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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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

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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

The Nature of Things Biomimicry: Learning From Nature

The two-part series Biomimicry: Learning From Nature is based on the acclaimed book Biomimicry, Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine Benyus. The biomimics’ goal is to find benign and sustainable ways to meet our needs for food, materials, medicine and energy. By beginning to learn from nature, biomimics are finding out that, in all her activities, nature creates conditions conducive to life. In answer ...
  • 2002
  • 01:46:50
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/13/2015

The Nature of Things Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale Classroom Favourites

North America is under attack by a relentless aquatic invader. Accidentally released into the Mississippi River 30 years ago, the Asian Carp have been heading north ever since. Famous for their insatiable hunger and their Olympic high jumping, Asian Carp are now only 100 kilometers south of Lake Michigan. Carpe Diem: A Fishy Tale will take viewers on an enlightening ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:24
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/03/2014

The Nature of Things Decoding Desire

From preening peacocks to promiscuous primates, what do animals reveal about our own sexual behaviour? Explore how sexual diversity and the experience of pleasure itself may be the key to species survival. Decoding Desire features leading scientists who examine mating behaviours and reveal research that shatters old assumptions about human sexuality.
  • 2014
  • 00:44:27
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 12/01/2014

The Nature of Things Stonehenge Uncovered

With exclusive access to the work of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, the most extensive archaeological study ever made of the wider area around Britain's famous monument, Stonehenge Uncovered reveals fascinating new information about the surprisingly advanced and sophisticated civilization that built the Stone Circle. This fascinating documentary takes the viewer on a prehistoric journey from 8000 BCE to 2500 ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 11/18/2014

The Nature of Things Where Am I?

Where Am I? is a new documentary about the skills we use to find our way around. Whether you are an Inuit hunter, a foraging insect, or just someone out for a stroll, your brain is performing one of its most fundamental services – it’s navigating. Why are some of us good at finding our way, while others are not? ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/29/2014

The Nature of Things Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, a mysterious tick-borne illness, is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the United States, and over the past decade, the tick that carries Lyme has been spreading across Canada with alarming speed. From the micro world of the tick and its disease-causing bacteria, to the macro world of human suffering and medical science, this eye-opening documentary explores a ...
  • 2013
  • 00:44:25
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/22/2014

The Nature of Things Trek of the Titans Classroom Favourites

The leatherback sea turtle is a magnificent creature that can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. This ancient species swims faster, travels further and dives deeper than any other reptile on the planet. In the Atlantic, the turtles migrate every year from their nesting grounds in the Caribbean to the chilly waters off the east coast of ...
  • 2014
  • 00:44:26
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/05/2014

The Nature of Things On a Wing and a Song

A look at songbird populations. Long Point Provincial Park attracts songbirds. John McCracken of the Long Point bird observatory talks about all these species spotted there. Ornithologist Sidney Gauthreaux monitors migration in High Island, Texas. Bob Currie and Kathleen Gardner participate in a songbird census. Dan Welsh of the Canadian Wildlife Service is directing a study of the boreal songbirds, ...
  • 1994
  • 00:45:41
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/10/2014