Science & Technology
A source of scientific and technological innovations
Nature is perfect. For 3.8 billion years it has been finding sustainable solutions. Through biodiversity, it is a source of limitless innovation that we are just starting to explore.
This series is about biomimicry, the study of nature as a source of scientific and technological innovations.
Each episode highlights a particular application or research.
EXCEPTIONAL TRANSPORTATION: PLANES ON THE ROAD [52’]
On the Airbus assembly site near Toulouse, pieces of planes come from the 4 corners of Europe by air, road or water.
Shipping XXL cargo and putting together the puzzle of aircraft parts require complex and ingenious technology.
This film goes behind-the-scene of this technological prowess and the incredible machines used to achieve it.
Also available as a 75'
SPACE TOMORROW [6x52’]
The fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies
When he took off to reach the International Space Station, the young French astronaut Thomas Pesquet became the new hero of a generation.
His exceptional destiny was probably the result of the epic stories he heard as a child: mythical conquests of Space, men walking on the moon and experiences defying the laws of gravity. But the astronaut of today is also a man of the future contemplating life in space or the first manned missions to Mars.
SPACE TOMORROW depicts the fabulous journey of a man passionate about the skies, the big adventures of the past and the challenges of tomorrow.
THE CHALLENGE OF BRIDGE MAINTENANCE [52’]
Massive constructions under pressure
Even the most basic bridges are engineering challenges exposed to the elements (wind, rain, seawater...) that damage these massive constructions. Intensive road traffic is also a factor of additional constraints. A crack, even a microscopic one, or a rust point in the wrong place can have serious consequences.
To avoid the worst, bridges are subject to permanent controls and repairs using advanced techniques such as, for example, breaking concrete with high pressure water or cutting a cable so tight that it could unleash like a giant whip.
Maintenance specialists perform daily tasks that are not well known to the public in order to prevent tragedies.
THE IMMORTALS [52’]
Living beings with superpowers
Living beings have a very variable lifespan; it can be centuries, years or just a few days but all eventually face extinction. Yet there are animals that defy both death and time. They are called tardigrade, lobster, naked rat-taupe and possess real superpowers that enable them to fight disease and aging.
In trying to unravel their mystery a question arises: do they have the secret of eternal life?
THE MASTER OF FORTRESSES [52’]
Vauban is probably the best military architect and engineer in History.
Endlessly copied around the world, his unique system of fortifications protected France from invasions, making Louis XIV the most powerful monarch of his time.
The Vauban system consisted in an iron belt of 180 fortresses scattered around the country, each of them rivalling in technical ingenuity.
THE SOLAR SYSTEM [52’]
A space and time journey
This film is a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
It starts from the creation of our solar system, 4.8 billion years ago, takes us through the changes and the evolutions that it underwent until today and looks at its future.
WORLD HERITAGE CANAL [52’]
An architectural wonder and a technical prowess
In the 17th century, Louis XIV financed the digging of a canal connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, the second largest construction of his reign after the palace of Versailles.
Using the latest technology of its time, the beautifully conceived Canal du Midi is among the oldest functioning canal in Europe and listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
A journey through space and time
How was the solar system created? Why did life appear on Earth and nowhere else?
These are the questions that WORLDS tries to answer by taking us on a journey through space and time to understand our origins.
They wage wars and administer medicines. They are farmers and graziers. They live in a world of coded communications, strict chains of command, secret poison mixtures and prodigious strength.
They have inhabited our planet for millions of years and yet no living creature seems more alien to us. They are the ants.
With its striking visual images, this groundbreaking filml takes us into a mysterious yet fascinating world.
ARCHEOLOGEEKS IN BAGAN [45’]
Bringing an universal heritage back to life
Some buildings, sites and structures are historical wonders. Their very names are legendary and their stories epic and surprising.
Yet, these treasures are threatened by wars, financial pressure, property developers and climate hazards.
Today, a new breed of archeologists is using modern technologies to bring this universal heritage back to life, turning them into "archeologeeks". They make the impossible possible by bringing these hidden treasures back to life.
Masters of the sky
From inside the cockpit, a flight is no longer exactly the same.
This series focuses not only on pilots but also on the mythical planes that have graced our skies.
During a flight aboard one of these extraordinary aircrafts, we discover the reality, the complexity, the ingenuity of the machines and the men who work in this world driven by passion.
