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Rough Science - Series 1 (4 Parts)

Synopsis
Series in which five scientists are taken to a remote Mediterranean island, left with only the most basic of equipment and asked to use their scientific knowledge as survival skills to demonstrate how useful science is outside the laboratory.
1: The scientists attempt to pinpoint their exact longitude and latitude using only the most rudimentary of tools. For longitude they need to build a simple radio consisting of a crystal set and an aerial, then require a signal. They also attempt to create an insect repellent from plants.
2: The team attempt to make a flag dyed with natural dyes, construct a compass and build a working camera and take a photograph.
3: The team attempt to produce power by means of a windmill and a steamppowered generator and to build a pharmacy to produce natural remedies.
4: The challenge is to prepare a farewell banquet, create soap for washing up, produce toothpaste and build a record player. The scientists find uses for seaweed, tree bark and ground-up seashells.
Series
Rough Science, Series 1, Course Xs001
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
2000
Notes
Open University series XS001. Broadcast on BBC2 from 26/5/00.
Documentation
Related website: www.open2net/science/roughscience
Subjects
Science
Keywords
alternative medicine; applied science; dyes; latitude; longitude; renewable energy resources

Credits

Producer
Paul Manners
Contributor
Anna Lewington; Jonathan Hare; Mike Bullivant; Mike Leahy; Vanessa Griffiths
Cast
Kate Humble 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£12.50
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
120 minutes
Year
2011

Sections

Title
Where are we?
Synopsis
1: The scientists attempt to pinpoint their exact longitude and latitude using only the most rudimentary of tools. For longitude they need to build a simple radio consisting of a crystal set and an aerial, then require a signal. They also attempt to creat

Title
What is there to do?
Synopsis
2: The team attempt to make a flag dyed with natural dyes, construct a compass and build a working camera and take a photograph.

Title
Can we generate power?
Synopsis
3: The team attempt to produce power by means of a windmill and a steamppowered generator and to build a pharmacy to produce natural remedies.

Title
What can we eat?
Synopsis
4: The challenge is to prepare a farewell banquet, creat soap for washing up, produce toothpaste and build a record player. The scientists find uses for seaweed, tree bark and ground-up seashells.

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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Online Retailer

Name

Open University Bespoke DVD - Clips & Bits

Web
http://www.ouwcb.co.uk/index.html External site opens in new window

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