Ikaria, a tiny island in the Aegean sea, is known as a blue zone, a special place where life expectancy is much higher than the rest of the world. We travel there to explore just what it is that makes the island so special.
Daily Archives: March 14, 2021
Space Ventures: Asteroids As Source Of Precious Metals & Elements (Video)
Mining on asteroids sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it could soon become a reality. Nations and powerful corporations already have plans for such ventures and are hard at work staking their claim to resources from space. How can economic growth continue unfettered once all the earth’s resources have been consumed?
Major companies and governments have long been working on plans to exploit the resources to be found in the vastness of space. How far are humans from achieving this? This documentary examines the technological requirements of space mining. It also assesses how great the desire is to find new sources of raw materials. The film touches on scientific and fundamental societal issues – including humanity’s craving for new territories and our degradation of the Earth as we attempt to exploit all our planet has to offer.
Travel & Adventure: ‘A Week In Kazbegi, Georgia’
Welcome to Kazbegi, Georgia’s most popular Caucasus Mountains retreat. We spent over a week in the region in summer 2020, splitting our time between Kazbegi town (officially Stepantsminda) and Juta. Kazbegi is easily accessible from the capital, Tbilisi.
It takes around 3.5 hours to get there by marshrutka or car/taxi, heading north on the scenic Georgian Military Highway. There is plenty to see and do in the region beyond visiting the famous hilltop Gergeti Trinity Church. In this film we show you the best places to visit in Kazbegi, including Truso Valley, Gveleti Waterfall, Dariali Gorge, Tsdo village, Gergeti Glacier, the stone carved heads of Sno, and the gorgeous Juta Valley (aka ‘The Dolomites of Georgia’).
PLACES FEATURED IN THIS FILM 00:00 Intro 00:57 Mt. Kazbek (seen from Kazbegi) 01:33 Truso Valley Day Hike 04:50 Rooms Kazbegi 05:19 Big Gveleti Waterfall Hike 07:52 Dariali Monastery Complex 08:00 Tsdo Village 08:41 Kazbegi (Stepantsminda) 09:30 Cafe 5047m 10:03 Gergeti Glacier Hike 14:48 Shorena’s Bar and Cafe 15:11 Gergeti Trinity Church 16:02 Snostskali Valley 16:38 Juta Village 17:33 Fifth Season Juta Valley (Chaukhi Massif) 22:40 Outro
Safari Views: ‘Lions & Cheetahs’ – MalaMala Reserve, South Africa
We start off with members of the Kambula pride and a Gowrie male on our airstrip. Then later we find three cheetahs in the same area. … From MalaMala Game Reserve to wherever you are in the world, we’ll bring you moments from our daily safaris in one of Africa’s most iconic private game reserves. This is essentially a continuation of our ‘Rangers in Isolation’ series which was filmed during the national Lockdown.
Aerial Views: ‘Zurich – Switzerland’ (4K Video)
The city of Zurich, a global center for banking and finance, lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The picturesque lanes of the central Altstadt (Old Town), on either side of the Limmat River, reflect its pre-medieval history. Waterfront promenades like the Limmatquai follow the river toward the 17th-century Rathaus (town hall).
Health: ‘Covid-19 And Chronic Sleep Loss’ (Video)
Since the COVID pandemic began, one in three Americans has had reduced quality sleep. Correspondent Susan Spencer pulls back the covers on how pandemic stress is among the factors affecting people’s already-tortured relationship with shuteye. Spencer talks with Drew Ackerman, a lifelong chronic insomniac whose storytelling podcast, “Sleep With Me,” lulls listeners to slumberland; and with professors Sharon Bowman, Jennifer Martin and Tiffany Yip about the importance of sleep hygiene, and the effects of reduced sleep on chronic health impacts and productivity.
Wildlife: ‘Leopards’ – Top Moments From BBC Earth
We’ve dug into the BBC Earth archive to bring you the top 5 Leopard moments released on the channel to date. Let us know in the comments which is your favourite!
The leopard is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in small parts of Western and Central Asia, a small part of European Russia, and on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia.
Poetry: ‘When I Have Fears’ – John Keats (1795-1821)
Read by James Smillie – John Keats was a revered English poet who devoted his short life to the perfection of poetry.
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only four years before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.
Views: ‘Winter In Iceland’
Sunday Morning” spends the last days of winter in Iceland. Videographer: Mauricio Handler.
The Cotswolds: History Of Chipping Norton
Chipping Norton is another classic market town in the east of the Cotswolds. Another settlement regarded as a gateway to the AONB, it is often renowned for the Bliss Tweed Mill. The town centre is unusually steep, with one row of houses much higher than the opposite side. This is well worth a visit as a classic English town.