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  1. Fungi and Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland Streaming

    Link
    http://fungi.myspecies.info/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Botany, Environmental Studies, General Science, Nature
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Databases, Information Sources, Lists, Web Links

    The importance of fungi for all aspects of life on Earth and the size of the fungi kingdom, which is six times larger than the kingdom of plant species, makes research in this little studied field crucial: for example, last year a new species of fungi was discovered in Pakistan which is capable of digesting and breaking down plastic; this could be a part of the solution to the global challenge of clearing plastic in oceans and on the land. The Fungi and Lichens website provides technical (but approachable) accounts of the current status of species in the British Isles, including descriptions, images, distribution data, ecology and conservation information. It is aimed at those with a serious interest in fungi, either as natural historians or professional biologists. The project is run by the Mycology Department at Kew Gardens who has just published the 2018 State of the World’s Fungi report.

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  2. Comic Shambles Network Streaming

    Link
    https://cosmicshambles.com/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    General Science
    Medium
    Film/Video, Radio/Sound
    Type of resource
    Blogs, Streaming/Download

    Cosmic Shambles creates and curates entertaining content about the universe through science, art, history, philosophy, music, literature and comedy. The site was borne out of The Incomplete Map of Cosmic Genome, Utter Shambles and Book Shambles online magazines. A selection of the content from them is now available for free via Cosmic Shambles, but to access the entire back catalogue, which includes over 160 films, exclusive interviews and contributions from 150 well-known names in science, a paid subscription is needed. The free content in the Cosmic Shambles site is presented in the form of podcasts, documentaries, interviews and several blogs. The range of subjects covered is impressive. For example, neuroscientist Dr Dean Burnett explains differences in taste (why some of us love jazz and other hate it?); the life and work of physicist Richard Feynman is celebrated in the documentary All Genius, All Buffoon: 100 Years of Richard Feynman; there is also an in-depth interview with plastic surgeon Fiona Wood who invented the ‘spray on skin’ for burns victims.

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  3. Climate Watch Streaming

    Link
    https://www.climatewatchdata.org/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Development Studies, Environmental Studies, Nature, Technology
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Blogs, Databases, Information Sources, Lists, Organisations, Web Links

    A free online platform designed to provide advanced researchers with the open climate data, visualizations and resources they need to gather insights on national and global progress on climate change. The platform, managed by the World Resource Institute, brings together dozens of datasets for the first time and allows users to analyse and compare the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, access historical emissions data, discover how countries can leverage their climate goals to achieve their sustainable development objectives, and use models to map new pathways to a lower carbon. The site can be searched by Countries, Economic sector, Nationally Determined Contribution, Global Historical Gas Emissions and Future Scenarios, where users can model projections of emissions.

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  4. BirdLife International Streaming

    Link
    http://www.birdlife.org/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Biology, Nature
    Type of resource
    Databases, Information Sources, Lists, Organisations, Web Links

    BirdLife groups together over 120 organisations worldwide that strive to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. Their website includes a Data Zone section which presents a wealth of scientific data on the world’s bird species and the sites critical to their conservation. This information can be easily viewed at national and territorial level using the Country Profiles searching capabilities; there is also a Case Studies section, and a Seabird Tracking Database, which contains the largest collection of seabird data in the world. This data can be searched and viewed within the site, but access to the actual data is restricted.

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  5. PatrickJMT Math Videos Streaming

    Link
    http://patrickjmt.com/
    Category
    Science and Technology
    Subject
    Mathematics
    Medium
    Film/Video
    Type of resource
    Streaming/Download

    “With regular help just about every student I have encountered makes significant improvements over time”. With this motivation, enthusiastic maths teacher and author Patrick Jones, has been creating short maths videos for over ten years; his vast archive is organised under nine categories: Algebra, Arithmetic, Calculus, Differential Equations, Discrete Math, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Trigonometry and Miscellaneous. The videos use a very straight-forward style so the viewer only has to watch and learn.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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