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The Panama Canal covers 48 miles of waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. When the canal opened in 1914, ships no longer had to round the fabled and dangerous Cape Horn at the southern tip of the Americas. Using sequential photography from 10 different cameras, Michael Mariant’s film follows one such ship on a 8 hour journey through the canal, in only 5 minutes.
Director and Producer: Michael A Mariant
‘Why does life have to be so complicated?’ A school trip to the world of work
Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves
Film and visual culture
A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light
Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second
Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US
In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design
Meaning and the good life
To know or not to know? Lillian weighs the costs of a life-changing genetic test
Information and communication
There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion