Invented for the printing industry, air conditioning now influences where and how we live.
Whilst under a heat induced house arrest, Alistair Cooke marvels at air conditioning.
Alf Adams remembers his small idea that changed the world, with Jim Al-Khalili.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince wonder if we are living in a computer simulation?
The journey of an American 'cold warrior' from nuclear deterrence to nuclear disarmament.
'Lighter than air, stronger than whiskey' - barbed wire wreaked huge changes in America.
How vast mega-stores emerged with the help of a design originally drawn in the sand.
As language of choice for home computing in the 1980s, Basic became iconic.
Anjana Ahuja examines the use of polygraphs, or lie detectors, on sex offenders.
Colleen Murphy celebrates the development and impact of the record-playing turntable.
Louise Labuschagne shows two English farmers how and why she uses bugs and pesticides.
A sound portrait in which artist Graeme Miller captures the poetry of the landline.
The ready meal after horsemeat, why it was good news for chilled but a problem for frozen.
How finding radio waves in space led to the discovery of the pulsar.
Andrew Martin explains his passion for paying by cash rather than by card.
Installing Windows might take 5,000 years without the compiler.
Neil MacGregor with a credit card - one that is compliant with Sharia law.
Sheila Dillon explores our national passion for crisps.
The deaths of 9 tourists in 1992 lead Florida to suspend tourism advertising.
Tom Dyckhoff explores the history and the practice of design in protest.
To commemorate the last wireless telegraph, Alistair Cooke remembers some Morse code.
Show Us Your Instrument: The European Space Agency's GAIA carries a billion pixel camera.
Sheila Dillon finds out how a fast food worker strike in the US is influencing the UK.
Sheila Dillon goes trucking and finds out what it's like to work, live and eat on the road
Aleks Krotoski explores the language that helped put men on the moon and harness the atom.
Pro poker player and comedian Ken Cheng explores games in which humans were beaten by AI.
Could we shoot a laser to the moon?
'Superstar' economics - how the gramophone transformed the performing industry.
Dr Ceri Brenner uses a high-energy laser at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford.
The UK's guilty secret? Sheila Dillon charts the 60-year shift from pot to ping.