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This is the story of a truly magical charity from Haiti: In 2010 a devastating earthquake left hundreds of Haitian children homeless and desperate for help. Help that arrived in the person of Gabriel who started from nothing an orphanage for those lost kids. Today Gabriel's registered charity looks after 20 children, still counting. Visit www.loveorphanage.org to see the full story and the kid's profiles. . Today Love Orphanage is looking for kind souls to help building the permanent home for the kids with schooling and playroom. Become part of the family, make a difference today. Donate online, donate directly, donate 100% for the kids of Haiti. THANK YOU! . P.S. All the kids featured in this movie are part of the Love Orphanage family.

Have you ever imagined how a combination of research and insanity looks like? Look no further and find out with Evil Jared Hasselhoff! Call him funny. Call him crazy. Call him outrageous. But there is one thing you should never ever call him: boring! Evil Jared Hasselhoff is bassist for the band Bloodhound Gang, DJ, event entertainer, one of the craziest guys alive and...curious about everyday mysteries and not afraid of a little pain on the road to knowledge. Actually, pain is his middle name. Watch the insane show on TViLike for $4.99/month or less. FREE TRIAL! #anewperspective every day

Ever wondered what would happen if there weren't those annoying little flies and bugs? Think insects are a pest? Think again. This visually stunning science documentary shows how these tiny geniuses can help us solve some of science’s biggest problems – from producing biofuel to killing drug-resistant bacteria and curing cancer. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, making up more than 90% of the animals on Earth. They can be found on all continents, in all climates. Nature has equipped them with an amazing range of tricks. Some of them produce the strongest materials on earth to protect their bodies. Others have the most effective immune systems of the animal kingdom – far better than ours. And some have developed ingenious solutions to turn waste into energy. Wouldn’t it be great to learn some of their tricks? Using custom-made cameras and special filming techniques, this film takes you deep into a world that is completely alien to ours but offers astonishingly ingenious solutions to our everyday problems.

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A murder story, a love story and a thriller with stunning twists! In May 2009 a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. What was extraordinary is that the victim, Rodrigo Rosenberg, knew for certain that he was about to be killed. Rosenberg’s lover had been murdered a few weeks before. He was driven to investigate things, he told his friends, that would inevitably lead to his death. A video he recorded days before he died accused the president of his murder. Uploaded to Youtube, it nearly brought down the government. There began a brilliant investigation, a journey into Rosenberg’s soul and Guatemala’s hell, that after multiple twists and turns, reached a stunning conclusion... Experience the run for your life on TViLike now. FREE TRIAL!

Have you ever wondered how Tupac, Gianni Versace, Anna Nicole Smith, John Belushi, River Phoenix, John Kennedy or OJ Simpson's wife spent their last 24 hours? These are no ordinary biographies. These are psychological detective stories attempting to uncover the mystery of why and how the celebrity died. Each episode maps out the final 24 hours of a different celebrity’s life. Weaving in and out of this central narrative is the celebrity’s back-story, which lays bare the threads of fate that led inextricably from childhood to the moment of death. Telling interviews with loved ones and confidantes combine with high-end dramatic re-enactments and archival material illuminate these compelling life (and death) stories. Experience the revelation at TViLike now - any time, any device!

Ever imagined meeting the murderer of a close family member? How would YOU react? In this stunning documentary culprits and victims stand up to each other and challenge the human limits of forgiveness. Watch the full documentary "Beyond Punishment" on TViLike now. Free trial!

Ever wondered how it would be if you got murdered…and knew beforehand? A murder story, a love story and a thriller. In May 2009, Rodrigo Rosenberg, a wealthy, charismatic lawyer went cycling near his home in Guatemala City and was murdered. Nothing unusual there: Guatemala has a murder rate four times higher than Mexico’s, worse in fact than Iraq’s for civilians during the war. What was extraordinary is that Rosenberg knew, for certain, he was about to be killed. Rosenberg’s lover had been murdered a few weeks before. He was driven to investigate things, he told his friends, that would inevitably lead to his death. A video he recorded days before he died accused the president of his murder. Uploaded to Youtube, it nearly brought down the government. There began a brilliant investigation, a journey into Rosenberg’s soul and Guatemala’s hell, that after multiple twists and turns, reached a stunning conclusion... Experience the run for your life on TViLike now! FREE TRIAL

Have you ever imagined really fighting for your life against your inner enemy? This film offers a unique look of the deadly disease of anorexia. Emma, 18, filmed her own struggle and death. When she started filming herself, she knew the film would end one of two ways: either as a film about recovery from a low point, or about the devastation of anorexia because she would die. It became the latter. While Emma is the clear main speaker in this film, her parents, friends, doctors and therapists reflect on her life and death. The film is both heartbreaking and inspiring because Emma’s message echoes throughout: choose life while you can. On TViLike we show you the perspective of people fighting themselves in order to not destroy their own lives. Explore the stress and fear caused by addiction and learn more about the effects on human behavior. This film is both, inspirational and devastating. Full documentary available on TViLike.

