The Nature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight. The Nature of Things entertains and inspires audiences by engaging with the people and personalities behind the science. From the search for other life in the universe to the psychology of babies, from the furry animals that invade your backyard to the consequences of human progress, The Nature of Things throws open the door to the wonder and accomplishments of science.

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Episodes

The Nature of Things Antibiotics: Growing Resistance

Researchers are concerned that certain diseases may have evolved into meaner, drug-resistant forms. Antibiotics: Growing Resistance explains how antibiotics work and why bacteria become immune to them. It also shows how the transmission of bacteria in high-risk areas such as hospitals and day care centres can be reduced. Doctors and researchers discuss the problems associated with over-prescribing and they stress the importance ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:58
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Bald Eagle: Searching for Home

On the Pacific Coast, the arrival of salmon sparks the return of thousands of bald eagles from across half a continent. But in many places they are returning to find their habitat occupied and their food supply gone. This program explains how commercial fishing, logging and urban sprawl have destroyed salmon stocks, which in turn affects bald eagles who feed ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:58
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Food or Famine

Is the human population going to outstrip the earth's food supply? Side effects of recent food surpluses include environmental problems such as soil erosion, salinization and chemical pollution. Food or Famine looks at projects in North America, Chile, Indonesia, Africa and India which are participating in a worldwide movement to return to agricultural methods based on sound ecological principles. But ...
  • 1996
  • 01:32:56
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Martin Gardner: Mathemagician

"The universe is almost like a huge magic trick," says Martin Gardner. Many world-renowned scientists, mathematicians and magicians agree. Featured guests who have been influenced by Gardner include: magicians Max Maven and Michael Weber; mathematician and legendary computer hacker Bill Gospar; Harvard professor and card wizard Persi Diaconnis; renowned math genius John Horton Conway of Princeton; and Ron Graham, acrobat, ...
  • 1996
  • 00:46:08
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Child Who Couldn't Play

We look at autism, a mysterious disorder that impedes normal development in humans and looks at new developments in its treatment. It was once believed that autism was caused by remote, cold parents; most often the mother was blamed. Today, autism is recognized as a partly genetic biological disorder, but its cause is still a mystery. The Child Who Couldn't ...
  • 1996
  • 00:45:52
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 06/14/2013