its once great cities. But, with all humanity’s landmarks dissolved away his only hope is to find a fossilized city that has survived nature’s implacably powerful forces. Perhaps he can find New Orleans, which would have been buried under the Mississippi Delta. What will the evidence he finds reveal: further evolution, or the destruction of our species?




This and other exciting National Geographic Channel documentaries can be purchased on DVD from their online store



Clash of the Continents Part 2 - The End of Man

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Death of the Oceans


Today on Far Future Horizons we present an exciting episode from the acclaimed BBC science documentary series “Horizon” entitled “The Death of the Oceans”. In today’s instalment of Horizon we join our host Sir David Attenborough as he takes us on an in depth scientific investigation concerning the negative impact human civilization is having on the world’s oceans.



Sir David Attenborough reveals the findings of one of the most ambitious scientific studies of our time - an investigation into what is happening to our oceans. He looks at whether it is too late to save their remarkable biodiversity.Horizon travels from the cold waters of the North Atlantic to the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef to meet the scientists who are transforming our understanding of this unique habitat. Attenborough explores some of the ways in which we are affecting marine life - from over-fishing to the acidification of sea water.

The film also uncovers the disturbing story of how shipping noise is deafening whales and dolphins, affecting their survival in the future.



BBC Horizon - The Death of the Oceans


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Are We Living Inside A Simulation?




Today on Far Future Horizons we ask the question: Are we living in a simulation? Is the totality of cosmic existence nothing more than a manufactured reality created inside some incredibly advanced super computer?

Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom


Personally I feel that simulation hypothesis, first formulated by Nick Bostrom (whose work in the field of existential risks I greatly admire), presented in this documentary is a very good example of pathologically bad science. I  think that in our attempts to stretch the limits of human knowledge to the breaking point, we are in fact being led down avenues of muddled headed thinking.  And, as a result, science fiction and fantasy are taking the place of real level-headed science.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the BBC documentary film Code-Breakers: Bletchley Park’s Lost Heroes.

The stunning achievements of mathematical whiz Bill Tutte, combined with the engineering genius of British General Post Office (GPO) engineer Tommy Flowers, were to change the course of the Second World War and usher in the age of computers.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Genius of Britain ~ Asking Big Questions




Today on Far Future Horizons we will present the fifth and final episode of the acclaimed documentary series “The Genius of Britain”.


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Genius of Britain - The Human Zoo


Today on Far Future Horizons we will present the third episode of a the acclaimed documentary series “The Genius of Britain”.

This instalment entitled "The Human Zoo: How We Came to Understand the World" looks at the scientific titans of the nineteenth century, whose drive and ambitions created the railways, discovered electricity and devised one of the most explosive ideas ever: evolution.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Genius of Britain Episode 2 - The Chemical Brothers




Today on Far Future Horizon we will present the second episode of the acclaimed documentary series titled “The Genius of Britain”.

The second instalment of this landmark series is titled “The Chemical Brothers: How Science Created the Industrial Revolution”. This episode looks at the scientific spark that ignited the Industrial Revolution in Britain.






Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Mysterious Mr. Tesla



Today on Far Future Horizons we present an episode of the acclaimed science documentary series Horizon produced in 1982 concerning the man that many regard as "the patron saint of modern electricity" and "The man who invented the twentieth century" - Nikola Tesla



Monday, June 13, 2016

Stargazing Live Episode 3



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the final episode of the first season of the incredible three part series hosted Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain.

In this third instalment Brian talks to the astronauts on board the International Space Station, and the team talk to a European astronaut. Mark gives amateur stargazers a chance to watch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Liz looks at the night skies from beautiful Hawaii and shows us some of the telescopes.


Sunday, June 12, 2016

Stargazing Live Episode 2



Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of the incredible three part BBC series hosted Stargazing Live by Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain.

The aim of this series was to bring the Universe closer to our home.

In this episode, Liz shows us images of the sun, Brian explains how we know where every planet will be at a certain time, and Liz talks about blackouts from Coronal mass ejections (CMEs). We are also shown images of the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest neighbour.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

Stargazing Live - Episode 1





Today on Far Future Horizons we present the first episode of a BBC series devoted to Astronomy which aired in January 2011 - Stargazing Live.






