Thursday, January 29, 2015

Richard Feynman: The Best Mind Since Einstein

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a documentary from the acclaimed PBS series “NOVA” about the greatest physicist since Albert Einstein,  Richard P. Feynman.

Richard Feynman was one of the twentieth century’s most creative and unusual thinkers. He was an atomic bomb pioneer, Nobel prize-winning physicist for his work in quantum electrodynamics, acclaimed teacher and all-around eccentric, who helped solve the mystery of the space shuttle Challenger explosion. 

Feynman has also been credited with pioneering the field of quantum computing, and introducing the concept of nanotechnology.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Naked Science ~ Atlantis


Today on Far Future Horizons we present another episode of the acclaimed National Geographic Channel’s documentary series Naked Science.

In this instalment we will investigate the legendary lost city of Atlantis.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

Today on Far Future Horizons we take an in-depth look at the Nazi’s Atomic Bomb program.  

In 1939, as Europe prepared for war, the Nazis led the world in the race for the atomic bomb. Yet six years later it was the Americans who dropped the first nuclear bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima  and Nagasaki .

Monday, January 26, 2015

What Do Aliens Look Like?

Today on Far Future Horizons we join host Morgan Freeman for another exciting instalment of the acclaimed documentary series Through the Wormhole.

This episode will take us on an incredible voyage across the length and breath of our home galaxy so we may come face to face with alien life forms and see what they may look like.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The ex-Planet Pluto: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

What is so special about the planet, or should it be said, ex-planet Pluto that its demotion from major planetary to minor planet status should provoke tremendous public outcry?

Even though, the main thrust of this charge came mostly came from Pluto-loving elementary school students, one can not help but ask the question - What is it about this cold, icy and distant rock that captures so many hearts? Why is Pluto America's favorite Planet?

Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has held a warm place in the public imagination. So, when the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium stopped calling Pluto a planet, director Neil deGrasse Tyson found himself at the center of a firestorm.

Today on Far Future Horizons we present - The Pluto Files, from the PBS series NOVA. This episode of NOVA is based on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s own wonderful book – “The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet” available from AMAZON books in the United States and the United Kingdom.

This NOVA documentary is available from PBS home video.

Is There A Creator?

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the first episode of  “Through the Wormhole” hosted by veteran actor Morgan Freeman.

The first installment of this series explores perhaps the ultimate existential question - Is There A Creator?

Through the Wormhole explores the deepest mysteries of existence — the questions that have puzzled mankind for millennia.

What are we made of? What was there before the beginning? Are we really alone? Is there a creator? These questions have been pondered by the most brilliant minds of the human race. Now, science has evolved to the point where hard facts and evidence may be able to provide us with answers.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Real Superhumans

Today on Far Future Horizons we present The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic.

Are humans destined to acquire real life super abilities through the efforts of genetic engineers who are mining the random genetic mutations acquired by some members of our species that give them fantastic capabilities? 

Random mutations that allow some individuals to withstand and survive frigid temperatures, perform fantastic feats of mental calculation and who can see and taste music. Since the beginning of life on Earth human evolution has been driven by the random forces of natural selection. But, now with the advent of genetic manipulation our species is on the verge of directing the course of humanity’s evolutionary future. 

Will our species diverge into two distinct species of humans leading to a new gulf in social and economic disparity –the genetically enhanced and the genetically inferior? Those gifted with superior intelligence and longer longevity and those without. What does the brave new world of tomorrow being ushered in by biotechnology hold for us?

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Universe: Dark Matter - Dark Energy

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore the dark side of the Universe. Less than five percent of our universe is comprised of matter that is radiant or interacts with light or other forms of electromagnetic radiation.

For thousands of years we have looked at the night sky and believed the illuminated stuff was all that made up our universe. Scientists now realize it's not what shines in the light but what hides in the darkness that holds the true secrets of our Cosmos. There is a mysterious dark matter that binds stars and galaxies together, and strange particles like wimps, axions and machos might be to blame. And there is a dark, repulsive energy that is creating space in the universe, that's driving the galaxies further and further apart, to a dismal fate. Combined, dark matter and dark energy make up 96% of the universe and uncovering their secrets is like making the one-in-a-million shot. If uncovered, the ultimate fate of the universe might be revealed. Will it crash and burn in a horrific collision of gravitational forces? Or will dark energy tear the universe apart? 

Join us on an odyssey to the dark side of the universe and the hunt for dark matter and dark energy.

