Saturday, May 31, 2014

God and the Universe

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of acclaimed Documentary series The Universe which explores perhaps the ultimate existential question – Did God Create the Universe?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

What Is Reality?

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the fundamental nature of reality that underlies our existence with acclaimed BBC science series Horizon – What is reality?

There is a strange and mysterious world that surrounds us, a world largely hidden from our senses. The quest to explain the true nature of reality is one of the great scientific detective stories.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Alien Neighbors

Today on Far Future Horizons we go in search of our Alien Neighbors.

If we are not alone, who, or what else, is out there? Is anybody listening? ...
2042 AD. Powerful orbiting telescopes scour the heavens for signs of life. They focus on a dim yellow globe. Spectrum Analyzer results: negative. No oxygen, no life. The autotracker zooms in to another world, a pale blue dot. Oxygen signal: affirmative. And there appears to be water. This could be it!

Reading Is Indeed Fundamental

It has been said that reading is fundamental to a child’s education. In fact at least one philanthropic organization in the United States, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is devoted to the mission of creating and fostering “a literate America in which all children have access to books and discover the joys and value of reading”.

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting installment of the acclaimed BBC science documentary series Horizon, titled “Why Reading Matters” presented and narrated by science writer Rita Carter that offers scientific evidence that reading is indeed fundamental to a child’s education and is an activity which benefits all of us throughout our lives.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Star Trek Tech

For nearly forty eight years Star Trek has engulfed our imagination and sent us on voyages to brave new worlds across the galaxy.

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another outstanding episode from the acclaimed documentary series Modern Marvels that focuses on the technology of the iconic science fiction series Star Trek.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Living on the Moon

"If God wanted man to become a spacefaring species, He would have given man a moon." ~ Krafft Ehricke

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a fascinating episode from the National Geographic Channel’s documentary series “Naked Science”.

In this installment of “Naked Science” we look at the exciting possibility of using our celestial neighbour, the Moon, as a stepping stone that will allow humanity to colonise the solar system and beyond.

How the Solar System was Made

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another episode of the acclaimed documentary series The Universe ~ How the Solar System was Made

At 4.6 billion years old, the Solar System is our solid, secure home in the Universe. But how did it come to be? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Science of Star Trek

Today on Far Future Horizons we present “The Science of Star Trek”.

The Science of Star Trek is an episode of the PBS series "The New Explorers", hosted by Bill Kurtis, which aired on January 18, 1995.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Catastrophe! Part 2: “How the World Changed”

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second installment of a two-part documentary titled Catastrophe! “How the World Changed” from the acclaimed PBS series Secrets of the Dead.
The Justinian Plague

Friday, May 23, 2014

Richard III: The King in the Car Park

Today we present a Channel 4 documentary about a fascinating archaeological find – the skeletal remains of the infamous English king Richard III which are due to be reinterred next spring.

Catastrophe! — Part 1: The Day the Sun Went Out

Did a major cataclysmic event plunge humankind into the period known as the early Dark Ages? Scientists now believe the early Dark Ages may have been triggered by a natural event that occurred around 535 A.D.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Swallowed by a Black Hole

Today on Far Future Horizons prepared to be Swallowed by a Black Hole.

A gas cloud three times the size of our planet has strayed within the gravitational reach of our nearest supermassive black hole. And across the globe, telescopes are being trained on the heart of our Milky Way galaxy, some 27,000 light years from Earth, in the expectation of observing this unique cosmic spectacle.

For cosmic detectives across the Earth, it is a unique opportunity. For the first time in the history of science, they hope to observe in action the awesome spectacle of a feeding supermassive black hole.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives

The quantum-mechanical "Schrödinger's cat" paradox according to the many-worlds interpretation. In this interpretation, every event is a branch point; the cat is both alive and dead, even before the box is opened, but the "alive" and "dead" cats are in different branches of the universe, both of which are equally real, but which do not interact with each other.

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the story of the “Many Worlds” interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and the physicist who developed it - Hugh Everett III as told by his rock star son Mark Everett and by Hugh’s close associates and colleagues.

Hugh Everett III

“Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives” tells the poignant story of a rock star in search of his father. Mark Oliver Everett, better known as E, is the lead singer of the cult US band the Eels. What most of his fans don’t know is that Mark’s father, Hugh Everett III, was one of America’s top quantum physicists.

