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The dreams of an astronaut

3 minutes

In her dreams, the first Briton in space revisits staggering views of the Earth

In 1991, Helen Sharman became the first Briton in space. Since then, she has never let go of the ethereal feeling of floating above the Earth. In this short animation, Sherman recalls a recurring dream that evokes the transcendent yet humanising experience of looking down at her home planet from far, far above.

Video by the Royal Institution

Animator: Andrew Khosravani

Video/History

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

13 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/History of Ideas

Was there any before, before the Big Bang?

6 minutes

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

Idea/Space Exploration

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

Ramin Skibba

Video/Mathematics

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

2 minutes

Essay/Human Evolution

Sex makes babies

As far as we can tell, no other animal knows this. Did our understanding of baby-making change the course of human history?

Holly Dunsworth & Anne Buchanan

Video/Cosmology

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

4 minutes

Idea/History of Science

The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

Daniel Whiteson

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