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Lotus, from spirituality to Hi-tech (The)

Series : Plant secrets

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  00:53:00  2010  Color  Sound

The lotus, eternal symbol of purity and spiritual elevation, is nowadays the emblem of a technological revolution. The lotus has always had a great power of fascination, especially because of the surprising hydrophobic property of its leaves: by repelling water, they remain immaculate. When researchers finally pierced the secret of this « lotus effect », a whole new scientific field opened up before them : bionics. A science that looks into nature to create new technologies. From the Botanical Institute of Bonn to the university of Tokyo, from the Lotus Temple in New Delhi to the laboratories of the CNRS in France, researchers, botanists and architects reveal to us the singularities of the lotus and reflect on how plants can offer solutions to contemporary issues…

Associate producer : Le Miroir
Scientific adviser : BARATON AlainCLEMENT GillesGOUYON Pierre-Henri (Origine, structure et évolution de la biodiversité, UMR MNHN et CNRS, Paris) HALLE Francis
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation de coupures de presse, et d'animations 3D.
Commentaire voix off (Marie Christine Barrault) et interventions en son direct (en français et anglais doublé). Musique originale (Olivier Adelen).
PersonnalitiesHALLE Francis
CLEMENT Gilles; BARTHLOTT Wilhelm(Nees Institut, Bonn); COLIC Zdravko(Nees Institut, Bonn); GROCHAL Peter; GAVILLET Jérôme(CEA); ISHIZUNA Fumiko(Univ. Tokyo, Japon); MINAMI Sadao(Univ. Tokyo, Japon); MUDGAL Arushi; QUERE David(PMMH, UMR CNRS, Ec. sup. physique chimie indust. de Paris, Univ. Paris VI et VII); SCHUITEN Luc; SPECK Thomas(Jardin botanique, Freiburg, Allemagne); LE MERRER Marie(PMMH, UMR CNRS, Ec. sup. physique chimie indust. de Paris, Univ. Paris VI et VII)
Date of broadcasting21/05/2010 (Arte)
Rediffusions2010/05/22 (Arte)  
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Item No.2221
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportHD Cam
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportDV Cam
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