When medieval alchemists staged spectacular stunts in front of royalty they never revealed the secrets of their mystical potions and fire-breathing creations. Today's chemists can perform equally impressive feats, but they do so to explain our material world. Watch Peter Wothers in our 2012 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.
Inside each and every one of us is the most marvellous structure in the known universe – the human brain. Our brains make us who we are, yet how they work has long been a mystery. But in the last few years, science has started to reveal this hidden and complex world. Watch Bruce Hood in our 2011 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.
From the very large to the very small, size is an important factor for both living and non-living matter. Discover why hamsters fare better than humans when jumping from the top of a skyscraper and how ants can lift many times their own body weight. Watch Mark Miodownik in our 2010 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.
Over the past 300 million years, plants have had to put up a fight against everything from dinosaurs to hungry caterpillars. And much of our daily lives – from our food to our drugs – can be explained as a by-product of this great war. Watch Sue Hartley in our 2009 CHRISTMAS LECTURE.