In this episode we look at the tough and brutal politics of getting buildings built - who is paying and what they get for their money. And where do we, the public, stand in all of this?
We cross the country to examine how architects use ideas to change the way we live and think. In this episode we look at a crematorium, a law court, a public hall and two private houses.
Of all the poisons in this series, MDMA or ecstasy, generates the most hysteria. Like many illegal drugs, the popular press has done a very successful job confusing the public about its relative dangers. The fact is, there are many more alcohol and tobacco related deaths than there are people who die from taking the notorious party pill.
Where does alcohol come from? What happens to it in our bodies? Where does it go? What effect does it have? Few of us give these questions a passing thought as we sip our wine, beer or spirits. As long as we enjoy the taste and it makes us feel good, the less we know, the better. Right? That depends.
Marijuana is a drug that divides people. Some people herald it as the wonder drug of the '90s, capable of relieving the symptoms of many serious illnesses. Others rue the day the cannabis sativa plant was ever discovered.
Don't drink, smoke, or do drugs? Think you've got no vices? Think again. If you drink coffee, tea, cola or indulge in the occasional piece of chocolate, then you're using a drug. Believe it or not, caffeine has the same pharmacological effects on the body as many of the substances we associate with doing harm.
Is it any wonder millions of people smoke? A cigarette helps calm us down and even lose weight. The problem is, once a lot of us start smoking, we can't stop. The habit's addictive! Why? Tobacco contains nicotine, the drug that keeps us coming back. And as we all know the risks of puffing away outweigh the benefits.
When Oxford University scientist Hugh Sinclair claimed in the 1940's that the fatty acid Omega-3 found in fish was good for your health, he was ridiculed and lost his university post. But times have changed and this documentary looks at how Omega-3 is now being hailed as a panacea.
In this program, Professor Robert Winston looks at the physical changes brought about by puberty. Footage shot inside the body reveals how sexual development accelerates, periods start, voices break, and spots and body odour make their first appearance as hormones surge through the system.
Show the properties of acids and bases, including neutralisation the definition of PH is simplified to make it understandable for the average student. Examples used are the neutralising action of antacid tablets and the problem of acid rain.
Acids and bases are in everyday products. This great video from the early 80s does a fair job at explaining what acids are, while bringing a tear of nostalgia to your eye. Perfect for cringe o' clock.
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