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  1. West Mata Submarine Volcano Eruption (2009)

    Geography; Geology

    High definition video footage of the underwater explosion of the West Mata volcano, nearly 4,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, in an area bounded by Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. Filmed in 2009 by...

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  2. Historical Disasters: Black Christmas (2012)


    This documentary tells the story of the Pretoria Pit Disaster of 21 December 1910 in which 344 men and boys died, after an explosion at the Hulton Bank Colliery No. 3 Pit, near Bolton, Lancashire. The film...

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  3. New Town (2016)

    Architecture; History

    In 1752 Edinburgh launched a competition to design a ‘New Town’ for the Scottish capital. The city desperately needed an upgrade - it was overcrowded, filthy and crumbling. With Scotland a partner in the...

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  4. Colour: The Spectrum of Science (2016)

    Alex Hemingway
    Alex Hemingway
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 3x50 minutes), £585

    Documentary series presented by Helen Czerski. Just 15 colours tell the entire story of Earth, life and scientific discovery. The series explains how each of these colours occurs, unlocking the mysteries of...

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  5. How New Science is Transforming the Optical Microscope (2012)

    Biology; Physics; Technology

    Video recording of the 2012 Leeuwenhoek Lecture given at the Royal Society on 13 February 2012 by Dr Brad Amos. There are two rules for making an optical microscope: the lenses must be small, since defects...

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