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Smithsonian's "Bionic Man" Documentary Featuring the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Earns British Film Award
Date:12/3/2013

TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The story of the bionic man with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart has become an award-winning documentary that is making the rounds on television worldwide.

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The television debut of "How to Build a Bionic Man" won a British Documentary Award for Best Science or Natural History Documentary. The award was presented Nov. 4, 2013 by The Grierson Trust, which annually honors the best documentary filmmaking in Britain and elsewhere. Judges described the documentary as a "mix of fascinating science and humor." The project to put together a robot using the latest technology was a joint effort that included the Smithsonian and London's Science Museum. The robot is on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum until Dec. 11.

More than one billion viewers around the world were captivated by news coverage of the show. News mentioning SynCardia or its Artificial Heart was seen by more than 180.7 million people in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Australia. Also, most news coverage that did not directly mention SynCardia or the Total Artificial Heart showed the SynCardia Heart in news segments reaching millions more viewers. In addition, hundreds of millions saw the 46-minute
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