We all know those big trucks with yellow warning lights on the streets. Big machines with even bigger cargo. But, they are "peanuts" compared to these "Mega Transports". This series shows heavier, larger, more complicated and more unusual transports than ever shown on television. Pinpoint planning is required from big teams for weeks and months as they can only take place in certain time slots and under very specific conditions with special safety precautions. Watch the fascinating series on our new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

‘The World’s Toughest Prisons’ will reveal what it really means to be part of this very special world - from different angles. At each prison we visit, the audience will be immersed into daily prison life. The viewer will experience firsthand the challenges each guard faces on a daily basis; likewise, he will learn about the prisoner’s struggles to develop strategies for survival. He will get the unique chance to discover the personalities who live behind the bars, to learn about why they’re there and what kind of contact they have with the outside world. But the deep insights in this series will also allow the audience to experience the other side of the story: why was the prison built like this? What kind of rules and security measures exist here? And how are the prisoners monitored and, if they break the rules, punished? ‘The World’s Toughest Prisons’ is a never-before-seen insight into an unbelievable world, which exists within the realms of law and justice but with its own definitions of right and wrong. This is a story audiences will love to experience, while simultaneously being thankful that it isn’t their own. Watch the entire series, seasons 1 and 2, on our new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

Have you ever wondered how a way to school could look like under different conditions? Facing the most extreme conditions – marching, climbing or swimming, these little children fear neither brutal cold nor dangerous terrain. They face wild animals. They climb up mountainous paths, fight their way through icy wastelands or under the merciless sun of the dessert. They persevere through all this with only one goal in sight: a better life. These children have the most spectacular and most dangerous way to school in the world This series captivates through a unique mixture of breathtaking scenery, enormous struggle and danger coupled with childlike curiosity, happiness and inquisitiveness. Everyday routine meets the spectacular. It goes to the coldest city in the world: Oimjakon, Siberia. Where winter temperatures as low as -75 degrees Celsius make each step a challenge. Next stop the Maasai in the Kenyan savannas, whose way to school is full of fascinating and dangerous wild animals. The series will visit the Peruvian Uvos, who live on man-made islands in Lake Titicaca and must take boats to school. It goes on to the Tibetan. Plateau, where our youngest inhabitants of the village Kumpur, as they make their way climbing up mountainous trails and crossing the dangerous river Trishuli. In the Ethiopian Danakil dessert where temperatures easily reach 50 degrees Celsius during the day, it follows pupils walking for hours on scorching hot sand in order to reach their school. In Nicaragua the series attends little girls rowing a crumbly canoe all by themselves over the rapid Rio Escondido. Whereas in Papua New Guinea it will take part in the children’s perilous hike through the jungle, that will last several days. Next stop is the Copper Canyon in Mexico, home of the Tarahumara people, whose children barefooted climb 2000 meters difference in altitude only to get to school. Finally, the series stops in Mongolia where it will accompany nomad children riding to school through the bitterly cold vastness of the taiga. The series depicts people who are still living in harmony with their natural surroundings, far from any semblance of civilization. The diversity of wildlife, extreme weather conditions and the geographic uniqueness characterize the lives of the local inhabitants. In the background of these extraordinary ways to school the exceptional landscape sets the stage, telling a story all of its own. Watch this unique series on our new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

