EDUCATION: Small-Screen Science

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Science  11 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5711, pp. 823
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5711.823b

Cable TV offers more than just braying pundits and endless Law and Order reruns. Many cable systems also carry the ResearchChannel, which bills itself as “the C-SPAN of scientific and medical research” and broadcasts educational programming 24 hours a day. You can also catch the channel's mix of lectures, interviews, forums, and lab visits at its Web site. ResearchChannel shows come from more than 25 universities, the National Institutes of Health, and other sources. Recent viewers might have watched a tutorial for researchers on designing clinical trials or a discussion aimed at a general audience about the end of the universe, which featured Nobel laureate Leon Lederman and other experts. You can also call up an archive of some 1700 past programs.

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