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 Safe Haven for Chimps

Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives, it’s a well-known fact. But what does that really mean? For many decades, it meant that chimpanzees were used as substitutes for humans in labs. Despite everything we've learned about their social intelligence, wide-ranging emotions, non-verbal communication and tool use, we've continued to subject chimps to medical research. This is the touching story of ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/02/2015

The Nature of Things Jellyfish Rule!

No brains, no backbone, no problem! 600 million years ago jellyfish ruled the oceans. Now these mysterious and magnificent creatures may be taking over the oceans once again. Only this time, they’re doing it with our help. Discover how overfishing and other man made changes — like global warming, pollution and coastal development — are transforming our oceans in ways ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/08/2015

The Nature of Things Dreams of the Future

We live in a world where technology is constantly changing, and keeping up with the latest everything can be a challenge. The Nature of Things asked Dr. Jennifer Gardy to explore current scientific research that will impact us all in the future. She travels from Toronto to Los Angeles, Tokyo, Munich and back to Vancouver exploring the brave new world of 3D ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/04/2015

The Nature of Things Chasing Snowflakes

Scientists are unraveling the delicate mysteries of the snowflake. From the formation of single flakes to the howling 70 km/h winds of lake effect snow storms to the destructive power of avalanches, intrepid researchers are bringing snow science into the 21st century.
  • 2014
  • 00:43:44
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/04/2015

The Nature of Things The Antibiotic Hunters

What do sloths, alligators and Komodo dragons have to do with antibiotics? The Antibiotic Hunters follows drug researchers as they become jungle hunters, deep-sea divers and cave explorers — all in an urgent search for the building blocks of new antibiotics. Many of our current antibacterial drugs have lost their effectiveness due to overuse, so now scientists have to hunt in remote ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/06/2015

The Nature of Things Franklin's Lost Ships Classroom Favourites

In 1845 Sir John Franklin set off to find the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic. Franklin, his two ships and 129 men were never heard from again. And the fate of the expedition has become one of the greatest mysteries in the history of exploration. But does the discovery last summer of Franklin’s flagship Erebus mean the mystery has ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/04/2015

The Nature of Things The Great Human Odyssey, Episode 3: Journey's End

The Great Human Odyssey series ends with a spectacular journey at sea, as anthropologist and host Niobe Thompson confronts one of the enduring mysteries of prehistory: how did our Stone Age ancestors settle lands across the ocean? Learn how new discoveries in the properties of early sailing vessels, experimental anthropology, and ancient DNA research are changing our understanding of the earliest ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:27
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/30/2015

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The Nature of Things The Great Human Odyssey, Episode 2: The Adaptable Ape

We take our journey out of Africa for granted, but scientists have long wondered how early humans found a way through the greatest desert on Earth. In the second episode of his Great Human Odyssey series, anthropologist Niobe Thompson brings us inside new discoveries that finally explain this incredible achievement and prove our ancestors did it twice as early as scientists thought ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/30/2015

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The Nature of Things The Great Human Odyssey, Episode 1: Rise of a Species

Discover how scientists are unlocking the mystery of our remarkable resilience: the “evolution of adaptability” in homo sapiens. Anthropologist and host Niobe Thompson confronts new climate research that shows our ancestors emerged in Africa just as global conditions went haywire, with volatility unprecedented since the extinction of the dinosaurs. Learn how our species faced near extinction, and then found a ...
  • 2015
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/29/2015

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

The Nature of Things Turning to Dust

Host David Suzuki and narrator Angela Fusco present this program on the deterioration of paper in old books around the world. At least one-third of the world's books are turning into particles and dust as they become embrittled. Paper from 500 years ago is in better condition than 150-year-old paper because the original production process did not involve the use of alum. Alum reacts ...
  • 1990
  • 00:47:32
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/01/2015