Science on BBC Online
Have you been tempted to check out Lab UK and take the Big Personality Test or join the Brain Test experiment? If you haven't come across it so far, you may want to have a look as this is where you can be part of groundbreaking scientific experiments. The results from these two tests will be revealed in Spring.
As the BBC today celebrates its ongoing commitment to science, this year Lab UK will be working with UCL and Stanford University to test whether the internet has changed the physiology of our brains. By working in partnership with leading external institutions we can help collate data that throws light on how technology may be changing the very way we think. Our hope is this will be the biggest ever study evaluating human behaviour in cyberspace. If this is the case, the results of this analysis should be very interesting indeed.
Today also sees the revamp of the BBC science portal.
Across the BBC, programme sites for Bang Goes The Theory and Nina and the Neurons are offering family and parents experiments and tests that they can try at home, with our new astronomy archive Planet Explorer coming up later this year. Planet Explorer is about the BBC at your fingertips, using a similar format to our successful nature portal Wildlife Finder, which Tom Scott wrote about last year.
Planet Explorer will feature more than 100 clips from 1969 through to 2010, of unforgettable moments including Sir Patrick Moore's first words on The Sky At Night through to footage of NASA's Apollo missions. It's about leveraging the power of BBC Online to offer genuine insights into the world we live in - by curating BBC content and complementing what exists on the internet about the Milky Way we will provide a very distinctive proposition. We hope to deliver many more projects on these lines over the coming year, and, as ever I would be interested in your thoughts.
Seetha Kumar is Controller BBC Online and the BBC's Online Access Champion.