TV Guide w/c 28th January 2013

Life on Earth – the complete series.

This week is a full week of science on TV so the guide runs two whole pages. I never get bored of seeing Sir David Attenborough so my 1st pick of the week is a repeat of the landmark series Life On Earth which is a real treat especially if you’ve never seen it. It is 13 episodes long and the first 5 are on at 4:15pm every weekday this week. Another pick is the CBBC series Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom. Last week they had a high octane look at the life and work of Archimedes and it is still on iPlayer and this week they’re looking at the rocket scientist Wernher von Braun – perfect for younger scientists. I’m also looking forward to Discovery on Monday evening about Quantum Biology (look out for a related web video of the week next week). The Genius of Invention was full of useful information and demo’s but the format felt a little forced. Still, this week’s is about the combustion engine and jet engine, so should be loads of science in there. Oh and Professor Brian Cox is on for 2 hours on Sunday with The Wonders of Life, about how our senses evolved, and a repeat of his star studded science lecture from Christmas 2011.

I’ve highlighted these and other picks in the table below.

This week’s web video pick is a recent video about the Iodine Clock filmed with a high speed camera: – PeriodicVideos is a fantastic resource of videos on all the different elements “starring” Professor Martyn Poliakoff.

TV Guide w/c 21st January 2013

A very quick post today. Sorry it’s so late; my computer has been out of action most of the  day.
Sarah has collated the guide this week and here are her picks of the week:

My pick of the week this week was really difficult.  Obviously everyone should be watching Brian Cox’s new series The Wonders of Life, but for A level biologists students, two Radio 4 iPlayer programmes were fantastic. Pop Up Economics is a 15 minute introduction to innovation which discusses why the British Olympic Cycling Team are the best in the world, and why if you’re told ‘No’ in science you maybe should go ahead and do it anyway.  Then Adam Rutherford’s two-part documentary on the natural history of Sexual Nature was great, and one that I’m going to set as snow work for my A level biologists if I’m stuck at home tomorrow.  Plus it features #ASEChat hero Prof Steve Jones :).

Sarah has also suggested – The Story of Physics from the BBC Science Club  as the video of the week. A good introduction to Physics for KS3/4.

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TV Guide w/c 14th January 2013

John Gurdon in Stockholm to collect his Nobel Prize in 2012 (Source: Wikipedia).

There is a bit of a biology focus for this week’s TV. The Pick of the Week is John Gurdon on Discovery (this is an edited version of Jim Al-Khalili’s – The Life Scientific) on Monday evening – @MrsDrSarah is setting it as recommended listening for her GCSE biologists ahead of their B2 exam later this month. A recommendation from @Bio_Joe that I missed last week: Baby Makers – The Fertility Clinic (on BBC iPlayer till Thursday), looks at the process of artificial fertilisation. My pick is Africa which continues to amaze with its beautiful footage; this week’s episode examines the biodiversity in the rainforests of The Congo. And those of you with Sky – don’t miss Galapagos (next showing tonight at 7:30 on Sky 1).

To balance the biology on TV we’ve got two (four actually) recommended videos for the chemists among you to watch :  

And don’t forget if you missed Stargazing Live, you can watch Stargazing not Live this week on iPlayer.

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TV Guide w/c 7th January 2013

Happy New Year! It’s been a hectic holiday for me as I’ve been given an awesome Christmas present: a new baby daughter. And @MrsDrSarah, my TV guide collaborator (and brains behind the whole idea), has been at the ASE Conference for the last 3 days so she’s been rather busy too.

So I missed a guide last week, but if you’d been paying attention to your TV schedules and weren’t too distracted by Mary Poppins or Midsomer Murders, you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on the BBC: Africa. This was filled with amazing footage of the various animals and birds of the Kalahari desert and the climax was a fight for dominance between two bull giraffes. The fight lasted a couple of minutes which was slowed down but if you take a minute to remind yourself of the scale of these animals it really is quite astounding behaviour that has been filmed, and well worth seeking out on iPlayer.

The even more observant of you will have noticed that a new David Attenborough series started on Sky: Galapagos 3DI’ve not seen this as I don’t have access to Sky, but the trailer looks fabulous. It’s a 3 part series looking at the influence the Galapagos islands have had on our understanding of evolution and adaptation. The link will allow you to watch the first episode Origin from New Years Day if you have a Sky account.

What a wonderful week of Science TV and Radio we have lined up for you. The second episodes of Africa and Galapagos would have been my picks of the week but it’s StarGazing Live week. Dara O’Briain and Brian (O)Cox are gracing our screens again with the help of Liz Bonnin and Mark Thompson. If you follow the link then you’ll find a wealth of information of things you could do in school or suggest for your students to do to join in. I realise this doesn’t give you much time to plan for this week; I will advise you earlier next year!

Stargazing Live – (Photo: Mel Gigg, Chipping Norton Amateur Astronomy Group from BBC Stargazing Website)

A new feature of the weekly TV Guide is a YouTube video link to share with your students. I’ve decided to start off with a year end video ( from the SciShow channel by Hank Green (one of the VlogBrothers – his brother is the author John Green) where he gives a run down of the science stories of 2012. Hank has a rather unique delivery (sometimes I think he may pass out mid sentence) however he and his brother are veteran YouTuber’s and his SciShow channel has a large selection of interesting videos. Read more of this post