BAT & MAN [52’]
A mammal that causes leaps in science
Bats were already on earth during the dinosaurs’ era, 60 million years ago, and this incredible species has actually not evolved since.
Today, scientific studies of bats have revealed astonishing discoveries in the fields of bionics, disease prevention and containment which can crossover to the human world.
BEAUTIFUL MINDS [2x52’]
Understanding Asia best and brightest
What makes someone a genius?
What's the definition of talent?
This unique series explores the genesis of geniuses in Asia, seemingly coinciding with the continent’s rapid growth in the global arena.
From Korea to India, Singapore to China, BEAUTIFUL MINDS examines to what extent the acts of nature and nurture play a role in the molding of the brightest and the factors that contribute to their incredible mastery in various fields such as sciences, sports, arts...
BUILDING MODERN PARIS: AN ESOTERIC VISION [52’]
An innovative and unexpected policy of large public works
In 14 years of French presidency, François Mitterrand commissioned 11 major works like the Grande Arche de la Défense, the Opéra Bastille or the Louvre Pyramid.
Initially, nothing was planned in his campaign promises. His policy of large public works was innovative and unexpected.
Did the former President take himself for Louis XIV? Was there a mystical dimension in the making of these pharaonic monuments? Was this believer in spiritual forces anxious to leave a trace?
DISCOVERING LANGKAWI WITH IRSHAD MOBARAK [2x45’]
A naturalist haven
This series is a journey through Langkawi, an enchanting Malaysian archipelago with a rich fauna and flora biodiversity found in its forests. It’s a naturalist haven where one can see stones that are over 1 billion years old, learn more about the fascinating mudskipper, witness the beauty of the migratory birds.
Find out why the strangling fig tree is so misunderstood, why the mangroves are called "the kings of adaptability", how man and nature live in harmony and why it is important to preserve such a natural heritage at all costs.
Also available as 10x15'
EQALUSUAQ, ON THE TRAIL OF THE HIDDEN PREDATORS [52’]
The salmon run and those awaiting them
In July, in Alaska, millions of salmon run up the rivers. Many are anxiously waiting for them: grizzlies, sea lions, orcas, eagles, sharks... and young divers/photographers.
Paul and Thomas, two marine biologists, are here to live their passion for open spaces and memorable encounters with animals as impressive as extraordinary.
Among all these great predators, there is one in particular they have been on the lookout: the salmon shark.
EXTREME ELEVATORS, SKY IS THE LIMIT [48’]
A sophisticated and high-performance equipment
The elevator is an invisible means of transportation and yet the most used in the world. Every day, more than a billion human beings take them.
Since its creation in 1853, it has followed the industrial evolution and accompanied new technologies. Today, it is a sophisticated, high-performance piece of equipment.
When we enter an elevator, we are far from imagining all the innovations it has benefited from over the past decades.
EXTREME LANDS [6x45’]
Overcoming Nature's wrath
When nature rages, humanity excels.
This series explains our planet’s most spectacular natural phenomena and examines human inventions designed to deal with them.
FARMERS OF THE FUTURE [52’]
Singapore occupies a small landmass with no room for farming but yet it happens to be the "garden city" of tomorrow.
Indeed, the intense urbanization called for the testing of new models of agriculture; in other words, the experimentation of vegetable gardens and farms on the rooftops of skyscrapers. With over 80% of the world population predicted to live in cities by 2050, Singapore is the early laboratory for alternative farming.
Who are the leaders of this agricultural revolution? What alternatives are they offering? How to improve productivity on constricted surfaces?
FORBIDDEN PARIS: UNDERGROUND MEGASTRUCTURES [52’]
Beneath the City of Lights
Everyone has heard about Paris and its architectural treasures. But the City of Lights has many secrets yet to be discovered. Indeed, under its pavement, the French capital hides megastructures which are mysterious, dangerous and unknown to the public.
These underground constructions are unique and essential for the city and represented huge challenges for their builders.
A journey into the construction of Paris' foundations.
Mapping the city of tomorrow
More than any city in the world, Singapore is a laboratory for urban development and the best place to figure out how life will look like in megacities at the end of the 21st century.
With extensive computer generated imagery, FUTUROPOLIS explores the concepts, ideas and innovations required to face the challenges of the coming decades.
It is a thrilling exploration of the city of tomorrow which most likely will be vertical and floating.
