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The Economist brief science documentaries

Recently I discovered that The Economist released a bunch of short documentaries on cutting edge science in its so called “Science brief” list. Basically here’s a selection of videos that touch six of known unresolved science problems that minds from all over the world are working on.

I think any modern educated person should have a glimpse on where the humanity is in terms of scientific progress. These short documentaries are reasonably concentrated so you don’t need to spend much of your time watching, but the main messages in each field are well explained. And there’s not so many documentaries of this quality that are free. So enjoy and I hope it will widen your own horizons.

Why does time pass?

In this video the very nature of time is exposed through Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity. Could we travel in time? Into future or into past? Watch to find out!

What is the universe made of?

Dark matter explained. We only can see 5% of the matter that builds the universe. The rest is the dark matter, which is invisible to us and we only can perceive its effects.

Do we live in a multiverse?

So far we know only one universe – the visible one. But, is there any other universes beyond ours? The string theory says that yes.

Life in the universe

With modern advances in Astronomy like Kepler space telescope, scientists has found a number of exoplanets that are in the habitable zone in relation to its star.

What caused Cambrian explosion?

Before Cambrian explosion the major part of organisms were single cell, but then in short period of time the diversity of life on Earth increased geometrically until the levels we know now. What has caused this genetic explosion?

What is consciousness?

“I think, therefore I exist” — Rene Descartes. We all know what the word “consciousness” explains, but scientists struggle to explain what consciousness is and how it really works.

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