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This podcast is presented in a magazine format and features interviews with researchers and scientists at Imperial College, London, as well as round-ups of the latest science news. The podcasts are distinguished by their variety: a typical example covering how gene therapy could treat a rare form of blindness, how economics shapes discourse on climate change and how to protect creative industries while fostering innovation. The podcasts can be streamed or downloaded free of charge and can be listened to as a whole or in individual chapters.
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.
This interactive site allows you to scroll in and out to see the relative size of objects from the smallest - quantum foam and string - to the largest - the universe - and plenty of examples in between. Each of the items are clickable to show interesting facts or give more information about the item. For example, it tells us that ‘Rhode Island at 75 kilometres is the smallest state in the USA. However, it could still fit the world’s population on it.' The site was created for fun by a fourteen year old boy from California, with help from his twin brother. The site is also available in several world languages including even Esperanto.
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.
This YouTube channel features sixteen short films made during 2012, portraying life at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics. The films depict everyday life inside the laboratory, featuring interviews with scientists and technicians working on various projects, covering rivalries between different teams, the search for the Higgs Boson and the challenges faced by the ALPHA team in their quest to trap antimatter in the form of antihydrogen particles.
This short series of videos presented by Dr Andrew Steele from the Department of Physics at Oxford University is an object lesson in how to present complex scientific ideas in a visually engaging way, without dumbing down or overcomplicating things. The video showing how a superconducting magnetic levitation train works is a good example: a summary of superconductor theory and a compelling demonstration of one potential application compressed into a five minute video.
A series of videos about deep space curated by astronomer Brady Haran, and featuring contributions from British and American astronomers. Much of the content is concerned with the Messier Catalogue, a set of astronomical objects catalogued by the French astronomer Charles Messier and includes this film about the Crab Nebula - the first object catalogued by Messier and given the number M1. Other videos on the site look at technical aspects of filming deep space objects, famous astronomers, recent developments in astronomy, as well as a group of videos about telescopes.
ChronoZoom is an open source, community collaboration between UC Berkeley, Moscow State University, and Microsoft Research that aims to cover - literally - life, the universe and everything, from the Big Bang to the present day. Visually stunning, if potentially overwhelming, Chronozoom works dynamically, based as it is on zoomable interactive timelines, to create a visual sense of the immensity of time - 13.7 billion years of "big history" - in a way that would be impossible in a static timeline. Still in its early stages at present, the site is limited to timelines and exhibits, but as geologist Walter Alvarez explains in the introductory video, further content will be developed in the future. Given the project’s ambitions, it is unsurprising that navigating the site can prove initially somewhat disorienting, but patient users will be rewarded with a powerful sense of the true scale of time over cosmic, geological, biological and social periods.
The Institute of Physics (IOP) is a scientific society which aims to advance physics research, application and education and engages with policy makers and the public to develop awareness and understanding of physics. Its Video and Audio resources page contains a range of material, covering videos aimed at schools, with advice for teachers in primary and secondary education, to lectures (some of which are available to IOP members only), as well as a more light-hearted, yet visually striking, series of experiments collected under the heading Physics Tricks. More seriously, in response to the statistics showing how few girls move from GCSE to A-level physics, the IOP commissioned 3 video profiles of female physicists making a success out of their lives with the aim of encouraging more young women to consider the study of physics as a route into their career of choice.
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.
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