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How to design a particle accelerator

5 minutes

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

Sure, particle accelerators are sprawling, expensive technology that allow scientists unprecedented insight into the nature of matter, but how do they actually work? In this stylishly animated introduction to particle accelerators, the University of Oxford research scientist Suzie Sheehy details the basics of accelerator physics, including how not all accelerators are created equal, and why successfully launching a new accelerator is an occasion more than worthy of a champagne toast.

Video/Music

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

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Astronomy

When we look for aliens, why do we always find ourselves staring back?

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

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

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock