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How are coins made at The Royal Mint?

How are coins pressed from shiny discs of malleable metal at The Royal Mint? Nickel-brass alloy, graphite, sulfuric acid, ball bearings, heat, water, and a factory full of machines prepare these blanks before engraved...

In search of the elusive ladybird spider

The female is a velvety blue-black. The male looks a bit more like its namesake. These are ladybird spiders (Eresus sandaliatus). The elusive, raisin-sized spider was once thought to have been extinct, but UK-based co...

The incredible secret life of London’s bees

How are London's bumblebees like the city's cabbies and the Queen's guard? Get an incredible, up-close look at how bees can thrive in a bustling city, sometimes flying up to seven miles a day to look for food. "That's...

Studying the oak, caterpillar, great tit food chain

Winter moth caterpillars are the favorite food of great tit birds in England's Wytham Woods. Because of this, great tit parents time their breeding so that there are lots of caterpillars to feed their hungry hatchling...

Pop! Hungry caterpillars vs. touch-me-not seed pods

Touch-me-not Balsam pods explode without warning when they're ready to disperse their seeds. The seed pods also happen to be the Netted Carpet Moth larva's favorite food. So what happens when this hungry caterpillar e...

How micromosaics are made

It would be easy to mistake a ‘Micromosaic’ for a painting: put together from thousands of minute and very fine glass pieces, the finished product is characterised by such an astonishing level of detail that makes it ...

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

Aerialist Blaze Tarsha began pursuing a life in the circus arts when her mother, a professional chef, first cooked for a juggling convention. To keep herself busy, schoolgirl Tarsha learned how to ride a unicycle in a...

Making ice cream from a 350-year-old recipe

"To make icy cream... Take three pints of the best cream, boyle it with a blade of mace, or else perfume it with orang flower water..." This begins the 350-year-old recipe for ice cream, "thought to be the earliest re...

Fungi Matter, an animation for Kew

Fungi matter. They connect all life on Earth. They play a part in fighting cancer, infections, and heart disease. They provide plants with nutrients to survive. They can even break down plastics and generate biofuels....

How is ice cream made?

When we want ice cream, we head to a local ice cream shop around town or to the freezer aisle in the grocery store. But how did the ice cream get there? Where and how was it made? This Magic of Making video takes us t...

The spectacular birth of baby slugs

How many different stories can one patch of land yield? The BBC's The Lake District: A Restless Year attempts to find out in their portrait of this charming area in northwest England... including its baby slugs. I...

How to carve a Halloween Turnip

Long before it became popular to carve pumpkins at Halloween, carving turnips, a root vegetable, was traditional in some cultures. This English Heritage video tells the tradition's origin story and demonstrates how yo...

Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery

In 2018, Hayward Gallery reopened with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites ...

How do you play Swingball Shakespeare?

A swingball set plus a city lamp post plus some Shakespeare. These are the makings of Swingball Shakespeare, a community-based game and public art experience created by English artist Anton Hecht. In a recent chat wit...

Aretha Franklin sings Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) and I Say A Little Prayer in 1970

Performing on BBC One in London on August 31, 1970, legendary 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin covers Ben E. King's Don't Play That Song (You Lied). Written by Ahmet Ertegün and Betty Nelson, Franklin's version "peaked...

A pinned insect manipulator (IMp), the Natural History Museum’s LEGO invention

When you're an entomologist who's trying to help digitize insect specimens—studying them, comparing their details with other insects, and capturing multiple images of them from all angles—it can be a challenge to use ...

The hidden art of fore-edge painting

The painting is there, but you might not see it... hidden along the edges of pages. "It's a discreet painting. It's only there if you know how to unlock it." In this Great Big Story video, artist Martin Frost shows ho...

Dressing in late 14th century armor

A video showing how to dress in and wear armor (harness) from late 14th century. The harness is a detailed reconstruction based on the effigy of the Black Prince (1330-1376) in the Canterbury Cathedral, other relevant...

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