Monday, December 29, 2014

Lost Science of the Bible

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another exciting episode from the acclaimed documentary series “Ancient Discoveries” were we go in search of the – Lost Science of the Bible.

Might the stories of the Bible have their basis in ancient scientific fact? How big was the giant Goliath, and what was the tech of the sling that brought him down? We'll demonstrate that the tower of Babel could have been as tall as two miles in height. Create fire from water as Elijah may have done. And, in a never before attempted scientific investigation, we watch as archaeologists fully levitate a replica of the Ark of the Covenant.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Jules Verne's Mysterious Island

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the Hallmark television production of Jules Verne's Mysterious Island (2005) starring Patrick Stewart based on Jules Verne’s novel The Mysterious Island published in 1874.

During the Civil War six survivors escape from a prison camp in Richmond, Virginia by hot air balloon and find themselves on an uncharted island in the Pacific. Far from any kind of known civilization, the island is inhabited by carnivorous giant monsters, bloodthirsty pirates, and mad genius Captain Nemo (Patrick Stewart).

Patrick Stewart stars as Captain Nemo in  Jules Verne's Mysterious Island

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Coming Magnetic Storm

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a scenario that sounds like the central plot of a Sci-Fi blockbuster motion picture. Deep within the core of our planet, where the constant spin of Earth’s liquid metallic core generates an invisible magnetic force field that shields our planet from harmful radiation in space, something has affected the spin of this planetary dynamo and has slowed it down and there are signs that it may shut it down completely.

Gradually, the field is growing weaker. Electrical and electronic devices suddenly shut down and people with pacemakers suddenly and inexplicably drop dead, flocks of pigeons lose their ability to navigate and seemingly lose their way and circle aimlessly above skies of Trafalgar Square and begin crashing into buildings, parked cars and people. Countless pods of whales and other aquatic mammals beach themselves. Navigational devices go awry effecting cargo ships, passenger aircraft, telecommunications satellites and computers on NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour sending it far off course and forcing the Astronauts to land in the Los Angeles River basin .

Is there a factual basis for such a plot line? Could we be heading for a demagnetized doomsday that will leave us defenseless against the lethal effects of solar wind and cosmic rays? Today’s documentary “Magnetic Storm” takes a close scientific look at such a horrific scenario.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ancient Tank Tech

We think of the tank as a twentieth century armoured war machine that first saw deployment in the First World War.

The first tank to engage in battle was designated D1, a British Mark I Male, during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette (part of the wider Somme offensive) on September 15th, 1916. But, the concept of the tank as a war machine has its antecedents that can be traced to classical antiquity.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cracking the Maya Code

Today on Far  Future Horizons we present another episode of the acclaimed PBS Science Series Nova - Cracking the Maya Code.

The ancient Maya civilization of Central America left behind a riddle: an intricate and mysterious hieroglyphic script carved on stone monuments and painted on pottery and bark books. 

Because the invading Spanish suppressed nearly all knowledge of how the script worked, unlocking its meaning posed one of archaeology's fiercest challenges. Until now, in this documentary titled Cracking the Maya Code.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The World of ‘The Man in the High Castle'

Today on Far Future Horizons we will once again take a foray into alternate history and glimpse the world as portrayed in Philip K. Dick’s Hugo award-winning novel “The Man in the High Castle”.

The Man in the High Castle' is classic in the genre of alternate history novels and inspired countless authors to write their own alternative history scenarios of a world dominated by a victorious Adolf Hitler.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Journey To Space

Today on Far Future Horizons we showcase an exciting new and inspirational IMAX film “Journey To Space” premiering at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. in February.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs - Episode 2: Time of the Titans


Today on Far Future Horizons we embark on another time odyssey to the year 152, 000, 000 BC in Late Jurassic Colorado in the second instalment of the exciting documentary series “Walking With Dinosaurs”.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine

The Wright Flyer

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the wonderful story of how two bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio taught the world to fly. 

Understanding Electricity

Today on Far Future Horizons we seek to understand the life force that is the impetus of our technological civilization – Electricity.

Our technological civilization depends on electricity, on the electrons in motion within copper wire. Electrons flow through countless switches and machines not unlike water through aqueducts and canals. Electricity also flows through our very bodies and brains as if it were the divine spark that gives us life. And, electricity may have indeed been the spark of life itself.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Robert Heinlein’s Red Planet

Today on Far Future Horizons we present an animated film adapted from Robert A. Heinlein’s novel “Red Planet” published in 1949.

Red Planet” was a 1994 animated miniseries created by Gunther-Wahl Productions with the teleplay written by Julia Lewald for Fox Kids.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Walking With Dinosaurs - Episode One: "New Blood"

Today on Far Future horizons we begin a time odyssey of sorts to an age before the advent of the human species when monsters ruled the world with a landmark television - Walking With Dinosaurs.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Hunt for Hitler's Scientists

Today on Far Future Horizons we travel back in time to Europe in the closing months of the Second World War to join the hunt for Hitler’s scientists.

This hunt would also reveal the horrible crimes and the terrible toll in human suffering committed by the Nazis in their mad pursuit of world domination and perverted science.

The British, American, and Russian governments were not content to sit idly by, waiting to be crushed by the advanced technology of the Nazi war machine.

In the closing months of the Second World War covert teams of commandos and spies were sent ahead of the front lines and deep into Germany, hunting for both the weapons and the scientists and engineers who created them.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Making of Interstellar

Today on Far Future Horizons we present two feature videos that give us an in depth look at the making of this year’s much talked about epic SciFi movie “Interstellar”.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BBC Horizon ~ The Science of Star Trek

Today on Far Future Horizons we present another documentary from the acclaimed science documentary series Horizon titled “The Science of Star Trek” which first aired as part of BBC 2’s Star Trek Night on August 26th, 1996.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Weakening of Earth's Natural Force Field

Today on Far Future Horizons we explore Earth’s magnetic field, the force field that protects our home planet from the lethal cosmic radiation of outer space. Is the Earth losing its magnetic field and doomed to a fate similar to Mars? 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

ORION - NASA's Deep Space Exploration Spacecraft

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a video feature about NASA’s next generation crewed space vehicle the ORION - NASA's Deep Space Exploration Spacecraft.

The Vesuvius Time Bomb

Today on Far Future Horizons we present a documentary on  perhaps the most famous volcano in history – Vesuvius.

Our video feature for today is another exciting documentary from the National Geographic Channel’s series Naked Science which will lay bare the potential danger posed by the ticking geological time bomb of Vesuvius to the inhabitants of the Southern Italian city of Naples.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Liftoff! NASA successfully launches Orion on second try

We at Far Future Horizons congratulate NASA for the successful launch of Orion.

NASA Will Attempt To Launch Orion Again Today

NASA’s Orion Launch Scrubbed yesterday due to too much wind, a boat, and valve problems which beset the first test of the most ambitious spacecraft since Apollo.

The next attempt to launch Orion is set for today Friday December 5th, 2014 at 7:05 A.M. (13:05 CET).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Carl Sagan's Cosmos – Who Speaks for Earth?

Today on Far Future Horizons we present the thirteenth and final episode of Carl Sagan’s highly acclaimed PBS documentary series – Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth?

In this final instalment of Cosmos, Carl Sagan leaves us with a sobering message: Human Civilization has to make a choice between life and death.