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Essay/History

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

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Idea/History of Technology

What the teleprompter tells us about truth, Trump and speech

Nana Ariel

Video/Cities

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

Video/Engineering

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

5 minutes

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Idea/Internet & Communication

Only governments can safeguard the openness of the internet

Rufus Pollock

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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

Video/Physics

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

2 minutes

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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

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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

Video/Making

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

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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

ORIGINAL
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

Video/Making

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

5 minutes

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Idea/Gender

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

Video/Cosmology

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

3 minutes

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Essay/History of Technology

The hand-held’s tale

For centuries, the powerful would never hold anything useful for themselves. How did devices become universal luxuries?

Joyce E Chaplin

Video/The Home

What connects flying discs and good coffee? A lively mind fascinated by physics

6 minutes

Video/War & Conflict

A chilling map through time of every recorded nuclear detonation in history

13 minutes

Video/Progress & Modernity

‘Human might, majesty and mayhem’: a visual time capsule from 1965

13 minutes

Video/Human Rights

How we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’

11 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

A dizzying ‘advertisement for Earth’ shows the beauty and scars of our planet

3 minutes

Video/History of Science

A chess-playing machine hoax that beat the best and helped inspire the computer

10 minutes