Have you ever imagined how a combination of research and insanity looks like? „Howdy“ says the cat fish and swallows the Jared's arm. He in turn fishes the 30 kilo cat fish out of the water and struggles to keep a hold of it. The guy with the fish is Jared’s instructor today. Because Jared Hasselhoff, the bassist for the band Bloodhound Gang, is participating in the traditional okie noodling tournament. No small fish to fry here. And it has nothing to do with the calming benefits of fly fishing. Noodling is an extreme sport par excellence as Jared experiences himself. Tasering is not allowed while noodling ... the poor fish! But we do taser Jared, of course, in the name of science. To understand exactly what happens during tasering, we grab the high-speed camera that takes 2000 frames per second and call it "Fast and Furious". Our science ambassador, Jared Hasselhoff, embarks on a search for significant or silly myths and phenomena from daily life, and gets to the bottom of them - preferably the most painful way! Experience scientific madness on any device on our new platform TViLike! FREE TRIAL

Have you ever imagined how a combination of research and insanity looks like? „Howdy“ says the cat fish and swallows the Jared's arm. He in turn fishes the 30 kilo cat fish out of the water and struggles to keep a hold of it. The guy with the fish is Jared’s instructor today. Because Jared Hasselhoff, the bassist for the band Bloodhound Gang, is participating in the traditional okie noodling tournament. No small fish to fry here. And it has nothing to do with the calming benefits of fly fishing. Noodling is an extreme sport par excellence as Jared experiences himself. Tasering is not allowed while noodling ... the poor fish! But we do taser Jared, of course, in the name of science. To understand exactly what happens during tasering, we grab the high-speed camera that takes 2000 frames per second and call it "Fast and Furious". Our science ambassador, Jared Hasselhoff, embarks on a search for significant or silly myths and phenomena from daily life, and gets to the bottom of them - preferably the most painful way! Experience scientific madness on any device on our new platform TViLike now! FREE TRIAL

Have you ever wondered about how it feels to run a farm and work in the fields? The picture of living as a farmer is often painted in dreamy colours of living in the countryside alongside animals. There is more to agriculture than just an idyllic surrounding: such as a profound knowledge about technical equipment as well as a special feel for the environment and weather changes in relation to the harvest which is often developed over many decades. Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Part 3 of Serious Grass finds us back in Lancashire at Andrew Atkinson's dairy farm but this time we will not only see his classic Ford and John Deere tractors busy harvesting grass, we shall also see him using them to reseed a couple of grass fields. One of these will be ploughed, finding the Ford 8630 we knew in Suffolk back on a familiar Kverneland implement! The race is then on to break down and level the soil ready for a contractor to seed it before the rains come. A second field is also reseeded, this time using a Moore Unidrill straight into the sprayed off sward - and on this drill Andrew uses his 'like new' Ford 7810. Find out the story behind this tractor from Andrew himself. There is plenty more to see in this video as we see more of Andrew's latest purchase, a Ford 7710 Force II, as well as return to the chopping season and the immaculate 7810 stretching its muscles with a period New Holland 525 forager! Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Have you ever wondered about how it feels to run a farm and work in the fields? The picture of living as a farmer is often painted in dreamy colours of living in the countryside alongside animals. There is more to agriculture than just an idyllic surrounding: such as a profound knowledge about technical equipment as well as a special feel for the environment and weather changes in relation to the harvest which is often developed over many decades. Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Learn more about that very specialist knowledge and the big machinery involved on our NEW digital platform TViLike. FREE TRIAL

Have you ever wondered how to turn simple food into deliciousness? From healthy diet-friendly meals to wonderful savory dishes - being a chef brings a wide range of possible ways to enjoy preparing food. And we bring these ideas to your kitchen! Meet the Peanut Butter Hot Dog and the Macaroni with Cheetos Topping. Food without "calorimeter" and Master Chefs without limits. Wok hard, play hard! Watch season 3 of this mouthwatering series from Down Under in HD on our new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

Develop your prowess in the kitchen with one of Australia’s favourite home cooks, Justine Schofield, on Everyday Gourmet. Drawing on both her French and Australian heritage, Justine serves up everything from salad to soufflé, and gives you tips and tricks along the way to help you become a better cook. Justine is often joined in the kitchen by an array of amazing guests, including celebrity chefs, nutritionists and food specialists. Justine Schofield was one of the most popular contestants on series one of MasterChef Australia and is now an established and much-loved cooking personality in her own right – with a national profile. Justine runs a catering company and is a regular columnist for taste.com.au. Watch this mouthwatering series on our brand-new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

Have you ever imagined to live on the tracks because trains are your life? Stop imagining, start watching where all the train action happens! We lie the tracks right into your living room - watch out for the signals! Come to our new platform TViLike for a FREE trial!

