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Science in Action - Scientific Conflict in Turkey

Turkey's science funding council is accused of religious bias over science teaching. Plus, what superheroes can teach us about science.

The Turkish government’s refusal to fund a summer school course on evolution has brought into sharp focus the divisions between political Islam and secular society in Turkey. In school creationism is taught alongside evolution, though studies show there is more emphasis on the former. Many scientists see these moves as part of an anti-science agenda from the Islamist government. However the government points out it is still the largest funder of scientific research in Turkey. What Superheroes Can Tell Us About Science A new series of online videos uses superpowers such as flight, invisibility and immortality to illustrate a range of scientific concepts in an accessible way. Knitting Perovskite The global mission to knit the molecular structure of perovskite – a substance found in everyday electronics. Despite its abundance and wealth of uses, it remains obscure. (Photo credits: AFP/Getty Images, Getty Images, Simon Redfern)

  • Broadcast on BBC World Service, 5:32AM Sun, 14 Jul 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC World Service, 7:32PM Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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  • Duration 18 minutes

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