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To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery
To Infinity and Beyond: BBC Untangles the Most Exponential Mystery

‘There are infinitely many infinities, each one infinitely bigger than the last.’

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No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy
No Ordinary Genius: BBC Captures Richard Feynman’s Legacy

Explaining the scientific process with chess, or why childlike wonder is key to getting unstuck in science.

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BBC’s Volatile History of Chemistry
BBC’s Volatile History of Chemistry

How the elements came to be, or what alchemy and urine have to do with the God particle.

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You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works
You’re a Wonder: How Your Ear Works

Why temporary deafness is good for you, or what sound waves have to do with the smallest bone in the body.

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Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary
Ai Weiwei: Without Fear or Favour, a BBC Documentary

Exploring the role of art as an agent of change, or what 100 million porcelain seeds have to do with Twitter.

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How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics
How Long Is a Piece of String? BBC and Comedian Alan Davies Explore Quantum Mechanics

Making sense of 319.44 millimeters of infinity.

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The Silver Fox Experiment: How Dogs Became Dogs
The Silver Fox Experiment: How Dogs Became Dogs

Half a century of Siberian science, or why your furry best friend is really a developmentally stunted wolf.

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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Future in 1964, Gets It Oddly Right
Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Future in 1964, Gets It Oddly Right

How to walk the line between futurism and absurdity, or why the satellite is more important than the A-bomb.

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Do You See What I See? BBC on the Subjectivity of Color Perception
Do You See What I See? BBC on the Subjectivity of Color Perception

Why you should wear red on your next date, or what an African tribe can teach us about the color of water.

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