Discovery plans to explore the ‘underlying mysteries of our time’

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Discovery Channel announced today that it is embarking on an ambitious television project examining the scientific mysteries of the universe. “Curiosity: The Questions of Our Life,” will be a 60-episode series that explores the underpinnings of space, biology, history and the human mind, among other topics. The five-year program, which is not set to air until January 2011, will be paired with educational content aimed at students in kindergarten through high school.

“Satisfying curiosity has been at the heart of Discovery since the launch of the Discovery Channel in 1985, and this landmark series is the next investment in fulfilling the breadth and ambition of that very powerful mission,” John Hendricks, founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, who is spearheading the project, said in a statement.

The network compared the reach of the program to its visually arresting series “Planet Earth.” The subject matter will be broad, with episodes exploring questions such as: ‘Where will artificial intelligence lead?’ and ‘What is consciousness?’ Producers will work with top academics around the country to formulate the 60 questions that that the series will attempt to answer.

-- Matea Gold