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Worldwide there are more than 115.000 known species of algae 200 of them are extremely toxic! During algal bloom large sea areas of many square kilometres are contaminated by their neurotoxic substances. The consequence: millions of fish die and are flushed on to the beaches. The toxins are also absorbed by mussels and this way can enter the food chain of human beings. After eating contaminated mussels food poisoning, permanent loss of memory or death by apnoea can occur, depending on the kind and amount of neurotoxic substance. In 1995 eight guests of a restaurant in Amsterdam were hospitalized after eating mussels all had eaten from mussels that had come from a small breeding farm in Killary Fjord, in the west of Ireland. Even so the mussels have been intensely examined in a lab, it took more than ten years until scientists could detect the reason for the food poisoning. They discovered a new toxic species of algae. During a shipping expedition German and Irish researchers will investigate how the new pol
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Operation Deep Sea: Shedding Light in the Darkness
Deep sea: 1000m below the surface no light, immense pressure and icy temperatures. The deep sea encompasses more than 90% of the planets habitat. Yet we know less about these depths than about the moon. This film documents the technical, scientific, and ecological challenges of deep sea researchers. Scientists work worldwide together to collect data on the physical state of the upper ocean. With more than 3000 autonomous floats they monitor the oceans for influences on weather systems like El Nino or the monsoon. Does it affect global climate change? Does the deep sea offer solutions for the CO2 issue? Researchers in the Okinawa Trough are trying to find out. The sea floor harbors enormous amounts of resources: oil, natural gas, methane. Scientists work hard to try and locate these materials. Millions of deep sea dwellers are waiting for their discovery. The Census of Marine Life is trying to catalogue these bizarre ocean creatures before they disappear. The expenditures comeing with these projects are enorm
Hunting Buddies - How Dogs Discovered Man
No animal reflects human social changes as much as the dog. For millennia, Dogs have served as mankinds hunting buddies, vital companions in our struggle for survival. In todays increasingly civilized world, modern dogs have had to Abandon their first instincts, finding new employment as family members, helping the disabled, diagnosing cancer, or sniffing for drugs. We have forgotten what it actually means to be a dog, a hunter.
Keepers of the Ark - A Life for Animals
The young cheetah carefully marks his new terrain which is full of another an- imals strange scent. A group of young falcons are nervous: its their first attempt at flight. Nina, the young keeper of the bats, is excited and sad its time to set her young animals free, to fend for them-selves in the woods around Schonbrunn palace. What these animals share is their proximity to humans in a zoo the worlds oldest, Viennas Schonbrunn Zoo: a centre for animal care, conservation and international breeding programs. This is the story of Schonbrunns zoo-keepers who devote their lives to the animals,witnessing birth, aging, death and, occasionally, the end of an entire species.
A Kingdom For The Dzanga Gorillas
Deep in the heart of darkness in the lush rain forest of the Congo, is a woman with a very big heart. Italian scientist Chloe Cipoletta has dedicated her life to protecting and studying a remarkable family of lowland gorillas. Until now, these wonderful animals have lived a quiet, secret life away from people. But with human development on the horizon, the race is now on to ensure that Congos gorillas have a permanent home in the future. Chloes solution is radical, yet simple: she wants to habituate a family of gorillas to human contact. If she succeeds then a whole new tourist industry will be born, as well as a good financial reason to protect the forest home of one of humankinds closest relations.
Lionsrock - Return of the King
In February 2008 a unique wildlife reserve of 1,250 hectares was established around Lionsrock, SouthAfrica, with the aim of returning lions and other big cats to the land of their ancestors. Most are fromEurope, from rundown zoos or circuses, removed to dubious holding pens like the dilapidated Panterabig cats asylum in the Netherlands. From here a rescued lion family are sedated and air-freightedto a perfect savanna landscape, where for the first time they can be released, free, into their naturalenvironment. This heartwarming and joyful portrait of Lionsrock with its dedicated team also featuresostriches, weaver birds, ground squirrels and other African wildlife sharing the natural habitat wherethe lions ancestors once thrived. And for the first time on TV this film shows root canal treatmenton Kongo, a majestic lion male!
