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Worldwide arm set to co-operate on at least two major natural history projects with CCTV9's documentary arm

The CERN is also home to the Large Hadron Collider tunnel; seen here is a model of the LHC in the visitor centre

The Week in Radio: Blown away by the science masters' brush with death

When it comes to science it doesn't take a lot to blow my mind. I'm still reeling from what happens when you chuck a load of Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke (if you haven't done it, you have yet to witness one of life's miracles). So I've got a lot of time for the long-running Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage, a programme that manages to simultaneously expand your brain power while lulling you into thinking you're chuckling away at a panel show for simpletons.

Postcard from... Münnerstadt

There wasn’t a Scotsman among them. But more than 2,500 would-be Scottish revolutionaries, clad in kilts and many with their faces daubed with blue and white paint nevertheless took to the countryside outside the town of Munnerstadt at the weekend.

Sir David (above) said Professor Brian Cox was the man 'to carry the torch'

And so the older male makes way for a younger rival... David Attenborough reveals his choice of successor: Professor Brian Cox

After six decades of bringing the wonders of the natural world to television audiences, Sir David Attenborough has finally anointed a successor.

Last night's viewing - Jonathan Meades: the Joy of Essex, BBC4; Locomotion: Dan Snow's History of Railways, BBC2

Jonathan Meades: the Joy of Essex began with Aaron Copland's "Buckaroo Holiday" on the soundtrack – an unexpectedly Western accompaniment to an uncherished bit eastern hinterland. Perhaps it was a kind of coded warning. Wedge one hand tight under the saddle and prepare to cling on for as long as you can. Because Meades's programmes are never the plodding mounts you'd pick out at the stable for a nervous first-time rider. In fact, they seem almost perversely bent on throwing their viewers off, vaulting and jinking, kicking-up almost constantly.

The Weekend's Viewing: BBC2 tackles the mysteries of life and charts the story of music...all in a weekend

Howard Goodall's Story of Music, Sat, BBC2 // Wonders of Life, Sun, BBC2

Ready to kick butt: Dame Ann Leslie

The Week in Radio: Firecrackers, fur coats and some good news at last

"Are you looking for a job?" James Naughtie asked Dame Ann Leslie on Radio 4's Today, a note of panic in his voice. Now there's an idea. As one of the programme's guest editors, Leslie, the veteran foreign correspondent who famously went to war in a fur coat, arrived like a blast of cold air in a sticky sauna. You can imagine plenty of previous guests proffering feature ideas cobbled together by their agents, but not Leslie. She was first in the office, her sleeves rolled up and ready to kick some serious butt.

Children more familiar with Zuckerberg than Einstein

Children are more likely to recognise Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg than Albert Einstein, a survey has discovered.

DVD:Coriolanus

The trouble with Ralph Fiennes's modern-dress film of Coriolanus is that it won't let us forget how achingly "relevant" it is.

DVD/Blu-ray: Coriolanus (15)

"Was ever a man as proud as this Martius?" sneers James Nesbitt's Tribune in Ralph Fiennes' modern-day update of Shakespeare's exceptionally bleak and humourless tale of a heroic soldier (played by Fiennes, below) who is pushed– mostly by his terrifyingly driven mum (Vanessa Redgrave) – into politics.

Fred West drama up for awards

The controversial ITV1 drama Appropriate Adult, about Fred West, has received three nominations at this year's Royal Television Society awards, including a Best Actor nod for Dominic West for his role as the notorious serial killer.

Diagnosed with motor neurone disease at 21, Stephen Hawking was warned he might not live to see his 22nd birthday

Scientist who rewrote the laws of survival

Next week, Stephen Hawking is 70. The blockbuster author who visits Stringfellows in his wheelchair still astonishes the world

Making science sexy: Brian Cox

Ten people who changed the world: Brian Cox, the man who turned science into a sexy subject

Whether in the cut-throat field of politics or the fashion industry's corridors of power, this year they left our planet a better place. Celebrate 10 of the best, nominated by Independent writers

David Fincher with 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' star Rooney Mara in Stockholm

The anti-social network: Why David Fincher is the perfect man for 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

Need a severed head in a box? He's your man. Not sure if rape and murder are appropriate for a blockbuster? Let David Fincher convince you. James Mottram meets the owner of Hollywood's darkest mind, as he takes on the US remake of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

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