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By Jamie Condliffe on at

How Do Fireworks...Work?

Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Let’s face it, though, most of us don’t bother to remember the Gunpowder Plot these days, but focus on the fireworks instead. Lots of fireworks. Lots and lots and lots of them. But they're hardly rocket science, right? Uh, wrong.


Channel 5+1 Launching This December

By Gary Cutlack on at

Missed that important, amazing programme on Channel 5 you've been looking forward to? No, probably not. But if it ever does show anything decent, and you miss it, Channel 5+1 will launch this December, on Freeview, Freesat and Sky. [Guardian]

Notes From the Frontline: “So, When Was the Last Time You Shot Anyone?”

By Matt Delito on at

Not long ago, I was in the United States on a short holiday. We ended up in Chicago, in a rather, well, ‘authentic’ pizza place. In the corner, there was a table of Chicago’s Finest. I’ve always been a little curious about how real-life policing happens in the colonies, so I asked if I could join them for a bit. “Uhm… Yeah”, one of them said, seemingly unsure.

Double-O Snooze: Why the Gadgets in James Bond Films Don't Excite Us Anymore

By Bulent Yusuf on at

The title and casting for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, has finally been announced. Enough time has passed so that everyone has forgotten the travesty that was Quantum of Solace, so we're now eagerly looking forward to seeing James Bond back on the big screen, encountering a new threat to world peace and giving it a swift kick to the goolies. One thing we're not excited about, however, are the gadgets.