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  1. The Wildlife Trust Webcams Streaming

    Link
    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/webcams
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Biology, Nature
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download, Web Links

    Wildlife on webcams offers live footage of intriguing behaviours: from courtship, nesting and hatching to a view of the first weeks of a chick’s life. This unrivaled moving image material is provided by the Wildlife Trusts across the British Isles. The webcams may not be available all year-round. At present (June 2018) it includes Alderney’s seabirds", Peregrines nesting in Derby Cathedral, Nesting barn owls, Cumbria’s only grey seal, Welsh ospreys, Rutland’s nesting ospreys, Puffins on the island of Burhou, Scotland’s red squirrels and many more. Of particular educative value within the website is the section Species, which offers very detailed information on each specific animal or plant. For example, under Amphibians we can look at the Common Frog and find out information regarding its average length, weight and lifespan; details of conservation status, habitats and geographical distribution, and how to identify them.

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  2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Streaming

    Link
    https://www.youtube.com/user/kewgardens/playlists
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Biology, Botany, Nature
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Archives/Museums, Streaming/Download, Video Sources

    The official Kew Gardens YouTube channel includes a selection of short films, which offer a unique insight into the scientific research and global conservation taking place there. Beyond the Gardens includes ten films tackling themes such as The Future of Taxonomy, The Plant Family Tree and The Fungarium; Plant Kingdom consists of 35 films, including the first known instance of a cricket as an orchid pollinator captured on film by a Kew scientist; and the 15 shorts in Inside the Millennium Seed Bank, focus on global plants which are faced with the threat of extinction.

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  3. Speedy Science Streaming

    Link
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5VwXQiaY1IKHnc1B7FWSesu6xxg9vU0w
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Astronomy, General Science, Physics
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download, Technology

    A series produced by Imperial College London, which looks at different aspects of science in hour-long videos. Themes so far include: Why does Saturn have rings?, What are stars made of? Are we alone? What is between the stars? and What causes auroras?

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  4. Wytham Woods: the Laboratory with Leaves Streaming

    Link
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/content/wytham-woods-laboratory-leaves
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Biology, Botany, Environmental Studies, General Science, Nature
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download, Video Sources

    An on-going series of videos offering a behind-the-scenes insight into the cutting-edge research taking place in Wytham Woods, which is considered to be the most studied piece of woodland on earth. Episodes present the viewer with some extraordinary minds and great characters and so far include: Wytham Through the Ages, Birds, The Forest, Art, The Fen, Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Fire in the Woods, Moths, Small mammals, The Father of Ecology, Tech in the Woods, Walls and Badgers.

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  5. The Agora Institute Streaming

    Link
    http://agora.jhu.edu/
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Law, Media Studies, Medicine, Social Studies
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Funding, Streaming/Download

    The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is an international philanthropic organisation which funds projects in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. Among these projects is The Agora Institute, at Johns Hopkins University, a multidisciplinary centre that aims to serve as a forum for bringing together experts from the fields of political science, sociology, history, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and ethics to examine the dynamics of civic discourse and design and test means for improving open dialogue, civic engagement, and democratic governance. The series Dialogues are monthly events/discussion about specific issues and can be watched via the SNFcasts. Themes covered so far include Stereotypes, Eros, Journalism in a time of Crisis and Crisis in Journalism, and Enhancing the Health Sector in Greece.

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  6. Mathematical beginnings Streaming

    Link
    http://www.foster77.co.uk/mathematicalbeginnings/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Mathematics
    Type of resource
    Web Links

    How many streets or place names near you use a mathematical term? Freedom Square, Polygon Road…this website offers a collection of 46 starting points for rich mathematical activity in the classroom. The site lists each of these activities via an intriguing title (e.g. Beach, Polygon Road, Tissues, Coffee cards). It then links the title to three further pages: the ‘beginning’ page, which is an image illustrating the concept behind the title, a ‘prompt’, which offers suggestions for students to start asking mathematical questions, and a ‘teacher’s notes’ page which helps teachers to identify possible problem-solving contexts. The brains behind this practical site is Dr Colin Foster, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education at the University of Nottingham, and with this website he shares his enthusiasm for the art of effective questioning.

