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Trinity

13 minutes

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

The Atomic Age began with the United States’ first nuclear weapon test, code-named ‘Trinity’, on 16 July 1945. The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki occurred just a few weeks later. The following 70 years saw the spread of nuclear weapons to nine nations, including North Korea, which conducted the world’s most recent nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009. This visualisation from the Canada-based artists Orbital Mechanics charts every nuclear detonation on record, showing the trickle of humanity’s most destructive weapon, from its first test in the US to all corners of the globe.

Video/History

An African-American revolutionary and fugitive reflects on decades of exile in Cuba

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Genetics

Chimeras and lightning: a radical perspective on the evolution of complex life

6 minutes

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

Essay/Rituals & Celebrations

Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Idea/Race

How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

Ed Simon

Essay/History

Les Anglo-Saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemy

Emile Chabal

Video/Law & Justice

What is Mother’s Day to a child whose mother is in prison?

8 minutes

Idea/Cities

This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Nancy Kwak