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Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more

Canals: The Making of a Nation - Find out more Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Find out more about how the history of canals shaped a nation's financial system, workers' rights and civil engineering.

Canals: The Making of a Nation

Canals: The Making of a Nation Copyrighted image Credit: © BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
Liz McIvor looks at who built the nation's canal network, who funded it, those who worked on it and how they were regenerated following WWII.

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...

The Antikythera Mechanism

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The Antikythera Mechanism Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
Our animation unpacks the antikythera mechanism.

The Fourth Revolution

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The Fourth Revolution Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discover the Fourth Revolution with our animation.

Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland

Whizzing in all directions: A history of cycling in Ireland Copyright free image Credit: via Wikimedia Commons
Updated 29 Apr 2014
The Giro D'Italia's Big Start in Ireland is a fitting event for a place always quick to adopt the latest cycling trends.

Sir Bernard Lovell: An appreciation

Sir Bernard Lovell: An appreciation Creative commons image Credit: Robert Alexander & doramusic.com under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2012
Sir Bernard Lovell died on August 7th, 2012. Stephen Serjeant celebrates his contribution to science - and to the war effort.

Does glass flow downwards?

Does glass flow downwards? Creative commons image Credit: Lawrence OP under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2011
Is it true that glass is a liquid, slowly trickling downwards - and is this why old stained glass panels are thicker at the bottom?

Darwin Now pod 2: Darwin in context

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Darwin Now pod 2: Darwin in context Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Oct 2009
How do you propose a radical theory without sacrificing your reputation? Professor Jim Moore explores the social and scientific context in which...

Electric Dreams: Technology makeover

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Electric Dreams: Technology makeover Copyrighted image Credit: OU
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Jun 2009
Let our interactive take you on an electric trip down memory lane.

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Forth Road Bridge

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Forth Road Bridge Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...