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Having made many films linked to individual papers in Nature, for the last five years we have been commissioned to make some five films every year around the famous meetings of Nobel laureates in Lindau in Germany. 

  • The platypus genome

    The duck-billed platypus is a truly unique animal; a monotreme with almost no close relatives alive on earth. Scientists just had to take a look at that genome and here they discuss their findings. Watch researchers discuss the fascinating genome of the duck-billed platypus; an amalgam of reptilian, mammalian and unique characteristics.

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  • The Antikythera story

    The Antikythera story

    New interpretations of the Antikythera Mechanism reveal that it could be used to predict eclipses, and that it had a dial recording the dates of the ancient Olympiads. The 2,000-year-old box of intricate gearwork provides a glimpse of the engineering prowess of the Hellenic world. The team discuss their results here.

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  • Ancient Tsunamis

    Ancient Tsunamis

    The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was not the first of its kind, according to research in Nature. Two groups of scientists have found sedimentary evidence for possible predecessors to the 2004 event in Thailand and Sumatra. They discuss their findings here in this 10 minute video.

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  • Sticky tape X-rays

    Sticky tape X-rays

    Peeling sticky tape emits energy that extends into the X-ray regime, reports a study in Nature. The research provides evidence for a phenomenon that was first observed more than 50 years ago. It is well known that unwinding sticky tape produces sparks of light that can easily be seen by the naked eye in a dark room. This phenomenon, known as triboluminescence, is produced by the friction generated when two contacting surfaces move relative to each other.

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  • Mega impact on Mars

    Mega impact on Mars

    Scientists have identified what could be the largest impact structure in the Solar System, created on Mars at about the same time as the Moon-forming impact on Earth. Watch them discuss their results here.

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  • An Indian hot spot

    An Indian hot spot

    Analysis of satellite data and land-surface models reveals that groundwater in northwestern India is being depleted at an unsustainable rate. Hear the researchers discuss their findings, and what this means for India’s water supply.

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  • A flash from the early universe

    A flash from the early universe

    Light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago has reached Earth, setting a new record for the most distant astronomical object yet observed. The characteristics of the explosion show that massive stars were already forming only 630 million years after the Big Bang. The researchers discuss their Nature paper here.

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  • Walking with Tetrapods

    Walking with Tetrapods

    The fossilized remains of 395-million-year-old footprints in Poland have turned back the clock on the evolution of four-legged creatures, or tetrapods. The finds, reported this week in Nature, are 18 million years older than the earliest confirmed tetrapod fossils.

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  • The jaws of the Leviathan

    The jaws of the Leviathan

    The fossilized skull and jaw of a giant, 12–13 million-year-old sperm whale have been discovered off the coast of Peru. The creature, whose discovery is reported in this week’s Nature, belongs to a previously unknown genus of sperm whale and has been named in honour of Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick. The fossil was found in ocean layers where the giant shark has also been recorded and the authors suggest that these two giant, raptorial predators could have […]

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