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Colour and Temperature of Stars

This Teaching Astronomy and Space video clip, from the Institute of Physics (IOP), Teachers TV and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), shows how it is possible to illustrate how the light emitted by a star is related to the star's temperature. Using a filamernt lamp and a variable resistor, the...

Chris Styles: Applications Engineer

Chris Styles is a Senior Applications Engineer at ARM, a company that specialises in designing computer chips for mobile phones. In this video, Chris talks about his job finding new uses for the computer chips by inventing new technological devices. 

As a STEM Ambassador, Chris has been working with local...

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn Moon Harbor Life

In this talk, courtesy of TED, Carolyn Porco shares exciting new findings from the Cassini spacecraft's recent sweep of one of Saturn's moons, Enceladus.

Samples gathered from the moon's icy geysers hint that an ocean under its surface could harbour life. Scientists were initially excited by the discovery...

Can You Get Fat in Space?

As part of the The Great British Space Dinner competition, celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, asks us the question, “Can you get fat in space?”. He explains that, due to being in a weightless environment, astronauts' muscles do not need to work as hard as on Earth, and so the fat on their bodies could increase....

Beryllium

In the build-up to the Christmas Lectures in 2012, the Royal Institution published a new video for every day of advent revealing the elements that really excite and inspire people. In this short film, biochemist Liz Bonnin looks to the stars for her pick from the periodic table.

The properties of beryllium...

Big Telescopes

The Big Telescopes poster links ground and space based telescopes with the parts of the electromagnetic spectrum that they are observing and their locations on Earth or in space.

The poster explains how larger telescopes allow scientists to learn more about the early universe and map our own galaxy with...

Steve Spittle – Emerging Technology Lead in Digital Intelligence

Steve looks at new technologies that advance the space industry.  He works at the Space Applications Catapult, in Harwell.  He gives the example of how image processing techniques used in the satellite industry can be used in the medical imaging.  Imaging data has also been used to prevent illegal logging and to...

Tardigrades in space

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on tardigrades are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance biology lessons on DNA damage and repair, or physics lessons on the danger of...

Rocket fuel

The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, in 2015, focused on the topic of human spaceflight.  The activities linked to the clip on rockets are differentiated for lower and upper secondary students.  They are designed to enhance chemistry lessons on combustion, carbon chains, or chemical formulae.  Presenter Kevin...

Paul Moseley - Post Doctoral Research Associate

Paul develops infrared telescopes to observe galaxies.  The technology has also been adapted to diagnose cancer by looking at chemical signatures in the human body.  He emphasises the importance of problem solving and programming skills to work in his role. 

There are two cuts of the video – one aimed at...

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