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Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Introductory level Updated 03 Jul 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

What is forensic science?

What is forensic science? Creative commons image Credit: West Midlands Police under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
We've all seen CSI, but what exactly is forensic science? Martin Bootman explains.

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump

The truth behind Poldark: Stories of The Great Copper Slump Creative commons image Credit: Tony Atkin under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Mar 2015
If you're enjoying the BBC revival of Poldark, you might wonder how realistic the depciction of Cornish copper mining after the American War Of...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Aristotle on flourishing Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2015
In this episode of A History of Ideas, philosopher Jules Evans wants to prove there's been a revival of Aristotle's ideas about flourishing and how...

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses?

How did 18th Century people react to eclipses? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library, London under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2015
With jokes, with panic, with searches for religious meaning: A collection of contemporary responses to eclipses from 18th Century publications.

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein

Past-Time Lover: Albert Einstein Copyrighted image Credit: Neil Arnold
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2015
This article is part of a collection produced for Valentine’s Day. Who would you select for your Valentine from these iconic figures from history?...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism, while on radio, Matt Pope claims our ability to create tools is the key to our evolutionary...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Surgeon Gabriel Weston on medical technology

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Surgeon Gabriel Weston on medical technology Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
Surgeon Gabriel Weston looks at how medical technology has changed us - and is how we receive messages more important than the message itself? ...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discover the Fourth Revolution with our animation,while on the radio it's historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon's anxieties about the...

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The incredible shrinking chip

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The incredible shrinking chip Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Sep 2014
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

Medicine transformed: On access to health care

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Medicine transformed: On access to health care Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Access to healthcare is important to all of us. Did the arrival of state medicine in the twentieth century mean that everyone had access to good...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Jul 2011
Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 24 Jun 2011
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This unit examines the...