January 29, 2016 Wanderers Wanderers is a short science fiction film by Erik Wernquist - a digital artist and animator from Stockholm, Sweden. The film is a vision of our humanity's future expansion into the Solar System. Although admittedly speculative, the visuals in the film are all based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. All the locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Astronomer and author Carl Sagan narrates the film.
January 25, 2016 How Do Snowflakes Form? A huge snowstorm could dump more than two feet of snow all over the East Coast, and that means trillions and trillions of tiny snowflakes. Through advances in crystallography, scientists have learned a lot about the structure of snowflakes. While they all start pretty much the same, once they start crystallizing, it’s true that no two snowflakes are alike. In fact, the number of possible shapes is staggering.
January 21, 2016 Evidence of a Ninth Planet Caltech's Konstantin Batygin, an assistant professor of planetary science, and Mike Brown, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy, discuss new research that provides evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the outer solar system.
January 20, 2016 A Different Kind of Donald Trump Story Donald Trump likes to portray himself as a winner. But in this never-before-aired documentary, we see a much more flawed and tragic figure, whose failures and operating practices warrant close scrutiny.
January 15, 2016 11 Months, 3000 pictures and a Lot of Coffee What started out as a collection of snaps that Chris Herridge took as he stripped down an engine bought off ebay (to replace his old engine, which had suffered catastrophic failure) ended as a short film. These photos were taken so that Chris could remember how to put his engine back together again.
January 14, 2016 The Myth of a Sunni-Shia War What is driving the current violence and chaos in the Middle East? Many say it is the "age-old" sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims, but a look at the facts shows something different. Mehdi Hasan highlights the myth of the so-called Sunni-Shia war.
January 6, 2016 This is What Outer Space Does to Your Body Great Big storyteller Leland Melvin is back in another installment of “The Astronaut Life.” When you go to outer space, your body changes. Your spine gets longer, your heart doesn't work as hard and your vision gets worse. Leland lets us in on his body-morphing experiences as a NASA astronaut.
January 1, 2016 How This Town Produces No Trash The town composts, recycles, or reuses 80% of its garbage. It may not technically be 100% zero waste, as the remaining 20% goes into the landfill, but it’s a remarkable achievement for an entire community, in such a short amount of time. The impacts have been positive – cutting costs for the community drastically, as well as improving the conditions of the lush and beautiful environment that surrounds the town in Southeast Japan.