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The Science of...

8 × 30' (GER, ENG subs)
The human body is still full of mysteries. We introduce you to its complex functions of and show you innovative solutions.

The many functionalities of the human body remain a mystery, although it has been the subject of research for ages. In our rapidly changing society, social pressure and influences of environmental factors are steadily increasing. The result: people are becoming sick more often - both mentally and physically. We examine the complex functions of the human body and show you innovative solutions of how to sustainably fight these problems - be it a digital app, new drugs without side effects, or simple lifestyle changes.

1. Sleep
Sleep is one of the most natural things in the world, and it is increasingly becoming a problem. What risks are hidden behind permanently bad sleep? How can sleep problems be solved? A new type of sleep medication is designed to replace the addictive sleeping pills of the past and gadgets of all kind promise to help.

2. Anxiety
Everyone knows fear. It is a natural emotional response that protects us from danger, yet 60 million people in Europe suffer from panic and anxiety attacks. Most of the time, anxiety attacks are triggered by traumatic experiences or constant emotional strain. When does fear become pathological? And what are the treatment options?

3. The Immune System
The immune system is a complicated structure that protects the body from disease day and night, 24/7. In recent years, scientists have gained a better understanding of how this crucial system works. How can the immune system be activated and even manipulated?

4. Alcohol
Alcohol and humankind is a thousand year old love story. We drink to reward ourselves, to relax, to become tipsy. But alcohol is a cell poison. Is renunciation the only way to live healthy? Researchers are already working on an alcohol substitute that allows us to drink without remorse.

5. Dreams
Until today, there has been no scientific explanation for dreams. For a long time, dreams were considered “emissions of the brain" and a tool for processing experiences. Nowadays, “clear dream researchers” are revolutionizing current theories on dreaming. What potential do our dreams have?

6. Noise
Noisy urban environments have become a problem for many. Noise can be an environmental hazard and seriously harmful to health. The world must become quieter again, but how can noise be tackled efficiently? New innovations intend to fight against noise, such as noise-reducing asphalt or the noise-camera.

7. Mushrooms
They are the secret rulers of the world and have much to offer: Mushrooms. Researchers are already working on environmentally friendly lamps, leather or packaging made of fungal wickerwork. Others are studying the healing effects of their poisons. Are they the next step in the treatment of depression and immune disorders?

Episodes:
1. Sleep
2. Anxiety
3. The Immune System
4. Alcohol
5. Dreams
6. Noise
7. Mushrooms
8. Migraine

Original Title: The Science of...
Year: 2020
Length: 8 × 30' (GER, ENG subs)
Resolution: HD
Produced by: NZZ

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