[NetGeo Wild Documentary]
“Two part mini-series follows the journeys of two different groups of modern humans as they encounter other human species. The first group encounters Homo erectus and is forced to cross the Thar Desert to reach the sea. The second group encounters Neanderthals in Europe. “
“Nothing is more fascinating to us than, well, us. Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA’s comprehensive, three-part special, “Becoming Human,” examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors.
Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a CSI-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. The programs were shot “in the trenches” where discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe. Dry bones spring back to life with stunning computer-generated animation and prosthetics. Fossils not only give us clues to what early hominids looked like, but, with the aid of ingenious new lab techniques, how they lived and how we became the creative, thinking humans of today.
Where did we come from? What makes us human? An explosion of recent discoveries sheds light on these questions, and NOVA’s comprehensive, three-part special, “Becoming Human,” examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives.
Part 1, “First Steps,” examines the factors that caused us to split from the other great apes. The program explores the fossil of “Selam,” also known as “Lucy’s Child.” Paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged spent five years carefully excavating the sandstone-embedded fossil. NOVA’s cameras are there to capture the unveiling of the face, spine, and shoulder blades of this 3.3 million-year-old fossil child. And NOVA takes viewers “inside the skull” to show how our ancestors’ brains had begun to change from those of the apes.
Why did leaps in human evolution take place? “First Steps” explores a provocative “big idea” that sharp swings of climate were a key factor.”
“View a screening of Jean Michel Basquait: The Radiant Child at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD). Following the film, a panel of academics and artists discuss the enduring impact of this legendary artist.”
“Almost everyone knows about Dubai and its vast expanse of riches. The city is a part of the United Arab Emirates and has been synonymous with oil for the major part of the last century. Most people think that Dubai became rich due to it being a part of the Gulf, the oil well of the world, but the major part of around a $100 billion revenue of the state comes from prosperous areas like real estate, airlines and ports. Oil comprises only seven percent of the total revenue whereas the rest of the income comes from heavy investments in industries and land.
The reason behind the progressive development of the state can be due to the western methods that have been adopted by Dubai rulers. In the early 1980’s, it was understood that Dubai would not be able to last long in the competitive race if the focus was only given to oil resources. Thus foundations were laid for investments in real estate that are now the major backbone of the Arab economy. In the year 2000, the majority of property development started taking place in the vicinity. This gave a fresh impetus to the economy and literally led to a boom.
In the year 2000, the world saw the opening of the Dubai Internet City. This invited global clients from all arenas and helped Dubai’s businesses to leverage. The InfoTech hub was completely tax free and attracted lots of investors. The 2003 boom led many foreign investors to notice the emirates and then plan to invest there. The best part about the property rules at that was that property owners could only own their respective properties for a period of ninety-nine years and hence there was nothing called freehold rule. It was during this time that major buildings like the Burj Khalifa constructed by Emaar properties, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Village and Burj Al-Arab, the World’s most expensive hotel and other such projects came underway.”