Have you ever imagined to live on the tracks because trains are your life? Stop imagining, start watching where all the train action happens! We lie the tracks right into your living room - watch out for the signals! Come to our new platform TViLike for a FREE trial!

Have you ever imagined to live on the tracks because trains are your life? Stop imagining, start watching where all the train action happens! We lie the tracks right into your living room - watch out for the signals! Come to our new platform TViLike for a FREE trial!

Ever wondered how to succeed in a battle of 1461 without having a gun on hand? Ever imagined what it's like to fight one-on-one? From Roman swords and spears to the machine guns and explosives of the First World War, INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH travels back in time and places some of history’s deadliest weapons in your hands. An immersive look at the stark realities of battle, this fascinating six-part series explores the development and effectiveness of weapons throughout the ages. Innovative experiments reveal how the blade and bullet were designed to inflict the most untreatable wounds, while forensic experts demonstrate the barbaric ways the wounded were often treated. Experience travelling back in history on our brand-new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

The Final 24 is a revealing alternative biography series that unlocks the hidden secrets, psychological flaws and trigger events that led to the tragic deaths of fourteen global icons. Each episode maps out the final 24 hours of a different celebrity’s life. Weaving in and out of this central narrative is the celebrity’s back-story, which lays bare the threads of fate that led inextricably from childhood to the moment of death. Telling interviews with loved ones and confidantes combine with high-end dramatic re-enactments and archival material illuminate these compelling life (and death) stories. These are no ordinary biographies. These are psychological detective stories attempting to uncover the mystery of why the celebrity died. Experience the revelations in HD on our new platform TViLike now. FREE TRIAL

For the past 3 decades, Arctic explorer Lonnie Dupre has traveled — by dogsled, skis and kayak — more than 15,000 miles throughout the High Arctic and polar regions. His life-long love of the Arctic and the knowledge he has gained by traveling and living with the Inuit people has led him to pursue one aim: advocating for these fragile Arctic environments that impact the well being of the whole planet. Cold Love highlights three expeditions spanning many years of Dupre's career — the frst non-motorized circumnavigation of Greenland, the frst summer expedition to the North Pole, and the frst attempt of a solo January ascent of Denali. Te flm’s powerful footage reveals up-close the beauty and life-giving forces of these icy realms. And in seeing, we can’t help but be inspired to love and protect our earth’s frozen places. Not only are they beautiful and fragile, but they are the global engine that regulates the climate and provides a stable environment for all life on the planet. Watch this truly chilling documentary on our new platform TViLike now, and benefit from a FREE TRIAL!

Exodus documents the journey of Syrian refugees as they cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Greece. In the winter of 2015, over three thousand refugees attempted this treacherous crossing everyday, all in hope of seeking asylum in the European Union. It’s a life and death gamble that they are willing to take, all for a chance at a new life away from their war-torn homeland. Watch this shocking documentary in HD on our new platform TViLike now, and benefit from a FREE TRIAL.

Manson Documentary: Taking viewers deep inside a twisted world of hate, fear, sexual transgression and mind-control, MANSON tells the story of how one man transformed a harmless group of hippies into a gang of brutal murderers. WATCH THE FULL STORY ON www.tvilike.com

This six part Discovery documentary series features a dump truck as big as a single-family home, the world’s most modern submarine, the flying legend B-52 Stratofortress, the Merkava IV, the best tank on the globe, the world’s most exclusive business jet, the world’s longest train....and a lot more! Watch this gigantic series on our new platform TViLike now, and benefit from a FREE TRIAL!

The two toughest divisions of the Miami Dade prison complex couldn't be more different. The Miami Dade Boot Camp gives minor offenders a chance to escape the prison through rigorous and unforgiving drills and rules. To many it is a better alternative to rusty iron bars of The Miami-Dade County Jail where murderers, rapists and robbers have their own rules of survival.

Old army tents left over from the Korean War house prisoners instead of cells. Will no walls or insulation around them, prisoners endure the unbearable heat of the summer, and the freezing cold of the winter. The Sheriff is a hard man who refuses to spend any more than he has to on his prisoners. Harassment and humiliation is a part of everyday life at Tent City.