Little Monsters - Hide & Cheat
This 3D documentary presents some of the animal kingdoms strangest survival strategies. The most startling behavior patterns arent found among the classic big animals like lions or polar bears, but among natures smaller creatures: poison dart frogs, chameleons, praying mantises and scorpions, to name but a few. These Little Monsters are masters of survival. Until recently, only a handful of scientists had the technical means to study them up close. But now, with its ingenious combination of slow-motion 3D and time-lapse 3D sequences, Little Monsters sets new standards in the third dimension , yielding unbelievable scenes the world has never seen and felt before.
Final Target: Planet Earth
This film takes a stark look at the present efforts and problems associated with the location and observation of possible life-threatening collisions by comets and asteroids, as well as plans humankind many eventually have to have for its protection.
Defenders of the Earth Movie: The Book of Mysteries
We start off in Morocco when the Defenders learn that a part of that ancient land has disappeared! Kshin wants to go but can't because he hasn't done his homework. Well, Kshin is not about to be left out of the action. In fact, when Mandrake tells Kshin he may read any book in his library for his book report, other than the Book of Enigmas, we know that that is exactly the book that Kshin will read. The adventure unfolds simultaneously when the heroes try to find the reason for the loss of part of Morocco and Kshin opens up the forbidden volume. Through Dynak X, Kshin is able to instruct the Defenders to find the lost city and, once they find it, how to unjam the field surrounding the lost area.
Cold Case: The Shroud of Turin
What is the truth behind the Shroud of Turin? In 1988, one of Christianity's most hallowed relics, was tested by carbon radiation for accuracy. This doc unveils the potential errors and miscalculations that may have fudged the findings, and in the process, changed the history of Christianity as we know it.
Angels and Demons
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican.
Defenders of the Earth Movie: The Necklace of Oros
The necklace of Oros would give Ming his long-awaited wish of knowing the secret of gravity. Knowing that it is Jedda's birthday and, on that day, she gets to select a gift from the family jewels Ming arranges through Gravitron that she select the necklace. Thus begins another splendid episode in which the forces of good and evil are colorfully depicted through luxurious landscapes and terrifying aliens.
A Treasury Department engraver is being held captive by a counterfeiting gang that wants him to make counterfeit plates for them. A lawman is sent to rescue him.
2010 documentary, independent
Part mystery, part travelogue, and part banjo showdown, Oscar-nominated Gasland documents filmmaker Josh Fox's cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing-or fracking-is actually safe.
Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare
A powerful and thought-provoking documentary that exposes the U.S. healthcare system as one designed to profit on disease rather than health. The film interweaves personal stories with the efforts of leaders battling to transform it.
The Magic Life
Three aspiring individuals try to turn their passion into a career. Can they pull off the biggest trick of their lives and become working magicians?
Springtime in the Sierras
A gang, headed by evil Stephanie Bachelor, is slaughtering game out of season. Roy finds the freezer where the meat is kept, but baddie Roy Barcroft finds him there. A famous fight takes place in the freezer. Roy, of course, wins it.
2000 Crime, Drama
In the late 1990’s, New England is hit by a crime wave, netting millions for a gang of sophisticated thieves. A rash of armored car and bank robberies turn deadly as the gang gets sloppy, and guards must pay the price with their lives. Investigators attempt to blend in to a crime-ridden Boston community for information and names of anyone associated with the crime wave, but nobody in the tight nit area will cooperate with authorities. Catching a break, federal agents witness members of the gang as they attempt to rob another bank, and arrest them before more violence can occur. With the leader of the gang behind bars, community members feel safer cooperating with authorities to bring the remaining members of the “Boston Bandits” to justice.
Performing This Way
Richard Villa pokes fun at his Latino roots and the experience of young first generation immigrants, that everyday walk a tightrope between Mexican tradition and American culture.