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  7. Futurism Streaming

    Link
    https://futurism.com/
    Category
    Bio-Medical, Science and Technology
    Subject
    Chemistry, Computing, Dentistry, Engineering, General Science, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Psychiatry, Sports Science, Technology
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Producers/Broadcasters, Web Links

    A digital media company that reports on the latest ground-breaking discoveries in the fields of science and technology. The content is presented as News, Infographics or Videos, and the themes covered include: Advance Transport (Flying Cars, The Hyperloop, Space Planes, Self-Driving Vehicles, Jetpacks, High-Speed Rail), Hard Science (Astrophysics, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Quantum Mechanics, Polymer Chemistry, Computational Theory), Artificial Intelligence (Singularity, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Turing Tests, Speech Recognition, Computer Vision), Earth & Energy (Nuclear Fusion, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Floating Wind Farms, Electric Cars, Climate Change, Cloud Seeding, Environmental Engineering), Enhanced Humans (Biohacking, CRISPR, NeuroTech, Humanity+, Brain-Controlled Prosthetics, MedTech, Bionics, Augmentation, 3D Printed Organs), Future Society (Universal Basic Income, Workforce Automation, Lab-Grown Meat, Blockchain, Bitcoin, SmartCities, Future Careers, Political Policy), Health & Medicine (Antibiotic Resistance, Vaccines, Lifesaving Clinical Trials and Treatments, New Disease), Off World (SpaceX, Orbital, NASA, International Space Station, Mars Colonization, Micro-Satellites, Fermi Paradox, Interstellar Travel), Robots & Machines (Supercomputers, Drones, 3D Printers, Transformative Gadgets, Humanoid Robots, Quantum Computing), Sci-Fi Visions (Time Travel, Wormholes, Alternate Universes, The Simulation Hypothesis, Moonshots, Artistic Visions of the Future) and Virtuality (Holograms, Augmented Reality, VR Gaming, Sensory Suits, 360-Degree Videos, Digital Simulations).

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  8. PBS Space Time Streaming

    Link
    https://www.pbs.org/show/pbs-space-time/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Astronomy, Physics
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Producers/Broadcasters

    A web series hosted by astrophysics professor Matthew O’Dowd which explores abstract concepts in physics and astronomy using a light touch approach. Each episode runs between six and 15 minutes and can be accessed via the Space Time YouTube channel. In Zero-Point Energy Demystified, for example, O’Dowd explains what this type of energy can and can’t do; in Understanding the Uncertainty Principle with Quantum Fourier he describes how "intuitive, large-scale phenomena can give us incredible insights into the extremely unintuitive world of quantum mechanics”.

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  9. The Conversation Streaming

    Link
    https://theconversation.com/uk
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    Current Affairs, Economics, Education, Medicine, Nature, Politics and Government, Sports Science, Technology
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Producers/Broadcasters, Streaming/Download

    An independent news website sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. The Conversation launched in Australia in March 2011 and in the UK in May 2013. It is a not for profit educational entity, funded by universities, that aims to rebuild trust in journalism by providing independent, high quality and authenticated information. The articles, written by academics and researchers with some help from professional journalists, are organised by subject areas like in any online version of a broadsheet newspaper: Arts & Culture, Business & Economy, Education, Environment & Energy, Science & Technology, etc. Interestingly, each article displays a disclosure statement indicating the author’s funding and any potential conflict of interest. The Fact Check UK section includes the statement being checked (e.g. ‘Is freezing eggs really ‘extremely unsuccessful’?), the link to its original source, a Verdict and a Review by an academic who gives his/her opinion on whether and why the author of the statement is right or wrong.

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  10. The Anthill Streaming

    Link
    https://theconversation.com/uk/podcasts/the-anthill
    Category
    Arts and Humanities, Bio-Medical, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
    Subject
    General Science, Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Studies, Technology
    Medium
    Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Podcasting, Streaming/Download

    The Anthill is The Conversation UK’s podcast service devoted to bring to light some of the best research from the world of academia. Each episode, which lasts around 45 minutes, focuses on a theme and invites academics from different disciplines to share their expertise on it. Themes explored so far include Time, Humour, The Future, Memory, Unexplored places, Games and Dark matter. The podcasts, co-hosted by two experienced content editors from The Conversation, are recorded in the studios of the Department of Journalism at City University London, and have the bonus of sounding like high quality radio programmes.

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