Monday, May 19, 2014

What Darwin Didn't Know

Earth teems with a stunning diversity of living things. The source of this profusion of life was a profound mystery until Charles Darwin presented his revolutionary ideas on natural selection in his book “On the Origin of Species” on November 24th, 1859.

Natural selection has given rise to a plethora of living organisms each adapted and specialized to occupy a particular ecological niche and over time this process eventually led to the emergence of new species.

This portrait of Charles Darwin was painted by George Richmond in the late 1830s, around the time Darwin was fleshing out his theory of evolution.

But Darwin's radical insights raised as many questions as they answered. What actually drives evolution and turns one species into another? To what degree do different animals rely on the same genetic toolkit? And how did humans evolve?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sci Fi Science ~ Alien Invasion

What if aliens really were intent on invading and subjecting our planet. What can we possibly do? Here to provide the answer is maverick physicist Dr. Michio Kaku in another exciting episode of Sci Fi Science - Alien Invasion.

The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming! It's the cry at the heart of hundreds of Sci Fi movies what can we possibly do if a hostile alien force were really intent on invading Earth? We must be prepared for this onslaught and Dr. Michio Kaku has a plan.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sci Fi Science - Deep Impact

Today on Far Future Calling we join Dr Michio Kaku for another exciting episode of Sci Fi Science.  Can science save us from a potential celestial 9/11 impact event?

Ninety percent of the rocks in space are big enough to destroy civilization. And it's not a question of if they'll hit - it's a question of when. Dr Michio Kaku is on a mission to save planet Earth.

The Universe ~ Unexplained Mysteries

Join us today on Far Future Horizons as we ponder some of the unexplained questions and mysteries of our cosmos.

Nemesis Death Star

We will delve into some of the myths, misconceptions, truths and amazing mysteries of our unique universe. Could life exist on Mars? Is time travel possible and does Einstein’s theory of relativity support it? Is there a companion dark star to our sun and could it pose a threat to earth? Learn about the spark that lit the big bang. 

Past Life on Mars?

Take a journey from science fiction that predicted all these things, to the scientific reality of what they mean to us in the ever-changing universe.

Can a Highly Advanced Extraterrestrial Civilization Build Dr Ronald L. Mallett’s Time Machine and allow us to Journey into the Deep Past?

These are just some of unexplained mysteries just begging to be explored and understood, and so long as there are inquisitive minds, the unexplained can one day be made explicable.

matter and antimatter asymmetry

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Oracle of Delphi

Oracle of Delphi

Today on Far Future Horizons we join archaeologists, geologists, chemists and toxicologists in unlocking the secrets of the the Oracle of Delphi.

Dating back to 1400 BC, the Oracle of Delphi was the most important shrine in all Greece, and in theory all Greeks respected its independence. Built around a sacred spring, Delphi was considered to be the omphalos - the center (literally navel) of the world.

People came from all over Greece and beyond to have their questions about the future answered by the Pythia, the priestess of Apollo. And her answers, usually cryptic, could determine the course of everything from when a farmer planted his seedlings, to when an empire declared war.

How to Survive A Robot Uprising

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting installment of Dr. Michio Kaku’s acclaimed television series “Sci Fi Science”. How would humanity survive a Robot Uprising as depicted in such motion pictures as The Terminator (1984) and I, Robot (2004).

Bring It On Bots

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Building the Impossible - The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Colossus of Rhodes
Today on Far Future Horizons we present Building the Impossible: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  

Pharos of Alexandria

This documentary reveals the secrets behind the construction of seven monuments built over 2000 years ago - the Pyramids of Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; and the Pharos of Alexandria that came to be known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Statue of Zeus at Olympia

By combing ancient historical sources for clues and making modern-day comparisons, the ancient wonders are reconstructed using computer imagery and scale models. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one, the Great Pyramid of Cheops survives today.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Machines of the Gods

Temple of Zeus in Olympia 

Today on Far Future Horizons we are proud to present another episode from the History Channel’s acclaimed documentary series “Ancient Discoveries” titled “Machines of the Gods”.

This instalment of Ancient Discoveries will take an in depth look at the temple machines used to bedazzle worshipers in the ancient temples of Greece and Egypt.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Is It Real? - Russian Bigfoot

Is it possible that prehistoric humans predating modern Homo sapiens still survive today? In Mongolia and Russia, rumours about hairy, ape-like creatures are the staple of gossip in the remote mountain communities of these relatively isolated countries . They are known as the "Almas" and Cryptozoologists claim they could be relic Neanderthals, that did not become extinct as once thought some thirty-five thousand years ago. Do relict hominids still walk the Earth? 

