Learn about crystallography through watching

 

Below are listed some interesting video clips, webcasts, television programmes and films that explain crystallography. Click on the large images to download a video file, watch the clip, or be directed to an external website. Click on the smaller images for more information.

A selection of videos from the International Year of Crystallography playlist on YouTube


[Ban Ki-Moon]

UN Secretary General launches IYCr2014

United Nations, 20 January 2014 - Video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the launch of the International Year of Crystallography 2014.

"This year marks the centenary of the birth of modern crystallography. We celebrate 100 years of ground-breaking advances.Crystallography is fundamental to understanding the structure of matter. It is critical for materials science, health care, agriculture and biotechnology. Today, crystallography is at the core of structural sciences, revealing the constitution of minerals and the molecules of life, helping scientists to design new-generation materials and life-saving medicine. In recognition of these important contributions, the United Nations General Assembly designated 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography.The goal is to raise awareness about the power of crystals, deepen cooperation and create new partnerships across the globe. Crystallography has an important place as we work for inclusive sustainable development - policies that are good for people and the planet. I thank UNESCO, along with the International Union of Crystallography and all other partners. Thank you for working to help societies harness the full power of sciences for sustainable development. Let us make the Year a great success!"

Category: News & Politics. Duration: 2m 13s
Licence: Standard YouTube Licence


The Royal Institution Crystallography Collection


[celebrating crystallography]

Célébrons la cristallographie !

Une célébration animée

La cristallographie aux rayons X est sans doute l'une des plus grandes découvertes du vingtième siècle. Pourtant, on en parle peu et ses origines restent méconnues. Rejoignez-nous pour un voyage animé à travers les 100 ans d'histoire de la cristallographie. Il nous conduira des premiers résultats obtenus en 1913 par les pionniers William Henry et Lawrence Bragg, jusqu'au sol martien !

Construit sur un texte de Stephen Curry, spécialiste de biologie structurale, ce film, produit par le studio d'animation 12foot6, explore l'extraordinaire histoire de la cristallographie. À ce jour, pas moins de 28 prix Nobel ont été attribués à des travaux dans ce domaine. Et la cristallographie reste un outil capital pour déterminer la structure d'une immense variété de molécules complexes.

Ce film a été produit à l'occasion du Bragg centenary. Il a reçu le soutien du STFC. La traduction française a été réalisée par Julien Le Bonheur, responsable de la communication scientifique de l'université de Rennes 1. D'autres animations extraordinaires de 12foot6 sont rassemblées dans la Science Club Collection.

Published: 2014
Filmed: 2013. Duration: 3m 7s
Credits: 12foot6 / Royal Institution

License: © Royal Institution



The Mystery of the Giant Crystals

[Inside the Naica cave]The film El Misterio de los Cristales Gigantes (The Mystery of the Giant Crystals) has been made freely available by Madrid Scientific Films and Triana Sci & Tech with the support of the International Union of Crystallography as an educational contribution to the International Year of Crystallography 2014. Written and presented by Juan Manuel García Ruiz and directed by Javier Trueba, the film tells the story of the scientific investigation into the nature and properties of the giant gypsum crystals found in a silver mine in Mexico in 2000.

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[Inside the Naica caves]

The Mystery of the Giant Crystals

The Cave of the Crystals (Cueva de los Cristales) in the Naica Mine, Chihuahua, Mexico, houses some of the largest natural crystals ever found. They are selenite, a form of the mineral gypsum (CaSO4.2H2O). Juan Manuel Garcíia Ruiz and his colleagues investigate the conditions under which these huge crystals have grown over the course of thousands of years. The temperatures in the subterranean caverns are over 50°C, and the caves are filled with water containing a variety of minerals leached from the surrounding rocks.

Duration: 50m 53s

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[Inside the Naica caves]

El Misterio de los Cristales Gigantes

La Cueva de los Cristales en la mina de Naica, Chihuahua, México, alberga algunos de los más grandes cristales naturales que se han encontrado. Son selenito, una forma del yeso mineral (CaSO4.2H2O). Juan Manuel García Ruiz y sus colegas investigan las condiciones en que estos enormes cristales han crecido a lo largo de miles de años. Las temperaturas en las cavernas subterráneas son más de 50° C, y las cuevas están llenas de agua que contiene una variedad de minerales lixiviados de las rocas circundantes.

Duration: 50m 54s

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[Inside the Naica caves]

Il Mistero dei Cristalli Giganti

La Grotta dei Cristalli (Cueva de los Cristales) nella miniera di Naica, Chihuahua, Messico, ospita alcuni dei più grandi cristalli naturali mai trovati. Si tratta di cristalli di selenite, una particolare forma di gesso (CaSO4.2H2O). Juan Manuel García Ruiz e i suoi colleghi indagano sulle condizioni in cui questi enormi cristalli sono cresciuti nel corso di migliaia di anni. La temperatura nelle caverne sotterranee è oltre 50° C, e le grotte sono riempite con acqua contenente una varietà di minerali lisciviati dalle rocce circostanti.

Duration: 50m 58s

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[Inside the Naica caves]

Le Mystère des Cristaux Géants

La Grotte des Cristaux (Cueva de los Cristales) dans la mine de Naica, Chihuahua, Mexique, abrite quelques-uns des plus grands cristaux naturels jamais trouvés. Ils sont sélénite, une forme de gypse minéral (CaSO4.2H2O). Juan Manuel García Ruiz et ses collègues enquêtent sur les conditions dans lesquelles ces énormes cristaux ont grandi au cours de milliers d'années. Les températures dans les cavernes souterraines sont plus de 50° C, et les grottes sont remplis avec de l'eau contenant une variété de minéraux lessivés des roches environnantes.

Duration: 50m 58s

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Educational videos


[EF-TU delivers aminoacyl-tRNA to the ribosome]

EF-Tu delivers aminoacyl-tRNA to the ribosome

The result of studies of molecules of biochemical importance using X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy is usually one or several 3D snapshots of the molecule of interest. However, one can learn much more about an enzyme’s mechanism of action by determining many structures along its functional pathway, in various conformational states or various ligands. These many snapshots can placed in order and when viewed quickly form a movie, like a children’s flip-book. This example, created by Martin Schmeing and Rebecca Voorhees of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, illustrates the decoding step of protein synthesis by the ribosome.

Category: Science & Technology. Duration: 1m 39s
Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Historical videos


[W. L. Bragg giving Royal Institution Lecture]

Sir Lawrence Bragg on crystals and gems

A series of six outside broadcasts filmed at the Royal Institution in the late 1950s and early 1960s, The Nature of Things was presented by William Lawrence Bragg with the assistance of Bill Coates. This is an extract from Crystals and Gems, the last show in the first series, exploring the properties and molecular structure of crystals.

Coates recalled Bragg once remarking to him: "never talk about science, show it to them", which is what The Nature of Things set out to do. Like the Christmas Lectures, the programmes were structured around a series of demonstrations and were filmed as a lecture in the Ri's theatre. Although the filming took place with an audience of adults, the series was aimed at children and broadcast on children's television. As he states at the end of the series, he hoped it would provoke "deep interest in the science of everyday things".

Broadcast on BBC Television in 1959. Duration: 17m 22s
© The Royal Institution. Credits: The Royal Institution /BBC