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Series of short films by video journalist Brady Haran, who interviews scientists and researchers from Nottingham Trent University about the men and women who have inspired them. The answers range from familiar names such as Alan Turing and Charles Darwin, to less well-known figures and even - in the form of Star Trek’s Mister Spock - fictional inspirations.
The official website of the Nobel Prize includes audio and video material of interviews, lectures and speeches by Nobel Laureates as well as biographical information, transcripts of speeches and links to other resources. The audiovisual material is scattered across the site rather than organised as a single resource, which can be frustrating, but there are riches here if one takes the time to seek them out. Noteworthy examples include this excerpt from Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz’s Nobel lecture, from December 1980, and a video recording of Martin Luther King’s acceptance speech on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
Produced by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, this series is loosely structured around a look at a historical breakthrough in chemistry, its present day applications and possible future developments: this episode about the history of Teflon is a good example. Categorised into five main subject areas of Environment, History, Medicine, Society and Technology the series is aimed at the general listener rather than a specifically academic audience but is nonetheless interesting and scientifically rigorous in its approach. The podcasts are free to listen to and download and can also be subscribed to via iTunes.
A collection of over 100 videos showing chemistry experiments made by researchers and lecturers at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Most of the videos feature captions in English, as well as an accompanying explanatory text and can be viewed either with or without an on-screen explanation.
Researched and created by a team of academics, producers and scientists, this award-winning site is a resource aimed at teachers at KS2, KS3 and GCSE, and features 600 three-minute films on science, divided into the categories of Physics, Biology, Earth Science and Chemistry. The films are also categorised into Core Films - which highlight the key curriculum learning points of a topic - and Context Films which encourage cross-curricular learning. A number of the films are free to view, while the rest are available by subscription. The site features interactive quizzes and extension materials for students and teachers and is easy to navigate via the Mindmap navigation tool, which allows for easy and intuitive browsing.
Monthly neuroscience podcast from Nature, which features news from neuroscience conferences around the world, reports on research and latest developments as well as looking at some of the ethical and philosophical implications that arise when considering the functions of the brain. The site has an eclectic approach and the podcasts cover everything from prions, addiction, psychopathic traits, research in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, optogenetics, sleep patterns and drugs v. cognitive therapy in the treatment of depression. The podcasts go back to 2006 and are free to listen to via streaming or can be downloaded as mp3 files.
This website brings together news of the latest science research from universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the USA. There are four main categories: Earth and the Environment; Health & Medicine; Science & Technology and Society & Culture. Most of the news consists of articles illustrated with still photographs but some moving imagery is used, as in this article which looks at how quickly can glaciers grow (and melt)?, using a study of the prehistoric activity of Baffin Island’s glaciers with a view to developing accurate models to predict how climate change in the future will affect glaciers and ice sheets.
The NSF is an American Federal Agency which funds research across a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to geology to zoology, with the exception of medical science. A particular aim is to fund cutting-edge research: projects and collaborations which may "seem like science fiction today" but tomorrow will be accepted as part of the fabric of everyday life. Their nanoscience page reflects this commitment to pushing back the frontiers of scientific research. The Multimedia Gallery features stills, podcasts, film and video across all fields of science and engineering, again, with an emphasis on current research and development, coupled with an awareness of the foundation’s educational mission.
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s website contains a number of video resources and educational aids. The videos are mostly aimed at schools but there is a useful higher education section providing guidance on courses, careers, online resources, grants and funding.
Beta version of website which is the result of a collaboration between The Royal Society of Chemistry and Pfizer. Discover Maths for Chemists is the first of several planned resources aimed at addressing the skills gap within the chemical industry and helping graduates master the maths skills they will need to succeed in the industry. The site features interactive quizzes, a video tutorial to get new users started, and video lectures, such as this one on the division of complex numbers. The site can be navigated via a 'Compass’ function which is designed to guide the user through mathematical and chemical concepts and reveal how they can be linked.
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