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The Mysteries of Optic Flow

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How do birds manage to fly through narrow spaces without constantly bumping into trees or buildings? It turns out that they use a trick of the eye called optic flow. Understanding what optic flow is and how birds use it could help us build a safer world for our feathered friends.

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Inside Animal Minds

Inside Animal Minds

In this series, go inside the brains of three smart animals—dogs, birds, and dolphins.

Bird Brains

Bird Brains

Clues to the origins of human language are turning up in the brains of birds.

Seeing with Sound

Seeing with Sound

Future bio-inspired technologies could help the blind community echolocate like bats.

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Bombing Hitler's Supergun

Discover how Allied forces conspired to destroy one of Hitler’s most diabolical weapons.

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Bombing Hitler's Supergun

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Operation Lighthouse Rescue

Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic lighthouse from certain doom.

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Operation Lighthouse Rescue

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Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

Join investigators as they untangle the cause of Alzheimer’s and race to develop a cure.

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Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped?

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Inside Einstein's Mind

Retrace the thought experiments that inspired his theory on the nature of reality.

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Inside Einstein's Mind

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3 Things "Faster Than Light"

These three things have been said to go faster than light, but do they?

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3 Things "Faster Than Light"

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The Physics Behind Texting

When you send a text, how does your message make the journey to your friend’s phone?

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The Physics Behind Texting

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Saving the Montauk Lighthouse

A unique method to fight erosion saved the Montauk Point Lighthouse from disaster.

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Saving the Montauk Lighthouse

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Saving the Montauk Lighthouse

A unique method to fight erosion saved the Montauk Point Lighthouse from disaster.

2:51

Saving the Montauk Lighthouse

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Gravity Changes Colors

This ingenious experiment proves that gravity changes the color of light all around us.

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Gravity Changes Colors

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Alzheimer's Clinical Trials

Real patients and families describe what it's like being in an Alzheimer's clinical trial.

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Alzheimer's Clinical Trials

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Alzheimer's Other Victims

Family members describe what it's like to have a loved one with Alzheimer's.

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Alzheimer's Other Victims

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Alzheimer's Virus-Like Protein

Tangles of a protein called tau inside neurons may be the culprit behind Alzheimer’s.

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Alzheimer's Virus-Like Protein

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Bombing Hitler's Supergun Preview

Discover how Allied forces conspired to destroy one of Hitler’s most diabolical weapons.

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Bombing Hitler's Supergun Preview

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Operation Lighthouse Rescue Preview

Join engineers as they race to rescue a historic lighthouse from certain doom.

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Operation Lighthouse Rescue Preview

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Viking Unearthed Sneak Peek

Uncover the truth behind the legendary Vikings and their epic journey to the Americas.

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Viking Unearthed Sneak Peek

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Vikings Unearthed Preview

Uncover the truth behind the legendary Vikings and their epic journey to the Americas.

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Vikings Unearthed Preview

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