The Steam Engine changed the future in 1712
The future then...
By pumping flood water from deep mines, steam engines like this set the Industrial Revolution in motion. They gave access to massive amounts of coal, helping the first factories to flourish. But using fossil fuels such as coal has created a new problem... climate change.
The future now...
What could be the carbon-free energy source of our future? Wind, waves and solar power are important. But if scientists could really crack nuclear fusion – the power source of the Sun and stars – we’d have an almost unlimited supply of clean energy.
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In a world where computers could only do one thing, how slow could you bear to go?
Imagine how you'd feel if you thought you had discovered the secret of life...
How far? How fast? How on Earth? Forty years later we ask: would I have been as brave?
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