November 30, 2016 Jimmy Carter on Power and God "The fact that a person has deep religious convictions doesn't necessarily mean that that person always thinks that he's right, that God's ordained him to take a dominant position" - Jimmy Carter in May 1976, six months before he was elected President.
November 29, 2016 Why Do We Have a Seven Day Week? Two of the earliest known civilizations to use a seven day week were the Babylonians and the Jews. The Babylonians marked time with lunar months and it is thought by many scholars that this is why they chose a seven day week (though direct evidence of this being why they did this is scant). That being said, each lunar month was made up of several different cycles—on the first day, the first visible crescent appeared; on approximately the seventh, the waxing half-moon could be seen; on approximately the fourteenth, the full moon; on approximately the twenty-first, the waning half-moon; and on approximately the twenty-eighth, the last visible crescent. As you can see, each notable cycle is made up of about seven days, hence, the seven-day week.
November 25, 2016 The Last Steps | A Really Great Big Story On December 7, 1972, NASA launched Apollo 17, a lunar mission crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt. It would be the last time humans traveled beyond low Earth orbit, the last time man landed on another celestial body, and the last time man went to the moon. The Last Steps uses rare, heart-pounding footage and audio to retrace the record-setting mission. A film by Todd Douglas Miller.
November 24, 2016 The Naked Truth: Trumpland They have been called "deplorable" but they have changed the face of presidential politics in 2016. Fusion is uncovering the real people that drive the Trump campaign.
November 22, 2016 How to Recognize a Dystopia The genre of dystopia – the ‘not good place’– has captured the imaginations of artists and audiences alike for centuries. But why do we bother with all this pessimism? Alex Gendler explains how dystopias act as cautionary tales – not about some particular government or technology, but the very idea that humanity can be molded into an ideal shape.
November 18, 2016 Classy Insults from Latin and Greek Do you ever go on such an epic rant you just feel you’ve run out of words with which to hammer your enemies?Next time pull out these fancy insults and really class up the joint while you twist the dagger.
November 15, 2016 Crystal Birth This video is the beginning of a long term chemistry project by Emanuele Fornasierinvolving metal crystals. These stunning structures are the result of a chemical reaction where the metal is deposited from the solution onto the metal surface. It takes from a few hours to a couple of days to generate a crystal. This process is carried out very slowly by an electric current: layer by layer the crystal is born.
November 14, 2016 How Political Correctness Actually Elected Donald Trump Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek thinks the U.S. political machinery is truly broken. He guides a verbal tour through the failure of manufactured consent, the appeal of human baseness, and politics as a real struggle of life and death.
November 11, 2016 Stanley Kubrick's Boxes A 2008 documentary film directed by Jon Ronson Stanley Kubrick's Boxes looks at the director's vast personal collection of memorabilia related to his feature films. The documentary came about in 1998 when Ronson received a request from Kubrick's estate for a copy of a documentary Ronson made about the Holocaust (Ronson was unaware that it was Kubrick who was asking for the film until months later). A year later, as Ronson was making plans to conduct a rare interview with the director, Kubrick suddenly died after completing work on his final film Eyes Wide Shut. To his surprise, Ronson was invited to Kubrick's house by his widow. When he arrived, he found that half the house was filled by more than one thousand boxes containing snap shots, newspaper clippings, film out-takes, notes, and fan letters which the director used for research towards each of his films.
November 9 ,2016 World First Street Art in the Rainforest French artist Philippe Echaroux has created the world’s first street art installation in the Amazon rainforest. As part of his conservation project Street Art 2.0, Echaroux lit up the area of rainforest home to the Surui people, with faces of elders from the tribe. The projections aim to highlight the deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest, which has had around 20 percent of it cut down during the past 40 years.
November 7, 2016 Words That Are Older Than They Seem Every generation likes to think it invented slang anew, but often the latest words are actually very old. Here are some words that are much older than they seem.
November 4, 2016 Human Population Through Time It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?
November 3, 2016 Unsatisfying During the summer of 2016, Parallel Studio created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch.
November 2, 2016 Pendulum Choir Swiss artists André and Michel Décosterd honed their musical and engineering skills to create Pendulum Choir, a nine-man choir that rotates and swings in accordance to the sounds they produce. The artists, who work together under the name Cod.Act, attached each member of their vocal group to a hydraulic jack that reacts to their individual sound production.