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Plastics in the Oceans and Tracking Satellites

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Scientists recently found plastics floating in some of the most remote and inaccessible seas in the world, just off the coast of Antarctica. Although it clearly looks ugly in such a pristine environment,...

Arctic Expedition Special

In this podcast from the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Planet Earth Online collection, Richard Hollingham reports from an unusual and somewhat cold location - onboard the British Antarctic Survey's RRS James Clark Ross which was stuck in the ice for two weeks 1000 kilometres from the North Pole. He...

Antarctica, Wild Geese and Ash Plumes

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Richard Hollingham finds out that the freezing seas around Antarctica are not barren and lifeless. The Census of Marine Life is building up a picture of the richness and diversity of life in the world's oceans and...

Noisy Coral Reefs, Melting Ice Sheets and Whale Speak

In this podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Richard Hollingham hears how the underwater world isn't the soundless place often imagined. From chirping, gurgling and snapping sounds from busy coral reefs to clicking sperm whales, scientists are finding...

Modems unplugged - sound representation

All data on computers is stored and transmitted using the binary number system. When the binary digits need to be sent over the phone lines (which often happens in home internet connections), the digits are converted to sound and decoded at the other end using a modem. This activity uses audio coding similar...

Animals, including humans: healthy animals

This resource provides a selection of lesson plans, worksheets and teachers notes relating to animals including humans at Year Two. They include activities for discussing the stage of the human lifecycle, thinking about how children have changed since they were babies and finding out about the lifecycles of other...

Introduction to sound and music computing

A highly technical overview of how sound is represented in a computer, how digitising sound changes the quality of it and how reducing the sample rates can effect the resulting audio. The resource also comes with a number of sound samples to illustrate these concepts, along with both Python and Scratch programs to...

The GM Food debate: part two

In this short audio feature Bene and Mal discuss how the genetically modified crops may not always benefit farmers in developing world. They talk about possible contamination of other crops and the issues around producing food for an ever growing World population.

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Day of temptation

This play follows a school child on a day of being healthy, though everything around her makes it easy to be unhealthy! Temptations include: sugary cereal aimed at children, fast food shops on the journey to school, children talking about computer games at break rather than running...

Using animal organs in our bodies

This short audio feature Bene and Mal, two microbes consider whether it is ethical to use other animals in human transplants. They consider this from the aspects of farming animals for organ transplants, the issues involved in different cultural or moral points of view.

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