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2010 BBC Year of Science

2010 has been designated by the BBC as its year of science. Under the generic title The World of Wonder there will be a year-long celebration of science on BBC television, radio and online, aimed at both science lovers and science novices and tied in with events across the country. A ten-minute video on the World of Wonder website introduces the project and what will be happening throughout the year. It provides links to further information on the series and individual programmes that have already begun in January – How the Earth Made Us on geology, geography and climate; Chemistry: A Volatile HistoryARISTOTLE” S LAGOON on the beginnings of biology. You can sign up to an email update for details of forthcoming World of Wonder programmes and events.

In connection with this project the BBC has begun putting classic and themed science programmes from its archive up on the BBC Archive website, making available programmes that have not been seen for years. Some are streamed as complete programmes and others as extracts. Currently featured are fourteen archaeology programmes from Chronicle which ran from 1966-1990; the landmark science series Tomorrow’s World which began in 1965 and ran for nearly forty years, examining the changing state of current technology and putting new inventions to the test; various programmes on Moon Landings, looking back on the Apollo lunar missions; and the Space: Flying Visits series of short programmes from 2005, exploring our galaxy and discovering where mankind might make its home in the distant future.

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