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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Life inside a New York Ghetto

ITN Source have recently been adding clips to Youtube and upgrading their channel.
This clip has been very popular as it shows very rare footage of a New York ghetto during the 1970’s and has sparked lots of debate.

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Hippies in San Francisco

This is an interesting, informative and amusing special report from ITN’s ‘Reporting ’67’.

It features the hippies of Haight Ashbury, a street-wide spontaneous happening, the diggers (including Ron Thelin, digger and co-owner of The Psychedelic Shop) a bus tour, and various other hippiesque lifestyle features including hospitalisation due to bad LSD trips..

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Hippies in San Francisco

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Farmers in Scotland tap into gas escaping from nearby mines

This interesting British Paramount Newsreel clip from 1936 shows the use of natural gas from mine-works in Scotland by farmers and households.

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Natural Gas In Scotland - 1936

Natural Gas In Scotland – 1936

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Assembly of B-29 bombers during WW2

This Images of War propaganda film shows a variety of workers at an American B-29 asembly plant.

The B-29 Super Fortress was the largest bomber to have been made at that time and required enormous resources, constructing the airstrips in China was also very labour intensive and relied on thousands of Chinese building them by hand.

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Construction of the B-29 bomber

Construction of the B-29 bomber

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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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