SR-71 Blackbird - How to Fly the World's Fastest Plane

SR-71 Blackbird - How to Fly the World's Fastest Plane

During the Cold War, the US Air Force operated the world's fastest air-breathing aircraft - the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Colonel Rich Graham tells BBC Future what made it so special.
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Claudia Hammond's World-Changing Idea

Mental time-travel sets us apart from other animals and brings us many advantages, but can new technology save us from its downsides?
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Emma Johnston on Blue Engineering

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A short narrative video following a journey aboard one of the largest container ships in the world. Nearly everything you own comes to you by sea - which means the oceans have never been so busy.
World-Changing Ideas - David Attenborough - My World-Changing Idea

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BBC Future asked David Attenborough what world-changing idea he would like to see implemented by humanity.
World-Changing Ideas - Andrew Thomas - My World-Changing Idea

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World-Changing Ideas - Richard Hollingham - My World-Changing Idea

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As part of a series of short films coinciding with BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas Summit 2016, science journalist Richard Hollingham explains his World-Changing Idea.
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The most meaningless, dangerous phrase in genetics is “The gene for X,” says Steve Jones, because the more we learn about DNA the less important it seems.
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