February 25, 2016 The Controversial Origins of the Encyclopedia The first encyclopedia contained 70,000 entries and over 20,000,000 words. It was broken into 35 volumes written over the course of 3 decades. It was also banned by Louis XV and Pope Clement XIII. But why was this encyclopedia so controversial, and who wrote it in the first place? Addison Anderson recounts the controversial origins of the first encyclopedia.
February 24, 2016 What It’s Like to Read Lips Production company Little Moving Pictures' Can You Read My Lips? is an immersive short about lip-reading, based on the essay “Seeing at the Speed of Sound” by Rachel Kolb, who narrates and stars in the piece.
February 23, 2016 3-D Portraits From DNA "It all started with wondering what I could learn about someone from a little piece ... they left behind," says artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. Using discarded items like cigarette butts, chewing gum, and fingernails, she extracted traces of DNA to create masks based on the owner's genetic profile. While difficult to determine how closely these portraits match the original holder, they do put a human face on larger questions surrounding genetic surveillance. Filmmakers Veena Rao and Emily Sheskin present Dewey-Hagborg's "Stranger Visions" series and her counter-surveillance product Invisible, a set of sprays she claims erases the majority of one's DNA footprint.
February 19, 2016 NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory The sun is always changing and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is always watching. Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, SDO keeps a 24-hour eye on the entire disk of the sun, with a prime view of the graceful dance of solar material coursing through the sun's atmosphere, the corona. SDO's sixth year in orbit was no exception. This video shows that entire sixth year — from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 28, 2016, as one time-lapse sequence.
February 17, 2016 Monotune A piano has 88 keys. Each one is different. But what if they were all the same? To find out, we took apart a piano and reengineered it so that it only plays one note: Middle C.
February 15, 2016 Glass | How We Got to Now Did you know the first printing press was created by modifying the traditional grape press? Find out why this invention had a large impact on spectacles and how it led to a revolution in this clip of How We Got to Now.
February 5, 2016 French Phrases Hidden in English Words English has borrowed a lot of words from French, but some words come from whole French phrases. Even if you speak French, you may have never noticed the connection.
February 2, 2016 Editing as Punctuation in Film In January 2014 Kathryn Schulz published an article in Vulture called "The Five Best Punctuation Marks in Literature. It got Max Tohline thinking about what the five best "punctuation marks" in film might look like. He wanted to assemble a video essay with a rapidfire list of nominees of great moments of editing-as-punctuation in film. But as he started putting it together, the project grew into a twofold piece: an analysis of and response to Schulz's article as well as an attempt to spur new insights about editing by examining it through the metaphor of punctuation.
February 1, 2016 Why Shouldn't You Take Medicine with Grapefruit Juice? If you’ve taken prescription medication, have you ever noticed the strange disclaimer, "don't take with grapefruit juice"? There is a very good reason for that! Hank Green explains in this episode of SciShow Quick Questions!