The World's Toughest Prisons will reveal what it really means to be part of this very special world - from different angles. At each prison we visit, the audience will be immersed into daily prison life. The viewer will experience firsthand the challenges each guard faces on a daily basis; likewise, he will learn about the prisoner's struggles to develop strategies for survival. But the deep insights in this series will also allow the audience to experience the other side of the story: why was the prison built like this? What kind of rules and security measures exist here? And how are the prisoners monitored and, if they break the rules, punished? This documentation is a never-before-seen insight into an unbelievable world, which exists within the realms of law and justice but with its own definitions of right and wrong. This is a story audiences will love to experience, while simultaneously being thankful that it isn’t their own.

With a crumbling foundation more than fit for demolition, the conditions in Sofia Central prison is inhospitable for anyone, including criminals. However, with multiple prisoner cells, bunks stacked 3 stories high and horrid isolation cells, prisoners live idly behind bars for 23 hours a day.

The Dallas County Jail in Texas - a supersized facility with beds for 7,100 inmates. There, inmates brought in for anything from minor crime to serial killing await their court dates. Up to 300 new arrivals come in per day. The biggest threat in the prison? Turf wars. With the surplus of inmates, there is less space to divide up between them, leading to relentless gang warfare.

Imagine a prison so fierce that guards stay outside for fear of their lives. Inside, the prisoners are in control: murderers, violent offenders, drug bosses. The inmates rule and anarchy prevails. Only the strongest survive this lawless place.

Return of the Plagues - Locusts Swarms of locusts are still a very real plague today. They afflict drought areas, especially after a rare rainfall, leaving a trail of destruction behind. In Africa, this regularly leads to disastrous famines. Fighting the locusts with crop dusters is too costly for many of the poorer countries, and classic insecticides take an extremely high toll on the environment and the remaining plants. Researchers all over the world are looking for new, more effective ways to combat the invaders. Scientists at the University of Halle in Germany are experimenting with pheromones that might upset the insects’ mating behavior. In Australia, where swarms of locusts have recently been destroying crops in parts of the country that never had this problem before, the locusts are being attacked with crop-dusting helicopters that apply pesticides in minimum dosage. But an aerial application is extremely sensitive to the wind, and the deadly mist might easily miss its target. “… locusts … invaded all Egypt …. They covered all the ground until it was black,” reports the Bible. “They devoured … everything growing in the fields … – nothing green remained on trees or palms in all the lands of Egypt.” (Exodus 10:14–15)

Return of the Plagues - Mosquitos Even today, two million people die every year from malaria transmitted by mosquitoes, mainly in Africa. But even in the Upper Rhine valley, where malaria was still rampant only a century ago, people have to watch out – with globalization and international travel, the cause of malaria, the so-called plasmodia, may return at any time, encouraged by the rise in average temperatures and the reproduction of the “right” type of mosquito. The Asian tiger mosquito is spreading slowly across Italy and even into Switzerland, a blood-sucking species that has caused numerous casualties in Asia as well as in the U.S. as a carrier of dengue fever and the West Nile virus. In the industrialized world, people are fighting this plague with state-of-the-art medication and insecticides that have as few side-effects as possible, but mosquitoes and pathogens are becoming more and more resistant. Some promising approaches to the solution of this problem have come out of the poor African continent itself, where researchers have been experimenting with the anopheles fly’s natural enemies (robber flies and jumping spiders) and have achieved remarkable results with plants such as the neem tree and artemisia. “… so there were lice upon man, and upon beast,” reports the Bible, “all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 8:18, 17)

Return of the Plagues - Sandstorms Dust storms frequently paralyze public life during the storm season in many of the most arid regions of the Earth, burying roads and human settlements, threatening the lives of humans and animals alike. The frequency of these dust storms is increasing, year after year. And the deserts that supply the raw material for the dust storms are also growing. In China, 20 percent of the land is already covered by desert, and every year sand covers a new area the size of Luxembourg. China has decided to build a 4,500 kilometer-long “green wall” as a bulwark against the dust storms: a belt of shrubs and trees is supposed to block the wind and stop the expansion of the desert. The documentary series, Return of the Plagues, follows “desertification fighters” to buried villages, where they plant kilometer after kilometer of new vegetation on sand dunes, fighting pests and looking for plants that are best suited to retain humidity in the soil. In Darmstadt, Germany, researchers have found out that dust storms from China and the Sahara are not only the result of climate change but also play an important role themselves in influencing the weather. “… darkness that can be felt … covered all Egypt for three days,” reports the Bible. “No one could see anyone else … for three days.” (Exodus 10:22–23)

Return of the Plagues - Hailstroms Mostly on the edge of mountain ranges such as the Alps and the Rocky Mountains, hail and heavy rain have devastating effects today in conjunction with global warming: crops are destroyed, homes and cars are swept away, adding up to billions of dollars in damages. Thousands of people have already died as a result of floods, landslides and mudslides. The documentary, Return of the Plagues, follows individual researchers in Germany, Austria, and Colorado who are trying to determine the conditions that cause these disasters, laying the groundwork for possibly controlling them in the future, or at least making more reliable predictions. Scientists study the dramatic sequence of events in a landslide or a flood, and they test man-made structures that are meant to withstand the enormous power of these mountains. In Styria, “hail pilots” fly small propeller aircraft into menacing thunderclouds, in order to manipulate the weather. “… and the Lord sent thunder and hail, … and fire mingled with the hail,” reports the Old Testament. “And the hail smote … all that was in the field, both man and beast.” (Exodus 9:23–25)

Return of the Plagues - Deadly Waters With water pollution and temperatures on the rise, toxic algae cause serious problems nowadays for inland waters and for the oceans. Increasing algal bloom is poisoning fish and shells, and it has become a health hazard for human beings as well: toxic algae are responsible 60,000 cases of food poisoning worldwide every year. The documentary, Return of the Plagues, takes a closer look at the effect these poisonous microorganisms have today: ● in Germany, where restaurant guests suffered food poisoning from a seafood buffet in spite of intense food inspections; ● in Florida, where not only dolphins fall victim to contaminated water but also swimmers who have difficulty breathing; ● in Italy, where an invasive species of algae has caused the collapse of the marine fauna; ● in Austria, where researchers are monitoring the mysterious behavior of algae that threaten to contaminate fresh water reservoirs; ● in Canada, where the fish and shellfish industry have shown great interest in sophisticated early-warning systems; and ● at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, where algae expert Allan Cembella and his colleagues are working on solving the puzzle of how this modern plague is propagated. “… all the waters that were in the river [Nile] were turned to blood. And all the fish that was in the river died,” reports the Bible, “and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river.” (Exodus 7:20–21)

Episode III “The Global Community” Episode 3 looks at geopolitical developments 50 years from now. Climate concerns, energy issues, peace and the race for weapons technology will dominate international headlines. We’ll take a scientific look at these topics and add a close-up examine the future of nanotechnology and solar energy, all of which will provide the basis of the dramatic scenes. Two researchers just starting out on their career paths (the protagonists) are both working together in a cramped space station to revolutionize the efficiency of solar cells. Their laboratory is reachable from Earth via a sort of “space elevator”. The elevator’s cables receive their enormous strength and necessary lightness from tiny carbon, tube-like nano-particles. It may sound like science fiction, but researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory are already busy at work on it. The technical challenges of the project were laid out during a large conference in 1999, and it was deemed to be realizable. Since then physicists have been working intensely on this new material. The so-called “nano tubes” are intended to make the elevator cable 1000 times stronger than steel. Specialists in space travel have already produced working models and 3-D simulations to test the behavior of this type of capsule in space. An accident of sorts in their laboratory leads the two researchers to the discovery of a substance, which turns out to be unusually effective in turning sunlight into electricity. At the same time, a serious conflict ignites between China and the USA in the face of dwindling energy reserves. Both powers are placing dibs on a sizable load of oil from Central Asia, which is at sea on a tanker. While these two giants set their military machinery in motion, the two scientists, one Chinese and one American and both of them friends, place their own safety at risk to crack the chemical code of their coincidental discovery. They are aware that this formula could lead the way out of the energy crisis and prevent the world war brewing below them. The dramatic sequences are built upon very promising research inroads into solar technology. Since the silicon panels that have been used up until now are too expensive to provide an effective energy supply, scientists have been working on a new, revolutionary method. A fluid made of nano-particles could provide the key. This fluid costs only a fraction of what the silicon cells cost and could be sprayed onto any surface. But at the present, it is still not very productive. Only 15 percent of the sunlight striking such coated surfaces is transformed into usable energy. According to scientific and economic predictions, the Earth’s final oil reserves will be nearly exhausted in the year 2057, and must by then be replaced by alternative energy sources. On a political level, leading experts predict that both China and the USA will gain more might. Episode III puts these variables up for debate while setting them in ecological and demographic projections for the mid 21st century.

