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From The Editors (2 mn)

‘Human beings are attracted to novelty: to probe the ‘adjacent possible.’ We didn't stay in the caves. We didn't stay on the planet, and soon we won't stay within the limitations of our biology. We...


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Up Close : Ice Fishers (1 mn)

For countless generations, Kazakh fishers have set out on to the frozen Ishim River in the hope of catching fish beneath the ice. The Ishim flows through the country’s capital, Astana, a high-rise,...


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Tashkent metro stations (3 mn)

Platform at Alisher Navoi station Stately pleasure domes: the palatial underground stations of Tashkent built after the great earthquake of 1966 are inspired by everything from Central Asian Emper...


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Maps : Here be dragons (2 mn)

The saying – like the creature that inspired it – may be mythical, but does it express something deeper about our need for the unknown? According to certain sources, it’s all Dorothy L Sayers’ fau...


Innovation : The blackest black (2 mn)

In the black: the darkest material known to humans can be used for everything from camouflage in war to starting wars between artists. Avaunt looks at how Vantablack is changing perspectives. The u...


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Outfitter : Breguet (3 mn)

This new model is the most complex watch in the Marine collection – a fitting tribute to the eighteenth-century genius who founded the company. The Swiss-born watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet narr...


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Futurism : Visions of the year 2000 (1 mn)

At the turn of the twentieth century a team of illustrators created their futuristic vision of the birth of the twenty-first century. Some artistic predictions of the future can seem uncannily pre...


Cities : Megacity mergers (2 mn)

Plans are on course to create a Chinese megacity that will contain 100 million people, in an ambitious scheme to outdo the rest of the world. In Davos, at the start of this year, Justin Trudeau gav...


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Architecture : Extreme weather cabins (2 mn)

Vertiginous thrills and geometrical ingenuity combine in state-of-the art cabins designed for those seeking the call of the wild Skyli: Like an A-frame re-imagined by Picasso, this Icelandic steel...


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People : Alexandra David-Neel (4 mn)

Alexandra David-Néel and her adopted son, the lama Aphur Yongden. Remembering the fierce five-foot Parisian who became the first Western woman to meet the Dalai Lama, and who enthralled the world ...


Innovation : Bio–Mimicry Beckons (6 mn)

A thread that can stop a plane mid-air: Luke Edwards on tech’s nature-inspired future. The next human evolutionary jump forward is happening right now and it’s faster than any before, thanks to tec...


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Adventure : Project coldfeet (3 mn)

Fulton’s test pig ‘reached the aircraft utterly discombobulated. Once it recovered, it launched an attack on the crew.’ A highly risky operation by the CIA to get information from an abandoned Ru...


Up Close : Midnight Run (1 mn)

This is the incredible moment that alpine specialist, Daron Rahlves, tackled a steep backcountry spine in the dark of night, aided by a sequence of 4,000 watt spotlights and a ski-suit covered in 7...


Reading List (4 mn)

The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018 As an international team of women from Europe and the Middle East treks to the North Pole, they share with us the books that have inspired them. ...


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Photography : Rocket Science (4 mn)

Photographer James Maxwell has been obsessed with space exploration ever since building rockets in his youth. He describes how he has evolved his technique to capture a more enigmatic side of space...


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Up Close : Bahriya Ultradistancia (1 mn)

Bahriya Ultradistancia (Doha, Qatar. 2016) is one of the iconic images of the satellite series Ultradistancia. Perhaps the most collected from the Black Monsters Series. By travelling all over the ...


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Kit : The Essentials: Mark Beaumont (2 mn)

Last September the long-distance cyclist broke the record for cycling around the world. Here he gives an inventory of the kit that sustained him through his most challenging expedition. PHOTOGRAPHY...


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Innovation : The Lightest Particle (4 mn)

This summer, the KATRIN experiment could bring scientists closer to the Big Bang than ever before. Found in the south west of Germany, a stone’s throw from the French border, on first impressions ...


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Nature : Living Root Bridges (2 mn)

These stunning feats of ‘living engineering’ predate literacy in this remote corner of Northeast India. In the dense forests of a remote corner of Northeast India, an isolated tribal group have cr...


Up Close : Antz (1 mn)

The ship breaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh offer a mystical allure that is strangely incongruous. Some may see romance in the art of building big ships but this is a nasty, dark and soulless...


