The WW2 Battle That Gave Us Radar

The WW2 Battle That Gave Us Radar

https://youtube.com/watch?v=xCFPCQ_1WD4In 1935 war was looming and there were rumors the Nazi's had something capable of wiping out whole towns. The British Government feared an aerial invasion and wanted a ‘death ray’ that could knock German planes out of the...

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The Dark Side of Thailand’s Tourism Boom

The Dark Side of Thailand’s Tourism Boom

https://youtube.com/watch?v=HX1I39rTcLcThailand has long been a world-famous tourist destination. But the tourism industry barely existed in the country before 1960. Its origins were in fact born out of a dark passage of American history. Video by Vicky Feng, Tom Gibson, Robin...

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How Blue LEDs Changed the World

How Blue LEDs Changed the World

https://youtube.com/watch?v=idwKHQEw78gNot only are small, energy efficient LEDs used in almost every piece of modern electronics, they have the greatest potential impact on energy savings globally. But LEDs didn't have much use until the '90s, when Japanese scientists discovered the...

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How Earth’s Population Exploded

How Earth’s Population Exploded

https://youtube.com/watch?v=U7l8imwtMkYIt might be the most important invention in human history. The Haber-Bosch process allows us to turn nitrogen from the air into fertilizer for our food. It's had such an extraordinary impact on our lives, it led to an...

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How Norway Reinvented Prison

How Norway Reinvented Prison

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Fb-gOS3p44UPrisons in Norway look very different than prisons in the rest of the world. In Norway the incarcerated have access to the outdoors and they can garden, learn to cook and take vocational classes. Pretty much the only thing...

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The Day Television Went Global

The Day Television Went Global

https://youtube.com/watch?v=gD_8hks7Es0The dawn of worldwide live television can be traced back to July 10th, 1962, when AT&T's Telstar satellite successfully transmitted a signal between the U.S. and Europe for the first time in history. Video by Raymond Schillinger Graphics by Christian Capestany Archival...

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How Japan’s Bullet Trains Changed Travel

How Japan’s Bullet Trains Changed Travel

https://youtube.com/watch?v=yc8SlAiynegToday high-speed trains are comparable to air travel in price and door-to-door speed for shorter journeys. But decades ago locomotives faced fierce competition from air planes and private cars. Then came Japan’s bullet trains. Then This Happened is a series...

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How Scotland is Curing Crime

How Scotland is Curing Crime

https://youtube.com/watch?v=1xbz4_s0xccScottish city Glasgow once held the grim title "murder capital of Europe" but homicides in the city have fallen by 60% in just over a decade all thanks to a radical approach - treating violence as a disease. Video...

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How a Simple Crime Led to Plastic Money

How a Simple Crime Led to Plastic Money

https://youtube.com/watch?v=KVKwwXQS0q4In 1966, Australia switched from pounds to decimal currency. The country’s central bank issued a new range of banknotes with modern safety features - including watermarks, woven metal thread and raised print. But these technologies couldn’t prevent a $900,000...

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The Real Reason We Buy Diamonds

The Real Reason We Buy Diamonds

https://youtube.com/watch?v=GCuwR4_kFQIMost of us presume proposing with a diamond engagement ring is just part and parcel of getting married, but this tradition hasn't actually been around all that long. It was dreamt up by some smart advertising and has since...

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