Step Into the Future of Cutting-Edge Breakthrough Science With This Virtual Experience

National Geographic Channel’s new miniseries Breakthrough provides a thought-provoking and imaginative perspective on scientific discovery as it unfolds. To accompany this unprecedented six part event, we partnered with GE to launch a second-screen companion experience. The Breakthrough second-screen utilizes an advanced 3-D engine to create a virtual-reality-inspired experience that allows visitors to explore the revolutionary breakthroughs that are changing our world.

Designed to give viewers an even closer look at the cutting-edge innovations and advancements seen in the show, the site is presented in six parts, reflecting topics explored in each episode of the series: water, pandemics, cyborg technology, energy, longevity and brain science. Each section highlights three to four breakthroughs from the show with in-depth interviews, animated infographics, and more. Additionally, each topic area includes a look at the future implications of these breakthroughs that take users beyond what they’ll see on TV via interviews with futurists, sci-fi authors, topic experts, and science celebrities like Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.

The Breakthrough second screen is brought to life through an interface that immerses the user in a futuristic environment of floating data, surrounded by portals that lead to in-depth explorations of each topic. The virtual-reality-style navigation and motion and touch controls allow visitors to move their devices around to reveal the world of Breakthrough all around them, ready to be discovered and explored.

Supplementing the second-screen experience is a robust series microsite featuring original articles on a variety of topics including real-life breakthroughs inspired by science fiction and the 20th century’s legacy of innovation; digital extras featuring Breakthrough directors, such as Angela Basset and Paul Giamatti; and additional content including photo galleries and clips from the show. For more, visit

BREAKTHROUGH Premieres Sunday, Nov. 1, at 9/8c on NGC