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Marie Curie in her home labroratory

This rare clip shows radioactivity pioneer Marie Curie in her home laboratory where she discovered Radium which was widely used as a possible cure for cancer.
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marie curie

She was also the first woman to win a Nobel prize, not once but twice!! In 1903 she won the Nobel prize for physics and in 1911 the Nobel prize in chemistry.

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Professor Theremin of Leningrad demonstrates his music making invention

I love this clip 🙂
It shows some of the early history of electronic music making, with the innovative Leon Theremin demonstrating one of the first mass-produced electronic music devices, producing music by hand-capacity effect on the machine.
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Prof theremin

I was also surprised to see that he also invented interlacing in television and video.. hmm a bit of a sore point for people involved with digital video 😛 interlacing can create a sort of stuttering effect when rendered using the wrong field order and can also lead to a reduction in quality when transcoded as progressive video.
Anyway enough geekyness from me!

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Croydon Road made from German helmets

Did you know that Croydon Road in south London was made from German steel helmets? Take a look at the Gaumont Graphic Newsreel clip below (click the picture)

Croydon Road made  from German helmets

Croydon Road made from German helmets

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Unemployed man auction – 1921

 Unemployed Men “Sold” at auction in Boston – 1921

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unemployed man auction

unemployed man auction

A sight that recalled slave days, the man and dog pictured were sold together for $5

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