Full Length Science Documentaries

If you are interested in science you might like these interesting documentaries.

I have updated the list, and even added some NOVA Science episodes. Will also try to add your suggestions to the list. Follow me on Redux, Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, Tumblr, or Google+.

1. Are We Alone in the Universe 48:30 mins. long- Discusses the likelihood of life in other galaxies.

2. Earthlings 1:35:26 mins. long – EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby.

3. Fermat’s Last Theorem 48:58 mins. long – Simon Singh’s moving documentary of Andrew Wiles’ extraordinary search for the most elusive proof in number theory.

4. The Illusion of Reality 59:00 mins. long – A look at the reality in which we live, and our perceptions of it. Sorry this one is no longer avaliable, as the BBC blocked it, though you may be able to find parts of it still on Youtube.

5. 100 Greatest Discoveries in Physics 8:10 mins. long – Part 1 discusses the history of physics including The Law of Falling Bodies – Newton Law of Gravitation. (HD)

6. Man and Space: U.S Space Race Documentary 11:00 mins. long Part 1 (1961) – Before sending men into space, both countries took the cautious approach of sending mammals in automated spacecraft first, sending medical instrumentation back to Earth.

7. Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssy 1:53:34 hrs. long. Where did we come from? Spencer Wells, a 33-year-old population geneticist, has closed the door on his laboratory and is embarking on the biggest adventure of his life. His mission: to retrace the most extraordinary journey of all time, a journey that involves every man, woman and child alive today.

8. Neuroscience Experiments: Human Version 2.0 47:44 mins. long Performing controversial experiments, scientist are discovering secrets of the brain.

9. Challenger: the Untold Story 9:29 mins. long. Part 1 of 10. A Lone Morton Thiokol Engineer tried to convince NASA and Thiokol management that their booster rocket is flawed. Both NASA and Thiokol ignore his warnings.The next day The Space Shuttle Challenger explodes over Florida and the Rogers Commission is formed to find out what exactly happened. 

10. Analysis of Hemp and It’s Medical Uses 49:40 mins. long. “When We Grow…This Is What We Can Do” is an educational documentary concerning the facts about cannabis. A film by Seth Finegold and presented by Luke Bailey.

11. The Secret Life of Chaos 15:04 mins. long. Part 1 of 4 In this documentary, Professor Jim Al-Khalili sets out to uncover one of the great mysteries of science – how does a universe that starts off as dust end up with intelligent life? How does order emerge from disorder?

12. Access to Evolution 10:53 mins. long. “The Secret Life of Chaos”  A documentary about the way that Evolution works.

13. Transcendent Man: Accelerating Technology 3:55 mins. long. Amazing how fast our techological advances happen, this short clip looks into it, however the parts are searchable on Youtube.

14. Everything and Nothing Part 1 59:18 & Part 2 59:20 mins. long. In two epic, surreal and mind-expanding films, 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.

15. Carl Sagan: The Story of Everything 10:55 mins. long. Excerpts were taken from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos. More specifically, from the episode titled ‘Who Speaks For Earth’.

16. The Incredible Human Journey: Each around 58:00 mins long The Americas, Europe, Out of Africa, Australia, Asia. There are seven billion humans on Earth, spread across the whole planet. Scientific evidence suggests that most of us can trace our origins to one tiny group of people who left Africa around 70,000 years ago. In this five-part series, Dr Alice Roberts follows the archaeological and genetic footprints of our ancient ancestors to find out how their journeys transformed our species into the humans we are today, and how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet.

17. The Ape That Took Over The World 49:04 mins. long. Scientists announced an amazing discovery: the oldest skull of a human ancestor ever found. The 3,5 million year old fossil was remarkably complete, and unlike any previous fossil find. Its discovery – by a team led by Meave Leakey of the famous Leakey fossil-hunting family – has revolutionised our understanding of how humans evolved.

18. Darwin’s Dangerous Idea: Born Equal 58:35 mins. long.  Andrew Marr discovers something surprising about his own evolutionary history as this epic series continues with an exploration of Darwin’s impact on politics and society. Also see Life and Death, Body and Soul which are also part of this series.

19. Neanderthal 49:02 mins. long. In 1848 a strange skull was discovered on the military outpost of Gibraltar. It was undoubtedly human, but also had some of the heavy features of an ape… distinct brow ridges, and a forward projecting face. Just what was this ancient creature? And when had it lived? As more remains were discovered one thing became clear, this creature had once lived right across Europe. The remains were named Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthal man) an ancient and primitive form of human.

20. Mystery Of The Human Hobbit 48:42 mins. long. On the far-flung island of Flores, in the Indonesian archipelago, a team of archaeologists happened upon a tiny 18,000-year old skeleton. It was no more than a metre tall. They assumed they have found the remains of a young girl. But other signs suggested she was in fact much older. They had discovered one of the smallest human adults ever found.

21. Mystery Of The Jurassic 49:10 mins. long. For years scientists have been trying to find the mysterious evolutionary master key responsible for transforming the dinosaurs into world-beaters. In the early Jurassic, 200 million years ago, they were a relatively small group of primitive creatures. By the late Jurassic, 50 million years later, they had become the magnificent array of carnivores and giant plant eaters that would dominate the planet for millions of years. In between lies the mysterious period of the middle Jurassic in which all these changes must have happened. But what were they? What was it that transformed the dinosaurs?

