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Two millennia ago, the Antikythera Mechanism was used in Ancient Greece to predict heavenly movements. Roger Highfield, Science Director, describes how this spectacular bronze computer was at least a millennium ahead of its time.

Today (11 December) is International Mountain Day, a UN initiative launched in 2002 to highlight the key role mountains play in biodiversity and livelihoods. Dr Julia Knights, Deputy Director of the Science Museum, explores the mountains of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest through the lens of the stunning images by Sebastião Salgado in the Amazônia exhibition at the Science Museum.

When Alexander Graham Bell first presented his telephone to audiences in the late 1800s, he made an interesting proposition. Bell suggested that this “talking telegraph” (the telephone) might be used for something other than transmitting and receiving messages. He suggested this invention could one day be used for something far more important – fun.

By Dr. Despina Ignatiadou

The Antikythera Hermes

To mark the opening of Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom, Dr Despina Ignatiadou from the National Archaeological Museum Athens discusses the story of Hermes, messenger of the Gods, exploring his significance through the artefacts devoted to him.