Documentary is a genre that perhaps we do not go to in a common way to entertain ourselves. Perhaps because we think that in our leisure time, we want precisely to escape from the reality that surrounds us and we seek that refuge in the non-fiction stories that series and movies tell us. However, good documentaries, even if they are based on real events, also tell us a story. Here we share with you the option of 4 science documentaries that you can find on Netflix right now.
My teacher the octopus
In Spanish perhaps it should have been called: “my teacher the female octopus”, because the animal protagonist of My Octopus Teacher, as this documentary is originally called, it is actually a female.
You may have already seen this documentary, made in 2020, because earlier this year, it won an Oscar.
The other protagonist is a human: the South African filmmaker Craig Foster, who we could consider “the apprentice” of this very particular teacher.
Along with him, in this 85-minute documentary that we find on Netflix, we are learning about customs, behavior, attachments and intelligence, from this female octopus, which inhabits an underwater kelp forest in an area of False Bay, near Cape Town, South Africa.
Black holes at the edge of knowledge
Black holes are one of the strangest things that exist in the Universe: we know some things about them, more and more but not everything.
This 99-minute documentary, in addition to explaining more about these unique objects, follows various groups of scientists working to better understand them.
On the one hand, we will meet the theoretical physicists who mathematically describe black holes. On the other hand, the astrophysicists who coordinated the observations of the Event Horizon Telescope, EHT.
The EHT is actually a network of radio telescopes distributed throughout the world: from Chile, to Mexico, through Hawaii and Spain, among other locations.
Black Holes: The Edge of All We Know, produced in 2020, also shows us the multidisciplinary collaboration, since we also know the computer scientists who managed to process the first image of a black hole, which we met in 2019.
This Netflix documentary is worthwhile as it shows in detail that successful scientific work is done as a team.
We can also see some appearances of Stephen Hawking, whose work on black holes was essential to be able to observe and understand them better. And also Andrea Ghez, astronomer, winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics, who discovered the black hole Sagittarius A *, which is in the center of the Milky Way.
If you want to see another documentary on Netflix with the presence of notable scientists and Nobel Prize winners, here you have another option.
Human Nature, produced in 2019, describes scientific and technological innovations related to the technique of gene editing CRISPR.
In this 95-minute documentary, he describes in great detail the biochemical processes behind this way of editing genes. But it also introduces us to the people who were responsible for its development.
Thus among the scientists who give their testimony we find Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier, winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020, for the development of this gene editing technique.
Fantastic fungi, a documentary produced in 2019, tells us the story of these particular organisms: fungi.
Fungi, which are not plants, nor are they animals, they fulfill very important functions in the ecosystem: they are part of the food chain as decomposers.
This 81-minute Netflix documentary tells us the evolutionary history of fungi on the planet and how it is related to that of other living beings.
In addition to presenting the cultural influences they have had on food and medicine. So it is worth seeing it to appreciate a little more these fellow travelers, here on Earth..