Full Length NOVA Science Episodes on Various Topics

1. Astrospies 53:13 mins. long. Millions remember the countdowns, launchings, splashdowns and parades as the U.S. raced the USSR to the Moon in the 1960s, but few know that both superpowers also ran parallel covert space programs to launch military astronauts on spying missions.

2. Back to Chernobyl 56:44 mins. long. Nova travels to the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in Nova: Back to Chernobyl. Affecting some areas as far away as Northern Europe, the Ukrainian event released an unprecedented amount of radiation into the atmosphere. Beyond the far-reaching nuclear fallout, the Soviet Union’s failure to respond in a timely and honest manner created powerful global tension.

3. Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef 54:14 mins. long. Dive into a world teaming with extraordinary life where males are females and even the rocks are alive. Danger lurks at every turn and only the lucky survive. A unique journey to a mysterious world of strange and beautiful creatures.

4. Lighting 56:47 mins. long. Zap! Lightning strikes Earth 100 times every second, so the more we know about it, the better. This is a fast-paced look at this thrilling, beautiful-but-dangerous phenomenon that is surely one of nature’s most awesome displays of power. Follow scientists brave (or crazy) enough to try to induce strikes nearby in order to study the effects.

5. A Walk to Beautiful 52:38 mins. long. A difficult journey that begins in loneliness and shame for thousands of Ethiopian women ends in a productive new life and hope for the future in this award-winning film.

6. The Four-Winged Dinosaur 53:19 mins. long. Long ago in the age of dinosaurs, a volcano in eastern China erupted and buried a host of strange creatures in ash, creating exquisite fossils that preserved a big surprise–many dinosaurs were covered in feathers. In The Four-Winged Dinosaur, NOVA investigates the most bizarre of these feathered dinosaurs, which has rekindled a fierce, decades-long debate over the origin of bird flight.

7. Secrets of the Parthenon 53:12 mins. long. For 25 centuries, the Parthenon has been shot at, set on fire, rocked by earthquakes, looted for its sculptures, and disfigured by misguided restorations. Now, a team of architects and engineers is investigating the many mysteries of this icon of Western Civilization: How did the ancient Greeks design and build their masterpiece so quickly?

8. Cracking the Maya Code 52:49 mins long. The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. Because the invading Spanish suppressed nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology’s fiercest challenges. Until now.

9. Marathon Challenge 52:45 mins. long. Every year thousands of athletes from across the globe flock to Boston to run the city’s marathon, known worldwide as the ultimate test of stamina and endurance. But how do you run 26 miles if you have trouble making it around the block? With good coaching, discipline, and lots of group support, as NOVA shows when it follows 13 sedentary people through a nine-month regimen designed to prepare them for the grueling Boston Marathon.

10. Hunt for the Supertwister 53:03 mins. long. In seconds, a supertwister can leave immense swaths of death and destruction. But what if technology could help us tame nature’s most violent tornadoes?

11. Life and Death in the War Zone 54:24 mins. long. Treating patients with life-threatening injuries is always a challenge. Now imagine handling a medical emergency at the height of the Iraq War, beset by heat, sand, and frequent enemy attacks.

12. MARS Dead or Alive 54:24 mins long. Go inside NASA’s risky field trip to the red planet in this tense and dramatic behind-the-scenes chronicle of the $820 million Mars Exploration Rover (MER) project.

13. Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land 54:17 mins. long. Armed with high-tech equipment and ingeniously improvised devices, NOVA and archaeologist Richard Freund embark on a fascinating detective story that may rewrite Holy Land history.

14. Battle of the X-Planes 1:53:44 hrs. long. NOVA goes behind the doors of Boeing’s Phantom Works and Lockheed’s legendary Skunk Works to record classified meetings, flies the most revolutionary planes, and examines the high-stakes battle to build the most capable and versatile fighter ever created the Joint Strike Fighter.

15. The Great Robot Race 52:51 mins. long. Twenty-three bizarre looking vehicles line up at the gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: thereÕs nobody behind the wheel.

16. Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine 54:17 mins. long. Orville and Wilbur Wright were remarkable inventors, mechanics, risk-takers, and visionaries. They designed and built their own wings, steering devices, engines, and wind tunnel. But just how did they construct such an impressive flying machine?

17. Car of the Future 53:23 mins. long. Tom Magliozzi has a problem. The wacky co-host of NPR’s Car Talk needs to replace his beloved 1952 MG roadster. But where do you turn to in today’s car market? Is new technology about to transform the way we drive?

18. Absolute Zero 1:43:24 hrs. long. What is cold? How do you achieve it, and how cold can it get?

19. Lost King of the Maya 54:17 mins. long. In an ancient Mayan arena, enemies of notorious King Yax KÕuk Mo square off in a ball game that appears much like modern soccer. But in this fateful contest, winners liveÑand losers lose their heads

20. Lost Treasures of Tibet 54:07 mins. long. Mustang (moo-stahn), one of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, is so isolated and protected that no Westerner set foot inside its borders for centuries. But in the early 1990s, this untouched society set high in the Himalayas opened its borders for the first time, exposing an ancient worldÕs dazzling sacred relics long damaged by the elements and neglect.


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