TV and Radio Guide w/c 1 July 2013

Well better late than never… 

This week sees the introduction of a new science programme on Radio 4 to fill the gaping cavern in our lives that was left by the departure of Material World. Inside Science is presented by Dr Adam Rutherford (with Dr Lucie Green, and Professor Alice Roberts presenting later in the year)  and is @MrsDrSarah’s pick of the week. My pick is What Makes Us Human, looking at the differences between our species and other animals. 

The video of the week is a lovely slow mo video showing the wonderful phenomenon self-siphoning beads by Earth Unplugged featuring Steve Mould from Festival of the Spoken Nerd. It was brought to my attention via http://sciencedemo.org/ and features some nice explanations about forces and travelling waves.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 24 June 2013

Bad news: this week has the last ever episode of Material World. If you are interested in hearing why Material World is no longer gracing our airwaves and what will be replacing it you can listen to the feedback interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01bqh8t and read the introduction to next week’s new programme Inside Science http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/posts/Introducing-Inside-Science.

This Chandra image shows our Galaxy’s centre. The location of the black hole, known as Sagittarius A*, is arrowed. Source: NASA/CXC/MIT/Frederick K Baganoff et al.)


Good news: the Infinite Monkey Cage is back with Prof Brian Cox and Robin Ince and this week they are looking at Death in all its glory. It is @MrsDrSarah’s pick of the week.

My picks are: Horizon: Swallowed by a Black Hole about the gas cloud that is going to be passing through the central region of our galaxy in the next 12 months and may allow us to map the black holes that are thought to exist there. and Precision: Heat, Light and Electricity

A video collection and YouTube tip this week: 10 science questions answered by the greatest minds on Youtube. This video is an introductory video to 10 science videos by various Youtubers. I’ve provided the links to the 10 videos below:

  1. VeritasiumDoes Alien Life Exist?
  2. Fast, Furious & Funny:Will we ever travel faster than the speed of light?
  3. The Brain ScoopMammalian Diversification
  4. ASAPScience: Could we record our dreams?
  5. The Royal Institute of Great Britain:  Why does the placebo effect work?
  6. PBS Idea Channel: Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation?
  7. The Spangler EffectThe Shape of the Universe
  8. Minute PhysicsHow to Turn Sound Into Light: Sonoluminescence
  9. Head SqueezeWill Robots Ever Develop Feelings?
  10. VsauceHow Do You Know?

You may have noticed that all those videos opened up full screen without the sidebar and comments. The YouTube Tip comes via @MaryUYSEG of York Science A Clever Trick to Play YouTube Videos without Distractive Features. By making a small change to the url of your link you can cause the video to open up full screen which is useful for linking to videos from your VLE or lessons.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 17 June 2013

Sarah has put the guide together for you this week, but I also spotted that David Attenborough is moonlighting for Sky again, with their latest 3D wildlife programme. This time it’s a voyage into the deep microscopic world of insects in glorious high definition 3D. Worth watching if you’ve got the tech!

Sarah’s picks of the week are the Horizon programmes on cats (which my cat watched with interest!) and the penultimate episode of Material World before it is replaced by a new programme presented by Adam Rutherford. My pick has to be the fantastic Rise of the Continents, which this week is looking at America. The series is available on iPlayer until 7th July, it’s well worth a watch, the first episode about Africa was full of riches for GCSE Chemistry and Biology.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 10 June 2013

Another busy weekend infused with sunshine meant that both Sarah and I felt disinclined to spend precious time glued to our respective laptops to collate the TV Guide. However Sarah has done one half and I’ve done the other, so through willpower and teamwork we have another helping of Science based TV and Radio to share with you…

Sarah’s picks of the week are The Life Scientific with Ewan Birney on Junk DNA and the programme on measurement and precision. Mine have to be the repeat of The Seven Ages of Starlight (excellent) and the Science of DIY explaining how screwdrivers are levers.

Here are three recent videos by Henry Reich. His work is an excellent example of using video to clearly explain scientific concepts. Perfect for a foray into the flipped lesson.

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TV and Radio Guide w/c 3 June 2013

Sorry, but another late post. The hot sun on the last weekend of half term made me forget to do the guide, until now that is….

Some cracking Science TV and Radio next week, including a documentary on Radium, In Our Time discussing Relativity (one for my A2 classes), a new series of Food Unwrapped on Channel 4, and find out how Africa was formed in Rise of the Continents on Sunday.

I saw this lovely little video on synchronous caterpillar motion yesterday by Destin at SmarterEveryDay and I thought I should share it; contains Lego(s).

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