Sparks Will Fly

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Science Documentary hosted by Danielle George, published by BBC broadcasted as part of BBC Royal Institution Christmas Lectures series in 2014 - English narration

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Professor Danielle George takes three great British inventions - the light bulb, the telephone and the motor - and shows you how to hack, adapt and transform them to do extraordinary things. This year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been inspired by the great inventors and the thousands of people playing with technology at their kitchen tables or tinkering in their garden sheds.

[edit] The Light Bulb Moment

When Joseph Swan demonstrated the first working light bulb in 1878 he could never have dreamed that in 2014 we'd be surrounded by super-bright LED screens and lights that could be controlled using mobile phones. In this lecture, Danielle explains how these technologies work and show how they can be adapted to help you realise your own light bulb moments. She shows how to send wireless messages using a barbecue, control a firework display with your laptop and use a torch to browse the internet.

[edit] Making Contact

When Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the first telephone in 1876, he could never have dreamed that in 2014 we'd all be carrying wire-free phones in our pockets and be able to video chat in crystal clear HD across the world. In this lecture, Danielle explains how these technologies work and shows how they can be adapted to help keep you connected to the people around you. She shows how to control paintball guns with a webcam and turn your smartphone into a microscope, whilst also investigating a device that allows you to feel invisible objects in mid-air.

[edit] A New Revolution

When Michael Faraday demonstrated the first electric motor in 1822, he could never have dreamed that in 2014 we'd be surrounded by mechanical devices capable of performing nearly every human task. In this lecture, Danielle explains how these robotic and motor-driven appliances work and shows how they can adapted to help you kick-start a technological revolution. She shows how to turn a washing machine into a wind turbine, how Lego can solve a Rubik's Cube and how the next Mars rover will traverse an alien world.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 19 (~3040Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1280x720
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frames Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: Q=0.50 VBR 48KHz (~132Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1.34 GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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