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RS Wulf 00:47:00

Chasing Venus: the race to measure the heavens

by Andrea Wulf
Chasing Venus: the race to measure the heavens
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 870 views
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New York Times Best Selling and award-winning author Andrea Wulf tells the extraordinary story of the first global scientific collaboration set amid warring armies, hurricanes, scientific endeavour and personal tragedy. On 6 June 1761 and 3 June 1769....

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RS Dougherty 01:01:00

Discovery of a dynamic atmosphere at one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus

by Michele Dougherty
Discovery of a dynamic atmosphere at one of Saturn’s moons, Enceladus
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 1093 views
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In recent years, Enceladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon, has become a major attraction for scientists, with many believing it offers the best hope we have of discovering other life in our solar system. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Satu....

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Bridle 01:00:00

Seeing the invisible: observing the dark side of the universe

by Sarah Bridle
Seeing the invisible: observing the dark side of the universe
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 7 years ago | 789 views
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It seems that most of the universe is made up of mysterious ingredients which we cannot see directly. Dr Bridle describes in pictures 'gravitational lensing', the bending of light by gravity, which is predicted by Einstein's General Relativity. Dr Br....

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Pillinger meteorite moraine 01:00:00

Stones from the sky: A heaven-sent opportunity to talk about science

by Colin Pillinger
Stones from the sky: A heaven-sent opportunity to talk about science
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 4 years ago | 644 views
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Meteorites provide us with laboratory samples from distant bodies including asteroids, comets, the moon, Mars and even ancient stars. Witnesses to the extraordinary event when one is seen to fall from the sky, or anyone finding a sample on the ground....

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Silk 01:05:00

The dark side of the universe

by Joe Silk
The dark side of the universe
for 18-22 and upwards,
Lectures | 18-22 and upwards | 7 years ago | 783 views
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The emergence of cosmic structure is an outcome that has been studied by peering back through the mists of time to the remote depths of the universe as well as by deciphering the fossil structure of nearby galaxies. One of the greatest mysteries in t....

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Davies P Eerie .....

The eerie silence – are we alone in the universe?

by Paul Davies
The eerie silence – are we alone in the universe?
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 7 years ago | 1205 views
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Fifty years ago, a young astronomer named Frank Drake pointed a radio telescope at nearby stars in the hope of picking up a signal from an alien civilization. Thus began one of the boldest scientific projects in history: the Search for Extraterrestri....

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RS Bell-Burnell 01:01:00

The end of the world in 2012? Science communication and science scares

by Jocelyn Bell Burnell
The end of the world in 2012? Science communication and science scares
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 4 years ago | 665 views
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21st December 2012 marks an ending of the Mayan calendar and is asserted by some to mark the end of the world. This scare is examined from an astronomical point of view, followed by some reflections on what the scare tells us about the communication ....

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Zarnecki 01:21:00

Touchdown on Titan

by John Zarnecki
Touchdown on Titan
for 14-19 and upwards,
Lectures | 14-19 and upwards | 7 years ago | 697 views
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After an interplanetary journey of 7 ¬ years, the ESA's probe Huygens landed on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Professor Zarnecki describes the journey of the probe as well as its final dramatic plunge to the surface and presents the r....

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