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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 6

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 6

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 6: Hannah Fry visits eBay’s authentication centre, where they are waging war against fake high-value trainers. She discovers how American breakfast waffles transformed our trainer soles and how an 18th-century tea set led to the use of celebrity endorsement.       Hannah Fry is a British mathematician, author, and radio and television …

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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 5

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 5

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 5: Hannah Fry finds out how 1970s car crashes helped us to count our steps, why WWII dog-fights led to a crucial health monitor and how fitness trackers are even being used to catch killers. With around a third of the population now owning fitness trackers, Britain has become a nation obsessed with …

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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 4

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 4

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 4: Hannah Fry discovers why innovations in meat packing almost derailed the electric car revolution and how a breakthrough in camcorder batteries led to Elon Musk’s electric empire, as well as demonstrating how not to drive a multimillion dollar prototype car of the future.       Hannah Fry is a British mathematician, …

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The Lost Tribes of Humanity

The Lost Tribes of Humanity

The Lost Tribes of Humanity: Alice Roberts explores recent discoveries in the study of human origins, revealing the transformation that has been brought about in this field by genetics. Traditional paleo-anthropology, based on fossils, is being transformed by advanced genome sequencing techniques. We now know that there were at least four other distinct species of human on the planet at …

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A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time: Errol Morris turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines …

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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 3

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 3

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 3: Hannah Fry delves into the inner workings of virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, which are now found in almost half of all UK homes. Hannah goes behind the scenes with Alexa’s chief scientist, reveals how secret technology invented to hunt U-boats led to their targeted hearing and discovers …

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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 2

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 2

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 2: Hannah Fry tucks into the tech behind food delivery apps like Deliveroo and Just Eat, which are now used by 24 million people in the UK. Hannah meets the R&D team behind food delivery titan Deliveroo, finds out how pensioners ordering Greggs revolutionised food delivery, and discovers how pizza made us fall …

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The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 1

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 1

The Secret Genius of Modern Life episode 1: Hannah Fry takes a look at the bank card. This humble piece of plastic is often taken for granted, but it’s the digital key to accessing cash and is packed full of extraordinary technological innovations – including some with surprising and sinister origins.       Hannah is granted the first ever …

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The Sky at Night - The Multiverse of Mystery

The Sky at Night – The Multiverse of Mystery

The Sky at Night – The Multiverse of Mystery is a magical journey into the far-flung ideas at the very edge of scientific knowledge, exploring the concepts that today seem like science fiction but may one day become science fact. Delving into the archive at the Royal Society, we look at the dreamers who first considered the possibility of travelling …

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 5

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 5

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 5: During the Industrial Revolution, Scottish scientists and engineers helped unwittingly set off a chain of events that today we know as climate change – a process that is transforming our atmosphere and warming our planet. Professor Iain Stewart looks at how Scotland is on the verge of another revolution: the transformation of a carbon economy …

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 4

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 4

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 4: As ‘natural’ icons, Scotland’s rivers and lochs represent how the nation imagines itself. However as Professor Iain Stewart discovers, the only thing that happens naturally is rain. As soon as it hits the ground, it is ours and we do with it what we will. Today there are scarcely any rivers or natural large bodies …

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Making Scotland's Landscape episode 3

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 3

Making Scotland’s Landscape episode 3: Professor Stewart reveals how hearts and not heads have ruled the least understood landscape of them all – the sea. The public’s emotions have played a key role in the fate of Scotland’s maritime creatures and the upshot has been a form of lottery. While some species like seals and sea birds have been protected, …

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