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改變世界的新知(I)

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片名:改變世界的新知(I)
           The Quest for Knowledge (Ⅲ)
 

人類一直對知識有所渴求,無論是為了提升生活環境或純粹出於好奇心和探究的衝動,如果沒有科學發現,人類就無法進展地如此快速,正如我們今天所知道的,如果沒有科學和學問帶來的知識,人類將無法想像目前的生活型態,創新和新的見解快速無間斷地融入到人類的生活,我們瞻仰科學家、技術人員和發明家,因為他們尋求新的方式來增加人類的知識,這些誘人的影片將伴隨他們一同來探索知識。
 
Man has always had a thirst for knowledge – whether it be to improve his life and circumstances or out of sheer curiosity and the urge to get to the bottom of things. Without scientific discoveries, humanity would not have evolved at such a rapid pace. Life as we know it today would be unthinkable without the knowledge we gain through science and scholarship. Innovations and new insights are integrated into our lives in ever quicker succession. We watch scientists, technicians and inventors as they look for ways to increase human knowledge. These fascinating films accompany them in their Quest for Knowledge.

 

♦ 人類的祖先:尼安德特人
 The Neanderthal in Us
 
 

顛覆以往思考,科學家在對尼安德特人的基因組解碼之後,得出了一項驚人結論,科學家的研究已開展多年並徹底顛覆了我們對史前人類及其進化的理解。

Man than previously thought. This is the astonishing conclusion of scientists working on a project to decode the Neanderthal genome. Their research, carried out over a number of years, has revolutionized our understanding of prehistoric man and his evolution.

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♦ 新水力發電法:新興的能源來源
 Water – The Emergent Energy Source
 
 

水力發電是可再生能源中最為可靠的形式,工程師正在測試有關運用的全新概念,例如,他們正在設計可利用山澗溪流或有效運用較矮瀑布的發電站。

Hydropower is the most reliable form of regenerative energy. Engineers are currently testing completely new concepts for its use. For example, they are designing power stations that harness mountain streams or that run effectively on small amounts of water falling from low drop heights.

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♦ 環境生態研究:一個物種的消失
 The Silent Demise of a Species
 
 

在全世界5000種兩棲動物中,約有1/3瀕臨絕種,科學家們只能有限地理解此一現象,在喀麥隆,兩名德國籍的熱帶海洋生態學家,已花費數年的時間,研究大約100種本土青蛙。

Around a third of the world's 5,000 species of amphibian are endangered. Scientists only have a limited understanding of why this might be the case. In Cameroon, two German tropical marine ecologists have spent years conducting research into around 100 indigenous species of frog.

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♦ 義大利南部:火山的研究
 Southern Italy – Understanding Volcanoes
 
 

維蘇威火山、埃特納火山和斯特龍博利火山,是世界上最密集受到探勘和監控的火山之一,研究人員希望能夠更精確地預測火山爆發,但是這已被證明具有相當的困難度。然而,他們在義大利南部火山的研究工作正好可以為其他地區的研究團隊帶來幫助。

Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli are among the most intensively explored and monitored volcanoes in the world. Researchers want to be able to predict eruptions more precisely, but this is proving to be difficult. Nevertheless, their work on the volcanoes of southern Italy is helping colleagues in other regions.

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♦ 集體智慧:動物群聚的研究
 Swarm Intelligence – Mysteries of Natural Collectives
 
 

無論是鳥類、魚類或昆蟲,當動物群聚結合各項資源時,牠們解決問題的能力將遠遠超過任何一個單一生物,這就是為什麼工程師和控制論專家對群聚動物如此感興趣,並試圖創造機器人群聚的原因。

Whether birds, fish or insects – when animals pool their resources as a group, their problem- solving capabilities far exceed those of any one single creature. This is why engineers and cyberneticists are so interested in swarms and are trying to transfer their collective approach to robots.

