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The Longest Voyage

2022 marks the 500 year anniversary of Magellan and Elcano’s landmark circumnavigation of the globe. It was a turning point in history: an incredible three year voyage that opened the gateway to the modern age. In circumnavigating the globe and charting our world, Magellan and Elcano opened the door to man’s next challenge: the journey into space.

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Everything We Know About You

What can be done to minimise the risk posed by big data while maximising the benefits? This report investigates.

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The hydroxychloroquine Hype: Dr Didier Raoult and the cure for covid

To his many supporters, he’s the victim of a big pharma conspiracy, fighting for his patients at all costs. To his detractors, he’s a dangerous witchdoctor with a cavalier attitude to medical research who nearly derailed the fight against covid. In this investigation, we profile Dr Didier Raoult.

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The Future of Flight

Is the Coronavirus crisis our chance to rethink the aviation industry? How can we combine environmental protection and our need for mobility? Do we need new aircraft and new aviation fuels – or should we simply fly less?

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Extreme Constructions: The Secrets of Strasbourg Cathedral

It was the highest building constructed during the Middle Ages and is an architectural masterpiece. For the first time, researchers trace in 3D the incredible history of the building of Strasbourg Cathedral.

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Sunken Eldorado: The New Underwater Gold Rush

Faced with an ever-growing demand for precious metals and dwindling extraction sites, the world's oceans are being seen as a new Eldorado. Thousands of shipwrecks litter the ocean floor with cargoes of these 'precious metals'.

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The Earth’s Furies: Avalanches

Avalanches can reach speeds of 30 km an hour, exerting a force ten times stronger than cyclones. How can they be predicted and their impact limited?

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The Earth’s Furies: Lightning

Every year, 30 million bolts of lightning hit the earth. No zone is spared. So what is the best defence? And why are certain geographical areas increasingly affected?

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The Earth’s Furies: Blizzards

Combining ice cold temperatures, snow and extreme wind, this episode explores the destructive and unpredictable nature of blizzards.

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