TV and Radio Guide w/c 4th February 2013

Dick and Dom in a science lab
Wow, we’re in February already and about 10% of the year gone. There’s more great science in the TV and radio guide this week (collated by @MrsDrSarah). Sarah’s pick of the week is Science Cafe on Radio 4 (Tues, 6:30pm) for GCSE and A level chemists – considering how our growing reliance on modern technology is creating a shortage of critical elements.  My pick of the week is Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom on CBBC (Wed 6:15pm). This week’s episode is about one of the fathers of Physics: Sir Isaac Newton. I am really enjoying this show and pleased that CBBC have made the decision to put such informative TV onto the schedule. They’re doing a great job of combining the history of scientific discovery with the fun and wonder of science; perfect for early KS3.

We have two videos for you as well this week:
  • Sarah has been using Ben Goldacre’s TED talk on Bad Science to help her GCSE students understand why we need evidence for scientific claims.
  • As I hinted last week I was aware of a video being made available of a talk given 2 weeks ago by Jim Al-Khalili at the Royal Institution about Quantum Biology. This new intersection between physics and biology has received a lot of press over the last week so Jim’s hour long talk  is a very lucid and useful guide to the field: http://richannel.org/jim-al-khalili–quantum-life-how-physics-can-revolutionise-biology.

Do leave a comment if any thing piques your interest. We’d love to know if you or your students have any feedback about the science programmes (especially the radio ones or podcasts).

You can download the xlsx guide here:  tv-guide-4-feb-13.xlsx  and a printable pdf version here: tv-guide-4-feb-13,pdf

You can also subscribe to the following RSS feed in your favourite newsreader and never miss a post: feeds.feedburner.com/ScienceTVandRadioGuide RSS

Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on?
Any enthusiastic biologists Life on Earth (TV) A superb series from Sir David Attenborough.  A must for all biologists. Mon 4 Feb – Fri 8 Feb, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists Discovery: Sexual Nature (Radio) Adam Rutherford delves into the natural history of sex with an excellent radio documentary. Mon 4 Feb, 7:32, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) A selection of the latest news and views from the scientific world. Mon 4 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level chemists Science Café (Radio) The demand for high-tech gadgets is causing a  shortage in what they are made from.  Is there such a thing as an endangered element? Tues 5 Feb, 6:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level biologists Survivors: Nature’s Indistructible Creatures (TV) Find out about species who have survived mass extinction events on Earth – what makes them so special? Tues 5 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists The Life Scientific (Radio) Breast cancer pioneer Professor Valerie Beral discusses some big questions about public health with Jim Al-Khalili. Tues 5 Feb, 9:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
KS2 and 3 scientists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) Dick and Dom learn about the geniuses who have transformed our world. Wed 6 Feb, 6:15pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Nature’s Microworlds (TV) Explore the oldest desert in the world. Wed 6 Feb, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Africa (TV) Continuing Attenborough’s latest series, looking at the future of wildlife in Africa. Wed 6 Feb, 9pm or Sun 10 Feb, 5pm, BBC 1 (or HD in Wales) (or on iPlayer)
Future engineers Costing the Earth (Radio) Find out how satellite technology and robotics may influence the future of farming. Wed 6 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists The Sky at Night (TV) The Sky at Night team find out how the sun affects our planet, with help from scientists from the Royal Observatory at Greenwich. Thurs 7 Feb, 7:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe (TV) Explore the scientific breakthroughs that have transformed our understanding of the universe. Thurs 7 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic scientists The Genius of Invention (TV) This week’s episode reveals the beginnings of the international communication we now take for granted. Thurs 7 Feb, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Saving Species (Radio) An investigation into the wildlife of Britain and the Arctic. Thurs 7 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists Lost Land of the Volcano (TV) Descend, with presenter Steve Backshall, into the crater of a giant volcano. Sat 9 Feb, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World (TV) Watch as the world’s biggest otters fight to save their cubs in the jungles of Peru. Sat 9 Feb, 8pm, BBC 2 or HD; or Sun 10 Feb, 2:40pm BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World (TV) Find out how satellites that orbit the Earth have transformed the modern world. Sun 10 Feb, 5:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
Everybody Wonders of Life (TV) Professor Brian Cox asks how a planet of eight million species can have formed from a lifeless cosmos? Sun 10 Feb, 9pm, BBC 2 or HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic inventors The Genius of Invention (TV) The team explore amazing discoveries from our scientific past. On iPlayer
GCSE biologists The Truth about Exercise (TV) Dr Michael Mosley uncovers research that has the power to make us all live longer and healthier lives. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic biologists Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them (TV) A superb programme about our continual fight against pathogens and how researchers follow virus trends. On iPlayer (until Friday 8 Feb)
Any enthusiastic biologists Africa (TV) Catch up on Attenborough’s latest series. On iPlayer
A level physicists and biologists Discovery – Quantum Biology (Radio) Find out about the new and growing field of quantum biology. On iPlayer
GCSE scientists Science in Action (Radio) See how the latest scientific knowledge is being put into real life opportunities. On iPlayer
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science Weekly with Alok Jha A whole range of science & technology is explored in this podcast from the Guardian. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Science in Action New developments in science from around the world from the BBC. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans The Naked Scientists A podcast from the live Naked Scientists radio show – laying science bare, answering questions and interviewing top scientists via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
GCSE & A level scientists How Stuff Works – Stuff You Should Know A podcast (which isn’t always science but is very good anyway) packed with stuff you should know about. via iTunes (or your chosen podcast player)
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. http://www.littleatoms.com/
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