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♦ 保護林木:為樹木尋找「基因指紋辨識」的方法
 Tree Protection – Finding Ways of "Fingerprinting" Wood
 
 

非法砍伐原木和非法交易木材,為世界上的許多森林帶來破壞,科學家正嘗試根據其類型和來源開發新的識別木材的方法,他們希望這將能夠有助於打擊騙子和走私分子的破壞活動。

Illegal logging and the illegal trade in timber are destroying many of the world's forests. Scientists are trying to develop ways of identifying wood according to its type and origin. They hope that this will help to crack down on the destructive activities of crooks and smugglers.

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♦ 風暴研究:氣象學家如何使飛行更加安全
 Storm Research – How Meteorologists are Working to Make Flying Safer
 
 

極端天氣會危害到飛機和機上人員的安全,研究人員正試圖更加了解風暴以便將危險降到最低,德國科學家已開發出能在短時間內預測風暴的軟體,下一個重大步驟是要透過資料連結直接把這些警告傳送到駕駛艙。

Extreme weather represents a risk to aeroplanes and those on board. Researchers are trying to gain a better understanding of storms in order to try to minimize the danger. German scientists have developed software that is able to predict storms at short notice. The next big step will be to convey these warnings directly to the cockpit via datalink.

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♦ 環保有機的化學工業
 Eco-Friendly Chemistry
 
 

將近90%的化工產品來自礦物油,但石油儲備將在何時耗盡呢?自80年代初期德國化學家兼企業家─赫爾曼•菲舍爾專注植物的開發潛力,他的研究顯示來自植物的樹脂、油脂、澱粉和色素可以取代所有的石化產品。

Almost 90 percent of all chemical industry products are derived from mineral oil. But what will happen when oil reserves run out? Since the early 1980s, the German chemist and entrepreneur Hermann Fischer has focussed his attention on the potential of plants. His research has shown that the resins, oils, starches and pigments in plants can replace all petrochemical products.

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♦ 地球磁場的研究
 When the Earth's Magnetic Field Waxes and Wanes
 
 

地球的磁場不只有利於我們使用指南針做為導航工具,它更保護我們的地球不受太空輻射和宇宙風暴的影響,但地球磁場在近年來已明顯減弱,這對人類造成的潛在後果為何?是否有擔心這場災難的必要?

The earth's magnetic field doesn't just help us to navigate with a compass, it also protects our planet from space radiation and cosmic storms. But the field has weakened significantly in recent years. What are the potential consequences of this for humankind? Is there reason to fear a catastrophe?

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♦ 海陸之旅:候鳥遷徙的研究
 Over Land and Sea – The Mystery of Bird Migration
 
 

每年數十億隻禽鳥的遷徙活動,仍是科學謎團,這些動物為何移動數千公里?牠們如何並且在何時展開遷移?研究人員運用最新技術希望能對候鳥的生活更加了解,進而提高空中交通的安全。

The annual migration of billions of birds is a mystery to science. Why do these creatures travel thousands of kilometers? How and when did such migration begin? Using up-to-the-minute technology, researchers hope to discover more about the lives of migratory birds – and thereby improve air traffic safety.

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♦ 自動駕駛車:更加安全的道路交通
 Self-Drive Cars for Safer Roads
 
 

人為錯誤是導致車禍最為常見的原因,出於該項因素,輔助系統和自動駕駛系統已在道路交通之中扮演日益重要的角色,人們對新技術抱有很高的期望:增強安全性、降低碳排放和減少交通擁堵甚至連自動駕駛車也不再只是一個未來的願景。

Human error is the most frequent cause of car accidents. For this reason, assistance systems and autopilots are playing an increasing role on the roads. Expectations of the new technology are high: enhanced safety, lower emissions and fewer traffic jams. Even cars that drive themselves are no longer simply a futuristic vision.

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♦ 生物聲學:動物語言的研究
 Bioacoustics – Investigating Animal Language
 
 

動物發出的聲音,其多樣性極其驚人,研究生物聲學等新興領域的科學家運用特殊方法調查動物發出的各種巨大噪音,這些噪音是否可被描述為一種語言?人類未來是否可能與海豚或大象等動物進行對話呢?

The sounds animals make are astonishingly diverse. Scientists working in the new discipline of bioacoustics are using extraordinary methods to investigate a huge variety of noises produced by animals. Could these be described as a kind of language? Will it one day be possible to enter into dialogue with animals such as dolphins or elephants?

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