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  1. 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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    • 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 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 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • Creating a Fireball - Pouring Water on an Oil Fire

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                Watch Peter Wothers deliver the 2012 Christmas Lectures: http://richannel.org/christmas-lectur... Most people know the advice about never putting water on an oil fire. We joined Dr Peter Wothers…

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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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                  • 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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                    • Why science is NOT 'Just a Theory'

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                      Have you ever heard ‘evolution’ dismissed as ‘just a theory’? Is a scientific theory no different to the theory that Elvis is still alive? Jim Al-Khalili puts the record straight. There’s…

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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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                        • Living in Space: An Astronaut's Perspective

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                          Four seasoned astronauts recall what life in space is really like. Helen Sharman, Michael Barratt, Daniel Tani and Jean-Francois Clervoy talk about weightlessness, space walks, and coming home. Day…

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