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TV, Radio & Events 

The Fires that Foretold Grenfell

A haunting story of five fires that foretold the Grenfell disaster, told by those directly involved.

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History & The Arts 

OpenLearn Live: 1st November 2016

Did Cagliostro really have the skills to channel the occult? No. Interesting learning and research from across the day.

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Bang Goes the Theory 8: Episode 8 - Disaster Relief

The last episode in the series looks at the problems the humanitarian community faces when tackling a disaster.

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A second disaster: Why recovery in New Orleans made things worse for many article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

A second disaster: Why recovery in New Orleans made things worse for many

Thinking Allowed hears why Vincanne Adams believes that the military-heavy response to Hurricane Katrina brought about a second disaster for the people of New Orleans.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Riddle of the Tay Bridge disaster

On December 28th 1879, the Tay Bridge collapsed as a train passed over it, killing all 75 passengers on board. At the time of this tragedy, the Tay Bridge was the longest bridge in the world, and to this day the accident remains the worst structural disaster the UK has ever seen. This album attempts to unlock the mystery of this catastrophe, through several plausible explanations and expert opinions. This material forms part of the course T173 Engineering the future.

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35 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Structural Integrity: designing against failure

The Kinzua rail viaduct, in Pennsylvania, collapsed when it was hit by a tornado in 2003. First built in 1882 and redesigned 1900, it was at one time the highest bridge in the world. The two video tracks in this album tell the story of the Kinzua catastrophe. The subsequent forensic investigation has cast new light on the failure of Tay rail bridge in Scotland 125 years earlier; with 75 people killed, the worst ever disaster to befall a trestle bridge. This material forms part of the course T357, Structural integrity: designing against failure.

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25 mins