October is Black History Month in the UK, an event that has been celebrated nationwide for more than 30 years.
The month was originally founded to recognise the contributions that people of African and Caribbean backgrounds have made to the UK over many generations.
Now, Black History Month has expanded to include the history of not just African and Caribbean people but black people in general.
"In years gone by, October has been the only time of year when the UK talks about the achievements of Black people in Britain," says Catherine Ross guest editor of Black History Month 2020.
"Hopefully, the events of 2020 will be a catalyst for Black history to be shared much more widely - in museums, galleries, schools, universities, public spaces and communities."
Wednesday, 13th February 2020
World Radio Day
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium.
At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out to the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
CELEBRATIONS IN 2020
On World Radio Day 2020 (WRD 2020), UNESCO calls on radio stations to uphold diversity, both in their newsroom and on the airwaves.
This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes:
Advocating for pluralism in radio, including a mix of public, private and community broadcasters;
Encouraging representation in the newsroom, with teams comprised of diverse society groups;
Promoting a diversity of editorial content and programme types reflecting the variety of the audience
Why not give BBC Sounds a try during this half term and listen without limits. Catch the latest music tracks, discover binge-worthy podcasts, or listen to radio shows – all whenever you want.
Radio and Science
When Guglielmo Marconi died on 20 July 1937, a message from the British Post Office was sent to all ships asking them to stop transmitting for two minutes the following day to honour him.
Marconi shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy". In the late, 1880s a previously unknown type of radiation was discovered - radio waves. It was found to have the same nature as light, but with a greater wavelength. Various physicists and technicians investigated whether radio waves could be used to transmit signals.
In 1895, Marconi used radio waves to transmit signals over a distance of several kilometres. He developed the technology in subsequent years to achieve greater range. The foundation for both wireless telegraphy and radio had been laid.
Guglielmo Marconi - The Inventor of the Radio - One Stop Science Shop.mp4
Wednesday, 12th February 2020
Charles Darwin's Birthday
Charles Robert Darwin was born on the 12th of February, 1809
(died on the 19 April 1882).
His birthday, also known as Darwin Day is used to highlight and celebrate
Darwin’s contributions to science.
Charles Darwin was a famous English naturalist, biologist and geologist who introduced the theory of evolution.
Evolution is the theory that something gradually develops and makes changes over time. Darwin introduced the idea that all different species have evolved from simple forms: including the theory that humans evolved from apes. These small adaptations happen over the space of a long, long time over each new generation.
This theory has been supported by evidence collected by scientists for over 150 years.
Although he didn’t come from Plymouth, the famous naturalist Charles Robert Darwin will forever be linked with our city.
Despite claiming he did not like being in Plymouth (as being away from family and friends), Darwin spent his time in the city mixing with some of the very eminent and excellent scientists of the time
22 years old Darwin set sail from Plymouth (Barn Pool, Devonport) on 27 December 1831 on a five-year voyage around the world on the board of a survey ship HMS Beagle.
This is the seventh episode in the OpenMind animated video series "Amazing Moments in Science".
Tuesday, 11th February 2020
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR WOMEN & GIRLS IN SCIENCE
Join in promoting full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. This day is a reminder that women and girls play a critical role in science and technology communities and that their participation should be strengthened.
Today we celebrate the International Day of Women In Science. The Polish scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie (she always used both names) was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win it twice and THE ONLY person to receive it in two different sciences.
The genius of Marie Curie - Shohini Ghose
Marie Skłodowska Curie’s revolutionary research laid the groundwork for our understanding of physics and chemistry, blazing trails in oncology, technology, medicine, and nuclear physics, to name a few. But what did she actually do? Shohini Ghose expounds on some of Marie Skłodowska Curie’s most revolutionary discoveries.