TV and Radio Guide w/c 27 May 2013

The science of Music

Sorry for the late posting of next week’s guide. The weather has been too nice and I’ve been outside all day. @MrsDrSarah has collated the guide again this week and her pick of the week is The Science of Music, presented by Robert Winston. I have to say that this is my pick for the week as well, but I’ll bring to your attention a radio programme that we missed last week (despite the constant trails on Radio 4) about the resistance to antibiotics and what it may mean in the near future for surgical operations (it’s not good news), that’s File on 4: Superbugs.

My video for the week is a reminder that the ISS will soon be visible in the UK skies again: Sci Guide from the Headsqueeze Youtube channel has a quick guide on the ISS and how astronauts get there. I’ll also show you this trailer for a film that I’m looking forward to seeing in October. If you’ve ever wanted to become an astronaut, this may put you off: Gravity

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 20 May 2013

Genetically modified Pig 26 (Source: The Independent)

Another quiet week for Science TV and Radio, collated by @MrsDrSarah.

Sarah’s picks for this week are  Costing the Earth (on Tues and Wed) about GM technology which may be helpful for A level Biologists, and Map Man (on Sat) which tells the story of the first London A-Z. My picks are The Why Factor on Monday about why children lie as part of their development, and All in the Mind from last week which includes a piece on research into effective revision techniques.

This week’s video is via @Alby. Science@NASA produce many videos about the work NASA does; although recently funding decisions have required them to cut back on their educational output, hopefully this will be temporary. This video ( describes the monitoring of meteor strikes on the moon, and an event in March this year that was as bright as a 4th magnitude star, easily seen without a telescope.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 13 May 2013

A slightly quieter week for Science TV and Radio this week, with a few repeats of recent programming. The Fantastic Mr Feynman is on again Tuesday night, and the daily natural history programme (BBC 1 4:15 Monday – Friday) finishes off Life in the Undergrowth and continues with Planet Earth. Heather Couper’s series on the development of astronomy Cosmic Quest continues also.

Sarah’s pick is the repeat of the Marie Curie documentary. I’ve still to catch this so I will make sure I watch it. My pick is the In Our Time discussion on Cosmic Rays. I’ll recommend it to my A Level Physicists, but I’m sure they’ll be far too busy revising! The Science of DIY on Sunday may be of assistance to them for their mechanics revision.

I’m going to repeat a video pick from a few weeks ago. It is exam season and if you haven’t shared these videos on with your GCSE students do it tomorrow; they really help with revision.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 6 May 2013

Sorry it’s so late. The bank holiday weekend has caught me by surprise, and it’s  joint effort in collating next week’s TV and Radio for you (Sarah started, but is now in a field somewhere doing DoE with Y11).

Some really good programmes this week, ranging from cats and dogs, to the journey of sound waves, via the story of NASAs first trip to the moon, finding out if there’s life on Mars, with a grand finish: a repeat of The Challenger followed by a documentary about Richard Feynman on Sunday night. My pick of the week is a daily set of essays on Radio 3, which this week is looking at the inhabitants of Antarctica to mark the centenary of Roald Amundsen’s journey to the South Pole. I’ll be setting my podcast player to download these.

There are a couple more daily programmes this week: Life in the Undergrowth, Attenborough’s series on Invertebrates and Cosmic Quest (a 30 part Radio series by Heather Couper on the history of astronomy).

The most amazing video this week was A Boy and His Atom. This is officially the world’s smallest movie and was made by IBM researchers moving individual carbon monoxide molecules. The RI Channel has more information including a video about how the animated movie was made.

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