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In the remote volcanic archipelago of the Crozet Islands, meet David Reichert, a cameraman who has an extraordinary talent to locate, approach, and tame some of the wildest beasts on Earth.Enduring raging winds and icy waters with minimal protection, he enters the intimacy of elephant seals and orcas using clever ethological analyses and gets them used to his presence. Then comes the extraordinary…

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Follow the story of 65-million years of evolution around a volcanic hotspot in the Indian Ocean. Discover how a lava gush flooded an area as large as France—partially causing the demise of dinosaurs, but also helping the emergence of mammals and new life forms. These geological regions known as large igneous provinces (LIPs) can appear anywhere and cause massive havoc for life. They have been iden…

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They form hunting parties of four to ten, usually in the late morning hours, with each jackal having a specific role. Once the prey is subdued, the incredible mobbing takes place: simultaneously, up to seventy individual jackals surge forward. This triggers a feeding frenzy and makes the original hunters unable to protect their prey. Despite this strategy, a hunt is successful only 13% of the time…

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Mankind is currently defying all four basic elements to engineer big, useful, ambitious, and environmentally friendly projects that will shape our future on planet Earth and even plant the seeds for the colonization of other planets. Episode 1, Masdar City: Abu Dhabi, one of the most polluting cities on Earth, is the biggest of the United Arab Emirates sitting in the heart of the oil-rich Persian…

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Mankind is currently defying all four basic elements to engineer big, useful, ambitious, and environmentally friendly projects that will shape our future on planet Earth and even plant the seeds for the colonization of other planets. Episode 1, Power Tower: In downtown Guangzhou, China, one of the greenest structures on earth is rising. Known as Pearl River Tower, the 71-story building will rely o…

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How has this humble forest animal managed to conquer all continents, all territories, and become the most abundant and diversified feathered species on our planet? Today there are over 19 billion on earth, three times more than human beings, and many more than any other species of wild birds. How did this darkly plumed forest species become so diverse in color, form, and behavior? What is the ever…

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For the past two years, scientific buoys, immersed at a depth of two thousand meters in the Mediterranean off the French Riviera, have attracted countless species of pelagic fish, among them the Giant Oarfish also known as the King of Herrings, drifting vertically, alone or by pairs. With the help of the world expert in Giant Oarfish and the logistic collaboration of enthusiasts, a scientific expe…

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The grey seal has always been adept at hunting fast, elusive prey. As one of Europe's largest predators, the decline of fish stocks and increase in competition, as well as legal seal hunting, has changed their entire world—and their behavior. Recent improvements in annual surveys and animal tagging have revealed precious information about where grey seals go when they leave the coast and how they…

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Today, insects are no longer giant except in our nightmares... but 320 million years ago, dragonflies measuring up to a meter (Meganeura) or centipedes the size of a human (Arthropleura) dominated the land and air. Over the course of time, these fascinating giants became smaller and smaller... before disappearing altogether. But who was responsible for their extinction? Scientists long believed th…

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How did birds evolve? How did feathers and flight appear? After a century of silence, these questions were raised again at the beginning of the 21st century when numerous species of beautifully preserved feathered dinosaur fossils were discovered in Liaoning, China. By mixing images of fossils at the dig sites, ultra-realistic computer graphic reconstructions, and interviews with paleontologists,…

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For a long time, paleontologists believed that mammals had won the battle of evolution by default, expanding unheeded after the demise of the dinosaurs. But discoveries in China at the beginning of the 21st century prove that our ancestors prepared their weapons long before that. But exactly when did mammals first appear? For the last decade, the debate has raged between geneticists and paleontolo…

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Wells catfish! Over the last fifty years, it has colonized most of Europe's rivers—even the most polluted. This intruder has become the largest freshwater animal in Europe, and even hunts onshore... Three years of intense filming were necessary to capture this unique wildlife film. After its' premiere, the film will be seen worldwide on National Geographic Channels Wild under the title River Jaws.…

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Today, the problem of rubbish in space has become a nightmare for astronauts. The amount of debris in space has been steadily increasing for the past twenty years as more and more satellites have been placed in orbit and numerous missiles have been tested. In 2009, two working satellites collided sending tons of new space trash into orbit traveling at an incredible speed. This kind of event create…

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"The largest creatures on Earth live underwater. Their sheer size has always triggered our imagination. In murky waters or inaccessible places, we ignored their true nature and created legends. Today, scientists work tirelessly to try and understand some of the most mysterious inhabitants of the ocean and to go beyond the myths. But stranded or fished creatures offer a poor glimpse into their worl…

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While we can't look into the future and foresee what may hit us next, we do know that each year brings its share of natural disasters that we often try, in vain, to anticipate, understand, and predict. This is a new kind of natural disaster program: instead of relying on poor quality archive footage, our crews are on standby ready to take off anywhere around the planet to film these disasters in U…

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