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A much-loathed aspect of city driving, parallel parking in tight spots can leave even the most self-assured motorist longing for a self-driving car. But did it really have to be this way? From the archives of British Pathé, this newsreel footage from Paris in 1927 is a reminder that for every great innovation, there are a few that end up getting left in the dust.
Video by British Pathé
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
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Information and communication
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