Episode I “The Human Body” The first episode concentrates on the future of the human body. The effect of medical progress on the body will dramatically change daily life, but this will be compounded by other technological innovations. “Intelligent” clothing and surroundings will serve to constantly monitor a person’s health and well-being in real time. Micro-chips and sensors will be ubiquitous in all kinds of products and will keep just about everything around us online at all times. Intelligent jackets that monitor important vital signs like respiration and pulse already exist as prototypes. Their data could easily be transmitted via a wireless signal, permitting the wearer to be located immediately in case of an emergency. The elderly, the infirmed and even children could be the first to benefit from this invention. In our dramatic story, protagonist Alain Dega is seriously injured in an automobile accident – a rarity in his day - and receives immediate medical attention thanks in part to his “intelligent” clothing. With multiple fractures and a hairline crack to his artificial heart, Alain is rushed by air-ambulance to the hospital of the future. By this point the exponential rate of progress in genetic research and medical technology has enabled doctors to heal virtually any injury. As an optimally insured patient, Alain Dega has access to the best medical care of his times. Even in our present day, it is already possible to produce swaths of tissue and simple organs from human cells, so when Head Physician Marie Belzac takes on his case in 2057, it’s only routine that she arrange to have a new biological heart cloned for Alain from his own cells. Alain is spared the wrenching strain of physical therapy thanks to processor-driven electrodes, which stabilize his musculature and help him get back up onto his feet quickly. While his new heart gradually takes form, Alain and Maria become closely acquainted. Unexpectedly the insurance company produces evidence indicating that Alain bares partial liability for the accident, and the posh treatment he has enjoyed as a “First Class” patient comes to a rude halt. Maria puts her career on the line to ensure the illegal transplantation of his new heart and saves in the nick of time from certain death. In the dramatic sequences in the operating room, doctors are aided by various robotic devices offering an array of capabilities. For years scientists were of the opinion that robots could some day replace surgeons completely. New research and botched operations have shown the limitations of machines in real-life situations. Each individual patient places different demands on the OR, requiring a human being to make complex decisions and react to surprises. Semi-robotic systems and intelligent instruments seem to make for the perfect compromise. Machines can offer operators the best possible points of incision and illustrate them with the help of 3-D simulations, while counterbalancing miscalculations and smoothing out shaky hands. The first episode introduces us to the future of medicine, genetic technology and health care. But only those who can pay will have access to the constantly improving possibilities of healing and life extension. Experts from various disciplines will give us their take on the consequences of online connectivity in our personal space as well as the advantages and dangers involved in genetic research and robotic development.

Episode II “The City” The infrastructures of large cities in the industrialized world are already becoming very difficult to manage. Technological trends in the coming decades will likely move towards a centralized management system to coordinate a city’s energy consumption, traffic and data networks. This way traffic - for example - could automatically be diverted in the even of an accident and medical assistance immediately be called onto the scene. As practical as this model may seem, it’s not without potentially serious pitfalls. These highly sensible data systems could become a tempting target for hackers and terrorists. For this reason the development of networked city models is going hand in hand with that of data security. Even with that, the experts agree that data systems will never be absolutely secure – not even in 50 years. In 2057 the budding but talented hacker Paul, our protagonist of the second episode, manages to penetrate his megapolis’ data network. The pre-teen boy lives with his divorced mother, a police detective in the department for “Critical Infrastructures”, and his grandfather, a former famous hacker-with-a-cause. One day after school, Paul decides to give some virtual cartoon characters of his own design a taste of urban life. Using his grandfather’s equipment and his own nascent genius he accesses the city’s network and programs his “friends” onto all of the city’s holographic advertising spaces as colorful 3-D projections. But in the process, he makes an egregious error, and little by little city’s entire network and the vital infrastructures it drives come to a crashing halt. While Paul gradually begins to understand the mess he has made, the police, in particular his mother’s department, launch a manhunt for the perpetrator. Police investigations reveal to the audience the technology and methods of future crime-fighting efforts and their invasion into individual privacy. In London, the city with the most surveillance cameras in the world today, scientists are developing so-called smart cameras. They could be utilized to reduce crime dramatically according to the experts. VMAD – Video Motion Anomaly Detection – is the name given to the technology, which teaches data-enabled cameras which movements of the human body are normal and which should arouse the attention of law enforcement. As an added capability, the system can follow the extended path of a single individual as long as the subject has a few recognizable features. Scientists from various fields discuss what consequences the increasing need for security might have on the integrity of our private lives. They voice their opinions on the issue of data protection and the individual’s right to informational confidentiality. After the first phases of the investigation, the police have set their sites on Paul’s grandfather, the former hacker, who for his part is preoccupied with helping his grandson out of this calamity. Together they attempt to root out the error and save the city from a total meltdown. For both parties a race against time ensues. Paul manages to rectify the situation at the last minute. The second episode’s fictional plot serves to reveal visionary technologies to our viewers while introducing them to the city of the future. We see how people live their everyday lives – working, having fun, shopping – and how developments in robotics, automobiles and traffic tie into it all. As in the field of data processing, the desire for safety dominates research and development in the automobile industry. Accident-free driving is the ultimate aim of traffic and driver-assistance systems. The driver is to relinquish more and more responsibility to the systems networking all of the car’s electronic components. At the same time, vehicles will be able to communicate with one another independently via sensors and cameras. Engineers and scientists envision a seemingly utopian scenario of completely data-streamed rivers of traffic, in which vehicles silently glide through town piloted automatically and accidents are a thing of the past (our present). The Boeing corporation and Mollers International are developing flying cars that are almost completely independent of surface traffic. But since the airspace is already overfilled today, it would seem to experts that so-called “Personal Air Vehicles” would be used exclusively by police and rescue teams. The first existing prototypes can transport up to six people, are easy to fly and are capable of negotiating short distances in surface traffic. The purpose of these new airborne “cars” is to get help where it is needed rapidly. By the time they go into series, they should be able to reach speeds of up to 500 km/h.

