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Video/History of Technology

What does innovation sound like? For a century, typewriters chattered an evolving story

21 minutes

Video/Internet & Communication

A classic film on communication finds renewed meaning in the age of memes and emojis

22 minutes

Essay/Internet & Communication

What’s so new about news?

The interesting thing about news has never been its truth or falsehood but how it explodes our sense of onrushing time

Arthur Asseraf


How to build a full pottery workshop from the earth up

11 minutes

Idea/History of Science

How many great minds does it take to invent a telescope?

Thony Christie

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

Essay/History of Technology

Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

Sharon Weinberger


How Europe became so rich

In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?

Joel Mokyr

Idea/History of Technology

What the teleprompter tells us about truth, Trump and speech

Nana Ariel


A poetic tour through Detroit’s abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Mongolian nomads building a traditional yurt is a master class in cooperation

2 minutes


Making tiny things go extremely fast is a monument to human enquiry and creativity

5 minutes

Idea/Internet & Communication

Only governments can safeguard the openness of the internet

Rufus Pollock

Essay/History of Technology

Buck to the future

He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?

Samanth Subramanian


How ticking atoms keep ultra-precise time for globe-connecting technologies

2 minutes

Essay/History of Technology

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet

Benjamin Peters

Essay/History of Technology

It’s not all lightbulbs

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way

W Patrick McCray


Make shelter: how to build an awesome hut only with naturally occurring materials

14 minutes

Video/History of Technology

The last day of hot metal press before computers come in at The New York Times

29 minutes

Idea/History of Technology

How Cold War rivalry helped launch the Chinese computer

Thomas S Mullaney

Essay/History of Technology

Getting things moving

The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends

Brian Clegg

Video/History of Technology

Why Ancient Pacific mariners were the NASA scientists of their day

2 minutes

Video/Space Exploration

Fun in zero gravity: the real reason astronauts go to space

4 minutes

Idea/History of Technology

New tech only benefits the elite until the people demand more

Christopher Jones

Essay/Internet & Communication

The world wide cage

Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency

Nicholas Carr


The amazing man who produces iron using only wood, bark, fibre and clay

5 minutes


The invention of the paper bag was a triumph of feminism

Hadley Meares

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

A jazzy 1972 history of the computer, from the designers Charles and Ray Eames

10 minutes

Idea/Progress & Modernity

Why does air conditioning make people blow hot and cold?

Salvatore Basile


NASA’s Apollo missions to the Moon and back flip to new, pulsing life

3 minutes