The Mystery of the Neanderthal

Once upon a time in the history of our planet two distinct species of human walked the Earth together. Then some thirty five thousand years ago, in the ultimate contest of survival one species alone would survive to inherit the Earth – Homo sapiens. We are the descendants of the winners of that evolutionary contest.

Eventually we would spread out from the Old Worlds of Europe and Asia into the New Worlds of the Americas and Australia and became a planetary species. We discovered agriculture, built the first cities, developed culture and writing and became the pioneers of a totally new domain of evolution which is distinctly non-biological - Cultural Evolution. It is this new realm of evolution that has made us the most dominant life form on this planet and has set us on a trajectory that will one day take us out amongst the stars.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Universe ~ Strange Things

Today on Far Future Horizons present another episode of the acclaimed documentary series The Universe where we are going to explore the mysterious, exotic and the downright strangest things that inhabit our enigmatic universe. 

A Planet Orbiting A Pulsar painted by David A Hardy
Planets Beyond Neptune?

This installment will investigate pulsar planets, the possibility of planets beyond Neptune, and dark matter.

There is more to our Universe than meets the eye.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ray Harryhausen’s Earth vs. the Flying Saucers in Color

Today on Far Future Horizons we pay a special tribute to special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen who died on May 7, 2013  by presenting for your viewing pleasure a colorized version of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Wonders of the Solar System – Empire of the Sun

Today on Far Future Horizons we join Professor Brian Cox on a whirl wind tour of the entire solar system highlighting its many wonders.

In this first episode Professor Cox explores the greatest powerhouse of them all - the sun. In India he witnesses a total solar eclipse – when the link to the light and heat that sustains us is cut off for a few precious minutes.

But heat and light are not the only power of the sun over the solar system. In Norway, Brian watches the battle between the sun’s wind and earth, as the night sky glows with the northern lights.

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Man Who Walked Across the World

Today on Far Future Horizons for those of you who have a yearning to explore exotic locales we present the astonishing story of the thirty year odyssey of the greatest explorer of the Islamic World - Ibn Battuta.

In this wonderful three part documentary travelogue, Tim Mackintosh Smith follows in the footsteps of Fourteenth Century Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta.

In June 1325, when he was twenty one years old, Ibn Battuta set off from his hometown of Tangier on a hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca, a journey that would take sixteen months. Yet, Ibn Battutah would not see Morocco again for twenty four years.

The full extent of Ibn Battuta’s adventure would involve a seventy five thousand mile trek across the entirety of the known Islamic world and beyond. During the course of which, he visited forty countries and three continents in a thirty year odyssey.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

In Search of Myths and Heroes – Arthur the Once and Future King

Today on Far Future Horizons we join acclaimed BBC journalist Michael Wood in the fourth and final installment of his documentary series “In Search of Myths and Heroes” as we go in search of Britain's legendary King Arthur.

In this episode of the series, Wood explores the greatest British myth: the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Travelling round the Celtic world from Cornwall to Wales, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland, Wood uncovers the extraordinary story of how a shadowy Welsh freedom fighter — a Dark Age Che Guevara — became a medieval superman, and finally the model of a Christian hero.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Exodus Earth ~ Exoplanet

Today on Far Future Horizons we join Dr. Basil Singer in the final installment of the exciting documentary series Exodus Earth

Dr. Singer explores the possibility of mounting an interstellar voyage to the exoplanet Gliese 581c and establishing a permanent human colony there in the next century.

What kind of propulsion system would be needed to accomplish such a voyage? Basil must investigate extreme propulsion methods, including solar sails and nuclear bombs. And, what can we say about the mission’s destination? 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Exodus Earth ~ Mercury

Today on Far Future Horizons we join physicist Dr. Basil Singer in exploring the possibility of establishing a human outpost on Mercury, the most extreme planet in the solar system. 

Exodus Earth ~ Mars

Mars is a world that holds a special mystique for humanity. We have been held under its captive spell for over a century. It is the one world where humanity expected to find life and sentience beyond the Earth. And, in the minds of many space visionaries today, Mars is the one world most likely to sever as a secondary planetary abode for terrestrial life and consciousness.

The colonization of Mars has been the topic of both romantic speculation and serious scientific study before the dawn of the Space Age. But, it has only been during the past forty years, beginning with observations of Mariner 9 and culminating with recent space missions of Mars Odyssey, Mars Express and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, that we can now assess the full resource potential of this world.