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Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

Why Electronic Voting Is Still A Bad Idea

Five years ago, I made a video for a channel called Computerphile about why electronic voting is a bad idea. And I still get emails, occasionally, asking: things must have changed by now, right? There’s this new idea, and maybe it’ll help. Surely electronic voting is just around the corner? No. No, it’s really not. …

Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Fantastic Features We Don’t Have In The English Language

Most monolingual speakers think that other languages are basically just their language with different words in a slightly different order and maybe a different way of writing. Turns out, though, that there are lots of interesting features in other languages, some of which English would really benefit from having. I’m going to talk about four …

The Battery That’s Lasted 176 Years

The Battery That’s Lasted 176 Years

I’m off to the Arctic for three weeks. And while I’m gone, some guest presenters are going to be taking over this channel. We start with Sally le Page, a biologist from Oxford University, who is going to be talking about the world’s longest lasting battery. Be nice, be kind, I’ll see you in three …

Julie D’Aubigny and Dueling Scars: Citation Needed 6×04

This is the Technical Difficulties, we’re playing ‘Citation Needed’. Joining me today, he reads books y’know, it’s Chris Joel. ‘Ey up. Everybody’s favourite Gary Brannan, Gary Brannan. Here’s a thought: earlier today, Noel Edmonds was entirely naked. Just imagine. And standing in for Matt Gray, the mouth from the south, Will Seaward. Hello! I’m not …

I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

I Hit 3,000-Year-Old Art with a Hammer

– This is the Uffington White Horse and it is somewhere around 3,000 years old. It was carved into this hill in Oxfordshire before the British isles had written history, so we have no idea who made it, or why. And until humanity invented aircraft millennia later, no one could even really see it properly. …