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94%VideoDec 2011

What is the Higgs Boson?

(12:45) Recent results from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) show tantalising hints that the Higgs Boson does indeed exist. Until that is confirmed, physicists are not absolutely sure their best understanding of the basic building blocks of everything, as described by a theory called "The Standard Model", is correct.

94%VideoJan 2013

Sixty Symbols - What quantum mechanics really means

(14:07) Cosmologist Sean Carroll exposes an embarrassing lack of consensus among experts over the question of what quantum mechanics really means.


92%VideoJun 2011

Sixty Symbols - The solstice and the equinox

(11:49) Trick question: where does the sun rise? Astronomer Meghan Gray from Nottingham University tracks the Sun's passage through the sky and explains the relationship between the Sun and the Earth in a surprisingly gripping and informative 11 minutes.

92%VideoJun 2012

Sixty Symbols - Balls, magnets and momentum

(5:20) You are probably familiar with Newton's Cradle, the executive toy with clicking balls. But what happens when a powerful neodymium magnet is introduced?


91%VideoJan 2012

Sixty Symbols - How 3D glasses work

(10:26) Professor Phil Moriarty from Nottingham University explains how 3D films give us the perception of depth. The technology is deceptively simple and makes clever use of the properties of light.


89%VideoJun 2012

Sixty Symbols - Inside the Large Hadron Collider

(11:10) Tony Padilla from the University of Nottingham goes to the mighty ATLAS detector that, among other things, is searching for the Higgs Boson.

89%VideoMar 2014

Can you unlock your car with your brain?

(4:43) Inspired by a Top Gear clip on YouTube, Professor Roger Bowley from Nottingham University demonstrates how to unlock your car with the help of your brain.


88%VideoFeb 2011

Why is glass transparent?

Sixty Symbols regular Professor Phil Moriarty discusses the transparency of glass and the so-called energy gap. A demonstration of why you need imagination to understand reality.


88%VideoMay 2012

Sixty Symbols - How is data computed at LHC

(5:16) The data that comes from the LHC is so huge - it's about a petabyte a second, way too much to store - so scientists have come up with some clever ways to manage it.


88%VideoFeb 2014

Dark Matter - Sixty Symbols

(11:43) Scientists from the University of Nottingham discuss dark matter with the help of a chocolate pie.