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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 231 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MPQ0UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,447 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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• 16-page viewer’s guide with articles on mechanical innovations, automated vehicles, medical advances, DIY science, sustainable cities, and DNA arks
• Biographies of select presenters

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"Lively and engaging" -The Herald (Glasgow, U.K.)
"Excellent" -The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.)

The hunt for humanity’s next great leap forward

"Spectacular" -The Times (U.K.)
"Inspiring" -The Sunday Mirror (U.K.)

Thrilling advances in science today are heralding the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Hosted by Professor Stephen Hawking, this five-part series travels the globe to explore the amazing research and awesome inventions that will change the course of our world.

A stellar cast of notable scientists joins Hawking on this adventure, including naturalist David Attenborough, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, physicist Kathy Sykes, and reproductive-medicine pioneer Robert Winston. They offer expert commentary on the revolutions that will improve, extend, and forever transform our lives. From brain-controlled wheelchairs to cancer-destroying bacteria and from self-driving cars to the power potential in a single atom, an almost unimaginable future is becoming reality.

Cambridge professor, bestselling author, and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Stephen Hawking is a renowned physicist famed for his work on black holes and his efforts to explain scientific theories to lay audiences.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Science newest findings and bold directions headed September 23, 2012
Entertaining story of discoveries through scientists' eyes. Presented at a layman's level. Magnificent footage and several interesting scientist presenters for each segment. See how science is a force for good. "Prepare to see your future" as one said. You need not have the intelligence of top scientists to enjoy this series. Even good for youth, educational, but kids will find it enthralling.

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~~~~~1 MACHINES: Lives are defined by machines. See 5 new, important, world changers. A. (US) car--driverless by Google. B. (Swiss) Brain computer interface BCI a thought powered wheelchair. C. (Italy) iCub, a child robot that learns. D. (Philly) exoskeleton; ReWalk; paralyzed walk again. E. (Canary Islands) telescope, 500-ton GTC seeking another Earth.

~~~~~2 HEALTH: five top killers and breakthroughs. A. heart; London's St. Thomas Hosp X-ray + MRI + bio robotic surgery. B. cancer; Boston's genetically targeted drug. C. malaria; NYC mosquito defense, laser force fields & genetic insect changes. D. brain disorders; Oxford's neuroscience learning to control brain bits. E. viruses; Cent. Africa's search to stop future pandemics.

~~~~~3 TECHNOLOGY: Cambridge Media lab--reality mining, cell phone tracking. Belgium and 3-D printing. LA has SpaceX, a commercial exploration company. Abu Dhabi outskirt of Masdar, a green city, tech town. Ontario neutrinos, ghost particles, see the inside of detector of SNOLAB.

~~~~~4 ENVIRONMENT: create energy; (San Francisco) nuclear fusion-not fission. Just a year away? Clear pollution (Louisiana) microbes to clean oil spills. Prevent solar disasters (DC) space weather-electromagnetic radiation-early warning? Preserve animals (UK) the Frozen Ark. Create meat (Holland) in-vitro meat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars gift for dad May 9, 2013
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I bought this for my dad for XMAS and we watched it together while I was home for XMAS. The material that their working on and the technological boundaries that they're breaching are fascinating and uplifting to see. The human race might survive after all :)
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