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Beautiful chemical reactions

7 minutes

Dazzling macro photography reveals the marvels of chemicals meeting

The site Beautiful Chemistry is a collaboration between the University of Science and Technology of China and Tsinghua University Press, and it aims to ‘bring the beauty of chemistry to the general public’. Beautiful Chemical Reactions is part of the collaboration’s ongoing video series, which features stunning ultra-high-definition macro footage. An eclectic mix of chemical reactions unfolding up close, the video reveals the multitude of colours, shapes and patterns that emerge when molecules meet.

Director: Yan Liang

Website: Beautiful Chemistry

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Finding alien life raises huge ethical questions. Finding we’re alone does, too

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

Going from A to B isn’t always a straight line – but it can be very good fun

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Idea/Space Exploration

To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

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Video/Cosmology

We are born of supernovas – our spectacular and totally ordinary origin story

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Essay/Human Evolution

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Video/Physics

Why the apparent flatness of space is an enduring cosmological mystery

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Essay/Evolution

Aliens in our midst

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

Douglas Fox