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The Science of Babies

As new parents can attest, children develop so much in the first year of their life it's hard to keep up. From the moment they draw their initial breath - itself an incredibly complicated biological feat - to their first steps, it's a year of remarkable development.
October 5, 2007


As new parents can attest, children develop so much in the first year of their life it’s hard to keep up. From the moment they draw their initial breath – itself an incredibly complicated biological feat – to their first steps, it’s a year of remarkable development.

In The Science of Babies, Nat Geo explores the amazing biomechanical benchmarks achieved in the first 12 months of human life. Using CGI, fMRI and other tools, viewers can watch as a baby’s lungs draw breath for the first time, and can witness the heart grow exponentially in order to power this incredible developing creature. Perhaps even more fascinating is the manner in which the neurosynapses develop, creating the essence of what will become a new personality and intellect. This film explores the amazing mechanics behind the initial milestones in a human infant’s life, and even compares them to babies of other species.

Beyond simply being a beautiful film to watch, the technology that Nat Geo uses to help tell the tale is remarkable.

Partners: National Geographic Television distributed through National Geographic Television International
Aired: September 2007
Length: 52 minutes
Rights available: World, excluding the US

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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