November 30, 2011 Afghanistan – Touch Down in Flight As each of us has his own impression of Afghanistan that is predominantly marked with pictures of foreign forces, explosions and terror, Augustin Pictures was privileged to have access to capture daily life and portrait some people of Afghanistan.
November 29, 2011 60-Second Adventures in Thought Can a cat be both alive and dead? Can a computer think? How does a tortoise beat Achilles in a race? Voiced by comedian David Mitchell, these fast-paced animations explain six famous thought experiments, from the ancient Greeks to Albert Einstein, that have changed the way we see the world. Subjects as vast as time travel, infinity, quantum mechanics and artificial intelligence, are squeezed into 60-second clips that will tickle your funny bone and blow your mind.
November 24, 2011 Occupy Thanksgiving In a time of 9 percent unemployment, a faltering global economy, toxic levels of political rancor, and the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, is there anything left to be thankful for?
November 22, 2011 Why We Should Fear Bathtubs More Than Terrorists The federal government has spent over $80 billion on aviation security in the past 10 years. Yet "your chance of dying in a bathtub is about one in a million, and from terrorism is about one in 3.5 million," says Ohio State political scientist John Mueller. Mueller calculates for current Homeland Security spending levels to be cost-effective, the U.S. government would "have to prevent four Time Square-type attacks every single day." So why are we spending so much for so little added safety?
November 21, 2011 Decide To Listen — Carl Sagan In April of 2011, SETI announced that due to budgetary constraints their radio telescope array would be set into hibernation mode. This is video is unofficially produced on SETI's behalf by Reid Gower, with the aim of starting a grassroots movement to reinvigorate funding for the SETI program.
November 17, 2011 Sync by Max Hattler Sync "is based on the idea that there is an underlying unchanging synchronisation at the centre of everything; a sync that was decided at the very beginning of time. Everything follows from it, everything is ruled by it: all time, all physics, all life. And all animation." (Max Hattler, 2011, 'Sync: Circular Adventures in Animation' in Virginie Selavy (ed.) The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology).
November 16, 2011 PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet PROTECT-IP is a bill that has been introduced in the Senate and the House and is moving quickly through Congress. It gives the government and corporations the ability to censor the net, in the name of protecting "creativity". The law would let the government or corporations censor entire sites-- they just have to convince a judge that the site is "dedicated to copyright infringement." Tell Congress not to censor the internet here now.
November 15, 2011 U-Ram Choe's 'Guardian of the Hole' Korean artist U-Ram Choe's fascinating robotic sculpture on view at Asia Society Museum in New York until December 31, 2011 is a kinetic, seal-like creature that appears to be breathing while dozens of intricate "wings," leaf-like and gold in color, flutter above him. Its creation was inspired by a 10th-century Indian sculpture, Shiva as Lord of Dance.
November 11, 2011 Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors Lower Manhattan’s 60 Hudson Street is one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity. This short documentary peeks inside, offering a glimpse of the massive material infrastructure that makes the Internet possible.
November 10, 2011 Two Nuns Bike by Ron Arad Twenty-five years after his Well-Tempered Chair, designer Ron Arad used a similar process to build a bike with wheels made of sprung steel. The naturally sprung properties of tempered steel, bolted in tension, gives a natural yield or softness like inflated tires.
November 9, 2011 Happy Birthday Carl Sagan The Sagan Series is a project created by Reid Gower to pay tribute to the late, great American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences Carl Sagan who published more than 600 scientific papers, pioneered exobiology, promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and advocated for the legalization of cannabis.
November 4, 2011 The Lifecycle of a Mushroom Spectacular Science is a collaborative project between the University for the Creative Arts & the University of Kent which aims to provide a wide audience with access to scientific knowledge and support the education of students in science subjects. The animation i is inspired by1920's Silly Symphonies series and other early Walt Disney shorts.
November 2, 2011 An Observation on Curiosity: Richard Feynman Richard Feynman, an American physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics, talks about curiosity.
November 1, 2011 Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion U.N. forecasts suggest the world population could hit a peak of 10.1 billion by 2100 before beginning to decline. But exact numbers are hard to come by — just small variations in fertility rates could mean a population of 15 billion by the end of the century.