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Bowerbirds, a Yellow Sub and Measuring CO2

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Richard Hollingham finds out that bowerbirds are not just brilliant at making elaborate bowers, they are also good at mimicking other birds and most other sounds they hear, including human voices.

He also...

Orangutans, Green Buildings and an Antarctic GP

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). With efforts to improve energy efficiency focused on green transport, sustainable power generation, growing your own food and reducing waste, it is often easy to forget that the very buildings we live and work in...

Leeches, Earthquakes and Weird Sea-life

A podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). In this recording, Richard Hollingham talks to expert seismologist Brian Baptie from the British Geological Survey, who uses musical software to find out if earthquakes are getting more frequent.

Another...

Butterflies, Buoys and the English Channel

In this podcast from the Planet Earth Online collection and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Sue Nelson goes to the Eden Project in Cornwall, southwest England and to the South Downs in southeast England to find out what butterfly research is telling us about climate change. As well as the bad news...

Stonehenge, Microscopic Plants, and Baboons

This podcast from the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Planet Earth collection looks at why scientists are working with the National Trust to restore the chalk grasslands around Stonehenge; how scientists are using satellites to study microscopic plants; and the etiquette of dining and bullying in...

Where Do All the Salmon Go? and Making CO2 Bricks

This podcast from the Natural Environment Research Council's (NERC) Planet Earth Online collection looks at how scientists are using fish scales to figure out why the UK salmon population is falling; and how carbon dioxide emissions from power stations could be used to make household bricks.

Salmon numbers...

Communications and Radar

Produced by Innovate Educate and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, these materials allow students to investigate circuits using communication as a context. The principles behind radar are also examined. The activities can be used individually or together in a series of...

Global Transport: Engineering a Vacuum Tube Train

In this activity, students design and test a model vacuum tube train. They have to decide on how to get a ball to travel through a tube as quickly as possible without the help of gravity. They then look at the forces that would act on a real vacuum tube train.

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Can Pets Go To Space?

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. This episode features Andrew Kuh, talking about animals that have been sent into space. Libby Jackson answers the question, “How many people have been into space?” Libby talks about how the European...

Fizzy Drinks

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers the question “Can you have fizzy drinks in space?” and Glen, from Airbus Defence and Space, describes why the gas dissolved in the drink could cause problems for the...

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