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 Journey to the Disaster Zone: Japan 311

David travels to Sendai, the city nearest the epicenter of the quake, where he witnesses the dynamic relationship between science and nature.  This place has a long history of monitoring earthquakes because it’s a highly active seismic region. Here, at their sophisticated deep earth seismic monitoring lab, David learns that the equipment was not designed to measure a quake over ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Lights Out!

Recently, scientists have been discovering that exposure to artificial light at night can throw our internal body clock out of sync with the planet and may even be leading to serious illnesses. Lights Out!joins leading scientists in the lab and in the field to discover how much harm light at night may be causing, and to learn about the groundbreaking steps ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Mysteries of the Animal Mind

Meet the researchers who are finding growing evidence of what animals may be thinking and feeling. Chimps who empathize, elephants who problem-solve, lemurs who count and more. Are these animals acting on instinct? Is it simply trial and error? Or is it something more? We may not be surprised to find out that chimps have similar thought and behavioral patterns ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/13/2014

The Nature of Things Nuts About Squirrels

Squirrels are a wonderful example of nature adapting to fast-paced urban life. Getting inside their heads to figure out what makes them tick is no easy task, but Joel Brown from the University of Illinois at Chicago has designed some creative experiments to do just that. He takes advantage of their passion for nuts and seeds to reveal their inner ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 12/18/2013

The Nature of Things Planet Hunters

For millennia humans studying the stars had no idea if there were any other planets outside our solar system, let alone ones similar enough to ours to sustain life. The first extra-solar planet – or exoplanet – was only discovered in 1995.  Now, a new space-based telescope has discovered thousands more, and some of them may be just like Earth. ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Teacher Guide(s)

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The Nature of Things Smarty Plants: Uncovering the Secret World of Plant Behaviour

A luscious exploration of the natural world, Smarty Plants uncovers a complex green society pulsing with communication, movement, sex and social interaction. From the stunning heights of Utah’s Great Basin Desert to the rainforests of Canada’s West Coast, Smarty Plants follows lead scientist and ecologist JC Cahill as he treks the green world and discovers that plants are a lot more like animals than ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Surviving :) The Teenage Brain

Throw away all of your preconceived ideas about the behaviour and nature of teenagers! This Nature of Things documentary delves deep into the science of the teenage brain to discover evolution's masterpiece. The film combines cutting-edge scientific research, YouTube clips of outrageous teen behaviour and a graphic-novel approach to reveal new research on the immense power and potential of the teen brain. ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things Suzuki Diaries 3: Future City

Cities are where most Canadians live. And, as we head into the future, how we adapt to the needs of expanding cities will have a huge impact on their livability. Food, land use, housing, energy, waste, how we tackle these issues will determine whether our cities evolve, or whether they decline. In a new instalment of Suzuki Diaries, David and his daughter Sarika set ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Nature of Things The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

Dr. Pat Sutherland has been working on the archeology of the Arctic for more than 30 years. Her expertise is the ancient native people who lived there. But along the way she started finding artifacts that didn’t fit —  pieces that weren’t made by indigenous hands, but by Norse traders, possibly as far back as a thousand years ago. Is ...
  • 2012
  • 00:45:03
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/15/2014

The Nature of Things The Perfect Runner

How did our ancestors survive the shift from trees to land?  How did Homo sapiens evolve to dominate the planet?  How did our ancestors hunt before they developed weapons? The answer, you’ll be amazed to learn, is that humans became nature’s perfect endurance runners. From Africa’s Great Rift Valley to the highlands of Ethiopia, from the most remote place in Arctic Siberia to one ...
  • 2012
  • 00:44:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013