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.

Do leave a comment if anything piques your interest. We’d love to know if you or your students have any feedback about the science programmes.

You can download the xlsx guide here: tv-guide-24-june-13.xlsx  and a printable pdf version here: tv-guide-24-june-13.pdf

I’ve collated all the links from this week’s guide in this bit.ly bundle.
You can also subscribe to the following RSS feed in your favourite newsreader and never miss a post: feeds.feedburner.com/ScienceTVandRadioGuide RSS and follow the @ScienceTVRadio twitter account.

Year group Title of the programme Why is it so great? When is it on? Link to the programme
A level Biologists Discovery (Radio) The sun is reaching its maximum activity. What effect does extreme solar activity have on life on earth? Mon 24 June, 6:32pm, Tues 25 June, 8:32am, Sat 29 June, 9:32am (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17vYqfO
Any interested people The Infinite Monkey Cage (Radio) The popular science comedy programme is back on air with an irreverent look at death. Mon 24 June, 4:30pm, Radio 4(or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/171Y6li
GCSE and A level Biologists Shared Planet: Can we save it all(Radio) With so many pressures on habitats, can we save them all?  Or, if not, how do we decide what to save? Mon 24June, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11fMhH4
Any interested people Wild Cameramen at Work, Sea (TV) What are the technical challenges of filming wildlife at sea? Mon 24 June, 7:30pm, (Scotland only) BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/1aEvTU3
A level Physicists Precision: Time and Measure of All Things (TV) Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows us how we measure the effects of electricity, light and heat. Mon 24 June, 9pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11GvE48
Any interested people Can Eating Insects Save the World? (TV) Different cultures find different foods unpalatable. How would you feel about eating insects? This might be the best way of providing us with sustainable protein. Mon 24 June, 11:30pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/133lr8i
GCSE and A Level Psychologists The Life Scientific (Radio)  Jim talks to Elizabeth Stokoe about her work investigating social interaction. Tues 25 June 9am and 9:30pm, Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/10K9keR
A level Scientists Science Café (Radio) Find out about the cutting edge science and technology being developed in Wales. Tues 25 June, 6:30pm, BBC Radio Wales (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12b6Fcj
Any enthusiastic Physicists The Secret Life of the Sun (TV) Explore how changes in the Sun affect the Earth. Tues 25 June, 11:30pm or 11:50 (NI), BBC 2, (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/18JE1Ec
GCSE Chemists Frontiers (Radio) What is the current state of biofuel technology? Can we use biofuel to run our cars? Wed 26 June, 9pm, Radio 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/14qN3Qt
A level Biologists The Natural World: Himalyas The wild animals that occupy the Himalyas, including the Himilayan wolf and the Tibetan bear Wed 26 June, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11U7L8b
GCSE and A level Physicists Horizon: Swallowed by a Black Hole Watch what is going to happen when a gas cloud get’s swallowed up by the black hole at the centre of our galaxy. Wed 26 June, 9pm, BBC 2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/11U7Zw7
Any interested scientists Material World (Radio) After Quentin’s heartfelt “swan song” last week, Gareth Mitchell presents the last ever episode of Material World – looking at peer review, and how science affects our daily lives. Thurs 27 June, 4:30 and 9pm, Radio 4 (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/10KaCqi
Any interested scientists Science in Action (Radio) The week’s science news. Thurs 27 June, 6:32pm, Sun 30 June 6:30am,BBC World Service (or download the podcast) http://bbc.in/19sY86K
Any enthusiastic people The Why Factor (Radio) Why do we feel the need to confess to bad things we’ve done? Fri 28 June, 6:32pm, Sat 15 June, 10:32pm, Sun 16 June, 11:32am, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/188vI4a
Any enthusiastic people Oceans: The Atlantic Ocean (TV) The team makes a dangerous dive into a dark hole in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Sat 29 June, 8pm, BBC 4 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/19su0s1
Any enthusiastic people The Science Hour (Radio) An hour of science news and highlights of the week. Sun 30 June, 2:06pm, BBC World Service (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/17232qu
Any enthusiastic people Earthflight (TV) A bird’s eye view of Europe. Sun 30 June, 5:35pm BBC 1 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/12WBX8H
Any enthusiastic people  Naked Scientists (Radio) Answering listeners’ questions on any field of science. Sun 30 June, 6pm, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/142zEPv
GCSE scientists, Geologists and Geographers Rise of the Continents (TV) In the last episode, Professor Iain Stewart sees how the largest continent, Eurasia, has formed including the most recent addition: India and the Himalayas. Sun 30 Jun, 9pm BBC2 (or on iPlayer) http://bbc.in/10JBGGd
Any enthusiastic Physicists The Secret Life of the Sun (TV) Explore how changes in the Sun affect the Earth. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/18JE1Ec
Any interested scientists Material World (Radio) The penultimate Material World episode, discussing the week’s science news. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/19sgi8F
GCSE scientists, Geologists and Geographers Rise of the Continents (TV) Professor Iain Stewart uncovers clues hidden within the New York skyline, the anatomy of American alligators and inside Bolivian silver mines, to reconstruct how North and South America were created. On iPlayer http://bbc.in/16qr6D0
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) http://bit.ly/YjZzfz
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) http://bbc.in/VUMQ7E
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) http://bit.ly/WdpFnZ
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) http://bit.ly/Zsz6AW
Any enthusiastic podcast fans Little Atoms Podcast A podcast from the live Little Atoms talk show. http://www.littleatoms.com/ http://bit.ly/ZAnbPa

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