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Culture : Living with Georg Steller (4 mn)

Ambition, hope, and the odd seacow steak: novelist Sarah Day describes how a little-known eighteenth-century explorer took over the book she was researching before working his way into her life. F...


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Innovation : Hyperloop (4 mn)

Elon Musk’s one-man technological revolution continues with an ambitious plan to create a railway system that goes twice as fast as the bullet train. The future of high-speed transport could be fo...


Adventure : Life Inside a Saturation Chamber (5 mn)

It’s quicker to get back from the moon than from the depths we work at. Gavan Hennigan is an Irish extreme environment athlete. In his teens he suffered from drug and alcohol addiction, but after...


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Innovation : AI Killed the Radio Star? (6 mn)

On January 12 of this year, Pachet released the first Flow Machines album Hello World in collaboration with music producer Benoit Carre (SKYGGE) and musicians including Canadian chart-topper Kiesza...


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Quentin Smith : Great Escape and the Fearlessness of flying: A love affair with helicopters (15 mn)

‘You can fly for hours over vast openness and there, over the horizon, slowly come the tall buildings of a city rising like the moon.’ Drake Passage is the famously treacherous body of water situa...


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Skateistan and the Rise of Skateboard Diplomacy (9 mn)

How one man and his skateboard started a quiet revolution. Mirza rides down the Jalalabad Road which is known for being one of of the most dangerous roads in the world. IT HAS BECOME PART OF INTE...


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Photography : Unearth (1 mn)

Unrefined beauty: photographs taken from a small plane with its door removed reveal Rotterdam’s ore deposits and oil refineries to be an unexpected wellspring for an abstract masterpiece. Graphic ...


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Under The Ice (5 mn)

'To be a successful freediver you have to be able to empty your mind. Just concentrate on your heartbeat. And bring it lower.’ Magali Côté warming by the fire in the early morning hours, Little C...


The Desert Father's (7 mn)

After three years travelling earth’s deserts for his new book, Will Atkins contemplates the legacy of Egypt’s Desert Fathers. Not all dentists wear white. Like the other monks of St Antony’s Monast...


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Microsculpture (1 mn)

Treehopper Membracis sp. (Hemiptera, Membracidae) is found worldwide. A technique combining 8,000 images per picture. Levon Biss reveals insects as never seen before. The Microsculpture series beg...


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Digital Archaeology (9 mn)

If these stones could talk: the Institute for Digital Archaeology deploys the latest technology to recreate monuments ravaged by war and destruction. Here the team members explain their vision. A c...


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Channelling ’68 into Political Reality : Havel (16 mn)

A PHILOSOPHER PRESIDENT WHO DID MORE THAN ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO TRANSLATE THE ANARCHIC AVANT-GARDE SPIRIT OF ’68 INTO POLITICAL REALITY. Havel at the first public concert of the singer Marta Kub...


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Larung Gar : Seda Buddhist Institute (4 mn)

When Colin Miller took these extraordinary pictures, he didn’t realize that the institution he was photographing would shortly be fighting for its very survival. Larung Gar – also known as Seda Mon...


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Wooden Skyscrapers (7 mn)

Wooden buildings can soar as high as the Empire State – and perhaps even put us back in touch with ourselves Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Prince George, BC. Left: Image provided by MGA. Righ...


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The Doctor Is Out (6 mn)

Will Smith is one busy man. Medical Director for the US National Park Service, he is on hand for anything from treating lightning strike victims to dealing with the aftermath of a moose attack. Th...


Laos : Escaping Mordor (14 mn)

Richard Waters risks his life to chase the story of the Hmong people, persecuted since their fight against communism in the Secret War. Northern Laos’ Plain of Jars is a stark, other-worldly vista ...


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Just Deserts: Wadi Rum Ultra (4 mn)

Of all the world’s ultramarathons, the Wadi Rum Ultra has claims to be the most spectacular. A group of competitors look out over the moon-like desert escarpment in Wadi Rum, Jordan. ‘We start the...


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The Last Sea Nomads (8 mn)

The Bajau are exceptional free divers – the best can plunge to 30 metres on a single breath. Economic pressures put them in danger of destroying their marine environment, but now they are at the fo...


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Final Word : Archive Letter (1 mn)

A request for more ‘importance’ is just one of Steve McQueen’s scribbled demands from producers in the script that went on to seal his reputation. The Great Escape was the movie that established S...