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From the very beginning…
In collaboration with CERN and narrated by Tilda Swinton
The Big Bang in AR
…humans have tried to learn more about the world around us
The very first technology
Handaxes and arrows: humans begin to create
9 ideas that changed the world
The lightbulb moments that enlightened humanity
Charts, globes, adventures and discovery
What satellites see
How NASA’s data visualisation studio makes the invisible visible
Did life come from outer space?
And other explorations by the Indian astronomy hero Govind Swarup
…and invent things that shape our world
Who invented paper?
The strange and ancient story unfolds
Who invented the toilet?
Take a seat and find out
Who invented the toothbrush?
Brush up on the truth
Who invented the internet?
Log onto humanity’s big invention story
Who invented spectacles?
A long-sighted look back in time
Who invented the compass?
Navigate the truth behind the needle
Who really invented football?
Get possession of the facts
Who invented emoji?
The epic rise of the eggplant
Who invented mathematics?
It’s all summed up here
Who invented 3D printing?
And will it really trigger a revolution?
Who invented the computer?
Here’s the story, bit by bit
Who invented the sewing machine?
Here’s the story, all sewn up
Who invented the fridge?
Put everything on ice and find out
Who invented zero?
The notable story of nothing
Who invented the battery?
Power through the story of portable energy
How does CRISPR work?
The lowdown on science’s big watchword
Who invented Braille?
The touchy-feely story of a new language
Inventing the new school: the origins of kindergarten
Who invented the espresso machine?
Wake up and smell the coffee
Did you know… Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair and sat on the first one while writing the Declaration of Independence
Inventing the wheel
How getting around got easier
Putting a spanner in the works
How tools (literally) shaped our world
Heat of the moment
The surprising story of the humble radiator
Changing the channel
The story of the remote control
The smashing world of glass
A window into 3,500 years of history
Giving the people what they want
How vending machines influenced culture
When humans learnt to fly
Take off with the major pioneers in the history of aviation
Putting pedal to the metal
Take a spin through the history of the bicycle
Hold the phone
Ringing in the changes of communication
The uplifting story of the bra
1,500 years of the supporting garment
The story of radio and wireless transmission
Take a rain check
The history of the umbrella
An exclusive documentary with Cai Guo-Qiang
Pushing gunpowder to the limits
But the road hasn’t always been easy…
Why the cheeseburger almost didn’t happen
11 life-changing inventions people never thought would catch on
Did you know… In the 1950s, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were trying to make 3D plastic wallpaper. It was a complete failure. Today, we know it as Bubble Wrap.
Some people even lost their lives along the way
The aviation pioneer who mysteriously disappeared
Amelia Earhart: the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic
The nurse who gave herself yellow fever to save others
Clara Maass’s sacrifice
The scientist who carried radioactive radium in her pockets
Marie Curie’s remarkable story
“I am just going outside and may be some time”
The tragic and inspiring stories of Antarctic explorers
Did you know… Marie Curie’s notebooks emit such dangerous levels of radioactivity that they still have to be kept in lead-lined boxes today.
…and overlooked figures have often changed the world
5 natural history trailblazers you may not know
Unsung women who paved the way for future generations of scientists
The European ideas that actually came from the Middle East
A long history of sharing knowledge across borders
The story of the first computer programmer
How Ada Lovelace traded in poems for coding
Ellen Ochoa’s long journey to outer space
Making history aboard Discovery
Stars of the Muslim Golden Age
Forgotten pioneers of math and science
The overlooked female palaeontology pioneer, Mary Anning
How a Parisian magician became a film-making icon
The story of Georges Méliès
The man who created something in your pocket right now
Self-taught experimenter and inventor of the smart card
A life of firsts
Elsie MacGill: the first female aeronautical engineer
4 African American inventors you should know
The overlooked figures behind things from surgical needles to the microphone in your computer
It’s time to remember the forgotten women scientists of history
Broadly Editor Zing Tsjeng on filling in the gaps of history
Did you know… Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr helped to invent Wifi.
The prejudice-fighting physicist
The inspiring story of Chien-Shiung Wu
Doctor, dancer, NASA astronaut
How Mae C. Jemison overcame the odds to go to space
The forgotten first programmer
How programming pioneer Ada Lovelace was ahead of her time
Rebel with a cause
Sarah E. Goode: the first African-American woman to get a patent
The struggle to find radioactive polonium
How Marie Curie’s legacy radiates through history
For millennia, people have looked up and pondered the big questions…
Hubble’s greatest discoveries
From the Mystic Mountains to the Dragon galaxy
Arabic in the sky
Astronomy a thousand years ago
The sky’s the limit
Women in astronomy and space exploration
Things are looking up
The amazing history of the telescope
Shining a light on the depths of space
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field
8 out-of-this-world photos from space
The final frontier on film
The strange magic of Jantar Mantar
India’s outdoor observatories
The space craze
How astronomy took over pop culture
Mars as art
Beauty and discovery on the Red Planet
How Warren de la Rue captured an eclipse on camera
Combining the telescope and the camera
Photos of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft
A love letter to the ringed planet
How the world’s largest radio telescope came to be
Radio astronomy pioneer, Govind Swarup
Looking for life beyond Earth
How NASA is addressing one of the greatest mysteries of all
NASA’s visual universe
See what happens when machine learning meets 127,000 images from the NASA archives
Step inside a space shuttle in VR and
Buckle up for lift off
…looked inside and examined the tiny building blocks of everything
Life through a lens
A look at microscopes and telescopes
How we discovered what the world is made of
Popping the hood on life’s structures with x-ray crystallography
Oops! The accidental discovery of x-rays
The mystery of the ‘x’
Why particles matter: electrons, nuclei and the ‘strange particle’
The particular history of particle physics
How to look inside a human
From microscopes to microbubbles
Why can a gecko walk on the ceiling without falling off?
And more secrets from nano- and bio-technology
A stroll through CERN’s secret spaces
The LHC and other machines normally closed to the public
Under the microscope
A glimpse into the world of biomedical imaging
…and looked to each other to make our world a better place
How one man saved his village
The ingenious method of rainwater harvesting that defeated drought
Hero of the forest
Almir Suruí: the indigenous chief who’s using technology to fight deforestation
Eye-opening innovations that started with Aha!
Saving lives, saving the planet
Six apps that could save your life
Life-changing services brought to life by the mobile phone
How pine needles could save the world
Harnessing the power of pine needles to create clean energy
How to create a river of ice
Chewang Norphel’s lifelong quest to bring water to Himalayan villages
The people disrupting big industries
Using design to tackle the world’s biggest problems
Weird and wonderful ways to improve our air quality
From kites to cars: working together to solve pollution
Did you know… Volvo invented the three point seat belt and then gave free license to all other car manufacturers to use it