This diagram explains why the expansion speed of the universe is increasing

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Japan’s Atomic Bomb

Today on Far Future Horizons we examine some intriguing evidence that the  Japanese developed their own atomic bomb and  detonated it days before they surrendered?

Since the end of the Second World War, conventional wisdom claimed that Imperial Japan was years away from building an atomic weapon. Today’s documentary feature shatters that view.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Manhattan Project

On July 16th, 1945 at 5:29:45 AM in Alamogordo, New Mexico at a location known as the Jornada del Muerto ("Journey of Death") desert a new age dawned and humanity in the deepest sense began its own journey of death. 

Today on Far Future Horizons we take a voyage back in time to the dawn of the Atomic Age and revisit – The Manhattan Project.

In its race against the Nazis to develop an atomic bomb, the United States of America assigned some of the world’s leading scientists to The Manhattan Project, an incredible scientific, engineering and manufacturing enterprise which would have everlasting global consequences for the future of humanity. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Universe Ancient Mysteries Solved ~ Pyramids

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of The Universe Ancient Mysteries Solved.

In this installment of The Universe Ancient Mysteries Solved we will examine the astronomical connections of the Pyramids of Giza .

This series of documentaries is a spinoff of the acclaimed History Channel documentary series The Universe. Each episode will be taking us on another exciting foray into the exciting field of Archaeoastronomy.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Mysteries of Deep Space - To the Edge of Space

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of the acclaimed PBS series “Mysteries of Deep Space”.

In the second instalment of the series we will be taking a voyage to the edge of space, where we will encounter stars coming to life and dying violent deaths.

To some there is no vision more reassuring: the cycles of the sun and the moon, the heavens ceaselessly turning. The night sky is unchanging and eternal -- Or so it seems.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Mysteries of Deep Space - To the Edge of Time

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the debut of a new documentary series titled "Mysteries of Deep Space" with episode one: "To the Edge of Time". 

"Today, astronomers have opened a stunning new window on the universe. As we peer ever deeper into space, we travel farther back in time".

The science of astronomy is being transformed by a new age of technological advances. On mountaintops around the world, scientists are opening ever larger telescopes, capturing light from ever more distant reaches of the universe.
That light may have travelled millions, even billions, of years to reach us. By the time it does, it offers a window into the distant past.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Red Stuff

Today on Far Future Horizons we present ~ “The Red Stuff” a documentary on the history of the Soviet Space program.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Secrets of Quantum Physics Episode 2 Let There Be Life

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the second episode of professor  Jim Al-Khalili’s “The Secrets of Quantum Physics. In this installment we will explore the applications of Quantum Mechanics in unlocking the mysteries of life itself.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Atomic Bomber

Today on Far Future Horizons we present an episode from the acclaimed documentary series Planes that Never Flew- The Atomic Bomber. This episode examines the WS-125, an attempt by the United States Air Force to develop a nuclear powered strategic bomber which could fly non-stop without refuelling. It was eventually cancelled in 1961 as unfeasible.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Ancient Mega-Fort

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode of the acclaimed documentary series Ancient Discoveries which explores the defences of ancient forts and cities.

Holding off invasion and protecting its people,ancient civilizations came up with creative, efficient and effective means of self-protection and defence.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Path to Nuclear Fission

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the acclaimed film documentary “The Path to Nuclear Fission: The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn”, concerning the discovery of nuclear fission, the splitting of the atom and the life story of the two scientists who played a crucial role in this scientific breakthrough.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Wonderful World of Tomorrow

Two Astronauts View Saturn From Titan's Surface

"Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold." ~ Author unknown

"Let us move on, and step out boldly, though it be into the night, and we can scarcely see the way." ~ Charles B. Newcomb

The New Year of 2015 promises to be as exhilarating as the previous year of 2014 for those of us at Far Future Horizons  as we continue to work towards the exploration and settlement of the exciting new frontiers of sea, space and to chart the human journey across time and space.

Far Future Horizons is all about exploration, discovery, and stepping forward to face future challenges boldly and decisively. The existential threats facing our global civilization are many but; we firmly believe that there are no limits to the growth and the future prosperity of the human species. Human inventiveness and ingenuity can help us surmount any problem or obstacle in our path. This is the message that this blog site hopes to convey to its readers in this New Year of 2015 and beyond.

So on behalf of all of us here at Far Future Horizons I invite you, dear readers, to step out boldly, though it be into the night, and we can scarcely see the way to the wonderful year ahead of 2015! Happy New Year One and All!

The theme of today’s five video features presents both a retrospective and prospective concerning “The Wonderful World of Tomorrow”.