Up to 7 metres of muscle and teeth, packed into an agile and streamlined body that can weigh in at 2250kg – this is the great white shark, one of the most infamous hunters on Earth. But the reality is that these sharks may disappear from our oceans altogether within the next 20 years. Their terrifying reputation is part myth, part reality, rooted in their instinct to hunt and kill whatever looks like a good prey animal … and that can include human beings. But how far is their killer-reputation justified? Are great white sharks really the blood-thirsty loners we imagine them to be? Dr. Mauricio Hoyos is a scientist working on the behaviour and ecology of sharks. He wants to find out why they follow certain patterns of movements, including longdistance travels. The usual methods of getting close to great whites to study them closely and form impressions of their population cross-section include caged dives and diving with airtanks. But these techniques are now known to affect the sharks’ behaviour: the predators’ extraordinary electrical sensory systems react to the galvanic properties of metal. In addition, the sharks are often lured closer with bloody bait, a technique that undoubtedly increases the animals’ aggression and prey drive, which makes them uncomfortably dangerous diving partners. Furthermore, caged dives entirely rely on the animals coming to the researchers in order to take detailed notes on each individual, but the success of this depends on the sharks’ mood and willingness to approach the cage. Frederic is able to approach the animals and is treated entirely differently by them compared to conventional divers. His very basic equipment means that there is less chance of it interfering with the sharks’ normal and natural behaviour, which allows him to get close to them without triggering aggression. He dives with the sharks without a cage, without any form of protection – just Frederic and two other freedivers versus the predators in the water. They watch each other’s backs, because the sharks are known to attack mostly from behind. But freediving is the very thing that makes Frederic’s diving encounter with the great whites a safer experience. Frederic is likely to get much closer to the sharks than is normally possible, and in this way is able to assess the animals in more detail. Frederic’s assignment also includes an assessment of the sharks’ behaviour. This is also extremely difficult under normal conditions, when diving equipment interferes with the sharks’ behaviour. As such very little is known about the great whites’ detailed behaviour, and Frederic’s dives with them is an unprecedented window into their lives. Since Christian is there to document Frederic’s finding, the scientist is able to try to assess and interpret the behaviour witnessed by the freedivers. Since Great Whites have such a fearsome reputation, Frederic’s interactions with them in the water in itself provide the researchers with interesting insights into their interactions with humans. How and why does their behaviour differ towards a diver with conventional equipment compared to a freediver like Frederic and his two friends: This is an experiment that has never been documented before. To gain more insights into approaching fierce predators like the great white shark, Christian and Frederic have to be extremely well prepared. One thing is certain: with a predator like this, nothing can be left to chance. It is their success as a predator and their huge potential to inflict hideous damage that has made it so difficult to study them in detail and to assess their behaviour adequately from close quarters.

          
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