The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe is part of the BBC Four Big Science Season. Discover the other programmes in the season below… http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yjn1x
Order and Disorder: A two-part series presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili which tells the story of how humanity mastered the two most important concepts of the modern age – energy and information.
Seven Ages of Starlight: A “stunning journey” through the life and times of stars.
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance: Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is, revealing how it works in the real world.
Voyager: To the Final Frontier: A look at NASA’s Voyager programme as the two spacecraft leave the Solar System.
“The British Isles are home to just one percent of the world’s population and yet our small collection of rocks poking out of the north Atlantic has thrown up world beaters in virtually every field of human endeavour… Brian Cox” http://www.bbc.co.uk/p1drogrammes/p056dn
Scientists in push to find antigravity:
Prof Peter Higgs has received his Nobel prize for physics at a ceremony in Stockholm. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25311387
Edinburgh University emeritus professor shared this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert for work on the theory of the Higgs boson. In the 1960s, they were among the physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass. Winners in other Nobel categories will also receive their awards at the event. These include this year’s laureates in chemistry, economics, medicine and literature.King Carl Gustav presented Prof Higgs with his Nobel medal by Sweden’s King Carl Gustav at the Stockholm Concert Hall just before 1600 GMT “Astronomers have estimated how many of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy hosts a potentially habitable planet. Using data from Nasa’s Kepler space telescope, they argue that one in five stars like the Sun hosts an Earth-sized world located in the “habitable zone”. This zone is the region around a star where temperatures allow for water – a key ingredient for life – to stay liquid at the surface. The researchers have published details in the journal PNAS” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24824007 “What this means is, when you look up at the thousands of stars in the night sky, the nearest Sun-like star with an Earth-size planet in its habitable zone is probably only 12 light years away and can be seen with the naked eye,” said co-author Erik Petigura, from the University of California, Berkeley”.
“A landmark report says scientists are 95% certain that humans are the “dominant cause” of global warming since the 1950s. The report by the UN’s climate panel details the physical evidence behind climate change” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24292615
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25462959 “Five Mysteries of the Brain”
“There is a surprising amount of water bound up in the soil of Mars, according to an analysis done onboard the US space agency’s (Nasa) Curiosity rover. When it heated a small pinch of dirt scooped up from the ground, the most abundant vapour detected was H2O. Curiosity researcher Laurie Leshin and colleagues tell Science Magazine that Mars’ dusty red covering holds about 2% by weight of water” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24287207
“Nobel Prize-winning scientist Prof Peter Higgs has revealed he did not know he had won the award until a woman congratulated him in the street. Prof Higgs, who does not own a mobile phone, said a former neighbour had pulled up in her car as he was returning from lunch in Edinburgh. He added: “She congratulated me on the news and I said ‘oh, what news?”. The woman had been alerted by her daughter in London that Prof Higgs had won the award, he revealed. He added: “I heard more about it obviously when I got home and started reading the messages.” The 84-year-old emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh was recognised by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for his work on the theory of the particle which shares his name, the Higgs boson. He shares this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert of Belgium, and joins the ranks of past Nobel winners including Marie Curie and Albert Einstein.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24493400
Appalling Shock Figures – “Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests. A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England’s 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD’s Andreas Schleicher warned of a shrinking pool of skilled workers. Unlike other developed countries, the study also showed that young people in England are no better at these tests than older people, in the 55 to 65 age range. When this is weighted with other factors, such as the socio-economic background of people taking the test, it shows that England is the only country in the survey where results are going backwards – with the older cohort better than the younger” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320
“Professor Brian Cox takes a look through nearly 50 years of BBC archive at the story of man’s relationship with the Moon. From the BBC’s space fanatic James Burke testing out the latest NASA equipment to 1960s interviews about the bacon-flavoured crystals that astronauts can survive on in space, to the iconic images of man’s first steps on the Moon and the dramatic story of Apollo 13, Horizon and the BBC have covered it all. But since President Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s was reached, no one has succeeded in reigniting the public’s enthusiasm for space travel and lunar voyages. Why? On his journey through the ages, Professor Cox explores the role that international competition played in getting man to the Moon and asks if, with America no longer the world’s only superpower, we are at the dawn of a bright new space age” http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00llgs8/Horizon_40_Years_on_the_Moon/
The USA’s Debt Crisis – A Senator’s Comments, “Secularism is about 20 to 30 years behind Europe’s, and that is why we have so much trouble with the Far Right Wing (minority – Tea Party-ists) for their ideology/beliefs they are prepared to hold (up – in the pioneer spirit) the USA’s Budget and Obama’s Health Bills, possibly damaging the World’s Economies.”
Then, As Now: And, “The Ordeal Of Desire” https://charleslizzy.com/2006/01/05/then-as-now-and-heinrich-hein/ And, $35 billion world-wide sex – slave industry, worse than then http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/28/trafficked-india-red-light-districts
https://charleslizzy.com/2007/09/02/the-prehistoric-mind-how-did-prehistoric-man-think-the-primitive-mind-2/ “The idea that there were several different human species walking the Earth two million years ago has been dealt a blow. Instead, scientists say early human fossils found in Africa and Eurasia may have been part of the same species. Writing in the journal Science, the team says that Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis and Homo erectus are all part of a single evolving lineage that led to modern humans” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24564375
Russell Brand (NewStatesman) ‘Up The ‘Revolution’ Jeremy Paxman BBC TV http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ffvp2/Newsnight_23_10_2013/ And, http://www.newstatesman.com/staggers/2013/10/watch-russell-brand-brings-message-revolution-newsnight And, “Only the influence of exemplary individuals whom they accept as their leaders will induce them to perform the labour and suffer the voluntary privations on which the continued existence of culture depends […]. However, there is a risk so far as [the leaders] are concerned that, in order to retain their influence, they will yield to the mass more than the mass yields to them, which is why it seems necessary for them to have access to instruments of power making them independent of the mass. In short, two very common properties of human beings are to blame for the fact that only through a measure of coercion can cultural institutions be upheld: humans are not, of their own volition, keen on work, and arguments are powerless against their passions” Freud. https://charleslizzy.com/2011/08/06/independent-schools-inspectorate-isi-marketing-spirituality-buzzword-or-maybe-even-for-you-to-shiver-at-the-something/ My dreams of the Parliamentarians, taken away from the Parliament in London, away from the delusions of grandeur, and disconnect, they seem to inherit from there location; be relocated in an office block in Basingstoke, or Milton Keynes; will never happen, social science has not been developed this far! So, we will have to develop this in our dreams. Politics, and our social systems, should be no more, or no more less, than in the design, maintenance, or the upkeep, of our drains. See, https://charleslizzy.com/2012/07/28/london-olympics-2012-imagining-a-more-optimistic-future/
“A new image has captured the birth and death of stars in one of our closest galactic neighbours – the Large Magellanic Cloud. It also shows the remnants a supernova explosion caused by the death of a massive star that has run out of fuel. Located about 163,000 light-years away, the LMC is visible with the naked eye from the Southern Hemisphere. The detailed image was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25101836The party of (crooked – Lib Dems broken promises and more…,) coalition, UK Government (that nobody wanted) ups its appalling nastiness, the ‘Nasty Party of Conservatives’ (right wingers). Ed Wilson, of the accountants PwC, said: “The Chancellor announced that someone in their 40’s won’t get their state pension until they are aged 68; the linkage to life expectancy is likely to mean someone starting work now will have to wait to age 72, and a child born today is unlikely to receive their state pension until they reach 77” (not, even OK, for desk jockeys) – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25233345