TV and Radio Guide w/c 11th February 2013

Horizon: How big is the Universe?

It’s a relatively quiet week for science on the TV and Radio this week. The re-run of Life on Earth at 4:15 every day is drawing to a close and picking up with The Living Planet. These are well worth a watch if you haven’t seen them (I have them all on DVD so can peruse at my leisure).  My pick of the week is Horizon: How Big is the Universe. Our Philosophy & Ethics department are teaching scientific and religious explanations for the universe at the moment, so this may be one for them to look at. 

My video for the week is a new SixtySymbols video (by Brady who films the PeriodicVideos) about what it’s like to work in CERN : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0SKDXwHKkA (check out the links at the end of the video for more videos on CERN and the LHC).

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-11-feb-13.xslx  and a printable pdf version here: tv-guide-11-feb-13.pdf

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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 11 Feb – Wed 13 Feb, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
KS2 and 3 biologists Deadly Misson Madagascar (TV) A CBBC series look at conservation on the island of Madagascar Mon 11 Feb – Fri 15 Feb, 4:30pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) A TB vaccine, satellites, studying Lake Ellsworth in Antarctica. Mon 11 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
A level biologists Discovery: Sexual Nature (Radio) How did sex begin and why do so many species keep doing it? Mon 11 Feb, 7:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level chemists Science Café (Radio) The history of the computer from the 1950s to the  Raspberry Pi Tues 12 Feb, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer)
GCSE and A level biologists Survivors: Nature’s Indistructible Creatures (TV) Find out how some species managed to survive the ice-age that began 2.8 million years ago. Tues 12 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
KS2 and 3 scientists Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom (TV) This week Dick and Dom turn their attention to the electrical genius Michael Faraday. Wed 13 Feb, 6:15pm, CBBC (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Nature’s Microworlds (TV) The Yellowstone National Park. There is a surpising link between the fortunes of the different species in this habitat. Wed 13 Feb, 8:30pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Future engineers Costing the Earth (Radio) When nettles attack!!! Wed 13 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists The Living Planet (TV) Another great series from Sir David Attenborough. Thu 14 Feb – Fri 15 Feb, 4:15pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer)
A level scientists Material World (Radio) Quentin Cooper investigates the science in the news. Thurs 14 Feb, 4:30pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic physicists Horizon: How Big is the Universe? (TV) Creating the map of everything that exists in the universe. Thurs 14 Feb, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic scientists The Genius of Invention (TV) The Visual Image: The development of photography and the moving image. Thurs 14 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 14 Feb, 9pm, BBC Radio 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World: The dolphins of Shark Bay  (TV) An insight into the lives of the bottlenose dolphin. Sat 16 Feb, 5pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World: Unnatural History of London (TV) Badgers, foxes to seals and parakeets: London’s wildlife investigated. Sat 16 Feb, 7pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer)
Any enthusiastic biologists Natural World: Flight of the Rhino (TV) Saving rhinos in South Africa by helicopter! Sat 16 Feb, 8:30pm, BBC HD (or on iPlayer)
Everybody Wonders of Life: Size Matters (TV) Professor Brian Cox asks how does size affect how different species behave and survive? Sun 17 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 15 Feb)
Any enthusiastic biologists Africa (TV) Catch up on Attenborough’s latest series. 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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