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


[Polish Schools competition]

The role of crystals in human life

The role of crystals in human life was a competition launched during the International Year of Crystallography for secondary-school and university students in Poland. It was organised to increase public awareness of:

  • the presence of crystals in everyday life
  • the way in which crystallography underlies most technological developments in our modern society.

Participants in the competition were asked to prepare a poster, a presentation or a video clip on the role of crystals in human life.

This entry was awarded the first prize in the Secondary School category and was contributed by Małgorzata Pastuszka, Joanna Wiśnios, Paulina Tomkowska, Karolina Tomkowska, Sylwia Stachowicz and Aleksandra Barszcz of the Junior High School in Mircu.

Category: People & Blogs. Duration: 5m 39s
Licence: Standard YouTube Licence


The Royal Institution Crystallography Collection


[celebrating crystallography displays a laser diffraction pattern]

Celebrating crystallography

An animated celebration

X-ray crystallography is arguably one of the greatest innovations of the twentieth century, but not that many people know what it is or how it came about. Join us on an animated journey through the 100 year history of crystallography – from the pioneering work of William and Lawrence Bragg in 1913 to the surface of Mars!

Narrated by structural biologist Stephen Curry and produced by animation company 12foot6, the film explores the extraordinary history of crystallography. To date 28 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to projects related to the field and X-ray crystallography remains the foremost technique in determining the structures of a huge range of complex molecules.

This film was produced in celebration of the Bragg Centenary and was funded by STFC.

Published: 2013
Filmed: 2013. Duration: 3m 5s
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.

Trailer

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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


[schools crystallization contest in Spain]

School Crystallization Contest in Andalusia

Among the events planned for the International Year of Crystallography in 2014 are crystallization contests, encouraging students at secondary and high schools to learn the challenges and joy of growing high-quality crystals. This video celebrates the Final Contest in the 2012-2013 event held in Andalusia, Spain. More than 200 high school students gathered at the Faculty of Science, University of Granada, on 11 May 2013, to put into practice the full range of scientific methods from laboratory research to the presentation of their results.

Category: Science & Technology. Duration: 5m 00s
Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Historical videos


[Dorothy Hodgkin]

Dorothy Hodgkin, Biochemist

In a series of conversations with Guy Dodson recorded in 1990, the British pioneer of X-ray crystallography, Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994), remembers many aspects of her life an work. She is best known for her ground-breaking discovery of the structures of penicillin, insulin and vitamin B12. She was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and is also known for peace work.

Published: 2008 on the Web of Stories 'Live' channel.
Recorded in 1990.
Duration: 41 clips, each a few minutes in length