GAME LIFE, A RECORD OF CHINA'S E-SPORTS INDUSTRY [57’]
A new generation of athletes
China's electronic sports is developing at a rapid pace, illustrating the meteoric rise of an industry. Indeed, competitive video gaming is becoming a new popular sport.
However, in the eyes of many people, especially parents, video games are still viewed negatively and professional athletes deemed electronic heroin addict
With a booming industry, crazy fans, huge business opportunities, how can China eSports go from barbaric to professional and normative?
GIANT VIRUS [52’]
Could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
Mimivirus (for microbe mimicking virus) is the first member of a family of unsuspected organisms, some vastly different from each other, all astonishing by their sizes, genes, and ‟performances” - one of them has survived 30,000 years in the Siberian permafrost.
These giant viruses seem to fill the gap between the viral and the living cell worlds. Do they represent a new branch of life on our planet? Were their distant ancestors living creatures? And could these ancestors have been at the very origin of all the eukaryotes, which we are part of? In other words: could mankind be descending from a giant virus?
A field of new research is opening with this film dedicated to a new animal species.
MOBYDICK: THE OPERATION [52’]
The secrets of the sperm whale
The sperm whale is one of the most impressive and lesser known animals on the planet.
This film is a playful and fascinating investigation into the mysteries that surround these giants of the seas: an ability to defy the laws of physics, their complex social relationships, a technique for long-distance communication and a sophisticated echolocation system.
Thanks to stunning visual sequences, these leviathans from another age have never been filmed so closely in their daily lives.
MYSTERIES OF THE GIANTS [6x52’]
They came after the dinosaurs
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Earth was still populated by other gigantic animals: a 13m long snake weighing as much as a truck, a shark as big as a school bus, a 20-ton rhinoceros and a sloth 200 times the size of current ones.
Although they dominate their ecosystems, giant animals are often more vulnerable than others. They are susceptible to climate change, loss of habitat, shortages of food and competitors invading their territory. In fact, today’s last giants – the descendants of those behemoths – are all in decline. Some of them are even threatened with imminent extinction.
The series looks back on the evolutionary history of 8 giant prehistoric animals.
NEW WORLD WITHOUT STRANGERS [10x23’]
The new collaborative economy explained by Henry Golding (''Crazy Rich Asians'')
The concept of sharing within communities isn’t something new. In fact, it goes back thousands of years, to a time when people didn’t really have much. Nowadays, this notion has made a comeback but with a twist. Welcome to the age of the "collaborative economy”.
It’s an ecosystem built upon the partaking of human and physical resources. At its heart is a marketplace for the exchange of ideas, experiences, used goods, underutilized spaces and so on. It's a far reaching movement that impacts human relationships, notions of ownership and, more importantly, our lives in general.
Our host, Henry Golding, embarks on a journey across 3 Asian countries to discover how the collaborative economy has transformed the way people shop, meet, eat, sleep and even relate to one another.
PROGRAMMED TO KILL [2x52’]
The diseases that puzzle science
This 2-part series investigates the most infamous and deadly tropical diseases: the dengue fever and the melioidosis.
Dengue was first detected over 2 centuries ago. It is the world’s most debilitating, rapidly spreading and prevalent mosquito-borne viral disease and yet it is extremely difficult to treat. But there is hope. The first-ever dengue vaccine has just been released. An historic breakthrough for medical science
Melioidosis is one of the world’s least known tropical ailment that torments its victims, baffles clinicians and intrigues scientists. Classified as a biological weapon, it is a life-threatening disease caused by relatively harmless soil-dwelling bacteria that can remain dormant in a receiver for weeks, months, even decades or just kill within 48 hours.
RUNET, THE BATTLE FOR THE RUSSIAN WEB [10x6’]
A space for freedom or propaganda
Supporters and opponents of Vladimir Putin are fighting a bitter battle on Runet (the Russian Internet).
The Kremlin is taking a close interest in Runet, which is now bombarded with propaganda and fake news. But despite repressive legislation and the zealous vigilance of cyber-militiamen supported by the government, independent political video bloggers have millions of followers and weigh in on public issues.
This web series presents those who use this space for exchange, freedom or propaganda for an unprecedented radiography of the Russian society.
SPACE: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE [88’]
Pushing the frontiers
Man's first steps on the Moon. The sending of satellites essential to our daily lives. Their maintenance by the Challenger shuttle teams.