Stargazing Live is a British live television program  on astronomy that was first broadcast for three evenings on BBC Two between 3 and 5 January 2011, with a second series broadcast between 16 and 18 January 2012, a third series between 8 and 10 January 2013, a fourth series between 7 and 9 January 2014, a fifth series from March 18 and March 20, 2015, and now between January 12 and January 15, 2016. The series is primarily presented by scientist Brian Cox and comedian and amateur astronomer Dara Ó Briain with support from TV presenter and biochemist Liz Bonnin and astronomer Mark Thompson. It is broadcast from Jodrell Bank Observatory[ and has featured live links from scientific facilities in Hawaii, South Africa, Norway and NASA.

The series is primarily presented by scientist Brian Cox and comedian and amateur astronomer Dara Ó Briain with support from TV presenter and biochemist Liz Bonnin and astronomer Mark Thompson. It is broadcast from Jodrell Bank Observatory[ and has featured live links from scientific facilities in Hawaii, South Africa, Norway and NASA.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Super Diamonds



Today on Far Future Horizons we will discovery why diamonds are far more than a girl's best friend. This allotropic form of carbon has many technological applications that are revolutionizing science and industry.


Diamond is the hardest substance found on planet earth and for many centuries it has been one of the most revered and sought after materials by humankind. For years these precious gems have been admired as a thing of ultimate beauty and a sign of supreme wealth, steeped in mythology and deeply rooted in ancient legends, but today in the hands of modern day alchemists these precious stones are taking on a whole new value. In this program Naked Science examines the history of diamonds, and sheds light on how they may change the future. We meet scientists across three continents who are currently unlocking the secrets of diamonds and we find that what they are discovering may have the potential to revolutionize technology. As a gemstone we know that diamonds are costly, but as a raw material technologically advanced super diamonds are priceless.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ancient Worlds: The Spartans




Today on Far Future Horizons we embark on another odyssey through time with acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes to visit the ancient Greek City State of Sparta and the infamous Spartans.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

NOVA Power Surge





Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed PBS science series NOVA. “Power Serge” attempts to answer two fundamental questions Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution? And, can emerging technology defeat global warming?

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Birth of the Solar System

The Solar System In It's Early Infancy 


Today on Far Future Horizons we present another episode of the highly acclaimed documentary series Naked Science titled "Birth of the Solar System". Where did our solar system come from? The advent of spaceflight and space-based telescopes has given us unexpected clues to how our solar system began.



Monday, June 6, 2016

Everything and Nothing




Today on Far Future Horizons we present a two-part BBC documentary entitled “Everything and Nothing” which essentially deals with two of the deepest and perplexing questions confronting science today – what is everything, and what is nothing?

In these two epic, surreal and mind-expanding episodes, Professor Jim Al-Khalili searches for an answer to these questions as he explores the true size and shape of the universe and delves into the amazing science behind apparent nothingness.
The first part, “Everything”, we set out with Professor Al-Khalili to discover what the universe might actually look like. The journey takes him from the distant past to the boundaries of the known universe.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Modern Marvels - E.T. Tech

Painting by Copyright © 1998-2014 Lynette R. Cook


Today on Far Future Horizons we present Modern Marvels ~ ET Tech which explores the technologies used in the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and Astrobiology. 

Spirit Landing on Mars

These technologies have taken us to the planet Mars to sift its sands for life. And, have also led to development of sophisticated radio telescopes that help us sieve through the cosmic radio noise for signs of intelligent civilizations that share this awesome Cosmos with us.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Alien Safari - The Search for Life within Our Solar System



Join us today on Far Future Horizons for an Alien Safari as we go in search of extraterrestrials in our own cosmic backyard.

Does alien life lurk somewhere in our solar system?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

From the Earth to the Moon ~ "Le Voyage Dans La Lune"


Today on Far Future Horizons we present the final episode of “From the Earth to the Moon”.

The story of the final lunar mission, Apollo 17, is told as a pseudo-documentary set several decades after the fact.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

From the Earth to the Moon - The Original Wives' Club




Today on Far Future Horizons we present the eleventh episode of the acclaimed twelve-part HBO television miniseries From the Earth to the Moon – The Original Wives' Club.


This   episode presents the Apollo program from the point of view of the nine wives of NASA's second group of astronauts, from 1962 beyond the end of the program. The burdens placed on them include maintaining a home while presenting a positive image to the news media, shielding their husbands from any family concerns which could affect their position in the flight rotation or ability to return to Earth safely, and comforting each other in the face of tragedy.

Black Sky: The Race for Space





Today on Far Future Horizons we present the documentary Black Sky: The Race for Space about the private sector's efforts to carry private citizens into space. In the light of NASA’s policy shift in relying on the private sector to raise the venture capital and develop the technologies that will take future astronauts into low Earth orbit and beyond this is an especially appropriate documentary feature to watch.