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What makes humans human and what makes every person an individual?
Alice and Aoife explore human evolution, from our earliest ancestors to our journey out of Africa.
Where do humans fit on the tree of life?
Where does the human ability to use language come from and are there any other animals that can do anything similar?
In her second lecture, Sophie Scott looks at the silent communication in the animal kingdom.
In the first CHRISTMAS LECTURE, Sophie Scott explores how humans and other animals use noises to communicate.
In this year’s final Royal Institution CHRISTMAS LECTURES, chemist Saiful Islam explores of one of the most important issues facing the modern world – how to store energy.
In his second Royal Institution Christmas Lecture, chemist Saiful Islam continues his exploration of one of the most important questions facing humankind – how to generate and use energy.
2016 marked the 80th anniversary since the BBC first broadcast the Christmas Lectures on TV. To celebrate, chemist Prof Saiful Islam explores a subject that the lectures’ founder – Michael Faraday – addressed in the very first Christmas Lectures – energy.
In the second his CHRISTMAS LECTURES, space doctor, Kevin Fong explores 'Life in orbit' on board the International Space Station.
In the third and final of the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES, space doctor Kevin Fong explores the 'The next frontier' of human space travel.
In the first of the three annual CHRISTMAS LECTURES space doctor, Kevin Fong, explores and probes second by second what it takes to ‘Lift off’ into space.
Inspired by fellow Geordie inventor Joseph Swan, Danielle George attempts to play a computer game on the windows of a skyscraper using hundreds of light bulbs.
Inspired by the Royal Institution’s very own Michael Faraday, Danielle George attempts to use simple motors to construct the world’s greatest robot orchestra.
Inspired by Alexander Graham Bell, Danielle George attempts to beam a special guest into the theatre via hologram, using the technology found in a mobile phone.
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