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  1. The Risks of The Everyday - with Jared Diamond


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    Jared Diamond shares what he learnt about risk and everyday life from the tribes of Papua New Guinea. This was taken from a 2013 conversation, ‘The world until yesterday’. Watch the full…

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    • The Story of Zero - Getting Something from Nothing


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      What is zero? How did it come about? Hannah Fry tells the story of how zero went from nothing to something. Once upon a time, zero wasn’t really a number. Its journey to the fully fledged…

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      • The Dreams of an Astronaut - with Helen Sharman


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        What do astronauts dream of? In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space; in this animation she shares a dream she has about returning to space, and talks about what it’s like to…

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        • Symmetry: Behind the laws of nature


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          Symmetry underlines our whole understanding of the universe. And the deeper we look, the more symmetries we find, reflecting our world in new and beautiful ways. Symmetry is vital to understanding…

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          • Marie Tharp: Revealing the Secrets of the Ocean Floor


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            Continental drift is common knowledge now, but when the idea was first proposed it was revolutionary. Helen Czerski tells the story of how the maps of one of history’s finest cartographers shifted…

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            • How to Design a Particle Accelerator


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              How do you go about designing a particle accelerator? Suzie Sheehy discusses how they work, what form they take, and what champagne means to an accelerator physicist. Watch more films in our series…

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              • The View From Space: An Astronaut's Perspective


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                What’s it like to see our planet from above? To gaze upon the Earth from beyond our atmosphere? Four seasoned astronauts, Helen Sharman, Daniel Tani, Michael Barratt and Jean-Francois Clervoy,…

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                • The Magic of Consciousness


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                  Is consciousness real? Could it be just an illusion manufactured in the theatre of our minds? And what use is it – why did it evolve in the first place? Professor Nicholas Humphrey explores…

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                  • Tales from the Prep Room: Argon Ice


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                    The Ri's very own demo technician, Andrew Marmery experiments with the element Argon in the Ri Prep Room.

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                    • Feynman's Building Blocks of Thermodynamics


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                      How Richard Feynman’s classic analogy of building blocks explains the conservation of energy. Professor Andrea Sella recalls Feynman’s illustration of the first law of thermodynamics…

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                      • Colour Mixing: The Mystery of Magenta


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                        Why doesn't magenta appear in the rainbow? The answer lies not in physics but in biology. Science presenter Steve Mould demonstrates the strange phenomenon of colour mixing, in which not everything…

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                        • A Dandelion Going To Seed - Carl Sagan on Space Travel


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                          In 1977 Carl Sagan gave the CHRISTMAS LECTURES on space travel. In his final lecture, he spoke about the human race venturing out into space; his words are as relevant now as they were then. Day…

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