Real World Chemistry

Fran Scott discovers how huge-scale chemical processes go into producing the world's most used materials. A BBC production.
  • 2019
  • Added on: 07/30/2019

What a Waste Gaseous Waste

Greenhouse gas emissions are the biggest problem to face the natural world today. In this episode, host Torah Kachur meets scientists turning methane into plastic, vacuuming up smog in Beijing parks and even capturing cow farts.
  • 2014
  • 00:27:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Fear (Part 2 of 4)

Our most primitive emotion is mined in this probing examination of terror, anxiety and phobias. What triggers fear, our physiological reactions, and what purpose it serves are studied. Scientists investigate how our brain assesses the need for fight or flight. How does environment affect our fear centre? What about the way we are raised? Unlock the mystery of this primal ...
  • 2004
  • 00:52:21
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/06/2013

Doc Zone Slaves to Habit

Smoking, overeating, shopping, nail-biting… We all have a habit that we would like to get rid of, but where the brain is willing, the body is often weak. We take an in-depth look at habits and the new science on the interaction between brain chemistry and self-control. Slaves to Habit follows three individuals over a six-week period as they struggle ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:50
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/19/2014

None of the Above Chain Reactions

A harmless ping-pong ball packs a mighty punch and dominoes create a powerful chain reaction.
  • 2014
  • 00:22:09
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Sparks Will Fly

In this episode Tim Shaw, our guide the to the sensational world of science, takes us on a journey that includes creating man-made lightning, passing a live wire through a pickle, blasting through ice blocks, and attempting to create instant fried turkey from frozen! Along the way the people he meets and viewers are invited to guess the outcome of ...
  • 2013
  • 00:22:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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What a Waste Industrial Waste

We like to blame industry for our waste woes, but, it turns out, a lot of businesses are taking sustainability to heart. Their motivation? The the huge cost-savings that go into reducing, repurposing and even selling their waste.
  • 2014
  • 00:27:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Love (Part 4 of 4)

Love is magic. Our palms get sweaty, our knees get weak. That's true. But it is also a chemical reaction steeped in the basic needs of primitive man. Anthropologists dissect this emotion to its core: lust, romantic love and attachment. How we are aroused is explored: smell and tone of voice play into attraction and compatibility. Ever wonder why teens ...
  • 2005
  • 00:53:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Happiness (Part 3 of 4)

Go on a journey of joy as this program unveils the secrets of contentment. Learn how this emotion contributes to obesity and yet is the one sentiment that motivates us to live. This program reveals the results of a World Happiness Report: are poor people happier than rich ones? Behavioural experts explain how we can be trained to experience happiness. ...
  • 2004
  • 00:53:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Passion & Fury, The Emotional Brain: Anger (Part 1 of 4)

The program uses the real stories of two men to illustrate different experiences of our most destructive emotion. One committed murder and the other turned his anger into a positive experience. Uncover the startling discoveries researchers make when they scan the brains of sociopaths and learn about the scientific studies that may answer the question: does biology dictate destiny? See ...
  • 2003
  • 00:53:09
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

None of the Above Waves of Fire

Tim tests the safety of gases for a blimp and uses flame-boyant equipment to help us see sound.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above The Big Bangs

Tim shows how a glass droplet becomes a grenade and appears to magically transform zinc into gold.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/22/2015

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None of the Above What Goes Up

Tim shoots hoops in a moving vehicle, boils bubbly in a microwave and drops a piano from 100 feet.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Blast Off

Tim organizes a race to find out which household ingredient creates the fastest surface.
  • 2014
  • 00:22:03
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Powers of Attraction

Watch gravity-defying tests with trapeze artists, chain link metal balls and a 90 lb chandelier.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:49
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Short Fuse

Tim takes fast food to extremes when he fires foodstuffs from a cannon.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:57
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Breaking Point

In this episode, Tim Shaw explains why things do what they do! He attempts a familiar tablecloth trick, goes on a rescue mission for melted ice cream, poses a heavyweight challenge for ordinary balloons, experiments with a vacuum chamber and a pile of marshmallows, and attempts to blow open the door of a safe using an explosive charge.
  • 2014
  • 00:21:53
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Real World Chemistry How is plastic made?

Fran Scott visits a company that makes PVC to find out how you turn raw materials into plastic goods. She explains how crude oil is processed using fractional distillation, and uses a model to explain the molecular structure of alkanes, alkenes and polymers. At the plant, she finds out about all the additives that give different types of PVC their ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:10
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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None of the Above Blown Apart

Tim Shaw, the guru of street science, invites us to see if he can make ice cream using CO2 from a fire extinguisher, beat a rubber ball in a bouncing contest, cut through metal using heat from a ham lance, and blow up a garden shed using only the normal contents you would find within one. All of the above ...
  • 2014
  • 00:21:59
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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Real World Chemistry How is paint made?

The uses of paint are described. The constituents of an oil paint are described and the function of each ingredient is explained. The differences between an oil paint and an emulsion paint are then explained. The raw materials are briefly described. The process for making a variety of paints is fully automated. Agitation at very high speed is needed in ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:47
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Real World Chemistry How is glass made?

Fran Scott learns how glass is made in a factory. The raw materials are described, together with the use of soda ash to lower the melting point, making it easier to form into useful shapes. The production process is described, including the use of gas burners to maintain the high temperature. Automated equipment is used on a continuous production line ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:45
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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None of the Above Deep Heat

In this episode of None of the Above, Tim Shaw demonstrates dramatic ways to understand the natural forces at work in our everyday lives. From thermite burning at thousands of degrees, to the powers of liquid oxygen, we witness the incredible truth about why things do what they do, with members of the public trying to anticipate the surprising outcomes of ...
  • 2013
  • 00:22:01
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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None of the Above Under Pressure

Tim Shaw takes us on a freewheeling journey through the science on our doorstep in another exploration of what makes things do what they do. This time Tim shows the explosive power of beauty products, the best way to make a Venice Beach weightlifter practically powerless, and demonstrates the dramatic consequences of a stray spark on a gas station forecourt.
  • 2013
  • 00:21:55
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/21/2015

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The National Land of Fire: Searching for Natural Gas Hydrate

The answer to dwindling energy sources may lie beneath the snow and ice of Canada's North. A massive source of untapped natural gas under the permafrost is ready to be exploited, but technological challenges remain. Gas hydrate is methane gas trapped within a cage of ice. It contains 164 times its volume in gas. Reserves have also been found in ...
  • 2002
  • 00:19:59
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

World's Toughest Fixes Pipeline Shutdown

North of Fairbanks, in the middle of the tundra, a crew prepares to cut into the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) while 800 miles of oil continues to course through its arteries. A giant valve is underperforming and the risk of failure – and threat of an oil spill – looms large if the weak link in the chain is not ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/09/2017

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