This film makes us discover the long stays in weightlessness in the International Space Station and the preparation of trips to Mars thanks to reknown astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Sex in the future
New technology is everywhere. At work, during our downtime and now it’s even invading our beds: vibrating underwear, connected sex toys, sex robots… Ecstasy is turning high-tech.
Soon, we will experience remote love making, bliss will be virtual and humanoids would make ideal partners. Sounds like science-fiction? Not so much since researchers, scientists and marketers are working hard to make it a reality. Their ultimate goal is to corner a market worth several billion dollars.
Where will this innovation take us? How will sex be like in the future?
THE BRIDGES OF PARIS [52’]
Pushing back the limits
The bridges of Paris follow one another along the Seine river, all different since they were built over centuries and reflect the most advanced techniques of each era. First in wood, then in stone, metal and today in high-performance alloys, they have each time pushed back the limits of know-how.
How have these superstructures withstood the test of time? What challenges were met to gain in lightness and sturdiness, to improve span and strength?
Thanks to 3D images and the participation of the best experts, this film takes us back in time to discover the incredible story of the bridges of Paris.
Also available as a 70'
THE FUNNY SIDE OF SCIENCE [52’]
The advances behind ludicrous research
How do roller coaster rides affect the treatment of asthma? Do we swim faster in water or in syrup?
Hundreds of similar research subjects have won awards at the now famous "Ig Nobel" ceremony, the satirical equivalent of the Nobel awards. But the craziest questions can have useful applications or even lead to genuine progress in fundamental science.
This film brings together the finest discoveries of the Ig Nobel Prizes with the aim to reveal the genuine advances in science behind projects that have deceptively ludicrous titles.
THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF ROCAMADOUR [52’]
The secrets of a pillar of faith
Rocamadour is a breathtaking medieval citadel built on the edge of a cliff in the center of France. Seemingly defying the laws of gravity, it stands at 364 meters, 40 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower.
This medieval city owes its fame to the fabulous treasure it conceals.
Nine centuries after its foundation, this film reveals the secrets of a pillar of faith, renown for extraordinary technical feats and legends.
THE SECRETS OF MARS AND THE MOON [2x52’]
The closest stars
The Moon and Mars are the 2 stars closest to our planet.
Despite their proximity, there are still many things we do not know about them.
THE UFO'S OFFICE [47’]
Trying to explain the inexplicable
In Toulouse, France, the National Center for Space Studies has a department which is unique in the world; it is called the Study and Information Group on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena.
Created more than 40 years ago, the purpose of this little-known public service is to collect, investigate and try to explain testimonies regarding unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in France.
This film unveils the incredible story of this office.
TREES: A GLOBAL SUPERPOWER [52’]
Much more than mere static and lonely plants
Trees, these earthly giants, far from being mere static and lonely plants, actually feel a wide range of emotions. They are sensitive to pain, selfless towards the weaker trees, and capable of memorizing data and sharing it with other trees.
In light of the latest discoveries from the botanical, forest ecology and "plant neurobiology” worlds, we are invited to enter the realm of these mysterious ecosystems and their wonderful treasures which we are only now just starting to understand.
VERSAILLES, THE CHALLENGES OF THE SUN KING [2x50’]
A testament to creativity
Louis XIV was determined to build the greatest palace of his time. To realize his dream he summoned the best mathematicians, astronomers, engineers, agronomists and hydraulic experts of the time expecting nothing but their utmost.
The Palace of Versailles is a testament to the creativity of an era which made everything possible.
Ø GRAVITY: MISSION IN SPACE [52’]
The first doc shot by astronauts
One of humanity's oldest dreams has been to leave our planet and explore space.
This exceptional film accompanies German astronaut Alexander Gerst (ESA) and American Reid Wiseman (NASA) on their first mission to the International Space Station; from their training around the world to their return to Earth.
A testimony of life in weightlessness accompanied by breathtaking images.
SEARCHING FOR LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE? [52’]
A hatching of new worlds
Men are born naturally curious of the Universe and the most being the scientists hunting for "exo planets", the ones outside our solar system.
European researchers are far ahead in this field and, in this film, they share their professional curiosity about the organization of other planetary systems as well as their thoughts on the ultimate question in human mind: should life exists somewhere else, what would it look like?