Science in Action

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Science in Action
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 13
  • Last: 15 Mar 2018
The BBC brings you all the week's science news.

Episodes (13)

  • Physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
    Physicist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)
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    Published: 15 Mar 2018 Duration: 28:29
    Cosmologist Stephen Hawking died this week. We celebrate his life, and profound contributions to the knowledge of our Universe. John B. Goodenough - When you next plug in your laptop, hearing aid or mobile phone to charge , spare a though... Read more →
    Cosmologist Stephen Hawking died this week. We celebrate his life, and profound contributions to the knowledge of our Universe. John B. Goodenough - When you next plug in your laptop, hearing aid or mobile phone to charge , spare a though... Read more →

  • Russia’s New Nuclear Age
    Russia’s New Nuclear Age
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    Published: 8 Mar 2018 Duration: 27:13
    President Vladimir Putin has just announced a whole new suite of strategic nuclear systems being developed in Russia. One of these is a worrying nuclear-powered cruise missile. Worrying - because back in the 1960’s the US tried something si... Read more →
    President Vladimir Putin has just announced a whole new suite of strategic nuclear systems being developed in Russia. One of these is a worrying nuclear-powered cruise missile. Worrying - because back in the 1960’s the US tried something si... Read more →

  • Cold Winter, Warm Climate
    Cold Winter, Warm Climate
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    Published: 1 Mar 2018 Duration: 26:45
    A new study links a warming Arctic with sudden cold winters, like the one we’re experiencing right now. It’s all down to weakening of the polar vortex which a team in Potsdam in Germany have linked to climate change causing the Arctic sea i... Read more →
    A new study links a warming Arctic with sudden cold winters, like the one we’re experiencing right now. It’s all down to weakening of the polar vortex which a team in Potsdam in Germany have linked to climate change causing the Arctic sea i... Read more →

  • Will Cape Town Run Out of Water?
    Will Cape Town Run Out of Water?
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    Published: 22 Feb 2018 Duration: 29:05
    9th July - It’s being called Day Zero, the day the taps are turned off in drought stricken Cape Town in South Africa. After 3 years of unexpectedly dry weather leaving no water in the reservoirs that serve the city, we ask what could have b... Read more →
    9th July - It’s being called Day Zero, the day the taps are turned off in drought stricken Cape Town in South Africa. After 3 years of unexpectedly dry weather leaving no water in the reservoirs that serve the city, we ask what could have b... Read more →

  • Reversing Systemic Bias Against Women Scientists in the Media
    Reversing Systemic Bias Against Women Scientists in the Media
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    Published: 15 Feb 2018 Duration: 27:08
    Is there a systemic bias against women scientists in the media? When writing up scientific breakthroughs in The Atlantic Magazine, science journalist, Ed Yong noticed he was systematically quoting more male scientists than female in his sto... Read more →
    Is there a systemic bias against women scientists in the media? When writing up scientific breakthroughs in The Atlantic Magazine, science journalist, Ed Yong noticed he was systematically quoting more male scientists than female in his sto... Read more →

  • The Secrets of Hummingbird Flight Revealed
    The Secrets of Hummingbird Flight Revealed
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    Published: 8 Feb 2018 Duration: 27:15
    Slow motion videos of hundreds of hummingbirds have revealed the secrets to their remarkable manoeuvrability in the air. Non-invasive Optogenetics Optogenetics is a biological technique which involves the use of light to control cells in l... Read more →
    Slow motion videos of hundreds of hummingbirds have revealed the secrets to their remarkable manoeuvrability in the air. Non-invasive Optogenetics Optogenetics is a biological technique which involves the use of light to control cells in l... Read more →

  • The Birth of Space Science
    The Birth of Space Science
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    Published: 1 Feb 2018 Duration: 26:29
    Scientists' Trials in Turkey About 18 months ago, a number of foreign and local scientists working in Turkey were arrested and charged with spying and terrorism. This is thought to be part of the crackdown by the government following a coup... Read more →
    Scientists' Trials in Turkey About 18 months ago, a number of foreign and local scientists working in Turkey were arrested and charged with spying and terrorism. This is thought to be part of the crackdown by the government following a coup... Read more →

  • The Earliest Modern Humans Outside Africa
    The Earliest Modern Humans Outside Africa
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    Published: 25 Jan 2018 Duration: 28:43
    The earliest Early Modern Human (Homo sapiens) fossil found outside Africa. A partial jaw discovered in the cave in northern Israel is thought to be the remains of one of the earliest modern humans to have left Africa over 180,000 years ago... Read more →
    The earliest Early Modern Human (Homo sapiens) fossil found outside Africa. A partial jaw discovered in the cave in northern Israel is thought to be the remains of one of the earliest modern humans to have left Africa over 180,000 years ago... Read more →

  • The Best Science of 2017
    The Best Science of 2017
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    Published: 28 Dec 2017 Duration: 27:35
    Detecting a ‘Bling Nova’ In the short window of time between the VIRGO gravitational wave detector being switched on, in Pisa in Italy, and the LIGO detector, in the US, being switched off for an upgrade, the teams detected the signal they ... Read more →
    Detecting a ‘Bling Nova’ In the short window of time between the VIRGO gravitational wave detector being switched on, in Pisa in Italy, and the LIGO detector, in the US, being switched off for an upgrade, the teams detected the signal they ... Read more →

  • Early Warning for Landslides
    Early Warning for Landslides
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    Published: 21 Dec 2017 Duration: 26:29
    A new research collaboration has been launched to look at ways to get early warning of landslides in the mountainous regions of south west India. The hill country of the Western Ghats suffer regular and deadly landslides, partly because the... Read more →
    A new research collaboration has been launched to look at ways to get early warning of landslides in the mountainous regions of south west India. The hill country of the Western Ghats suffer regular and deadly landslides, partly because the... Read more →

  • California Forest Fires
    California Forest Fires
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    Published: 14 Dec 2017 Duration: 26:27
    Southern California is suffering intense forest fires right now, and October brought some of the largest forest fires since records began. What are the conditions that led to these disastrous events? And why are the fires so much further do... Read more →
    Southern California is suffering intense forest fires right now, and October brought some of the largest forest fires since records began. What are the conditions that led to these disastrous events? And why are the fires so much further do... Read more →

  • Nuclear Fallout in the Pacific
    Nuclear Fallout in the Pacific
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    Published: 7 Dec 2017 Duration: 28:18
    In the 1940s and 1950s, the US conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests at the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the Pacific. Before the first bomb was dropped in July 1946, U.S. Navy officials persuaded 167 residents of the Atolls to be evacuated to... Read more →
    In the 1940s and 1950s, the US conducted 66 nuclear weapons tests at the Bikini and Enewetak Atolls in the Pacific. Before the first bomb was dropped in July 1946, U.S. Navy officials persuaded 167 residents of the Atolls to be evacuated to... Read more →

  • The Biggest Explosions in the Universe
    The Biggest Explosions in the Universe
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    Published: 27 Jul 2017 Duration: 26:28
    An international team of scientists have captured the biggest explosions in the Universe in unprecedented detail for the first time. These Gamma Ray Bursts sometimes last for just a few milliseconds, but for that time are trillions of times... Read more →
    An international team of scientists have captured the biggest explosions in the Universe in unprecedented detail for the first time. These Gamma Ray Bursts sometimes last for just a few milliseconds, but for that time are trillions of times... Read more →

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