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BREAKTHROUGH: THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
The Airplane

BREAKTHROUGH: THE IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD: The Airplane

 

Take to the sky with the dreamers whose work gave humans the ability to fly. From Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘flying machines’ to the modern commercial plane, without these inventions, we may have never left the ground.

 

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NATURE
Big Birds Can’t Fly

NATURE: Big Birds Can't Fly

 

This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing, and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Flightless birds include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis, and, interestingly, all have evolved independent of each other on different continents. Research has shown that some of these big birds at one time could fly, but once the dinosaurs were wiped out, these same birds no longer needed to take flight from their enemies. As they began to explore a world rich with food and free from predators, they grew fat, and their legs grew long and strong – until the day they discovered that although they had become good at walking, they’d also become too heavy to fly.

 

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NOVA
World’s Fastest Animal

NOVA: World’s Fastest Animal

 

The peregrine falcon is famously the fastest bird on earth, capable of reaching speeds of up to 242 mph in a dive. How do peregrines achieve such incredible speed? With jaw dropping footage, NOVA follows a family of peregrines to discover how and why these kings of the skies have adapted to be fastest animals on the planet.

 

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NATURE
Super Hummingbirds

 

Speed is their middle name. Their lives are moving faster than the eye can see. They possess natural born super powers that enable them to fly backwards, upside-down and float in mid-air. And for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight and raise families in intimate detail. They are great athletes, tender mothers, brave in combat and up for any challenge. They are Super Hummingbirds, the smallest and most brilliant birds on earth.

 

 

NOVA
The Impossible Flight

 

Follow two intrepid pilots as they take on the greatest aviation adventure of our time, overcoming countless challenges as they construct and fly the first solar-powered airplane around the world.

 

 

SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS
Masters of the Sky

 

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations – the power of flight. Cutting-edge camera technology and computer-generated graphics help explain airborne animals’ remarkable powers and how they work.

 

Masters of the Sky
Many animals take to the skies for a split second, but to stay there, the planet’s strongest flyers push the laws of physics to the limit. Explore the extremes of true flight: power, acceleration, top speed, maneuverability and endurance.

 

SUPERNATURE – WILD FLYERS
Crowded Skies

 

Explore the wonder and science of one of nature’s greatest innovations – the power of flight. Cutting-edge camera technology and computer-generated graphics help explain airborne animals’ remarkable powers and how they work.

 

Crowded Skies
The sky is a crowded world where mammals, birds and insects hunt, escape, mate, defend territory, sleep and even die on the wing. Survival up there depends not just on beating gravity and mastering flight, but also out-flying the competition.

 

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