Welcome to the first of our regular round-ups of all things video and podcast we’ve been working on over the last month.
Our January 2019 monthly podcast featured historian Yuval Noah Harari’s talk on Homo Deus, where he gives us a glimpse into the forces that are shaping the 21st century.
With research into artificial intelligence advancing at great pace, we now have the tools to genetically engineer parts of our genomes. Will humanity undergo a radical revolution? Will intelligent design replace natural selection? And will Homo sapiens become Homo Deus?
This video was produced by our very own Digital Team and comes highly recommended. But, just in case you don’t get round to watching it, please remember: do as Steve says, not as Steve does and (spoiler alert!) always use a Category D dry powder fire extinguisher on a metal fire.
In our Ri Talk videos this month, we started by asking the question: What is Regenerative Medicine?, in a talk by Pamela Habibović, from Maastricht University, and Paolo De Coppi from Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and UCL, which was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands .
Next up, we explored the The World Under a Microscope, with Marty Jopson making the (nearly) invisible visible.
From the world of neuroscience, Kevin Mitchell explained How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are.
Mathematician Eugenia Cheng showed us how to Think Like a Mathematician, giving us insight into the ways maths, logic and learning can help make sense of fake news, politics, privilege, sexism and many other real-world situations.
And, of course, the Ri is not just about science – our culture, heritage and Faraday Museum are at the heart of our work and our building. So we were delighted to invite Tristam Hunt, historian, broadcast journalist, former Labour party politician and director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, to talk about What Are Museums for in the 21st Century?.
Although Christmas may be over, our love of all things CHRISTMAS LECTURES continues, which is why we're continuing to upload a series from our archive to our website every month, along with short highlight clips every Friday on our YouTube channel.
This month's full lecture release was 2002's Smart Stuff, with Tony Ryan. The five lectures looked into the molecular basis behind the materials that make up the modern world.
Whilst over on YouTube, we were sharing the weird and wonderful experiments of Neil Johnson. We learned how GPS satellites work and how to measure the speed of light with marshmallows; we observed a simple demonstration of superconductvity and explored why traffic jams move backwards down the road. And finally, Neil used toy ducks and sand to shine a light (excuse the pun) on one of our favourites: the double slit experiment.
We’d like to leave you with what is possibly the most 1990s demonstration of quantum mechanics we've ever seen with this clip from Neil Johnson's third Christmas lecture.
Er, we're not entirely sure about this dancing, either. But it has certainly brought a smile to our faces.