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 Myth or Science

Whether it's an urban myth, an old wives' tales, or a health headline offering the latest advice, how much stock can we put in all the different claims we hear? Do we really lose most of our heat through are heads? Does eating fast make you gain weight? From Winnipeg to Florida, from New York City to Vancouver, molecular biologist ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Programmed to Be Fat

Obesity in Canada has doubled in less than 30 years. 59% of all Canadians are now either overweight or obese. A small group of scientists have begun looking beyond the obvious because of a group that can’t chew, let alone jog: infant obesity rose more than 70% in just 20 years. You can’t blame them for unhealthy lifestyles.  The scientists ...
  • 2011
  • 00:45:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Return of the Prairie Bandit

The black-footed ferret lives on a single diet: prairie dogs. But when the ubiquitous prairie dog was hunted and poisoned into near extinction, black-footed ferrets disappeared from prairie grasslands. For years, they survived in zoos only. The Nature of Things follows a painstaking and precarious project that attempts to re-introduce ferrets to their Saskatchewan home. The tiny population of returnees faces constant ...
  • 2011
  • 00:51:33
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Save My Lake

Can we save one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes? The Nature of Things reveals how a perfect storm of agriculture, hydro practices, sewage run-off, flooding and marsh destruction has devastated Lake Winnipeg. In a distorted cycle that’s a direct result of human activity, an excess of chemical nutrients in the lake has caused massive algae blooms. The green sludge washing up ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:32
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Autism Enigma

This fresh perspective on autism research focuses on the "Bacterial Theory" of autism. The fastest-growing developmental disorder in the industrialized world, autism has increased an astounding 600 per cent over the last 20 years. Science cannot say why. Some say it's triggered by environmental factors and point to another intriguing statistic: 70 per cent of kids with autism also have ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:51
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Nano Revolution: More than Human (Part 2 of 3)

In the second part of this series from The Nature of Things, get a glimpse of nano devices that could deliver treatment directly to affected cells. In the case of cancer, destroying specific cells with fewer side effects. Medicine could evolve from treating disease to a practice that is predictive, personalized and pre-emptive. Discover a brave new medical future where permanent ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:31
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Nano Revolution: Welcome to Nano City (Part 1 of 3)

In the first part of this series from The Nature of Things, find out how the invisible revolution of nanotechnology is already at work in our lives. From photocatalytic window coatings that clean themselves to manmade nano fibre stronger yet lighter than steel. Then look to the future of nano in the ultimate miniaturized computer, tags that minutely track consumer goods ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Nano Revolution: Will Nano Save the Planet? (Part 3 of 3)

In the third part of this series from The Nature of Things, meet scientists who believe that nanotech may be the key to overcoming our environmental problems. Nano solar cells could make green energy cheaper. Nano additives to traditional fuels could make them cleaner. Nanotech could remediate contaminated water and soil. But are we creating pollutants more dangerous than the ones ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Real Avatar

Under the shadow of the Cordillera del Condor mountains, and near where the mighty Amazon river begins, live the Awajun and Wampis peoples, a proud warrior nation never conquered by the Incas or the Spanish. Today they feel they are being invaded again, as Peruvian and Canadian mining companies aim to set up a gold mine on land these natives ...
  • 2011
  • 00:44:37
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013